Living with Disabilities in Kingston Conference

KCIL organises an annual conference in the autumn that explores living with disabilities in Kingston. As well as hearing from inspirational speakers, there are a choice of workshops to attend and an exhibition to explore.

Aiming High 2017

KCIL’s second annual conference exploring living with disabilities in Kingston was held at Chessington Safari Hotel on 18th September 2017. Nearly 100 delegates enjoyed an inspiring day hearing from Paralympic sprinter, Souleyman Bah, KCIL’s Jen Kavanagh who shared some of the stories collected for our ‘Fighting for our rights’ oral history project, as well as Sarah Mallick from Inclusion London and Sian Vasey, Broadcast media specialist, who spoke about journeys into work.

Following lunch, delegates were able to choose to attend two workshops; Claire Tracey offered a taster session in Wheelchair Dancing, David Randall discussed the opportunities and pitfalls of working for yourself, Malcom Johnson from BL Claims covered the whys and wherefores of how to appeal a PIP or ESA decision, and David Ashley from Mark Bates Ltd offered advice on being an employer on Direct Payments.

For some, the highlight of the day was meeting the animals!

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Create Your Own Adventure 2016

KCIL’s first conference exploring living with disabilities in Kingston was held at Chessington Safari Hotel on 12th September 2016.  With nearly 100 delegates and an exciting programme, the day was a great success.  In the morning, speakers included paralympian Ross Morrison, Colin Morris from the DWP explaining the process of moving from DLA to PIP, Alan Benson from Transport for All discussing making public transport public, Paul Featherstone from Balance talking about your route to work and, finally, a group of young people discussing making their voices heard.

Following lunch which many people enjoyed on the terrace and time to explore the exhibition, delegates had a choice of four workshops: Live Well, Be Well with YMCA Inclusive Lives, sharing views about the local NHS, how to complain effectively with BL Claims and planning accessible units with MMA Architects.

Inspired by the speakers and workshops, many delegates chose to share their #MyAdventure in the photo room.

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