New disability sports arena at Independent Living Show New disability sports arena at Independent Living Show
Curling champion and show ambassador Rhona Martin MBE will open Scotland’s largest disability lifestyle show on Wednesday 26th September which features a new Sport,... New disability sports arena at Independent Living Show

Curling champion and show ambassador Rhona Martin MBE will open Scotland’s largest disability lifestyle show on Wednesday 26th September which features a new Sport, Wellness & Leisure Arena showcasing special needs sports. Entry and parking are free for the two-day event at the SEC, Glasgow.

Independent Living Scotland’s theme for 2018 is ‘Innovations in health and social care in Scotland: across the generations.” People of all ages can test the latest daily living aids and services to help independent living for people of all ages who have a disability, impaired mobility or medical condition.

From nursing and homecare to rehabilitation and mobility, the show spans every facet of everyday life including education, home adaptations, leisure activities, holidays and sport.


Photo: Paralympian wheelchair curler practising before next week’s free, two-day Independent Living Show which features a new Sport, Wellness and Leisure Arena

Key features for 2018 include:

  • Sport, Wellness & Leisure Arena: Paralympian curler Angela Malone MBE is also a show ambassador and Scottish Curling and Braehead Curling Club will provide wheelchair curling demos
  • Other activities promoted by Glasgow Eagles include basketball, table tennis, visually impaired football, weightlifting and boccia
  • Alzheimer Sensory Experience: marking World Alzheimer’s Month (September), a Virtual Dementia Tour Bus run by Training2Care will offer experiential training for family and professional carers
  • OTAC arena: the only free adaptation and equipment-based conference for occupational therapists in the UK
    Consultation Corner: Shared Care Scotland and other groups offer one-to-one consultations for people wanting advice or funding support to take a break from caring responsibilities
  • Free Mobility Loan Point: hire of wheelchairs, mobility scooters
  • Sighted guides: volunteers courtesy of Guide Dogs Scotland
    Mobiloo in association with Closomat: changing places facility

Jenna Gardner, show manager of organiser QD events, said: “Scotland’s health and social care system is undergoing change with an evolution in homecare. People are living longer and demand for staying at home has never been higher. ILS shows the advances in technological aids and services which empower disabled people of all ages to stay safe in their own home and provide independence.

“Now in our fourth year, it has become the must-attend event for Scottish carers, individuals or families living with or supporting a disability as well as healthcare professionals. We’re delighted that two world-class curling champions Rhona Martin and Angela Malone have embraced our new sports arena.”

Former skip of the GB curling team that scooped gold at the Winter Olympics in 2002, Rhona Martin champions sport for people with paralysis through her role as patron of Ayrshire Sportsability. She said: “I’m delighted to be one of this year’s show ambassadors and congratulate the organisers QD Events for introducing leisure activities as sport can enhance the quality of life for many people with a disability.”

Independent Living Scotland is supported by Disability Information Scotland, Ability Fest, Allied Mobility, Closomat, Mobility Scotland, Mobility Solutions, OTAC, Playlist for Life, Scottish Curling, Shared Care Scotland and The OT Hub.

The 100-plus exhibitors and charities also include Alzheimer Scotland, Future Pathways, I Am Me Scotland, Guide Dogs Scotland, Scottish War Blinded, Invacare, AAT, Energy in Scotland, Fast Aid Products and Vertu Motors.