‘A rich tapestry – wellbeing for people who are deafblind’
Once again we will be speaking at the ever popular ‘Naidex’ event at the NEC Birmingham on 25th and 26th April 2018.
Our very own Graham Nolan will be exploring wellbeing for people who are deafbind. During the session, Graham will help us to understand why the needs of this growing population differ from people with singular sensory loss and how important the assessment process is in understanding options for independent living and outcomes relating to wellbeing.
The seminar will focus on the importance of looking at how life for people who are deafblind can be seen as a rich tapestry and how we need to think differently about possible assessment outcomes by sharing creative thinking, success stories and good practice. This seminar will look at the definition of deafblindness and relevant statutory duties from the Care Act 2014 and the Social Services and Wellbeing Act 2014.
Graham has worked in the field of deafblindness for over 16 years, has a Diploma in ‘Deafblind Studies’ and is working on his Masters in ‘Communication and Congenital Deafblindness’ at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He is also a yoga and mindfulness teacher, dog lover, comic book collector, choir soloist, amateur baker and tree hugger. A great deal of his work with deafblind people is recognising and trying to understand what passions people have and what makes life a rich and unique tapestry. When working with people with complex needs – he believes the key to a good assessment is not about ticking boxes and providing reports (although that is sometimes part of the process) – it’s about really getting to know someone and taking time to ensure people have opportunities to really explore options and ideas.
Naidex is Europe’s most exciting event dedicated to the disability, independent living and healthcare professional sectors. Taking place at the NEC Birmingham on the 25th and 26th April, this esteemed event provides cutting-edge exhibitors, world-class CPD accredited seminars, live demos, 1-2-1 advice and unparalleled networking opportunities, over two unforgettable days. And it’s absolutely free to attend!