Treloar’s first in UK to receive Ability Drive
Before half term, for the first time ever in his life, Treloar’s student Luca drove his wheelchair by himself, all by using his eyes! Luca became our first student to use the new Ability Drive software.
This incredible experience would not have been possible if it hadn’t been for the support from several funders, including Hays Travel Foundation, Cheyne Charity and the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights.
Luca is a 22-year-old student with cerebral palsy. After years of unsuccessfully trying to find a way to drive his wheelchair, this new technology gave Luca his first opportunity to experience complete control of moving his wheelchair around.
After his session with his occupational therapist, he couldn’t stop smiling and wanted to show his friends what he could do. Luca used his electronic communication device to tell us that the Ability Drive is “good”, and that he would like to use it again.
We are excited to be able to introduce it to other students and continue sessions with Luca for him to develop independent driving skills.
What is Ability Drive
Ability Drive is groundbreaking software that enables you to drive a power wheelchair with your eyes. Working with Rahana Life, Treloar’s will be the first in the UK to offer a driving solution for those that are unable to drive using conventional driving controls such as a joystick or switches. The occupational therapists have already received training and are excited to start trialling it with Treloar’s students.
Developed in the US, the software was delivered to Treloar’s at the beginning of February and installed by the Assistive Technology team. Treloar’s became the first in the UK to receive Ability Drive—technology that makes it possible for students like Luca to drive their wheelchairs for the first time in their lives—all by using their eyes!
Treloar’s is so much more than just a school and college. We are a charity, delivering outstanding nursing care, therapy, independence training and education to around 170 disabled children and young people aged 2-25.
Every day we prepare young people to live as independently as possible and reach their future aspirations.
But we can’t do this without you.
Receiving the Ability Drive was a result of our 2022 fundraising appeal. Currently, we are fundraising towards a purchase of Maxi Sky Hoists.
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