Researching and finding everything you need to support a family member with a disability can be difficult and time consuming.
Meet Sharon Fulwood, a mother of three children, two of whom have different disabilities.
At every step of her children’s development, she has needed to research disability aids and equipment, speciality products, specialist advice and appropriate support networks for her and her children.
Experiencing frustrations and a disconnect in the sector, Sharon was motivated to do something to help others.
She has made it her mission to make it easier for Sunshine Coast families, carers and people with disabilities find the support, services and products to help them improve their quality of life.
She wanted to create an event to connect businesses and networks within the disability sector together with these families and carers.
The Disability Expo Sunshine Coast idea was born and will become a reality during Disability Action Week 2018.
The region’s biggest expo for people living with a disability will be held at council’s VENUE 114 (formally known as Lake Kawana Community Centre) on Friday, September 14.
Sharon said making informed decisions could not be made without choice.
“The expo brings together more than 60 exhibits of products and services from Sunshine Coast businesses all in one location,” she said.
“This is a truly unique event aimed at bringing the disability community together to celebrate life, age, to empower, learn, share and experience latest technologies.
“The expo will assist local families and carers to make informed decisions about their loved ones and introduce them to local providers of the services and products available across the region.”
Exhibitors include Just Better Care, Help Employment and Training, Volunteering Sunshine Coast and Steps Group are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to finding out about what is available.
Other services and providers exhibiting at the expo cover a range of categories:
- Health and fitness
- Employment and education
- Post school options
- Social activities and recreation
- Independent living services and products
- Assistance products
- Support service providers and so much more.
VENUE 114 is located at 114 Sportsman’s Parade, Bokarina and limited parking is available. Visit www.scvenuesandevents.com.au to find out more.