Wheelchair lego! 2 things that needed to be combined a long time ago

Lego has finally released its first wheelchair minifigure! I rejoice every time I see toys in the shop that recognise the disabled community as it helps our kids to not feel “different”.

Its all thanks to a petition which has more than 20,000 signatures.

Read the full article from ABC here:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-28/lego-unveils-first-minifigure-in-wheelchair-after-toy-like-me/7122108

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New piece of equipment that excites me!! The Rockerski

My daughter has received a new piece of equipment that I have been wanting for a long time!
Variety Club were very generous to fund this for her.

My daughter cries a lot for hours and we have no idea why and the only things that soothe her are cuddles and rocking, but she is now 20kgs and I am only little so I can’t do this all day long. I spotted this in the Wonderland Rehab Catalogue and knew it would be perfect for her.

It’s great, fits most hi-lo chairs, wheelchairs and best of all, its portable. Amara does spend a bit of time in hospital and she is even more unsettled there, so this is perfect as we can throw it in the car and keep her happy when she’s there.

Anyone with a child who is unsettled a lot will LOVE this product.

Little sister has already started helping with the rocking 🙂

http://www.wonderlandrehab.com/catalogue.html

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Ozsale – Special Needs Wedgies on sale

My favourite sale site is selling the Special needs wedgies, I have blogged about them previously, but I love them so much I had to let you know they were on Ozsale. but be quick, they only have things on sale for a few days to a week.

They are shipped from the US, so might take a bit longer to get to you,

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http://www.ozsale.com.au/ItemsList.aspx?saleID=c281065f-d277-426c-a0a2-fdd915c816ee&ui=8#Guide+Craft/Toys

Jack’s Wheelchair song on the Wiggles

I have finally been sucked into the world of the Wiggles! My youngest daughter absolutely loves them. She knows all the moves and most of the words.

I have made sure I always point out other people and children in wheelchairs so she understands they are just like her sister and they are an important part of our community. She now sees a wheelchair and says “sister” 🙂

So when I first saw this clip on the wiggles “Jack’s wheelchair” I was over the moon!!

Jack Tori is a long-time fan of The Wiggles, and most recently Jack collaborated with The Wiggles to write the song “Jack’s Wheelchair Song” which features on our latest album “Wiggle House”. The song was written to help breakdown the stigma about being in a wheelchair. Jack has Cerebral Palsy just like my daughter.

you can buy it form iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/wiggle-house!/id860494864

you can watch a youtube clip here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU-IrS–Tkw

Accessible ice-skating – Amara on the ice!

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

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Amaras Starlight Wish

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.

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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”

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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.

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Tandem wheelchair bike!

My daughter loves the outdoors and bikes, and so does her dad, which is why I love this!

The “Go-Anywhere” Wheelchair Bicycle Tandem

The DUET is a colorfully designed wheelchair tandem that combines the latest in cycle technology with advanced wheelchair design. It provides recreational opportunity no other product can provide!

Enjoy the great outdoors like never before with the “go-anywhere” ruggedness of The DUET

more info here: http://www.frankmobility.com/duet.php

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