MERU

Bugzi - Powered mobility for children

Bugzi is a powered wheelchair designed for disabled children aged 1 to 6 years. It enables them to be independently mobile. We want to make 2 Bugzies to loan to children free of charge. When a child grows out of their Bugzi, it will be returned to MERU to be made ready for another young driver

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016

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  • Not only is the experience of movement vital for children with limited motor skills but Bugzi also provides an alternative way by to develop their understanding of cause and effect, and the skills they need to operate switches.

    — Allison Dick, Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist at the Orchard House Child Development Centre

  • I love my Bugzi! I get to move around by myself!

    — Sophia - aged 6

  • Bugzi is a wonderful idea for children that have severe mobility restrictions. They can keep up with other children and it helps them uncover skills they did not know they had.

    — Claire - mum of a Bugzi user

  • Not only is the experience of movement vital for children with limited motor skills but Bugzi also provides an alternative way by to develop their understanding of cause and effect, and the skills they need to operate switches.

    — Allison Dick, Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist at the Orchard House Child Development Centre

  • I love my Bugzi! I get to move around by myself!

    — Sophia - aged 6

  • Bugzi is a wonderful idea for children that have severe mobility restrictions. They can keep up with other children and it helps them uncover skills they did not know they had.

    — Claire - mum of a Bugzi user

Situation

Children with disabilities currently can't be assessed by NHS wheelchair services for a powered wheelchair until they are at least 5 years old. By this time, they will have missed out on vital learning experiences such as cause and effect, co-ordination, spatial awareness and personal 'risk management'. They have to rely on their carers to make choices for them, which can be very frustrating and have fewer opportunities to interact with others than other children their age.

Solution

The Bugzi solves this problem by enabling disabled children to be mobile at a very early age. It is easy to learn how to 'drive' a Bugzi and the experience of learning is good for the child in itself. The child feels empowered. Just being able to cross a room to select a favourite toy makes such a difference. In a Bugzi, children can get around by themselves, choose how they want to play and interact with other children.