Our College in Harrogate recently received a donation of Stabilo postural cushions worth over £2,000 from disability access company AAT. The cushions will make a real difference to our students, who have a wide range of disabilities, by supporting them in their physiotherapy sessions and helping to stabilise their movements.
We have our own experienced Disability Support Service which works with students to provide therapy, rehabilitation and assistive technology support to help them become more confident and independent. Lee Dart is one of the physiotherapists in the team who works with individual students to improve their flexibility, stamina, co-ordination, body awareness and health and well-being.
Lee explains why the physiotherapy team are excited about being able to introduce these products to their sessions. “Using these cushions offers us so much control. You can mould the cushions to match the body shape of the person using them, to provide exactly the support that they need and then lock that shape in place.”
“So I have the freedom to create a cushion which could help a student sit more comfortably in their wheelchair, a mat to support their elbow so they can use an iPad more easily or I can mould a mattress to help them access our hydrotherapy sessions. Most importantly, you can then alter the cushion at any time, so if someone’s shape changes, or a student asks for an alteration, the cushion can be adapted to fit.”
Gareth Brown, Development Manager at AAT, first visited Henshaws College a couple of years ago to demonstrate a powered wheelchair system, and the partnership grew from there. He said: “We’re delighted to be working with Henshaws College. They are a fantastic local charity supporting young people with disabilities. I’m excited by the energy of the team here and I know they’re going to be so creative in finding new ways to make the cushions work for a wide range of people.”
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Find out more about AAT’s products for people with disabilities.