VSV: ‘New Mobibus will focus on children with special needs’
Mobibus, the interactive and traveling exhibition of mobility and traffic safety, will focus on children with special needs this school year. The bus was initially intended for pupils of secondary schools, but the project was stopped when the corona crisis broke loose.
The Flemish Foundation for Traffic Safety (Vlaamse Stichting Verkeersveiligheid, VSV), the initiator of the exhibition bus, took advantage of the corona crisis to review and reorientate the project. As a result, the bus is now equipped with an elevator for wheelchairs, among others.
The new edition of Mobibus was presented on Monday in the rehabilitation center Pulderbos in Zandhoven, where many young children recover after serious traffic accidents.
The new Mobibus is perfectly adapted to support traffic education for children with special needs. Thanks to the exhibition, they can familiarize themselves with themes like visibility, blind spots, and specific behavior in traffic through games and quiz questions. Moreover, the subjects are dealt with in a very practically oriented way.
Mobibus also has its own crosswalk: children are taught to wave to the driver to draw his attention and look to the left and right before crossing. VSV invited teachers from schools for children with special needs to participate in the project.
The Flemish Mobility Minister Lydia Peeters (Open Vld) applauds the initiative. “Traffic education is important for all road users, and especially for children with special needs.”
VSV aims at 15 pupils in the morning and 15 in the afternoon to visit the bus. The organization hopes to reach about 2 700 children with special needs in 2022 and give them some tailor-made traffic education. The bus can be booked for a week (€750) or two days (€400).