Today is the opening day of Naidex National, the UK’s largest exhibition for disability, homecare and rehabilitation. Naidex attracts the leading names in the industry and truly is an event which shouldn’t be missed (I’m travelling down to the NEC this morning) as it’s the place to find out what’s new and what we can expect from 2012.
I’ve attended Naidex year after year as the exhibition works around the mantra of ‘Inspiration for Independent Living’. Strong to its word Naidex features a hugely diverse selection of products and service for people who require additional help in maintaining or regaining their independence.
Products at Naidex include facilities for elderly people, disabiled people and superb ranges for children with disabilities. Anything featured at Naidex is guaranteed to be one step ahead as manufactures often choose Naidex to showcase their brand new products and technologies.
Last year I was lucky enough to see the ReWalk by Cyclone, a devise which fits around the bottom half your body including sensors and computerised motors enabling paralysed people to stand up and walk independently. Claire Lomas, who was left paralysed after she fell off a horse, is currently making headlines as she attempts to complete the 26.2 mile London Marathon in the ReWalk.
I’m confident that this year’s event will prove to be even more innovative than last and I’m genuinely looking forward to seeing how much more product development has been made throughout the year.
A highly anticipated event this year’s 2012 exhibition will be opened by Falkland’s war veteran Simon Weston OBE, who has overcome some of the toughest challenges in his life and truly is an inspiration to live independently and enjoy every moment of life. Hopefully I’ll get to catch him over the course of the day.
I’ll be blogging about my time at Naidex throughout this week.