If you are new to Inkyworld you have probably noticed I am a bit passionate about Disability???
I could go on and on about what it is like having a sight problem (as well as the difficulties I face each and every day) - you may think I already go on about them too much. However, I passionately believe that if I don't tell you what life is like for me nobody else will. In the words of that dreadful song by Chesney Hawkes ("The One And Only") "No one can be myself like I can - for this job I'm the best man....I am the one and only - Nobody I'd rather be - I am the one and only - Can't take that away from me".
Another thing I believe in is giving people the tools and the opportunity to speak for themselves. You can tell your own story far better than I can using your own words. Some of my favourite "Human Library Books" are the ones with hidden stories apart from the ones everybody else knows.
Back to the point.
A few years ago I was introduced to LCiL (or "Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living") which is an organisation set up and run by Disabled People for Disabled People, in Leicester.
Not only that but they have a couple of added extras which I happen to quite like. One of which is a "Pay As You Feel" Cafe at the Westend Centre on Andrewes Street, Leicester, on a Thursday evening between 7pm and 8.30pm. The same group of people do the catering for the Social Media Cafe between 12pm and 3pm on a Friday. (You really should turn up just for the food - it is delicious. And by munching their wonderful meals you are saving perfectly healthy food from landfill.)
But the venture I really wanted to talk to you about is the Choice Unlimited Roadshow.
This has been running for around 5 years now. It is a "Marketplace" where companies and charities offering goods and services to Disabled People and their Carers are gathered in one place. You can also see some really interesting demonstrations.
Last year was the first year it went on a tour of England. At time of typing the only definite date they have got for this year is at the Leicester Tigers Ground on Welford Road, Leicester, on 20 April 2016.
Even if you are not in Leicestershire I would advise you to come and have a look around our Roadshow as it is a very interesting experience. Apart from that - it will give you some idea what to expect when they come to a venue near you at some point.
You might even see me hovering around there.
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