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Mobility Events Calendar

1st January 2018

From new stairlifts to modern walk-in baths and more of the latest technology, there are lots of useful items that can help those with limited mobility continue to live active and independent lives. Many of these can be discovered at mobility events. The mobility and disability sector is always evolving with new products hitting the market, but a great way to keep up to date with new innovations is to visit the latest exhibitions and events that are taking place throughout 2018.

This guide gives an insight into the top mobility and disability shows, but please bear in mind that some are designed specifically for care providers and other healthcare professionals.


Moving & Handling People South

Dates of event: 31st January – 1st February 2018

Run by Disabled Living Foundation, the Moving and Handling People 2018 South is a conference combining topical seminars and workshops promoting best practice.

There are training seminars with practical interactive problem-solving workshops available and although the discussions and seminars that run could benefit any carer, the conference is most suitable for professional healthcare providers.

This is one of the most established mobility events in the country and mobility aid suppliers, including Handicare, often debut and display new and existing products at this event.

The 2018 event is being held in London and seminars will cover topics such as spinal handling guidelines, hands-on/hands-off practical moving and handling guide for people with dementia and moving and handling clients with complex needs.

Visit the event page website here.



Abilities Expo

Dates of event: 23rd-25th February

The Abilities Expo is one of the biggest events in the world and for nearly 40 years it has been a go-to source for people with mobility problems and other disabilities all over the world.

The next Abilities Expo will be taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center and will be bringing together products and services for the community of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, and healthcare professionals all under one roof.

Visit the event page website here.



Kidz to Adultz Exhibitions

Dates of events: 15th March (Kidz to Adultz Middle), 17th May (Kidz to Adultz South), 5th July (Kidz to Adultz Wales & West), 8th November (Kidz to Adultz North), Kidz to Adultz Scotland date is to be announced for 2019.

The Kidz to Adultz event is free to attend and supports children and young adults with disabilities.

At this year’s events, there will be 100-180 exhibitors sharing information on the most up to date equipment, products and services, beds, bathing, toilets, communication aids, accessible vehicles, holidays and much more.

There are also free CPD seminars for professionals, parents and carers to attend as some of the topics that will be covered in these sessions include single-handed care, challenging behaviour and Education and Healthcare Plans.

Visit the event page website here.




Dates of event: 25th – 26th April

The Naidex event is Europe's most exciting event dedicated to the disability, healthcare and independent living sectors.

Naidex will once again be held at the Birmingham NEC for its 44th year and organisers, the PRYSM Media Group, have attracted a number of expert speakers.

The free-to-attend event will this year boast an increased floor plan and running alongside the Dementia Care and Nursing Home Expo, there is no limit to the reach of this event.

The show includes seminars, exhibitions, panel sessions and interactive demonstrations. At recent events, demonstrations have included a mechanical horse at the Riding for the Disabled Association stand and a mobility test track where visitors could test the latest in mobility products.

Visit the event page website here.





NAEP National Annual Conference

Dates of event: 12th – 13th June

The NAEP National Annual Conference is organised by the National Association of Equipment Providers and will be held at Chesford Grange Hotel and Conference Centre this year.The two-day event is for the benefit of people who work within the community by providing equipment and advice on the most up-to-date practices, particularly for those who supply equipment that can help older people and those with mobility difficulties or a disability.

This year the increasing role of technology will be heavily discussed and the NAEP Conference 2017 will provide delegates with a glimpse into the future and how this future can marry successfully into current equipment provision.The event will be welcoming a number of guest speakers and will be hosting a number of workshop sessions over the course of the event.

Visit the event page website here.



Disability Awareness Day

Dates of event: 15th July

The 27th annual Disability Awareness Day is recognised as the world’s largest voluntary led pan-disability independent living exhibition and family fun day covering physical, sensory and learning disabilities and mental health, for all ages.

Last year’s event was a huge success with over 22,000 visitors and a further 6,000 attending events held during the week leading up to the main event.

The 2018 Disability Awareness Day, which is being held at Walton Hall Gardens in Warrington, is aiming to promote independent living through the theme “It’s what disabled people can do that matters”.

DAD27 exhibitors will highlight equipment, mobility products, transport, employment, education, health and social care, leisure activities, and services, with over 100 support groups and much more.

At the event, visitors can try sports activities including archery, shooting, basketball, fencing, football, rugby, boxing, karate, tennis and scuba diving in the on-site pool. There will also be Arts Marquees with some of the UK’s leading disabled artists attending and a display by the Guide Dog Display Teams, Birds of Prey and a Samba Band.

Support services at DAD27 will include a free accessible Park and Ride, free accessible bus service from Warrington Town Centre, a free scooter and wheelchair loan service with trained enablers, British Sign Language interpreters, additional unisex wheelchair accessible toilets and over 100 trained stewards and helpers.

Visit the event page website here.


PMG Conference

Dates of event: 23rd  – 25th July

Posture & Mobility Group’s annual conference is taking place at Manchester Central in 2018.

This industry exhibition and networking event also offers an educational programme for a multi-disciplinary group of professionals working in the field of posture and wheeled mobility, including occupational therapists, physiotherapists, rehabilitation engineers and clinical scientists.

