For its 45th anniversary, Naidex brought together an unbelievable line-up of speakers, exhibitors, visitors and world-exclusive solutions, forming THE ultimate hub of innovation for the independent living & healthcare sectors.
Just before 10am on the 26th March, a massive crowd was waiting in front of the entrance of Halls 6 and 7 at Birmingham’s NEC. Those waiting were there for something special, something they had waited all year to see. And as the doors opened, a feeling of exhilaration resounded amongst the crowd: Naidex had just opened its doors for the 45th year.
The Wings for Life World Run is returning in 2019 for its sixth year. Registration is open, so competitors can join in and become one of hundreds of thousands of people bringing the world together to run for those who can’t.
The UK will once again host an App Run, and this year, Chiswick Park will be the venue for the run with a 3K closed road circuit. In the virtual run, participants will still have all the fun of running alongside others in the world, but the Catcher Car will be virtual. 100% of the fees and donations go to important spinal cord research, raising money for the Wings for Life Foundation to make spinal cord injuries curable.
The Isle of Brimsker is the latest bold and exciting production devised specifically for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) from Frozen Light theatre company. Premiering in 2018, The Isle of Brimsker now embarks on a much extended tour, seeking to engage with new audiences and enable more people with PMLD the chance to experience the theatre.
Mathilda and the Orange Balloon brings a diverse cast of Deaf and hearing actors, The DH Ensemble, to the stage to follow the story of Mathilda, a little grey sheep whose mind is always full of questions. Join her on a journey of self-discovery as she learns the joys of self-expression and see how, with a little imagination and a big open mind, anything is possible! The DH Ensemble have made Mathilda’sworld fully welcoming and accessible to D/deaf and hearing children and their families through the use of spoken English, British Sign Language, creative captions and animation.
Autism’s Got Talent and Autism with Attitude to perform at the Apple flagship store in Covent Garden during World Autism Awareness Week 1-7 April 2019
On Friday 5th April 2019 at 5:30pm, Apple’s flagship store in Covent Garden, London, will be abuzz with energy when Autism with Attitude (AWA) – the groundbreaking street dance group from Hillingdon Manor School, Uxbridge – showcase their moves as part of World Autism Awareness Week, 1-7 April. The dance troupe – whose tenacity and talent has inspired millions – will be joined by performers from Autism’s Got Talent, the show created by Anna Kennedy OBE, Autism Ambassador for Options Autism, to raise public awareness of the condition and give adults and children with autism the chance to shine.
UK Tour: February – May 2019
Mathilda and the Orange Balloon brings a diverse cast of Deaf and hearing actors to the stage to follow the story of Mathilda, a little grey sheep whose mind is always full of questions. Join her on a journey of self-discovery as she learns the joys of self-expression and see how, with a little imagination and a big open mind, anything is possible! The DH Ensemble have made Mathilda’s world fully welcoming and accessible to D/deaf and hearing children and their families through the use of spoken English, British Sign Language, creative captions and animation.
Heavy rain failed to dampen the spirit of visitors to a special event held to mark Disabled Access Day, at Happy Hooves Riding Centre in Penrith, Cumbria.
As an Accessibility Mark accredited centre, the event was an ideal opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits of horse riding for people with physical and learning disabilities, autism and mental health problems.
Disabled Access Day is all about creating new opportunities for disabled people to try something new and highlight the fantastic facilities that already exist, as well as the welcoming environment that venues offer.
Families, carers, friends and educators of children and adults affected by autism are warmly invited to join Dr Anna Kennedy OBE and a host of experts at the AKO Autism Expo at Brunel University in West London on Saturday 23rd March 2019. Organised by Anna Kennedy Online, a charity dedicated to raising awareness of autism, the event aims to give like-minded people the chance to share stories, talk to professionals in specialist clinics and to find out more about autism and its related conditions. Options Autism, part of Outcomes First Group, which runs a national network of award-winning Department for Education registered special schools and therapeutic care homes, is proud to be a joint sponsor of the event.
The organisers of disability innovation show Naidex have released their impressive speaker line- up, featuring some of the most influential people in independent living.
Taking place on March 26-27, the free-to- attend event at the NEC Birmingham will see the following people speaking:
• Warwick Davies, who has a string of acting credits to his name including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Willow and many more. The Tenable quiz show host supports many charities too, including Little People UK which he co-founded with wife, Samantha. Their work supports individuals with dwarfism and their families.
