NEC, National Exhibition Centre

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Birmingham

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  • Staff Helpfulness
  • Ease of Access

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Features:
  • Accessible parking spaces
  • Accessible toilets
  • Changing Places
  • Help points
  • Lifts
  • Personal assistance
  • Step-free access

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Pritch76 Pritch76

Naidex at the NEC, Birmingham

Given that Naidex is probably the longest-established exhibition for the disability sector, you would expect accessibility to be very good, and as far as I could tell, this was the case at the recent 2018 event.

Getting to the venue by public transport is straightforward, and there was a regular shuttle bus taking visitors to and from the train station. This was very accessible, with a helpful driver who was happy to deploy the ramp as often as necessary for people arriving in chairs or on scooters.

Blue badge holders who arrived by taxi could be dropped off and picked up at the main entrances.

A number of wheelchairs and scooters were available to hire at the venue, but needed to be booked in advance.

Although the exhibition was well attended and therefore quite crowded, stands were laid out so that there was plenty of room for people to get around easily. I spotted a number of assistance dogs helping their owners to work their way around the show while I was there, as well.

All-important toilets: clearly signposted accessible toilets around the NEC and within the Naidex area itself. For visitors who require the assistance of carers, there were Changing Places facilities.

The NEC appears to be a convenient and user-friendly venue, and the Naidex organisers had taken account of the fact that many of the show’s visitors would be likely to have access needs.

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