A Bedford man is enjoying increased independence thanks to the support he has received from national disability charity Action For Kids.
A generous matched-funding grant from the ACT Foundation enabled Action For Kids to give Jason Taylor a Storm 4 powered wheelchair that is specially designed for his needs.
According to Jason, the £7,500 wheelchair has increased both his mobility and his independence. He said: “I can honestly say this chair has helped my confidence and given me more freedom. This fantastic wheelchair means I can now go out on my own – people might think it is only a small thing but even being able to raise my chair so I can reach the button on a local zebra crossing means I don’t have to ask people for help. It’s super.”
Action For Kids is a national charity that supports children and young people with physical and learning disabilities find greater levels of independence and opportunity through the provision of appropriate aid and support.
According to Maureen Galvin of Action For Kids, people often assume that disabled people can use any wheelchair, but in reality each one has to be tailored to its user. “The wheelchair we have been able to supply allows Jason to tilt the chair in order to sit comfortably at a desk, allows him to recline when he needs a rest and offers him security as he can’t slip out of the chair.”
Added Jason: “Knowing I can get out and about on my own and that I won’t get stranded in town is really important to me. I can’t thank Action For Kids and the ACT Foundation enough for the funding they have provided.
“I recently graduated with a law degree and I am now looking for a job. This wheelchair will help me get to work independently.”
If you would like to help other young people like Jason, please visit www.actionforkids.org.