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Wheely Good Chats with Braeden - preschool disability awareness program - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Wheely Good Chats With Braeden

Let’s chat!

My name is Braeden and I live with cerebral palsy. It’s a physical disability which affects movement and posture.

I’m trying to promote an understanding of disability in the Sydney community, so that people with disabilities feel included and seen.

I visit preschools and chat with kids about living with a disability. I use my iPad and picture symbols to communicate, and show off the equipment I use (a wheelchair and a walker) to get around.

I bring some special people with me on each visit. My support worker and a speech pathologist come along. All of us have Working With Children Checks (WWCCs).

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How to prepare for Braeden’s visit

Let participants know that Braeden will be super-excited to meet them. Although he does not use words, Braeden may make some loud squeals or noises to convey his excitement.

Let participants know that we welcome questions! Participants should feel comfortable asking anything they want to know.

If you have any questions or need to communicate ahead of time about the accessibility of your venue, please email us.

Please note that this is currently a Sydney-based program, and Braeden is only able to visit venues in the Sydney area.

What you can expect on the day

The visit will take around one hour, with 20 minutes of structured time.

  • Braeden introduces himself to everyone (using his Step by Step communicator)
  • Braeden gives a short speech using his iPad with Pictello app. He’ll describe what cerebral palsy is, and things he likes to do.
  • Question time
  • A short activity – Braeden will bring his cars and bowling set to show how he uses his visuals to communicate during the game. Participants can also practice using the Step by Step communicator to record some jokes or stories.
Wheely Good Chats with Braeden - preschool disability awareness program - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

After Braeden’s visit

We would appreciate your thoughts on what worked well and what we could do differently. Please fill out the survey on this site, or email us if you would prefer a feedback form.

Braeden communicates and shares information using photos. If you take any photos on the day that we are able to use, we would appreciate you sending them to us.

Thank you for giving Braeden the opportunity to chat. It’s a great way for Braeden to develop his skills, as well as a beneficial learning experience for participants.