I got this great idea from my favourite blog http://havewheelchairwilltravel.net/
I haven’t ice-skated in about 20 years so wasn’t really sure how this was going to work, but I am determined to let my daughter experience as many things as possible as her younger sister.
I rang ahead and made sure we could take the wheelchair on the ice and all I had to do was sign a waiver.
I got in for free with the companion card
I was pretty wobbly on the skates, but having the wheel chair helped stabilise me 🙂
I would suggest going early morning when its not so busy so you don’t run into anyone, unless you’re a confident skater.
And dress warm. You will be moving and get hot but the person in the wheelchair isn’t so they will get cold.
We went to our local rink at the Liverpool Catholic Club, they also have disco ice-skating at nights which I know my daughter will love. http://www.liverpoolcatholic.com.au/ICESKATING
They also had a playgroup on for an hour where the little ones can sit on chairs and build ice castles. They must have skates on also
We have been lucky enough to be granted a starlight wish by the Starlight foundation for Amara! Amara loves the water, she is such a fish as it’s the only time she really feels relaxed and able to move freely, so we got to meet Evie the Dolphin at SeaWorld!
The staff at Seaworld were amazing, the trainer was very patient with us and waited till we got Amara in position for Evie to come and meet her 🙂 Was such a great experience for the whole family.
Starlight also organised for us to visit 2 more theme parks in the Gold Coast, Wet n Wild and Dreamworld.
Wet n Wild was our next stop. She loved the wave pool. It wasn’t too rough but enough to get her senses going and make her smile 🙂
Next stop was Dreamworld where I was determined to get her on a ride! I must say the staff at Dreamworld were amazing. they have this policy that anyone can come to Dreamworld and have fun no matter what ability. When you first arrive you see guest services and they can do a ride assessment and tell you what rides are suitable. You also get given a pass to skip the queues and have a second turn on the rides 🙂
We managed to get Amara on the River Rapids and the Log Ride which she absolutely loved. It really made my day that she could experience a “rollercoaster ride”
We flew Virgin Airlines who were amazing, as soon as they saw the wheelchair they came to help us. They even helped wheel our suitcases 🙂
A huge thank you to the Starlight Foundation for organising this trip for the whole family, they really went above and beyond to make the trip as smooth as possible and special.
On the 1st October 2014 it was World CP and I had the privilege of sharing my daughters story with the world!
I feel so honoured that we could do this, and the article was written so well by Sabrina.
It was quite emotional going down that road talking about the whole journey from start to finish. By the end I felt as though I hadn’t really shared enough of the positives she has brought into our lives as her story is quite long and complicated and hard to fit into a short interview. As most parents with special kids know, the happy moments can sometimes be rare and far between, which means we treasure them so much more.
But I love the story and hope you do also!