Disabled Living

A few months back I picked up a leaflet, probably from my son’s school reception area although I can’t remember now. It caught my eye as it was plugging an event that looked of interest. I put in my work case with the intention of investigating it’s content further during a quiet lunch-time period. Fat chance. Have now rediscovered it during a periodic clear-out of the aforementioned case.

The event in question has long since past for this year. But it is run every year and is organised by Disabled Living, who claim to be the largest organiser of UK exhibitions totally dedicated to disabled children, their families and the health and social care professionals who work with them. They actually run a number of events that specifically focus on equipment, products, and services to improve independence and quality of life.

These are FREE events that begun with an annual exhibition at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton. When it became clear there was a demand Disabled Living took the Kidz South exhibition to the Rivermead Leisure Complex in Reading, to provide people in the south of England with their own dedicated event.

Having launched the Kidz events in both the north and south Disabled Living followed up with Kidz in the Middle at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry which they hope will offer people, especially those in the Midlands, Nottingham, Leicestershire, Mid Wales and East Anglia an opportunity to attend the Kidz Events without the inconvenience of traveling too far.

The events allow both public and professionals to try the latest equipment and products solutions and talk to the specialist who supply them. There is always a full and varied programme of talks and discussions covering topics such as legal and education issues, new therapies, communication and ICT. Many voluntary organisations are also on hand with information on support, funding, holidays, publications and so on.

Disabled Living is the oldest disability charity in Manchester having worked with disabled people of all ages for over 110 years. It also has one of the largest Disabled Living Centres in the country, which amongst other services, specialises in advice, information and training on equipment for easier and independent living.

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