The Shaw Trust published their Disability Power 100 in October to celebrate the hundred most influential disabled people in the UK. Looking through the list, you can easily recognise the celebrities, Paralympians and influencers that are changing how disability is perceived. The Disability Power 100 sheds light on a subject too often left in the dark: with over 20% of the population being disabled, it is time for disability to be in the spotlight.

In March 2019, Naidex will celebrate its 45th anniversary and turn Birmingham’s NEC into the hub of the independent living world. Always looking to bring the latest solutions that allow disabled people to live more independently, this year’s show will focus on inclusion. And in order to do that, Naidex will be working with the likes of Martyn Sibley and Warwick Davis to accomplish its mission. Have a look at some of the topics that will be covered at Naidex 45…


This will be a key topic at the 45th edition of the show, with experts gathering to discuss how to make workplaces more accessible as well as increasing the number of disabled people in full-time employment. Exhibitors will also be displaying the most recent assistive technology to enable people with a disability to work to their fullest potential.

Mental health

Mental health has been a massive talking point in 2018, with various campaigns using online and social media to raise much-needed awareness. With 14% of disabled people stating they have a mental health condition, such as anxiety, depression and PTSD among others, it is time to take a hard look at mental health. This year’s event will look to answer some of the questions surrounding the issues and make sure that everyone knows it’s OK, to not be OK.

Active Living

An active lifestyle is another main theme of the 45th edition of Naidex. With the return of features such as the Live Sports Arena, the show will get visitors involved in immersive demonstrations of various disability sports in order to encourage future participation. But “active” means more than just sport; thanks to the Mobility Test Track, visitors will be able to test any wheelchair, powerchair or scooter to find their perfect match and move around with the ultimate freedom and comfort. The brand new Fashion Zone will also give visitors the chance to renew their wardrobe with a selection of clothes specifically made for disabled people.  

Just like the Disability Power 100, events like Naidex contribute to developing the world of disability. And by joining Able Magazine at Birmingham’s NEC on 26 – 27 March 2019, visitors will get the opportunity to find everything they need to live more independently. Able Magazine will be giving you a sneak peek into the products worth keeping an eye on throughout the year, and will be crowning one of them as the cream of the crop at the Able Magazine Best In Show Awards, held at the event.

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