OpeMed spearheads school’s accessibility ambitions

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A new-build Strathmore school has placed accessibility centre stage in response to the local area’s growing need to support students with special educational needs.

The solutions, which were installed by mobility equipment  supplier OpeMed, span three classrooms, a sensory room, a soft play area and a hygiene room.

The solutions specialist installed an OT200 ceiling hoist, with the assistance of a local contractor, to offer a compact and quiet transfer solution across all of the mobility-enabled areas.

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OpeMed liaised with the contractor to install a steel frame designed specifically to mount the ceiling hoist track, which kept the costs down and gave a smooth install process.

A spokesperson from OpeMed said: “The new hoisting systems enable disabled students to access experiences that might otherwise have been kept from them.

“Moving manually from a wheelchair, beyond certain ages, would be risky or impossible for both teachers and students; a hoist negates the risk by allowing controlled and safe transfer, whilst promoting use of the fantastic soft play and sensory facilities. Not only will these encourage development but also, and most importantly, they encourage a fun environment at school.”

The school will provide special educational need support to the borough of Richmond and neighbouring boroughs, for learners with multiple and complex learning difficulties.

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