Home, Design & Build Theatre 7
Please Note: Below timetable speakers are for the 2018 show
Wednesday 25th April
Thursday 26th April
Seminar Time: 11.00 - 11.30
Speaker Name: Jamie Howard
Seminar Title: What is a lift? and why should I care?
Lifts are everywhere, and they change the lives of millions of people daily, whatever your age or ability, it’s a pretty sure bet that your world has been made easier by a lift at some point. I’ll be giving a brief detailing of the types of lifts and lifting equipment most broadly used in today’s market and why these different types are worth knowing about. I’ll include details of the basic principles behind the mechanical drives, layouts of the equipment, the sizes/footprints and lifting capacities all with reasons why it counts to know these things if you’re thinking of buying a lift.
Seminar Time: 11.45 - 12.15
Speaker Name: Sheila Mackintosh
Seminar Title: Adapting homes for later life – encouraging people to plan ahead
Most people want to live out their lives in their own homes. It is essential that this happens successfully to reduce pressures on hospitals and care services as the population ages. This presentation looks at what we know about the housing stock and its suitability for later life. It explores how much people plan ahead to ensure their property is ready for the time when they, or their partner, may become less mobile or frail. It raises questions about how we can encourage more people to think about the future and invest in the most effective solutions to enable them to remain active and independent for as long as possible.
Seminar Time: 12.30 - 13.00
Speaker Name: Anava Baruch
Seminar Title: Designing homes with a focus on visual impairment
Anava will focus of the effect visual impairment has on a person’s ability to function at home. She will give an overview of relevant statistics, discuss elements of the physical fabric of the property, and look considerations around interior design and technology. The session will help you understand how visual impairment affects our ability to use vision for functional tasks, and will examine high risk areas, such as the stairs, bathrooms and kitchens. It will conclude by looking at the ways we can help to resolve or minimise difficulties in order to enhance independence and reduce risks at home.
Seminar Time: 13.15 - 13.45
Speaker Name: James Kinsman
Seminar Title: Supporting Independent Living with the Smarter Home
In this seminar James explores how advances in commercial smarthome technology can be used to assist in gaining independence by integrating standard consumer equipment without needing expensive custom designed “accessible” hardware. Join him in exploring the myriad of options available today, starting with plug and play systems and continuing through to discover how a fully integrated smarthome system could enhance your lifestyle and even help in enhancing your independence.
Seminar Time: 14.00 - 14.30
Speaker Name: Anthony Parrish
Seminar Title: Door Automation in the Home
A look at the options and solutions when needing to adapt doors at home for easy access.
Seminar Time: 14.45 - 15.15
Speaker Name: Nicholas Kent
Seminar Title: Changing Places: How to support your community.
This seminar aims to introduce and spread awareness of the Changing Places campaign and the newly updated British Standards. Changing Places is a campaign on behalf of people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. This includes people with profound learning disabilities, their carers, as well as other people with disabilities, all in need of Changing Places toilets with space and the right equipment- including a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist. The seminar will cover a range of topics including an analysis on ‘What is Changing Places?’, ‘The importance of ensuring correct facilities’, ‘How to become a Campaigner’, ‘Changing Places in the News’, ‘The Support Network’ and more. Attending this seminar should provide you with all the information and content you need to support the campaign and your local disabled community.