The Glades’ Celebrates Diversity with its Disability Awareness Week

Next month, Glades Bromley will be doing more than its part to raise awareness of the needs of the disabled in its community with its Disability Awareness Week.

The event will be launched by James O’Driscoll – a Bromley local and Britain’s first blind CYQ qualified fitness instructor – as well as the Mayor of Bromley and the city’s Executive Councillor for Adult and Community Services. The launch of the event will include a performance by members of Magpie Dance, the award-winning dance company for people with learning disabilities, who will host an interactive workshop in the morning.

Local organizations will be at hand all week to demonstrate mobility options and technologies, services for disabled locals, and information sessions that include details on support mechanisms in place for the elderly, for parents of disabled children and for those with brain injuries. Disability activists and charities will also be on hand to educate, assist and solicit donations.

For those who want to better understand disabilities, Kent Association for the Blind will offer interactive trials so that shoppers can experience first-hand the difficulties encountered by blind people when carrying out everyday tasks such as filling a cup or finding the right coins. And near the end of the event, Bromley Deaf Children’s Society – whose members enjoyed an exclusive ‘meet & greet’ with the award-winning dance troupe DIVERSITY back in November – will be back at the Glades to teach shoppers some sign language.

Finally, shoppers will have the opportunity to enter to win a draw for Rascal Eco 4 motorised travel scooter or a Rascal 135 aluminium wheelchair, a little touch that makes us think that the Glades has done a fantastic job of considering the needs of its diverse community in planning this event.

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