Paralympian curler and multiple British and World Champion medal winner, Angela Malone MBE, will be an ambassador at Independent Living Scotland (ILS) on 26-27 September to help raise awareness of the latest aids to help people with disabilities or impaired mobility live at home.

The focus over the free two-day event is ‘Innovations in Health and Social Care in Scotland: Across the Generations’. People of all ages can test and compare the latest products on the market from daily living aids, wheelchairs and scooters to home adaptations and telecare, energy and communications aids.ILS is the must-attend event for all Scottish carers and individuals or families living with, or supporting, those with a disability, as well as healthcare professionals.

New for 2018:

  • The Curling Experience within the Sports, Wellness and Leisure area where Angela Malone will give curling demos with Braehead Curling Club members and Scottish Curling, the governing body for curling.
  • Alzheimer Scotland exhibiting for the first time
  • A range of wheelchair accessible vehicles will be showcased by Vertu Motors, Allied Vehicles, Automotive Group
  • OTAC Arena the only free adaptation and equipment-based conference for occupational therapists in the UK
  • Free Mobility Loan Point hire of wheelchairs and mobility scooters
  • Consultation Corner will feature industry experts offering advice and assistance
  • Ability Fest Pavilion to raise awareness about disability issues relating to lifelong learning, education, training and employment
  • Free parking

Back again is the popular virtual dementia tour, allowing visitors to put themselves in the shoes of people living with the condition and understand how it affects their daily lives. Tsitsi Lynn Makuni, group show manager of organiser QD Events, said: “Now in its fourth year, Independent Living Scotland is the region’s largest disability, lifestyle and self-supported living event.“As pressure grows on our NHS a more practical solution for those requiring support is often community and home-care. This event showcases the latest in everyday living aids, which enable people of all ages to live a more independent life. “It’s important that we are able to show people with disabilities or impairments that a greater level of independence can be achieved through recent innovations; while carers and families of those living with a disability can consider the latest products and services available to improve their quality of living.”

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