When I travel I’m always on a mission to get Braeden and Amelia gifts. Usually I like to buy items that I can’t get in Australia or something unique to the country I am travelling. Often I put the items away for their birthdays or Christmas but on my last trip I bought something I couldn’t wait to give Braeden. And the good thing is, it’s also available online in Australia too. I finally got my hands on the Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham remote controlled stunt wheelchair. To say it’s been a hit is an understatement, so of course I wanted to share it with our Have Wheelchair Will Travel community.
Hot Wheels Remote Control Wheelz Stunt Wheelchair
Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham is a wheelchair motocross world champion who performs insane stunts in his wheelchair. It’s heart in your mouth kinda watching but it is also so awesome to see a person with a disability showing such strength, determination and skill. As I say repeatedly, representation matters.
Over the years it’s been tough finding good presents for Braeden as his fine motor skills didn’t develop at the usual age milestones. He has continued working hard and can do a lot more now. As a result, I’m always keen for him to have the opportunities he would have had at a younger age at whatever age he can access them. We’ve found that he can operate toggle remote control cars so I am always on the look out for remotes he can manage. It doesn’t mean he can drive the vehicle with accuracy but he can have fun and that’s what it’s all about right? Not only that, it means that if he can access a game or remote vehicle it continues to hone those skills he has developed. Motivation is always key to kicking those therapy goals.
I love the fact that the figure of Aaron is muscly and representative of a true wheelchair athlete.
Fortunately the figurine comes with a helmet because when Braeden and I are operating the remote control, he needs it. I took a little video to show you The Hot Wheels “Wheelz” remote controlled wheelchair in action.
The “Wheelz” remote controlled wheelchair does spins, tricks, jumps and has a boost function which really ramps up the speed and fun. The wheelchair has a self-righting feature which assists with righting the chair when it takes a tumble. Braeden can use the toggle remote control, but Aaron does spend a bit of time on his side. This doesn’t matter because that allows Braeden to put his fine motor into action to right the wheelchair onto its wheels. I know I said it comes with a self-righting feature but that’s tough for Braeden to manage.
I highly recommend this as a gift for a child or teen of any ability but I think anyone who is a wheelchair user will be particularly thrilled with it.
For anyone in Australia you can purchase it online at Amazon Australia
For our overseas friends, you can purchase it online on Amazon.
I wasn’t able to find it available in any other stores in the US so it seems like an online only purchase.
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