Naidex is in less than two weeks time! On the 25th & 26th April Birmingham’s NEC will transform into a hub of innovation for the disability and independent living sector and we can’t wait to see what the powerhouse event has in store for us this year!
With over 300 exhibitors from across the globe, 200 seminars from the brightest minds of the sector, new features and more; the show will have plenty for visitors to see. For its 44th edition, Naidex has also decided to introduce panel debates to tackle some of the topics currently trending, one of them being employment.
A recent study from the Papworth Trust details that, in comparison to non-disabled people, disabled people are nearly four times as likely to be unemployed or involuntarily out of work, resulting in a staggering 46.5% of working age disabled people being employed.
A growing number of companies and organisations are noticing that a disabled person’s capacity to work can often be overlooked by able bodied people and societal constructs. And it’s this realisation that has led to the creation of an increasing number of assistive technologies, specifically aimed at helping people with disabilities perform the daily tasks, which will ultimately allow them to work.
One organisation that has already invented a service to help disabled people in future employment is German based company, Dräger & Lienert. They have created software that allows blind and visually impaired users to navigate their computers rapidly, performing complex tasks quickly and easily within a variety of industries.
Another company working to help disabled people break through employment boundaries is AskJules, and they do this by looking deep into the roots of the employment issue, and providing care services to manage and support young disabled adults, notably with student support. They help people with disabilities attend and enjoy university.
To help those of you looking to gain a more detailed understanding of the employment landscape, Naidex will be hosting an Employability Panel Debate. The debate will be hosted by Disability Horizon’s CEO Martyn Sibley and will feature the CEOs of Disability Rights UK, the Business Disability Forum, Change and Microlink PC, and they will be here to discuss the problems, best practice, and opportunities associated with employing people with disabilities.
So come along to any of our Naidex panel sessions, ask away and who knows, you could be a part of a discussion that could mark the beginning of a brand new movement within the disability sector.