Disability Awareness Day 10 July 2016

Scuba diving, music and dancing
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Disability Awareness Day
10 July 2016

Did you know that Disability Awareness Day (DAD) is the the biggest non-profit disability exhibition led by volunteers in the UK?

It is held by Warrington Disability Partnership and attracts more than 25,000 people every year.   So, what is the day raising awareness to specifically?

The day aims to raise awareness to the voluntary, statutory and private services available to people with disabilities.   Having this knowledge will allow people to be more independent.

Other ways to promote independence will involve putting forward equipment and showing what disabled people are capable of achieving in fields like sports, arts and entertainment.

DAD has so far received a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services and believes that real and positive changes are being made in peoples attitudes toward disabled members of society.  When the organisation first started out they were even told that their vision couldn’t be realised … and now it has been!

The event is now in its 25th year – what an achievement!  This year there will be loads of exhibitors again to help provide support via equipment, training and lots more ways.

Not only that there will also be information to point you in the direction of local sports and leisure clubs you can join.

Aside from the 28,000 visitors that attend on the day, around 5000 people attend the activities on the week leading up to the day too.   For more information check out the official Disability Awareness Day website


Disability Awareness Day (“DAD”) is the world’s largest ‘not for profit’ voluntary-led disability exhibition, held annually in a huge tented village within the grounds of Walton Hall Gardens in Warrington.

Visitors to the show will find over 250 exhibitors, equipment suppliers, transport, holidays, leisure, employment, support groups and services. PLUS a Sports Zone including Scuba diving, an Arts Marqee and family entertainment. The show opens at 10am and finishes at 5pm, and entry is FREE with a FREE programme. You can also download a copy of the programme here

The Aims of DAD

Disability Awareness Day is a pan disability event which promotes a can do culture focussing on what disabled people can do throughout life and work. The show has three main aims:

  • To highlight what statutory, private or voluntary services are available to enable disabled people to stay independent.
  • To promote equipment and aids that could maintain or improve independence, not just what is offered by statutory service providers, we want everyone to see the best and/or latest designs
  • To provide an opportunity to showcase what disabled people can do, in the field of Sport, Arts and Entertainment

As well as fulfilling all these aims every year the show also gives everyone who comes a really good day out filled with interest, fun and entertainment!

Disability Awareness Day 2016 will take place on Sunday 10 July at Walton Hall and Gardens.

Silver Anniversary DAD25

This years Disability Awareness Day will be the 25th anniversary of the worlds largest ‘pan disability’ independent living event. #DAD25

Principal Sponsor Announced

Dave Thompson MBE DL Founder & Event Co-ordinator was proud to announce that Your Housing Group have signed up as Principal Sponsor for DAD25.

Bookings now open for DAD25

Bookings are now being taken for exhibitors for DAD25. If you haven’t received an application pack, please contact Brun on 01925 240064 or email Brun.munslow@disabilitypartnership.org.uk

Uganda Announce First DAD

The team at the Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation Uganda (CDR-Uganda) are currently in the early stages of planning their first Disability Awareness Day event for July 2016

MESSAGE Institute Announce DAD 2016

The MESSAGE Institute based in Jaipur India have confirmed they will be holding their DAD event on Sunday 10th July to coincide with DAD Warrington.


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