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Children’s charity Whizz-Kidz launches free app to help thousands more disabled children

June 17, 2013, 11:00 2616 Author: Connecting Social Care and Social Media shirleyayres.wordpress.com The children’s charity Whizz-Kidz have launched an iPhone and Android app to support its mission to transform the lives of disabled children

The children’s charity Whizz-Kidz have launched an iPhone and Android app to support its mission to transform the lives of disabled children.

The App is the latest in a series of innovations by the dynamic children’s charity. For the first time, young wheelchair users will be able to use their mobile phones to support them getting vital mobility equipment faster and to access training and work placements that will enable them to be more confident and independent. They’ll be able to do all this using the smartphone app, at the touch of a button, wherever they are.

Whizz-Kidz CEO, Ruth Owen said: ‘There are an estimated 70,000 disabled children and young people in the UK currently waiting for appropriate mobility equipment, so it is vital that we use all available channels to reach them.

‘At Whizz-Kidz, we are relentlessly focussed on our users and the App is the latest in a series of Whizz-Kidz innovations which seeks to give disabled kids the childhood they deserve and a future full of potential.’

The App will help Whizz-Kidz to reach more people and let them know about Whizz-Kidz services: whether that’s applying for mobility equipment or accessing one of our added value services – ambassador clubs, wheelchair skills training, work placements and residential camps.

The Whizz-Kidz App features all the power chairs, manual chairs and buggies available through Whizz-Kidz, along with ratings given to them by other wheelchair users. Once a disabled child or young person has received their mobility equipment, they can add their own review too.

The Whizz-Kidz App links to the online application process, which allows users to submit detailed and accurate information about their mobility needs. The Whizz-Kidz App harnesses the location of users to offer them fundraising and volunteering opportunities near them.

The Whizz-Kidz App can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store or the Android Store by searching ‘Whizz-Kidz’ or by clicking on the links below:

App Store (for iPhone)

Play Store (for Android)

This app follows other initiatives to improve disabled young people’s independence and choice, such as Whizz-Kidz’s ‘Child in a Chair in a Day’ which means that in 70% of routine cases children are able to take their equipment home on the day of assessment. This is supported by its ‘Man in a Van’ mobile solution which assesses and delivers equipment at the users’ convenience.

Whizz-Kidz transformed the lives of more than 3,000 disabled children and young people in the last year by providing appropriate wheelchairs at the right time, and opportunities to meet, have fun, work and learn key skills for life.

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