A Sixpenny Handley training workshop for people with learning disabilities has won first place in a competition for its smashing pumpkins.
OWL Town Farm Workshop scooped the prize in an annual gardening competition organised by national care provider, the Regard Group who run the service in Dorset.
Earlier this year Regard’s 168 services across the UK were provided with a packet of pumpkin seeds by the care provider, along with useful tips on how to grow the best crop.
“We can never resist a challenge,” said Helen Ritson, service manager of OWL Town Farm Workshop, “And set out to grow a crop that would be better than the rest.
Future Healthcare is the UK’s only exhibition and conference showcasing healthcare products and services to a global audience. Taking place at Olympia London from 18-19 March 2019, Future Healthcare gathers more than 4,000 buyers from 65 countries for two days of education, networking and cross border purchasing. The event is organised in association with UKIHMA – a strategic partner of Healthcare UK, a UK government trade promotion organisation jointly funded by the Department for International Trade, the Department of Health and NHS England.
Event Director, Dawn Barclay-Ross said: “Gathering thousands of buyers from around the world, Future Healthcare 2019 is a fantastic springboard for suppliers to find new business on the international stage.”
Haskins in Ferndown is delighted to be hosting two events this Christmas to support its nominated charity of the year, Autism Wessex.
The Family Shopping Evening (£2 per ticket, including a visit to see Santa in Santa’s Grotto) will take place on Thursday November 29 from 6pm.
The Christmas Shopping Experience (£1 per ticket) will take place on Thursday December 6 from 6pm. There will be discounts, drinks and entertainment.
Tickets for both events can be pre-booked at Haskins in Ferndown and all proceeds raised from ticket entry from the events will be donated to Autism Wessex. The centre will be open on both nights until 8pm.
After dedicating more than three decades to making a difference to the lives of those with autism and learning difficulties, Lesley Fisher, Registered Manager of Options Roxby House in North Lincolnshire - a specialist autism residential service rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) - has won the Lifetime Achiever Award at the Autism Hero Awards 2018. The national event is run by The Anna Kennedy Online Charity to celebrate excellence in autism, and winners were announced at a glittering ceremony held on Saturday 13th October at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in Central London.
Options Autism is proud to be hosting its annual Inclusive Festival in Scunthorpe on Sunday 12 August, welcoming both families affected by autism as well as the wider local community to enjoy festival fun at this relaxed and safe open-air event. Organised by professionals from Options Autism, part of Outcomes First Group – the national provider of care and education to children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs and learning difficulties – the festival aims to raise awareness of autism, to fundraise and help integrate members of the community.
Sensibility Festival, which will run from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 May, is co-produced by people with sensory impairments
The festival, which will be held across Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) and TouchBase Pears, aims to make arts more accessible for disabled people
A unique arts festival, co-produced by people with complex disabilities, and developed by the national disability charity, Sense, and Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), is set to take place in Birmingham from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 May.
The Sensibility Festival, which will be held across two venues: Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) and TouchBase Pears in Selly Oak, invites the public to explore, play and experiment in a setting that has been curated by local artists and participants with multi-sensory impairments.
A new national festival, called FestABLE, of specialist learning is bringing together professionals, parents and young people to tackle the big issues facing young people with disabilities and learning difficulties.
FestABLE will be held on June 2 at National Star College in Cheltenham. It will be the UK’s first national festival dedicated to specialist learning.
SEND reform, the Children and Families Act and whether services and systems count more than choice and aspirations are some of the headline themes.
Naidex is Europe's most exciting event dedicated to healthcare professionals. Taking place at the NEC Birmingham on the 25th and 26th April, this esteemed event provides cutting-edge exhibitors, world-class CPD accredited seminars, live demos, 1-2-1 advice and unparalleled networking opportunities, over two unforgettable days. And it’s absolutely free to attend!
Check out some of our must see speakers:
●Minister of State for Disabled People Work and Health
●Accessibility Lead at the BBC
●Executive Director of the National Care Forum
●Chair of the National Autistic Society
●Chair of the Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition (CYPMHC)
●Stakeholder Communications Manager of the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
KING POWER ANNOUNCED AS TITLE SPONSOR FOR LEICESTER’S INAUGURAL WHEELCHAIR RUGBY QUAD NATIONS TOURNAMENT
Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby is delighted to confirm that Leicester City Football Club Owners, Thai Duty-Free giant, King Power, has confirmed they will be the title sponsor of the first ever Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations tournament to be held in Leicester in March.