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26 & 27
March 2019


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Public Theatre 4 - Sponsored by Mybility All Terain Wheelchairs

Please Note: Below timetable speakers are for the 2018 show

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Due to leading technology, the Mybility range of wheelchairs are able to handle multiple terrains, from challenging outdoor environments to confined indoor spaces.

These outstanding wheelchairs can manoeuvre over mud, wet grass, snow, sand, steps, curbs, cobbles, uneven rocky areas, steep inclines and gravel. Indoors, the wheelchair easily fits through standard doorways and handles tight corners whilst being kind to carpets and various floor surfaces. Suitable from age 6 years upwards.

Wednesday 25th April

Thursday 26th April

Tom Arkle speaking in Public Theatre 4 at 11.00 - 11.30

Seminar Time: 11.00 - 11.30

Speaker Name: Tom Arkle

Seminar Title: Mud Munching Monsters! Off-roading for disabled drivers.

A brand-new experience has been born. For the first time disabled drivers can get behind the wheel of a uniquely adapted Land Rover Defender. In this seminar Para-Drive founder Tom Arkle talks about the world of off-road driving and the opportunities for disabled drivers in recreation and competitive motorsport. Tom also outlines his vision of the ‘ultimate off-roader’ and what makes the difference between a school run SUV and a mud munching monster.

Angela Sanford and Ruth Brannan speaking in Public Theatre 4 at 11.45 - 12.15

Seminar Time: 11.45 - 12.15

Speaker Name: Angela Sanford and Ruth Brannan

Seminar Title: Cycling making impossible possible!

Angela shows you how to turn impossible into I''m possible, with her story about overcoming barriers, learning to cycle, and taking this shared love for cycling and turning it into an award winning all ability cycling project. Alongside Ruth and their team of cycling enthusiasts, together they created You Can Bike Too, where thousands have been cycling, many for the first time. They talk about the importance of community and believing that you can, no matter your age or abilities. Who knew that a shared love of cycling could make such a big impact on the world?!

Claire De Than speaking in Public Theatre 4 at 12.30 - 13.00

Seminar Time: 12.30 - 13.00

Speaker Name: Claire De Than

Seminar Title: Disability rights: life, love, and fun

An examination of the impact of human rights law on the lives of people with disabilities. This seminar will provide opportunities to explore factual scenarios and best practice for healthcare professionals in the complex field of disability rights.

Ros Osborne speaking in Public Theatre 4 at 13.15 - 13.45

Seminar Time: 13.15 - 13.45

Speaker Name: Ros Osborne

Seminar Title: 3D Interactive Tours and their role in Education, Health and Social Care

A brief look into the how the 3D immersive tours can really aid those with a disability or impairment. It is also to huge benefit for those planning and delivering services within this community of service users. Not only does the simple technology scan and create a virtual 3D tour it allows for interactive media to be placed at key points to provide regularly updated information for all users of the area: accessibility/ dimensions, route planning, fire safety, maintenance and a method to add information and media to help promote and develop independence. You can add whatever works for you! A cost effective tool for all services and above all else allows accessibility for ‘all’.

Dr Rod Lane speaking in Public Theatre 4 at 14.00 - 14.30

Seminar Time: 14.00 - 14.30

Speaker Name: Dr Rod Lane

Seminar Title: External FES Consultant for DM Orthotics

Dr Rod Lane will present to you the DMO Medical Flexi-trode® FES system. It combines the benefits of dynamic elastomeric fabric orthosis with neuromuscular stimulation to correct the effects of conditions such as drop foot.

Robert McLaren speaking in Public Theatre 4 at 14.45 - 15.15

Seminar Time: 14.45 - 15.15

Speaker Name: Robert McLaren

Seminar Title: The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology was launched one year ago with the aim of putting assistive technology at the heart of the UK policy agenda. This talk sets out the role the group and the key issues we are working on. In particular, the seminar will highlight the Government’s Industrial Strategy and the opportunity this presents for greater investment in innovation in assistive technology.

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