A look back at Disability Somerset 2012

DISABILITY Somerset has now come and gone and, once again, proved to be a great success!

More than than 1,000 disabled people, carers and professionals attended Compass Disability Services’ independent living exhibition on May 10.

Over 100 exhibitors showcased a superb range of equipment and information, including all-terrain wheelchairs, adapted vehicles, adjustable beds, screen readers and educational services.

Local councils and health authorities also attended to promote their support services.

In the year of the London Olympics, the event was opened by Somerset’s very own Paralympic star Deb Criddle.

The Taunton-based dressage rider, who won an incredible three gold medals at the 2004 Athens games, took time out of her preparations for London 2012 to cut the ribbon.

Deb is pictured (below) at the opening with Compass Disability Services CEO Richard Pitman.

Disability Somerset – the region’s biggest independent living exhibition – was held at the Sedgemoor Auction Centre, near North Petherton.

Richard said: “We were absolutely delighted with the way the event passed off.

“There was an excellent turnout and we had some extremely positive feedback from visitors and exhibitors.

“The idea behind Disability Somerset is to enhance people’s independence and quality of life.

“And, given the wonderful variety of services on display, we feel this was certainly achieved, whether visitors experience mobility problems, sensory loss or learning difficulties.

“This was only the second time Disability Somerset has been held but, given its success, it’s something we would like to make an annual event.”

Visitors were also treated to entertaining and informative demonstrations, while the event included a number of workshops aimed at professionals working in health and social care.

 

View the list of Disability Somerset 2012 exhibitors

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