Earlier today, I was made aware of a major exhibition taking place tomorrow at Manchester's EventCity on the 16th November, called Kidz to Adultz North. The exhibition offers inspiration on independent living for young people with disabilities and is organised by Disabled Living, which is one of the regions oldest charities - celebrating its 120th year!
Kidz to Adultz North is a unique, inspiring and FREE event, that is a celebration of independent living and offers a one-stop shop for the most up to date advice, support and information for youngsters with disabilities, up to the age of 25 and their carers.
Last year, the Manchester show welcomed nearly 5000 guests and the charity is hoping that many young visitors with disabilities and additional needs, will come along to the exhibition tomorrow and enjoy the range of hands on activities on offer. Hundreds of experts will also be on hand throughout the event to offer valuable support and advice on all areas of disability; from mobility, funding, seating, beds, communication, sensory, transition, education, housing, employment to accessible vehicles, transport, sports, leisure, independent living and much, much more.
This years Kidz to Adultz North event, will be looking both forwards and backwards, by paying homage to the charities early beginnings as well as highlighting the contributions Disabled Living have made to enhance independent living over the years. The exhibition will also be looking forward to the future and will feature it's very own innovation hub, where young people and their carers will be encouraged to share and draw their own ideas of innovative and life enhancing equipment. Staff and engineers will be ready to assist to help discuss and design these thoughts on equipment and products for the future. There is every chance that at least one of these imagined ideas could very well be realised by Disabled Living in the future!
There will also be an exciting competition taking place to 'Design a Christmas Card', where the winner's design will be turned into the very one that Disabled Living will send out in 2017. The charity's archives show that the tradition of sending out Christmas cards to it's young users dates back as far as its launch, back in 1897.
Debra Evans, Disabled Living's Chief Executive says: "We are delighted to be bringing out annual Kidz to Adultz North event back to Manchester this November in a very special year for us. The past 120 years has seen us transform from a small and unique outfit teaching about kindness into an acclaimed organisation that has transformed thousands of lives across the region. And so this year's event will very much celebrate all that we have achieved to date, with a special emphasis on heritage and celebrating history whilst very much looking to the future to show that we are always looking for new and pioneering ways to help makes lives better and more independent".
For more information on this fabulous event, then please visit www.kidzexhibitions.co.uk
Event - Kidz to Adultz North
Date - Thursday 16th November 2017
Time - 9:30am til 4:30pm
Venue - EventCity, Barton Dock Road, Manchester, M17 8AS
Ticket price - FREE, but please go to www.kidzexhibitions.co.uk to register.