Communications News: Disability charity in call for road safety training for children

The Association of Wheelchair Children is campaigning to improve the availability of road safety training for disabled children.

The charity has published 1,000 road safety manuals to encourage road safety officers to integrate young wheelchair users into their courses for able-bodied people.

Around 50 manuals have been sent out so far. The charity's chairman, Owen McGhee, has enclosed a letter with each manual to recommend that interested parties invite the association to run a two-day wheelchair-skills course.

He said that government road safety initiatives had not considered the needs of wheelchair-users. Children adjusting to wheelchairs often move more slowly than able-bodied people when they cross the road, and have to deal with uneven kerbs and rows of parked cars.

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