The PMG Conference focuses on the postural and mobility needs of wheelchair users and visitors can learn about manual and powered wheelchairs, special seating, postural management, pressure care and assistive technology.

The 2018 event will be running lots of sessions that are dedicated to people working with older people, including postural support in lying, research into Parkinson’s disease, powered mobility therapy for dementia and stroke patients, plus funding for equipment.

Bookings for the event are open on Thursday 1st March 2018, and Early Bird prices are available until Friday 4th May 2018!

Visit the event page website here.

The Big Event

Dates of event: 6th -7th July

Taking place at the NEC in Birmingham, the Big Event is the Motability Scheme's flagship show and is the UK’s largest display of cars, scooters and powered wheelchairs for disabled people.

The event, which is free-to-attend for visitors and offers free parking as well, allows those with mobility problems to find out everything they need to know about worry-free motoring with Motability.

Visitors can test drive adapted and non-adapted cars with a professional instructor to find out which vehicles are best suited to their individual needs. Test drives can be booked on the day – visitors simply need to bring along their full driving licence and choose a car to test drive.

Alison Beasley, One Big Day Event Manager at Motability Operations Ltd, says, “The One Big Day events are incredibly popular and attracted over 20,000 visitors in 2017, and we’re excited to meet lots more people when we head to the NEC in Birmingham for the first time in 2018. The NEC is a great venue and we hope it will provide an ideal opportunity for many disabled people and their families to find out about worry-free motoring with the Motability Scheme.

“There will be opportunities to gather information and advice, see a wide range of vehicles, and take a test drive, all in one place.”

As well as the flagship event, Motability Scheme have organised regional shows:

  • 1 - 2 June, The Big Event at Eikon, Lisburn, Northern Ireland
  • 28 July, One Big Day at Westpoint, Exeter

Visit the event page website here.



One Big Day

Date of event: 11th August

Held at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate provides the perfect opportunity to discover everything you need to know about worry-free motoring with Motability.

It is a great opportunity for the public to come and see all the latest wheelchair accessible vehicles, scooters and adapted cars with over 50 cars from 13 different manufacturers, over 30 scooters and over 15 wheelchair accessible vehicles on display.

Visitors can meet scheme partners including Kwik Fit and the RAC as well as get advice from a number of experts in the field.

Visit the event page website here.



One Big Day

Date of event: 8th September

The One Big Day event at Peterborough Arena in Cambridgeshire will offer locals in the area the chance to find out more about motoring with Motability.

There will be over 30 cars from 13 different manufacturers and more than 30 scooters at this regional event as well as expert information on the adaptions people can make to their cars.

Scheme partners such as Kwik Fit and the RAC will be in attendance and visitors can talk in-depth to Motability advisors.

Visit the event page website here.



Older People’s Day

Date of event: 1st October

This nationwide event that takes place on the 1st October every year and looks to celebrate older people in the country and their contribution to society.

Coinciding with the UN International Day of Older Persons, this event sees numerous activities take place up and down the country getting older people active and encouraging a greater number of younger people to spend more time with the older generations.

For more details of events happening closer to the day, check out their website, follow them on Twitter, or like their Facebook page.

Visit the event page website here.


Care Show

Date of event: 17th-18th October


Designed especially for organisations responsible for the care of older people, the Care Show is a great place for healthcare professionals to find out more about caring for the elderly.

Taking place at the NEC in Birmingham once again, the show will exhibit the inspiration, innovation and ideas that continue to move the running of care businesses forward to more efficient and empathetic results.

The event seeks to provide an opportunity for professionals to network and learn, so there are plenty of seminars and opportunities to talk to thought leaders. There are also updates on care sector regulations and government initiatives and information on special deals on care equipment.

Visitors can even try the latest products and services from 250 suppliers showcasing anything and everything from furniture and interior products to business services.

Visit the event page website here.



The Occupational Therapy Show

Dates of event: 21st – 22nd November

The Occupational Therapy Show is the UK’s largest free to attend education and trade event dedicated to occupational therapists.

Taking place at Birmingham NEC (halls 9 & 10), the event includes occupational therapy focused lectures, on-stand education and practical workshops. These workshops cover a variety of subjects such as physical, mental health and learning difficulties and housing.

You can expect world-class speakers alongside more than 300 trade exhibitors and suppliers.

Speaking about the show, Louise Stubbs, Clinical Lead at Nottingham Healthcare, says, “I like the mix of the stands and the lectures. The conferences are very good. Today we have been looking at a range of falls equipment, including bed equipment. My friend also does some private work so she has a pretty long shopping list to get through! It is great that everything is all in one place. The exhibitors are all very helpful and informative.”

Cynthia Scerri, Clinical Lead, Rehab Hospital Karin Grech, adds, “We’re always trying to find new ways of doing our work and looking out for new technologies to provide the best service for our clients. We don’t have this exposure in Malta, and the supplies in the country are very limited. It is useful to find and make connections with international suppliers at The OT Show.

We have been to some really interesting lectures, including one on dementia and flying and another on evolving practice. The sessions offer something different and inspire you to look beyond the practice that you’re comfortable with.”

Visit the event page website here.




Image Credit: Kidz to Adultz Exhibitions, Naidex, Disability Awareness Day, PMG Conference, The Big Event.

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