Access 2012, a trade show presented by the Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region opened on Friday, September 21 and continues on Saturday, September 22 at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium's Kiwanis Arena.
The trade show features several companies, manufacturers and organizations dedicated to helping people with disabilities and those who are aging to maintain their independence.
I attended the event because I have a slight mobility issue and was interested in learning about products and services that I could use now and might need in the future. I attended for a few hours on Friday and there were plenty of walkers and strollers to check out. Even though I can still walk, although slowly, I found myself drooling over some of the newest in mobility scooters at the show. I did pick up some informative literature about organizations that may be of help to me in the future.
A stage was set up with several rows of seats in front, in which several exhibitors had a chance to speak to those attending. Well-known singer Justin Hines was slated to perform there at 7:30 PM on the September 21. Saturday will also feature several speakers, a live performance from the Waterloo Region Spec Ed Choir and a performance by Carousel Dance. The arena also features a small cafeteria with coffee, tea and snacks for sale.
Several organizations who provide services for the disabled have exhibits at Access 2012. This includes the Canadian Hearing Society, the City of Kitchener, the Region of Waterloo, Grand River Transit and March of Dimes Canada. Stores that specialize in selling accessibility items such as Shoppers Home Health Care and Special Needs Computer are also represented at the show.
If you have a mobility disability and know someone who has one, if you are a senior or are caring for one, Access 2012 will allow you to check out the latest mobility and accessibility products in one place.
Access 2012. Friday, September 21. 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM. Saturday, September 22. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, Kiwanis Arena. For more information call 519-571-6788. http://www.ilcwr.org