When DysNet went to NAIDEX

Posted on Thursday 18th October, 2012

Charlotte FielderThis year the Naidex South exhibition held in London's Excel Centre in the UK, posted the following mission statement on the front of its event guide 'Inspiration for Independent Living'.  They weren't wrong as our EDRIC Board member, Charlotte Fielder, found out when she visited and came away impressed and inspired. 

I was, in many ways, a 'woman on a mission', as I wanted to talk with all the exhibitors who had any services or products that could possibly be of any benefit to limb different children and adults; and so I went round the whole exhibition twice just to make sure I hadn't missed anyone out!

I also wanted to tell the exhibitors about EDRIC and DysNet.  I was really pleased by the enthusiastic responses I received and I think it's worth networking with lots of suppliers, as they in turn will tell their customers about EDRIC and DysNet.  This is important as there are many older limb deficient older people who could benefit from all our information, but who are not living in the networked world.  We mustn't forget those who are 'offline' and find ways to reach them. 

Additionally, suppliers found it particularly interesting that there is one umbrella organisation for all the limb difference organisations in Europe and I was able to provide really good examples of what we do and why we do it. 

Following on from Tania Tirraoro's and Rob Pleticha's social media workshop in Mälmo, I decided to run a live Twitter feed on interesting useful stands and products.  I explained to exhibitors and stand organisers what I was doing it and explained how I will be posting information on DysNet so that our online community can see what equipment and assistive technology is available.  This is especially important for new parents to have an idea of what equipment is available for their children as they grow older. 

So what did I really like? I enjoyed speaking with the exhibitors from:

  • RBF Healthcare who market the 'Meal-Mate' feeding device known as 'Bestic' in Sweden.  They are really committed to further developing their product and it has much potential for those without any arms and those who have short arms as it can be operated by using your chin, feet or even on a pad between the knees.

  • Westmeria have a new 'autoadjust' bed which would be useful to Thalidomiders who have all four limb affected and is designed for maximum comfort with the added benefit of looking like it belongs in a house and not a home or hospital.

  • Geberit sells an amazing cleaning toilet at prices to suit all budgets.  Again their toilets would look great in any domestic setting.  I later spoke to a friend whose mother has one and her whole family use it because they enjoy the cleanliness of it.  Hello super-loo goodbye bidet!

  • C-Pro Limited are selling a foot ramp to assist children with a variety of feet conditions including club foot

  • Canine Partners were there with two beautiful labradors caled Zeberdee and Mango.  Zeberdee is trained to empty the washing machine and perform a whole host of other domestic chores.  Although he's useless at selecting winning lottery ticket numbers!

  • The Lord's Taverners Charity in conjunction with other disabled sporting organisations had set up the Naidex Sports Arena and some young adults were there showing off their table cricket and table tennis skills.  A good organisation for our younger DysNet members to be aware of.

  • 'Contact a family' were happy to explain how they can link families where the children share a similar disability thus providing contact and support.  I had a good look through their information leaflets and they're impressive.

  • A new anti spill cup made by Hands Steady looks like it could be useful to some members of our DysNet community and more info is available from

  • Fabulous playground equipment was exhibited by GL Jones playgrounds Ltd and some councils have installed in their recreation grounds.

I also looked at walking frames, inflatable bath mats, showers, sensory equipment and spoke with representatives from the British association of Occupational Therapists, Victoria Education and Sports College and many more. 

On the way out I met a young boy and his mum.  He was about ten years and wearing two prosthetic legs.  I approached her and asked if she had heard about DysNet.  She hadn't, so I gave her my card and told her all about it.  She said 'It sounds exciting for my son' and I told her that there are a lot of posts that would be interesting for her and him.  And that to me crystallises the whole event; to keep EDRIC and DysNet fresh and exciting we have to keep the conversation and dialogue flowing.  We need to be continually talking and listening.  That we can learn what's important to our community and deliver. 

We've uploaded more photos from when DysNet went to NAIDEX South to our Facebook Page
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