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17 & 18
March 2020

NEC
Birmingham

CDP Certified

Innovations for the Future of Independent Living

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Seminar Theatre 5

Tuesday 26th March

Wednesday 27th March

Alistair Munro speaking in Seminar Theatre 5 at 11.00 - 11.30

Seminar Time: 11.00 - 11.30

Speaker Name: Alistair Munro

Seminar Title: Powered stair climbers for accessibility and safety

We will explore how modern access standards are not being met in the UK and how this is influencing the growth for alternative stair climbing solutions. Understand the comparisons between various stair climber solutions to determine which is best for you and your needs. During the talk we will explain the importance of each solution during various scenarios such as overcoming architectural barriers; ascending the stairs and emergency situations including lift breakdowns and fire evacuations.

Mark Walker speaking in Seminar Theatre 5 at 11.45 - 12.15

Seminar Time: 11.45 - 12.15

Speaker Name: Mark Walker

Seminar Title: Touchpoints – Helping to manage Sleep, Stress and Anger

We will give an introduction to Touchpoints and how they work. We will conduct a live demonstration showing the effectiveness of the devices and how they can be used. We will also address commonly asked questions from the room - Where do they come from? What are they? How do they work? How can they help me?

Sandra Gasson speaking in Seminar Theatre 5 at 12.30 - 13.00

Seminar Time: 12.30 - 13.00

Speaker Name: Sandra Gasson

Seminar Title: Utilising technology to enable greater levels of independence and self -management for individuals with Autism

Sandra has been supporting adults to be independent using Abilia’s cognitive products. Abilia’s products support individuals in understanding time by making it visual and easy to understand using the Quarter Hour Principle;15 minutes is represented by a dot of light that goes out once time has passed. An electronic version allows this to be used on smart phones and tablets for portability and discreet usage with remote support capabilities.

Sean Tibbetts speaking in Seminar Theatre 5 at 13.15 - 13.45

Seminar Time: 13.15 - 13.45

Speaker Name: Sean Tibbetts

Seminar Title: Cyber Eyez Smart Glasses Change Lives

Cyber Eyez is an amazing application that takes advantage of multiple hardware platforms to provide a myriad of functions for people with low vision or blindness. From magnifying computer screens and paper documents to reading text in over 150 languages and even providing sentiment analysis for mood identification Cyber Eyez is a life-changing technology for people with low vision or blindness.

Martyn Sibley speaking in Seminar Theatre 5 at 14.00 - 14.30

Seminar Time: 14.00 - 14.30

Speaker Name: Martyn Sibley

Seminar Title: Mindset and habits that change the world

In the world of disability we talk a lot about the social model. We're all very aware that it's the barriers of society that disable people. What we therefore need to talk more about is how to remove the environmental, attitudinal and organisational obstacles in the way. What if we all have a responsibility and the power to make these changes? What if a certain mindset and some new habits are the key to unlocking your potential?

Mike Redford speaking in Seminar Theatre 5 at 14.45 - 15.15

Seminar Time: 14.45 - 15.15

Speaker Name: Mike Redford

Seminar Title: The Social and Commercial Benefits of Personal Mobility!

The ageing population, Brexit, increased early retirement are causing a demographic shift, creating an opportunity and need to have a broader scope for employment. Self-driving cars, better integration with public transport, and improved personal mobility reduce the barriers for people; getting to and being at work. With examples from Sweden is the disability sector the solution to this growing challenge of falling numbers of potential employees?

Debbie North speaking in Seminar Theatre 5 at 15.30 - 16.00

Seminar Time: 15.30 - 16.00

Speaker Name: Debbie North

Seminar Title: Find It, Share It, Live It - Making the Inaccessible Accessible

Being Outdoors is good for the mind, the body and the spirit - whether it be a walk in the woods or a trek up a mountain. Debbie works with The Outdoor Guide with Julia Bradbury developing and creating walks with wheels finding that perfect walk, the perfect place to stay and that place for the perfect cup of tea! Debbie gives a light hearted and humorous talk about making the inaccessible accessible.

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