One of the largest, free Scottish events dedicated to children and young adults with disabilities and additional needs is being held at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh.
The event, Kidz to Adultz Scotland, which is also for their families and the professionals who work with them, is taking place on Thursday, September 15.
Approximately 120,000 children and adults in Scotland are living with a learning disability, and over one million are living with a sensory impairment.
Over 80 exhibitors will assemble at Highland Hall to offer advice, support and information on mobility, communication, equipment and technology, education, toys and learning aids, transport, beds and seating, service, funding, sports and leisure and much more.
Organised by registered charity Disabled Living and free to attend, the event will feature a host of educational and practical seminars accredited by The CPD Certification Service for parents, guardians, carers and professionals. Essential topics such as moving and handling, sleep issues, parental experiences, continence issues, legal advice and many others will be covered, with opportunities for parents and carers to ask questions during the day.
There will be representatives from local and national organisations including Caudwell Children, Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children, Theraplay, Munro Rehab and Fast Aid Medical and Mobility Products and more.
Edinburgh Leisure will provide taster tennis sessions for all age groups including wheelchair tennis, additional support needs (ASN) tennis and cardio tennis.
Carmel Hourigan, senior manager at Disabled Living, said: “Kidz to Adultz Scotland is a valuable opportunity for children and young adults, as well as their families, carers and professionals to find out more about the products and services available to them.
“We’ve got some fantastic organisations from Edinburgh and from around Scotland exhibiting and a great line up of speakers so all attendees will leave having learned something new. Professionals can also boost their CPD portfolios and gain credits by attending one or more of the FREE seminars taking place alongside the exhibition. Our ‘sports area’ will offer visitors a chance to try out a variety of tennis taster sessions throughout the day and all attendees will be entered into our free prize draw to win some fantastic prizes.”
Anna Myatt, tennis development officer from Edinburgh Leisure, said: “Summer 2016 has been named summer of sport with the Olympics, Paralympics and Wimbledon all taking place and following Andy Murray’s success at The Championships, we’re hoping to inspire more people to take up tennis and find out more about clubs and sessions in their local areas.”
All attendees will be entered into a free prize draw with prizes from Celtic Football Club and Rangers Football Club, The Edinburgh Dungeon, The Falkirk Wheel, The Royal Yacht Britannia and lots more.
Kidz to Adultz Scotland takes place in Highland Hall, Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, on Thursday, September 15 from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
For more information on the event and to book your free ticket, visit: www.disabledliving.co.uk/Kidz/Scotland