While all children's lives have been turned upside down by the COVID-19 outbreak, children with disablities have been particularly hard hit by school closures, disrupted routines, and a lack of access to care support as well as by the confinement measures, which means that vital outdoor activities have become much more limited. Here, in there own words, some of the parents of the children Variety supports share their tips for coping at home during these difficult times.
Twin brothers Levi and Lucas are 14 years old. They live in South Yorkshire with parents Paul and Michael, who adopted them in 2008 when they two years old. Both Levi and Lucas are on the autistic spectrum and have complex epilepsy, along with learning difficulties. Their lives are severely affected by all of their conditions combined. Here, in their own words, Paul and Michael describe how sensory equipment, provided by Variety, has transformed the lives of the boys.
Ezzy is six years old and lives in Bristol. She was born three months early, and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which affects her arms and legs. She struggles to walk and can find things a little tough. Her favourite activities are swimming and horse riding and she loves 'The Masked Singer', a British reality television singing competition. Here, in her own words, Ezzy describes the difference a wheelchair funded by Variety has made to her life.
Hadley from Southampton is nine years old and has cerebral palsy. He likes like rugby, football, cricket, and Formula One racing and he plays wheelchair basketball for Hampshire Hornets Wheelchair Basketball Club. Here, in his own words, he shares his reflections on wheelchairs and explains how a sports wheelchair, funded by Variety, has helped him.
Dante from Liverpool is 12 years old and has osteogenesis imperfecta, otherwise known as brittle bone disease. He is a Variety Young Ambassador and Pride of Britain 2019 award winner. Here, in his own words, he discusses his experiences of being a wheelchair user and the difference that having a light manual wheelchair, funded by Variety, has made to his life.