Naidex 2020 is just around the corner and Disability Horizons is going to be there. Read on to find out more about the event, why you should attend and how it is helping to make the disability and healthcare industry more accessible and inclusive.
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What can I expect at Naidex 2020?
With 20% of the UK’s population being disabled, it’s time for disability to be in the spotlight – Welcome to Naidex 2020!
It is Europe’s most established event dedicated to the disability and independent living industries. It is back for its 46th anniversary, on the 17th and 18th March 2020 at Birmingham’s NEC.
Always looking to bring you the latest solutions that allow disabled people to live more independently, this year’s show will put its focus on the key topics taking the industry by storm – from inclusion and accessibility to mobility and employability, Naidex 46 has you covered.
You’ll be able to shop from 400 world-class suppliers and try before you buy – essential to help you spend your money wisely.
You’ll also be able to immerse yourself in countless interactive features, test the very latest mobility products on the Mobility Test Track and get involved in the Live Sports Arena to discover your next passion.
But Naidex has always been much more than a marketplace where visitors can find the latest innovations – it is a place where people come together and learn about the industry’s future.
As the epicentre of the disability and healthcare world, Naidex 46 will also boast an unparalleled speaker lineup, giving you 300 inspirational seminars.
Throughout both days, seminar theatres will be brimming with information and advice, leaving audiences uplifted and empowered.
Who will be speaking at Naidex 2020?
From ways to make and manage your money to accessibility in the workplace and changes to healthcare – you won’t want to miss any of the talks at Naidex 2020. They include:
- Digital influencing – how to get paid to change the world – Martyn Sibley our co-founder and CEO of Disability Horizons.
- Making money work for everyone – Sheree Atcheson and Natalie Ledward, Head of Diversity and Inclusion and Vulnerable Customer Analyst at Monzo.
- How to personalise your smartphone using accessibility settings – Jo Dowdall, Accessibility Specialist at O2.
- How the BBC approaches accessibility to make inclusive workplaces – Paul Bepey, Staff Facing Accessibility Lead at BBC.
- Our continued story on disability – Michael Vermeersch, Digital Inclusion Lead at Microsoft.
- The importance of acceptance – Ben Tansley, gym owner and inspirational speaker.
- Hidden disabilities: what do you see? – Marion McNally, Head of Inclusion at Sainsbury’s.
- Advocating for change in health, education and employment – Dr Hannah Barham-Brown – doctor and equity advocate at NHS and TGA Mobility.
How do I get to Naidex and where can I stay?
As a world-class exhibition venue, the NEC is fully accessible, and that’s including transport there too. The Birmingham NEC is in a prime location that is available to get to via all sorts of transport.
Travelling to Naidex by car
Being only 8 miles east of Birmingham city centre, 75% of the UK can get to the NEC within an hour drive. With 16,500 parking spaces available at the venue, you’ve got plenty of room for your car at the event.
Getting to Naidex by train
Direct services run all day from Birmingham International Railway Station, with a Shuttle Bus running from the station to the NEC throughout the whole event.
If you are travelling from further afield you may need to catch a connecting train at Birmingham New Street.
By bus and coach
Coach services in the area are operated by National Express and Megabus, with more than 120 daily services from across the UK to Birmingham Airport.
From there you can get to the NEC via the free air-rail link, which takes just 90 seconds and runs every two minutes.
Travelling by taxi to Naidex
The NEC has teamed up with TOA Taxis to ensure a safe, friendly service is available to you 24/7 at the NEC. You can book over the phone by calling 0121 427 8888 or 0800 0142 729, online or via their handy app.
You can get more travel information on the NEC website. If you would like to see your best travel options for you, the NEC’s postcode is B40 1NT.
If you plan to book a hotel for the event, Travelodge Birmingham Airport is offering a 5% discount to Naidex visitors.
The hotel offers accessible rooms and bathrooms, adjoining rooms for PAs, an accessible restaurant and disabled parking in the short stay car park.
With all this lined up, Naidex will once again become the hub of the disability world, offering all the innovations that are empowering people with a disability.
Register for your FREE ticket at www.naidex.co.uk.
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