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26 & 27
March 2019

NEC
Birmingham

CDP Certified

Innovations for the Future of Independent Living

  • Visitors attend the Naidex show with caption: Europes's largest and most established event for the disability sector
  • Robotic hand giving a helping hand with caption: Shows like this are helping to push the boundaries - Matthew Warnes, Grandcare
  • Amputee man running in the hills with caption: 30% more visitors compared to 2016
  • Image of a tablet screen with caption: Discover the technology that is revolutionising independent living

Public Theatre 1

Please Note: Below timetable speakers are for the 2018 show

Wednesday 25th April

Thursday 26th April

Adrian Edwards speaking in Public Theatre 1 at 11.00 - 11.30

Seminar Time: 11.00 - 11.30

Speaker Name: Adrian Edwards

Seminar Title: My autistic brain

The seminar will explore how I have learnt to manage autism and train from the inside out over the 15 years raising my autistic son, Daniel. The seminar will also share the story of how Daniel ended up receiving a private tuition in the high security quantum physics lab at Oxford University. Also the story & successes behind the McDonalds ‘identify & accommodate’ initiative being piloted in Bedford will be shared.

Kevin Walker and Michael Blair speaking in Public Theatre 1 at 11.45 - 12.15

Seminar Time: 11.45 - 12.15

Speaker Name: Kevin Walker and Michael Blair

Seminar Title: Solicitors – A Painful Experience?

This seminar will explore pain following serious and catastrophic injuries. How pain is managed, how pain is viewed by others i.e. often with scepticism and ignorance, and why your solicitor should always consider pain in isolation in a claim for injuries and loss arising from negligence of a third party.

Debbie North speaking in Public Theatre 1 at 12.30 - 13.00

Seminar Time: 12.30 - 13.00

Speaker Name: Debbie North

Seminar Title: In the Spirit of Wainwright

My work with The Outdoor Guide with Julia Bradbury is to develop wheel friendly treks in the countryside. These range from push doable with a manual wheelchair through to higher, longer, more challenging treks in the hills and dales with a powered ATW. Whilst on our mission - making the inaccessible accessible - we often come across a number of factors that when they are taken in the context of accessibility, of a countryside for all, are significant. ‘In the Spirit of Wainwright’ is a warm hearted and humorous look our experiences of our wheel friendly Coast To Coast trek across England and will talk about the highlights and the
pitfalls of trying to make the inaccessible accessible.

Associate Professor Dr Ross Head speaking in Public Theatre 1 at 13.15 - 13.45

Seminar Time: 13.15 - 13.45

Speaker Name: Associate Professor Dr Ross Head

Seminar Title: Bespoke product design to enable ability

Cerebra is a charity dedicated to helping families and their children with neurological conditions. The Cerebra Innovation Centre (CIC) is a bespoke product design service offered by national charity Cerebra to its members. The unique strategic vision for CIC means that they are able to respond to individual requests for help and can make small numbers of bespoke products that focus heavily on individual requirements and inclusion into society. The seminar will take the form of a case study review of three CIC products; A seated tandem surfboard, Triathlon equipment which enables a young girl to participate with her father and a horse riding helmet for a young man with unique head shape, plus a small overview of the work we do.

Graham Race speaking in Public Theatre 1 at 14.00 - 14.30

Seminar Time: 14.00 - 14.30

Speaker Name: Graham Race

Seminar Title: Your guide to flying with a disability

Flying is an essential and desirable form of transport for millions of UK citizens each year, whether for business, pleasure, family or health reasons. In this short seminar we will guide you, step by step through the process of flying on commercial aircraft if you have a physical disability. From making a booking, to arriving at the airport, moving through security, and then boarding – we give you top tips to increase you confidence to choose flying as a means of transport.

David Livermore speaking in Public Theatre 1 at 14.45 - 15.15

Seminar Time: 14.45 - 15.15

Speaker Name: David Livermore

Seminar Title: Access Information – essential or a ‘nice to have’?

Remaining at home because you’re anxious about the accessibility of the places you want to visit is a too familiar story for many. In an age where the internet is a part of everyone's lives and the value of the ‘purple pound’ is more and more understood, there is still such limited information available for people to understand how they can make the best of the places we all want to go to.

Dom Smith speaking in Public Theatre 1 at 15.30 - 16.00

Seminar Time: 15.30 - 16.00

Speaker Name: Dom Smith

Seminar Title: Keep your friends close

Following on from the success of Wobblin’ About and Rockin’ Out at last year''s show, Dom brings, Keep Your Friends Close to Naidex 2018. Expect no holds barred, honest truths about the benefits (and negatives) of surrounding yourself with the closest people around you in a business environment.

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