Over the next few months, there are some events we think need to be in your calendar. Raising awareness of disability and special needs is critical. What better way to get the message out there by attending events with a focus on specialised equipment and clothing!
They present a fantastic opportunity to talk to professionals and other parents. Everyone deserves to have their voice heard, and the end of 2018 gives you plenty of chances to shout from the rooftops. Join others up and down the country to show your support, get advice, and meet new people.
Clear your schedule for the 18th of October as it’s time for the AccessAbility Exhibition 2018. Following last year’s event, this one can only be better! The show will offer plenty of new products and innovation, from wheelchairs and walking aids to bathing products and toys. With Christmas approaching quickly, the adapted toys can make fantastic gifts.
As if October’s event wasn’t enough on its own, on November 8th, you can also attend the Kidz to Adultz North at EventCity, Manchester. Over 180 exhibitors will be there to talk about issues such as funding, mobility, education, and legal matters. For children, young adults, families, and carers, this event is one of the largest in the UK and is a big help for individuals and groups who need advice and support.
Good news - both events are free entry!
October is ADHD Awareness Month, and this year’s theme is “setting the record straight”. It’s time to talk about what ADHD is and what it isn’t. It’s also Downs Syndrome Awareness Month, which encourages people around the world to focus on the accomplishments of those with the condition instead of their struggles.
Unfortunately, children with special needs are sometimes a target for bullying. However, the Anti-Bullying Alliance is doing important work to put a stop to bullying of all kinds. Anti-Bullying Week takes place from the 12th to the 16th of November. This year’s theme is “choose respect”. On the 9th of November, you can show your support by wearing blue. Use the hashtags #antibullyingweek and #abw18 to find out more.
Whichever day, week, or month you choose to show your appreciation, be sure to log into social media and spread the word!
Other events during these months include Halloween and Bonfire Night. They are fantastic fun for the family, but there are steps you can take to make sure your child enjoys it too. The key is to plan in advance to avoid your child feeling overwhelmed by all the festivities.
For some children, planning and knowing what to expect is essential. It’s best to leave out surprises as this may distress your child. Know what your child’s boundaries are and their expectations. For example, fireworks can be distressing, especially for children who have autism. If going to a firework display, try going to a small event that is less crowded. If your child is having trouble sleeping because of all the noise, try earplugs.
Or, if your little one wants to get dressed up for Halloween, it can help to get them to try on their costume in advanced. Check that the material isn’t irritable to avoid distress when trick or treating. If they haven’t done this before, why not watch YouTube videos with them, so they know what to expect on the night.
We love this time of year, and we hope your child does too. It shouldn’t matter if an individual has a disability, they should still be able to enjoy the festivities along with everybody else. Be sure to spread the word about what your children can do, instead of what they cannot.
SpecialKids.Company cannot wait to attend the upcoming events over the next two months and take part in raising awareness for different special needs and disabilities. It will be fantastic to talk to professionals and parents alike and let people know about our fantastic range of products.
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