Disability Awareness Day
Disability Awareness Day (DAD), is Europe's largest 'not for profit' voluntary-led disability exhibition, and is held annually in a huge tented village within the grounds of Walton Hall Gardens. It attracts over 27,000 visitors from across the region and over 280 exhibitors from across the UK and Europe.
37 million disabled people live in the European Union, many acquired their impairments during early adulthood or have a child that was born with an impairment.
Where do you look for help and support, what information is available, how do you contact your local support group, who can advise you about your rights? Disability Awareness Day is all about these things, we have over 280 exhibitors providing information about the latest equipment, service or support group, a Sports area where you can have a go at archery, shooting or basketball, you will get an opportunity to join in or simply be entertained in the arts marquee or the main arena. DAD is informative and it will give you a chance to enjoy yourself with your family and friends.
During the past nineteen years DAD has already attracted interest from our European partner's. In 1995 we had fourteen visitors from the HELIOS II working group, with colleagues from, Denmark, France, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Scotland, and Germany. In 1996 four members of the Gibraltar Disability Group visited Warrington and on their return set up DAD Gibraltar.
DAD is principally sponsored by the NorthWest Regional Development Agency and supported by 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust, Britannia Building Society, BT Retail, Environment Agency, Jobcentre Plus, Lions Club International, NHS North West, NHS Warrington. NHS Western Cheshire, TNG, Warrington Borough Council, Warrington Collegiate and Warrington & Halton Hospitals Foundation Trust.