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Rocking Chair for Autistic & Sensory Overloads

Education & Skills

We want to make two rocking chairs to benefit children with severe learning difficulties at Breckenbrough School in Thirsk.

Total received £1,271.63

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About this cause

DEMAND designs and manufactures bespoke items of equipment, invariably unobtainable elsewhere. Often a piece of equipment can be all that is needed to transform the life of a person living with disability. Most of our equipment makes life more bearable, more comfortable or provides some independence. Our clients range in age from babies to retirement and beyond. Their difficulties span the full disability spectrum with the majority struggling to cope with debilitating conditions, such as Cerebral Palsy, Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Autism, Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Injury and sensory impairment, many have multiple disabilities and severe learning difficulties. Although small, we are a national charity with workshops in West Yorkshire & Hertfordshire.

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How this cause brings people in the community together

DEMAND’s first chair, given to The Collett School to help their students with autism develop methods for self-calming in stressful moments is proving a huge success. The Sensory Shell Chair’s hood helps both children and adults with sensory processing disorders such as autism to make sense of their world by limiting environmental stimuli. The chair can be rocked by the occupant, or by someone else using the rear handle. Each Sensory Shell Chair is made, assembled and carefully finished by hand in our workshops. A learning disability can often affect the way a person understands & processes information, so having time and space to do so independently is a huge benefit in a school environment.