Naidex is returning to the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham on 6th and 7th July this year. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Naidex is a national exhibition showcasing products and services that enhance the lives of people who are disabled – from the youngest of children to the oldest of our population, encompassing mental health, physical health and learning disabilities.

As occupational therapists, ARMS Rehab have always been advised to attend this event, as well as “The OT Show”, later in the year. I have spoken at Naidex many years ago but have not contributed since… Until now!

I am honoured to be one of the speakers at this year’s Naidex – not once, but twice.

In one presentation I will be talking about managing the balance between promoting a client/patient’s independence versus the legal accountability for the professional involved re: risk assessment and risk management.

In the other presentation, I will be talking about my family’s experience of living with autism and what we have found useful from the statutory services along with suggestions of how those services can, in our opinion, be even better for those of us who have autistic brains. Let’s not forget it is not only autism that comes under the heading of “neurodiversity” but other conditions as well, such as “Attention Deficit Disorder” and “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder” (I hate the use of that word, “disorder”).

There will be people out there who will be appalled that I wish to talk about autism at an event for “the disabled”.

“Autism” they will say ”is not a disability but a different way of looking at the world and processing information”. I will not deny this – but I wish to take every opportunity to “level up” society for all and so any platform that gives me the chance to explore this topic (which is very personal to me and my family) will be taken.

But there is one more thing I wish to add. I did not come up with the idea of doing this talk.

A person with autism that is very close to me initiated the idea and has already started talking to undergraduate nurses (with my support) about this very topic. Hopefully this person will be joining me on the day but clearly this will be subject to sensory demands and other pressures.

So, if you want to join me (us) for a highly personable, hopefully informative, and possibly even entertaining talk, come along and say hello. I (we) will be at Naidex on 6th July.

Oh, if you are interested in my other talk titled “Training to take risks, daring to live life” come along as well. It will be great to have your company!

See you there!

Best wishes,

Mike

Scheduled appearances

“Living with autism: A Guide for professionals, parents and people with autism” will take place at 14:45 on July 6, 2022 in Education & Employment Theatre, Naidex, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.

“Training to take risks, daring to live life” will take place at 15:30 on July 6, 2022 in Accessibility Summit.

For free tickets and more information, please visit naidex.co.uk.