Only a quick post tonight just letting you know about today’s goings on at Naidex…
When I first got there it’s a bit overwhelming! There are so many stalls, so many things to try and so many talks to go to. In the spirit of saving spoons and dealing with stressful situations I made a list of the talks I wanted to go to beforehand. I didn’t manage to get to all of them as by 3pm both my partner (standing in for my PA) and I were feeling pretty tired! But here a quick round up of the talks I managed to get to:
Martyn Sibley – Adventure for All
Martyn is an all round accessible action man! As co-founder of Disability Horizons, he has traveled pretty much around the globe and experienced a vast range of adventure activities. He also has a refreshing outlook thats not happy-clappy and unrealistically positive. He’s certainly inspired me to look at what adventure activities I could do – particularly my dream of going hot air ballooning!
DisabledGo – The UK’s accessibility checker
If you haven’t come across DisabledGo already, go check it out now! It’s a brilliant website with a wide range of access information on nearly 100,000 different places. They’re also looking for new access surveyors and recommendations for new places to review.
Russell Smith – Technology doesn’t need to cost; communication and access at affordable prices!
Russell runs Dad in a shed with his father. Together they have created a range of specialist support technology trying to keep costs at a minimum so that more people are able to afford it. Check them out at www.dadinashed.com
Lee Ridley – A Life Without Words
Lee, AKA Lost voice guy is a comedian who uses text to speech technology on his ipad and BlueAssist technology not just to communicate on a day to day basis but also to perform his stand up comedy. The BBC New Comedy award winner is worth a watch any day!
But my favourite experience today was test driving a Rio Firefly Electric Wheelchair Power Attachment. It’s a fantastic bit of kit which I’m hoping to do more of thorough review of soon!
But before I go two tips. There is limited food options, especially if you have allergies like me. It may be worth bringing your own food. There are also limited disabled toilets, which has meant long queues. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time!