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26 & 27
March 2019


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Trade Theatre 9

Please Note: Below timetable speakers are for the 2018 show

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Thursday 26th April

Marianne Waite speaking in Trade Theatre 9 at 11.00 - 11.30

Seminar Time: 11.00 - 11.30

Speaker Name: Marianne Waite

Seminar Title: The brand benefits of thinking inclusive

Gone are the days when ‘disability’ was a conversation reserved for charities and hospitals. Mainstream brands and agencies are slowly waking up to the incentives for catering to disabled consumers, but there is still a lot of resistance. Marianne will explore some of these blockers, and how to overcome them. As well as discussing the opportunities for brands courageous enough to explore this untapped demographic. From increased loyalty, enhanced awareness and improved quality of life for the many; this session will cover the business, brand and social benefits of equitable brand practice.

Caroline Wells speaking in Trade Theatre 9 at 11.45 - 12.15

Seminar Time: 11.45 - 12.15

Speaker Name: Caroline Wells

Seminar Title: When a ramp is not enough

The need to be accessible can be daunting for businesses. What does ‘being accessible’ actually mean? How can you do it well in a world of other ‘competing’ rules and regulations. And what if you get it wrong? In this session we look at some of the real-world businesses challenges face in being accessible. Some of the practical ways to overcome those barriers, where the customer fits into all this, and what makes the difference between being accessible and being inclusive.

Heather Fraser speaking in Trade Theatre 9 at 12.30 - 13.00

Seminar Time: 12.30 - 13.00

Speaker Name: Heather Fraser

Seminar Title: Combatting loneliness in an aging population

For the aging population, loneliness is more than a state of mind - it is an emerging risk factor that has implications for personal, economic and societal well-being. A range of stakeholders, including business leaders, medical professionals, governments, advocacy groups and social service organizations, has a significant interest in preventing, identifying and addressing the root causes of loneliness. Without countermeasures, older adults face continued detachment from the mainstream, even as their numbers grow. Research by the IBM Institute for Business Value explored how organizations in many industries can act to help older adults strengthen their social fabric and reconnect to others.

Bryn Anderson speaking in Trade Theatre 9 at 13.15 - 13.45

Seminar Time: 13.15 - 13.45

Speaker Name: Bryn Anderson

Seminar Title: How digital accessibility and user experience impacts consumer loyalty

What happens if you can’t go to the shop to buy what you need? You buy it online – if you can. Find out what the equivalent of a wheel chair ramp is for the digital world, and what impact this has on businesses and consumers. With more competitors than ever in an increasingly digital world, find out what businesses need to do to capture consumer loyalty.

Beth Sanders speaking in Trade Theatre 9 at 14.00 - 14.30

Seminar Time: 14.00 - 14.30

Speaker Name: Beth Sanders

Seminar Title: The Power of Story to Connect and Reduce Loneliness

Authentic stories of people’s lives are powerful. Details of family relationships, childhood memories, military service, work experiences, love and marriage, historical events, and just “everyday” life deserve to be captured and known. But people are complicated and capturing their unique stories requires great care. The seminar will explore how reminiscing and engaging in storytelling supports quality of life and person-centered care. Research on the negative health impact of loneliness will be discussed plus the importance of encouraging feelings of purpose and meaning for overall wellbeing. What if we were engaged more? What if there were classes and discussions that built closeness and new friendships? What if people can connect more online or by phone to share feelings and deep experiences that matter? This session will share the importance of engagement and knowing unique, incredible people while we have the chance---in health care settings and with seniors’ living at home.

Gareth Burton  speaking in Trade Theatre 9 at 14.45 - 15.15

Seminar Time: 14.45 - 15.15

Speaker Name: Gareth Burton

Seminar Title: TBC

Alistair Munro speaking in Trade Theatre 9 at 15.30 - 16.00

Seminar Time: 15.30 - 16.00

Speaker Name: Alistair Munro

Seminar Title: Powered Stair Climbers for Accessibility and Safety

Alistair Munro discusses the importance of alternative lifting solutions for trade and domestic use and the increased demand for specialist stair climbing equipment. He will be comparing manual stair climbing, stair lifts and electric stair climbing equipment and the pros and cons they hold for general stair climbing, lift breakdowns and fire evacuations.

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