Attendees at the 2017 Transition Event, the conference and exhibition exploring life choices for disabled children

17th April 2018 • My Family Our Needs

Parents and young people at the heart of The Transition Event Midlands

Have you heard the saying, Nothing about us, without us? It’s meant to mean that people are fully involved in discussions that affect them and their lives. It doesn’t feel like that, though.

We’ve all been to those meetings where people talk about your child, struggling to get a word in edgeways. Or you fork out a lot of money to go to a conference where the speakers talk about policy, systems, best practice – but not the reality: life, struggles, hopes and dreams.

You, me, us, as parents we’re the experts, we love our children, we support them, fight for them and try our best to make sure their futures are full of meaning and meet their hopes and wishes.

Nothing about us, without us is central to our approach at My Family, Our Needs. We are all about parents and young people, we’re your champions, we help you to get the future you wish for.

Transition Event

Not only do we do that through the website, we also do it through our Transition Event. With young people and you, their parents and carers at the heart, our agenda focuses on what you want to know to build your child’s future.

So many parents come to the Transition Event looking for answers to their questions or issues and we work our hardest to help everyone leave with answers. And if they don’t, we give them details of someone who may be able to help.

That is because our conference agenda is packed full of experts on all aspects of life for disabled young people. And we’ve been running it for over a decade, so we like to think we’re on the right track.

Struggling with the local authority? We have an expert for that.

Want to know what the future holds for your child’s education, how to change school, or move onto further or higher education? We have an education expert for that.

Want your child to find a home or job of their own? We have experts for that.

Take a look at our agenda for more information.

And not only can you hear their presentations, we have a dedicated one-to-one parent zone, so you have somewhere to speak to them in private, ask your questions and tap into their expertise.

Parents attending our 2017 event said:

‘The whole event was excellent’ – PARENT 

‘I left feeling more informed and much more positive’ – PARENT

Walk the walk

Our day always starts with an inspirational speaker. A young person or parent who has walked the walk and now talks the talk.

This year, we have Patrick Samuel @AspieArtist , Patrick is a professional artist and public speaker with Asperger Syndrome and ADHD. He talks openly and honestly about how art therapy helped him cope and rebuild himself after he was hospitalised following a mental health crisis.

Patrick is even holding an art exhibition on the day and is happy to speak to everyone about his work, his recovery and his ‘super powers’.

Helpful exhibitors

Added to that, we have a packed exhibition of products and services to help you and your child into the future. They include technology, education, support, holidays, social activities, sports, advisers and much more.

A parent attending in 2017 said,

‘The Exhibitors were fab, very friendly and informative’

Young people at our heart

That’s parents covered, but what about young people, I hear you ask. Well, it’d be short-sighted of us to support you without supporting your child.

The Transition Event is fully open and accessible to young people who can attend the exhibition, and conference if you like.

Local schools bring along groups of students to our exhibition throughout the day. We have a packed exhibition of local and national services, freebies, competitions and Get Cycling will be bringing along some disability bikes to show that cycling is for everyone.

We are also running a Supported Loving workshop throughout the day which is open to young people, and parents and focuses on having safe and supported relationships.
And we’re not done yet, we also have tours of the wonderful Ricoh Arena throughout the day (booking required) and you might even get to meet the Wasps team mascot, Sting.

Professionals as partners

Of course, professionals have a role in helping you achieve your child’s future, and they are encouraged to attend. We have delegates from local authorities, schools, support provision – they come to learn, to interact and to work with you to be able to support your child to have their best future.

So, there you have it. We want you to come to The Transition Event, we are putting you at the heart of it to ensure there’s nothing about you, without you.

And don’t just take our word for it, a parent from last year said,

‘It was full of wonderful information relating to my boy’s future’

Join us

The Transition Event is being held on 17th May at the Ricoh Arena. Tickets for parents and carers cost £10+VAT and that covers entry to the conference and exhibition, lunch and refreshments throughout the day, plus free car parking. For a limited time we are offering FREE tickets for parents, carers and young people. Professional tickets are £49.95+VAT and professionals can also claim CPD points.

Come along, hear about what’s available for your child’s future, speak to our experts and leave feeling energised for the future.

Book your place today.
We’d love to see you there.