At Fairfield School we are fortunate enough to have an electrically propelled platform that follows an electronic signal when a single switch is pressed. This track is underneath our carpet and outside and has 5 different routes the pupils can take.
The track enables our pupils who are unable to use a conventional powered wheelchair to experience independence and develop skills for mobility. The platform can also be used off the track with up to four switches.
A pupil in their manual chair can be pushed onto the platform via a ramp and then using a single switch can press the switch and move the platform forward
This system benefits our students in a range of ways it can:
Encourage cause and effect – understanding early intentional actions
Improve their driving skills
Education through exploration of the environment
Initiation of communication
Structured, safe and purposeful mobility
Switch assessment and training
Training in the use of independent assistive equipment
Development of cognitive skills
Fun through play activities
This has allowed pupils with complex and multiple disabilities to control their own mobility for the first time and has proved to be a powerful motivator for learning.
Some pupils have progressed onto having a power chair of their own.