Wheelchairs and positioning devices can have optimal impact when the users and all who care for or work with them, understand the features of the device, how it works, adjusts and how to best use it during the user’s daily activities.
The provision of a wheelchair alone opens doors to opportunity, but doesn’t always result in the child being fully included in the life of his community. For this reason we team up with Uhambo to capacitate seating practitioners, families, carers and the broader community to support children affected by mobility impairment and their families and to see they become more fully part of the life of the community.
The social enterprise offers training which:
- Is led by a team of professionals, technicians and program facilitators
- Models and encourages disability-friendly attitudes and handling of people with disabilities
- Aligns with international and local policy, and recommended best practice
- Builds practical skills through ‘hands-on’ mentoring in groups (optimal 15 per group)
- Is accessible, cost- effective and community- based
- Is flexibly designed to meet different needs, times and sites
- Is supported with participant resources and ongoing advice
- Complements training of our partners
- Training options vary from short 2-hour once-off sessions to a series of ½ day inputs to internships over a few months. Mentoring may be offered through outreach seating clinics.
- We are always open to consider collaborations with local and international students or groups interested in contributing to new design, research or service development at Shonaquip.
- Training is not scheduled at fixed times during the year but is arranged in consultation with the social enterprise to best meet your specific needs
Information about Dept. of Health training in seating at basic, intermediate and advanced level is available from https://www.wcrc.co.za/ or contact Nelleke Bakkes
Contact us if interested in hands on experience in clinical or technical skills, design- based or assembly skills, community -based outreach clinic services or other seating service related management skills. We welcome researchers to contribute to the evaluation of service and practice at the social enterprise.
Contact number: 021 7978239
- For anyone new to seating
- Basic input for public, students, volunteers or carers to promote basic awareness around the benefits of 24 hour positioning approach, introduction to devices, correct client positioning in a device and early referral of people with mobility impairment for appropriate support and services.
- 2-3 hours
- For seating practitioners
- To develop clinical reasoning and troubleshooting skills to meet changing needs of the child with mobility impairment, following the service steps recommended by WHO. This is practically offered through mentoring during community- based outreach seating clinics with special focus on child with more complex posture support needs
- Half/full day clinic
- For seating practitioners/technicians
- CPD accreditation
- To develop or refresh skills in prescription, device handling and adjustment using a 24 hour positioning approach. We focus mainly on our range of Shonaquip devices available through the tender, including modular wheelchairs and buggies, back systems and positioners (allow approximately 1 hour per device).
- An in-depth 2 day training prepares practitioners to use and prescribe the Shonaquip buggy product range effectively
- For seating practitioners and technicians/handymen
- To develop skills for care, repair and maintenance of wheelchairs to ensure safe and functioning device. Practical skills in clinical and technical aspects of customisation (through mentoring at community based outreach seating clinics).
- A more detailed technical training expands on basic technical skills to include refurbishment, assembly, upholstery and common customizations of devices. Basic disability awareness training develops technician’s capacity to engage with clinical staff and wheelchair users.
- Technical skills can be further supplemented with business management skills to prepare an entrepreneur to run independent business (inputs are phased, module based, small group).
- Parents and caregivers of child with mobility impairment
- To develop practical basic understanding about disability and practical skills to manage every day positioning, handling and behaviour management to support inclusion of their child with a disability. These skills are well suited to managing everyday care of a child with Cerebral Palsy.
- For people wanting to support people with disability in their community
- To support the rights of people with disability, to confront old ideas about ‘disability’ and adopt disability- friendly language, attitudes and behaviour to support and promote the full participation and inclusion of people with disabilities and their families.
- To capacitate parents of children with disabilities to support one another. Through parent champions, parents address identified needs, lobby for appropriate service provision and inform policy to ensure the rights of their children are upheld.
- Parents, carers, teachers of children with disabilities
- To enable parents, carers or educators with skills for practical inclusion of children with disabilities into a program of early learning which stimulates development and play with other children.
- This training includes the Ndinogona stimulation kit. Delivered at centres of early learning, training incorporates activity- related positioning needs of children with mobility impairments.
- Students, community, civil servants and disability service providers
- To enable community- based workers or agencies to better support families affected by disability.
- Training sessions build awareness around disability rights, barriers affecting people with disabilities and address referral mechanisms to support and include children with disabilities and their families within the community.
- Participants are encouraged to confront old ideas about ‘disability’ and adopt disability appropriate language, attitudes and behaviour. They learn how to identify families at risk and link them to existing services in the community.
- For learners from different backgrounds, levels of learning and experience
- Internships are offered to develop skills of design, manufacture and clinical or technical service delivery. Internships also provide skills training for people with disabilities.
- An internship involves practical, supervised ‘hands-on’ learning while engaged in typical activities of the social enterprise in ‘real’ contexts.
- Internships can be arranged to suit different requirements but typically involve a series of inputs or a longer period of time and a defined outcome.