Life les­son for wheel­chair kids

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

KENS­ING­TON Pri­mary School stu­dents are get­ting an idea of what it is like to live with a dis­abil­ity.

The school’s 30 Year 6 stu­dents are tak­ing turns to live a day in a wheel­chair as part of the Wheel­chair Sports As­so­ci­a­tion WA’s Wheel­chair Chal­lenge.

Kens­ing­ton Pri­mary School phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­ist Raema Stan­ford said the school had been in­volved with the Wheel Life pro­gram for the past five or six years, which in­volved the stu­dents us­ing a wheel­chair for an hour, but she wanted to raise the stakes.

“The idea of bring­ing in the chal­lenge for the first time is to teach the stu­dents about what it’s like to need a wheel­chair.

“The stu­dents were ini­tially ex­cited about do­ing it but they’ve found it very tir­ing to get around.”

Mrs Stan­ford said the school was happy to raise aware­ness for the Wheel­chair Sports As­so­ci­a­tion WA.

“We have one girl who uses a wheel­chair around the school and it’s great for peo­ple to un­der­stand what she goes through,” she said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d461789

Year 6 stu­dents Aingeal Thomas, Zoe Dono­van, Zoe Wal­ters, Makayla Gour­gaud, Evie Rosich and Jake Bar­den.

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