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Shaping a Brighter Future - national sensory conference

1 July 2013

This year's national sensory conference saw over 200 people from the sensory community come together on Friday 14 June 2013. 

The aim of the conference was to:


  • Share best practice amongst the sensory community
  • Identify opportunities
  • Enable partnership working
  • Build community links with employment, education, volunteering and assistive technology
  • Promote the development of new and current skills
  • Improve confidence and self esteem
  • Raise sensory awareness within the business community and commercial sector






Delegates' praise

This year’s national sensory conference has been praised by delegates as an ‘excellent and accessible event’.

Chair of the conference Ann Nutt said: “This year’s conference was devoted to fulfilling aspirations for the sensory community through enablement of choice and control in their everyday lives. The conference was a great success and the feedback that has followed has been fantastic. Delegates have told us that the content of the conference was extremely informative but also the way the event was made so accessible to those with sensory impairments made the day even better.”

Ann added: “One of the aims of the conference was to empower the sensory community to play a full role in their local economy, and I believe that this was accomplished.”

This year the conference had a specific focus on employment opportunities and workplace accessibility.

One delegate, Kez Hayat who travelled from Yorkshire and was representing Charity Alstrom UK said: “Being here has been really useful. There has been a wide range of information, exhibition stalls and networking opportunities. Certainly, as a parent who has a child with visual impairment and mild hearing difficulties, it has been very useful.”