This year’s Mobility Roadshow offers help to young disabled people considering the practicalities of further education. It takes place over three days – 21st to 23rd June – at the Peterborough Arena, East of England Showground. Parking and entry are free.
For many young people with disabilities that depend on help with mobility, the prospect of further education can be daunting.
The thought of leaving home, new friends and heightened levels of study can cause anxiety for those more able. Disabled students must also manage the practicalities of looking after themselves at new accommodation and on campus.
Two Roadshow exhibitors in particular offer practical advice and support. AskJules specialises in helping young disabled adults with the transition from living with their families studying at college or sixth form to university – from making the initial choice through to graduation. They will accompany prospective students on opening days, assist with the recruitment of personal assistants and help with managing care and finances.
The OU Access Centre Bus is the only one of its kind in higher education. A state of the art mobile assessment vehicle, it can be driven to the homes of disabled students or an appropriate location to enable a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) Assessment to take place as part of the DSA application process.
The comprehensive range of assistive technology on board includes specialist computer text to speech and speech to text software, a CCTV system to magnify text and specialist ergonomic hardware and furniture.
If the move to higher education involves a transport rethink, visitors will find at the Roadshow the latest vehicle adaptations and conversions to compare and test drive (driving licence required), as well as a wealth of advice from the country’s leading experts in this field.
For design and technology students, the expanded Design Zone offers the opportunity to meet a Royal College of Art designer in residence, vote for favourite products on the Cool Wall and talk with experts about the future of accessible design.
Among the hundreds of other products being showcased are new accessories, wheelchairs and scooters, health and fitness equipment, home products, accessible travel and miscellaneous gadgets and gizmos to enhance mobility towards a more independent lifestyle.
There’s fun too in the Sports and Activity Zone where visitors can try a range of different games, take part in mini tournaments celebrating the Olympic and Paralympic Games and reach new heights on the popular accessible climbing wall.
Register for test drives and free tickets at www.mobilityroadshow.co.uk or call 0845 241 0390 and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.