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26 & 27
March 2019


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Innovations for the Future of Independent Living

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Speaker profile for Tamara Desmet: Speaking at Naidex

Speaker Name: Tamara Desmet

Company Name: Holiday center Middelpunt

Tamara is the commercial manager of the holiday resort Middelpunt. She is a driven woman with a burning passion for her industry.

Middelpunt is a social employment project by the Mariasteen Company (a sheltered work place) which has its main office in Gits, West-Flanders.

In such a company people with disabilities are offered the chance to do a job that matches their interests and possibilities. They work in smaller teams and are given manageable levels of responsibility.

Tamara started her career at Mariasteen 9 years ago in Human Resources. She came into contact with disabled people on a daily basis and came to understand their wishes and needs.

When she was asked four years ago to run Middelpunt, she gladly accepted.

Tamara said: “To see people with a smile on their faces when they leave, makes me sincerely happy!”

Dont miss this seminar

Seminar Title: Inclusive travel without borders

A day trip to the sea? A dinner for two? Sleeping-in at the hotel? We all need to be spoiled once in a while, and this certainly applies for elderly or disabled people too.

Provided some small adjustments, so many things are possible. Middelpunt, for instance, is a holiday resort on the Belgian coast that has been fully adapted.

With its 100% levels of accessibility, it still manages to offer the atmosphere of a modern and luxurious hotel. In this seminar Tamara will take you through the possibilities of wellness for disabled guests, adapted transport, accessible excursions and inclusion.

People with and without disabilities stay together - so why make a distinction?

You can stay there as a group, with your family or with a partner. Whoever needs personal assistance or help by a nurse, can get that support. After all, in dreams there are no impossibilities

Public Theatre 2, 11:45 - 12:15, Thursday 26th

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