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26 & 27
March 2019


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Public Theatre 3

Please Note: Below timetable speakers are for the 2018 show

Wednesday 25th April

Thursday 26th April

Markus Raffer speaking in Public Theatre 3 at 11.00 - 11.30

Seminar Time: 11.00 - 11.30

Speaker Name: Markus Raffer

Seminar Title: The mobility of blind people today and in future

In summary, the seminar is about the mobility of visually impaired and blind people. Because the speaker himself is almost blind, he wants to show to the audience how he and many other blind people move in their daily lives today, and what great opportunities the technology of the 21st century offers. In this context will be showed what the problems are, what the risks are and what people can do or better don’t do to help. Especially the seminar wants to give an insight to seeing people how blind people go their ways and for the blinds in the room it should bring new suggestions and a look into the future.

Bazza West speaking in Public Theatre 3 at 11.45 - 12.15

Seminar Time: 11.45 - 12.15

Speaker Name: Bazza West

Seminar Title: ONE LIFE - LIVE IT Bring it on!

In this seminar Bazza will take you through his personal journey, from teenage gardener to hugely recognised mouth painting artist. Bazza‘ S journey has seen him close to death on more than one occasion, yet with the limitations he has in mobility Bazza continues to prove that life is definitely for living. Listen to Bazza’s amazing journey of inspiration as a mentor, artist and father. He’ll also tell you how he has fed himself for the very first time in 21 years using a robotic dining machine.

David Rose speaking in Public Theatre 3 at 12.30 - 13.00

Seminar Time: 12.30 - 13.00

Speaker Name: David Rose


David will relate some of the physical and psychological challenges that may be encountered during the post-amputation process. The seminar will be based on David’s personal experience as an above knee amputee and will explore the importance and power of peer support mentoring in rehabilitation, based on his own experience as a peer volunteer and on outcomes from the LA’s long-standing peer service – its Volunteer Visitor Network.

Iain Richards speaking in Public Theatre 3 at 13.15 - 13.45

Seminar Time: 13.15 - 13.45

Speaker Name: Iain Richards

Seminar Title: Para Dance in the UK

Discussing the work Para Dance UK does to make dance inclusive across the UK. Whether that be through training dance instructors, developing highly competitive athletes or letting people enjoy themselves. What does Para Dance UK do in local communities? What does Para Dance UK do worldwide? Find out about what we strive for and how we can get there together. We believe Everyone Can Dance.

Kath Sutherland, FRSA speaking in Public Theatre 3 at 14.00 - 14.30

Seminar Time: 14.00 - 14.30

Speaker Name: Kath Sutherland, FRSA

Seminar Title: Breaking down the barriers: Disabled people and work.

This seminar is aimed at anyone who wants to consider practical ways of reducing and removing any barriers that are faced in the inclusion of disabled people in the work force. Indeed, it demonstrates some of the practical, solution focussed ways in which people with impairments can be supported to find and keep their jobs, or to set up and run a successful business. Many disabled people and people with long term health conditions find it difficult to find work or stay in a job. There are also many disabled people who would like to be self-employed, but can’t get the support, advice or information that they need. We operate an award winning, national service that assists everyone with any form of impairment, to find, retain and progress in the full range of work opportunities. This seminar demonstrates how our practical, common sense approach supports inclusion in work for all!

Graham Nolan speaking in Public Theatre 3 at 14.45 - 15.15

Seminar Time: 14.45 - 15.15

Speaker Name: Graham Nolan

Seminar Title: A rich tapestry – Wellbeing for people who are deafblind

Participants will understand why the needs of this growing population differ from people with singular sensory loss and how important the assessment process is in understanding options for independent living and outcomes relating to wellbeing. The seminar will focus on the importance of looking at how life for people who are deafblind can be seen as a rich tapestry and how we need to think differently about possible assessment outcomes by sharing creative thinking, success stories and good practice. This seminar will look at the definition of deafblindness and relevant statutory duties from the Care Act 2014 and the Social Services and Wellbeing Act 2014.

Janet Seward speaking in Public Theatre 3 at 15.30 - 16.00

Seminar Time: 15.30 - 16.00

Speaker Name: Janet Seward

Seminar Title: Finding suitable equipment for independent living

Older and disabled people and their carers can be forgiven for finding the market for independent living equipment difficult to navigate. What are the best products? How can I find out about suitable suppliers? Which sources can be trusted? This talk will review the best independent sources, offer pointers and latest trends.

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