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The William Merritt Centre Announce New Addition to Their AccessAbility Exhibition

Synopsis: The William Merritt Centre's AccessAbility Exhibition will take place 18th October 2018 at the Centenary Pavilion, Leeds United Football Club between 10.00am and 3.00pm.1

Author: Rachel Proctor2 Contact:

Published: 2018-06-13 Updated: 2018-08-02

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Following the success of The William Merritt Centre's AccessAbility Exhibition in 2017, it is excited to announce its plans to make 2018 bigger and better by the addition of Get Going Live covering all your vehicle mobility needs.

It will take place on 18th October 2018 at the Centenary Pavilion, Leeds United Football Club between 10.00am and 3.00pm, showcasing new and innovative assistive technology and equipment, providing information and advice to enable greater independence for disabled children and adults or those with additional needs.

Senior Occupational Therapist Annette Abbott explained;

"Both professionals, end users and their families and carers are invited to attend the free event. As well as companies demonstrating a range of assistive technology and equipment including beds, seating, walking aids, bathing aids, tricycles, scooters, wheelchairs, and car adaptations, a number of charities will be attending to offer support and information."

"This is a great opportunity for you to meet companies and try products which can enhance your everyday life and enable greater independence. It is also a great opportunity for professionals to attend with clients to assess which equipment may best meet their needs."

"The additional benefit this year is that the Exhibition also includes Get Going Live covering all aspects of driving including vehicle adaptations, accessible vehicles and a test drive circuit with new and existing drivers in mind."*

For 2018, The William Merritt Centre has added a new element - a driving area partnered with Get Going Live funded via Department for Transport and Driving Mobility.

Accessibility Get Going Live Logo.
Accessibility Get Going Live Logo.

The Driving Area Will Include

David Blythe, General Manager at The William Merritt Centre, commented;

"We are delighted to be extending our annual assistive technology and equipment exhibition to incorporate an area dedicated to all your vehicle mobility needs with Get Going Live. This will mean our exhibition will have an even larger appeal in terms of delivering more options and advice for the needs of disabled adults and attracting a larger audience to include young disabled individuals 14+ years, older drivers with a newly acquired medical condition and Approved Driving Instructors. This event is free to attend and is a convenient way to come and try out new products and see innovations to help you keep up to date."

Young people with disabilities can gain a driving licence at 16, but sometimes for parents and carers finding out all they need to know and to feel confident they are making the right decisions for the safety of their prospective young driver is difficult to find.

The William Merritt Centre also receives many enquiries about how older drivers can continue to drive in a safe manner enabling their independence.

Expert, friendly and face to face advice will be available from a selection of companies and the William Merritt Centre team who have a wealth of knowledge from assessments, to finding out about the adaptations and vehicles which are right for the individual's needs.

Accessible Van on display.
Accessible Van on display.

The exhibition also offers a special gaming area showcasing the options available for adaptations to enable everyone to access computers, mobile phones, tablets, toys and computer games whilst providing an area to chill out and have fun.

David Blythe, General Manager of The William Merritt Centre commented;

"Over 500 people came to the Exhibition last year and we have even more stands booked this year. We are excited to be able to host the exhibition which offers a range of equipment and mobility to all ages in Yorkshire. This free event is a convenient way to come and try out new products and see innovations to help you keep up to date."

The William Merritt Centre

The William Merritt Centre is based in Leeds and we provide impartial information, advice and assessment on equipment, driving and practical aspects of daily living for disabled people of all ages, their carers, professionals and older people.

Anyone can make an appointment with one of our Occupational Therapists/Driving instructors to discuss the needs and recommendations to aid independent living.

*On a track accompanied by specialist Driving Instructors and Occupational Therapists in a safe environment: all vehicles have dual controls. You must be over 14 to test drive, although younger prospective learners are welcome to practise transferring and familiarising themselves with the controls.

2Source/Reference: Rachel Proctor ( Disabled World makes no warranties or representations in connection therewith. Content may have been edited for style, clarity or length.

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