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Developing Independence Through Powered Mobility

Every young person has the opportunity to experience appropriate forms of powered mobility. The award winning Chailey Heritage Foundation engineering team have developed a range of advanced assistive technologies to develop driving skills and allow progression; these include:

  • TRACK wheelchair guidance system (with over 1km of track both indoors and around the school site)
  • Audio Signposting System
  • Sensing Collision Avoidance Detector (SCAD) for wheelchairs
  • Powered Standers
  • Universal Power Base
  • Effort Reduction Wheelchair – making free driving easier

Mobility & Engineering

We are incredibly fortunate to have one of the best Research and Development Electronic Engineers, Dr Martin Langner. He has developed innovative and revolutionary technology and equipment to enable the children (some with complex disabilities) to interact with their environment, provide them with new control opportunities, as well as being able to get around independently.

Rehabilitation Engineering Services (RES)

The RES team at Chailey Heritage Clinical Services consists of qualified engineers, technicians and clinical scientists. They adapt, modify and problem solve issues with equipment, ‘mount’ equipment for optimal use by the child, carry out on-site repairs and design and manufacture bespoke equipment. They undertake equipment reviews and provide advice on safety in the use of equipment. Having the breadth of this service in a school setting is unique to Chailey Heritage Foundation.

Our Pupils' Stories

Henry Henry is a happy 12 year old who has been at Chailey Heritage for nine years - C... Katie Katie is 19, loves everything Disney and is always wearing the brightest outfits... Charlotte

13-year-old Charlotte is a determined, kind, and thoughtful young person.

Seth Seth is 6 years old and has been at school at Chailey Heritage Foundation since ... James James has been developing his concentration skills by caring for the animals at ... Jacob Jacob is 18 years-old and has been attending Chailey Heritage Foundation si... Bertie Bertie is six years old and started school at Chailey Heritage Foundation in Nov... Harriet Harriet has been developing her communication skills during her visits to Patchw...
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