As 2018 Nepean Disability Expo ambassador, former world champion in rowing and cricket, medal holder, and now World’s Fastest Blind Man, Ben Felten has long been a passionate advocate for participation in sport for people with disability. His foundation In Sight of Dreams seeks to assist those with disability achieve their dreams.
Despite the degenerative eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa leaving him completely blind by his late 30s, Ben achieved his life’s dream just this year at Speed Week, beating the world record by riding his Kawasaki Ninja on the Lake Gairdner salt flats course at an average speed of 266km per hour. Mentor and former motorcycle champion Kevin (Magoo) Magee rode behind Ben, providing directional advice and alerting him to whenever he passed the next milestone.
The Nepean Expo introduces people with disability, their family and carers, to the wider possibilities. With access to more than 100 services, support-based resources (including NDIS planners and employment support services) and the latest in assistive technology from Nepean, Hawkesbury, Blue Mountains, Western and Greater Sydney, attendees will find the best and latest elements to incorporate into their plans, enabling them to live life their way and exceed their life goals.
NADO CEO Denise Heath has spearheaded the Nepean Disability Expo from the very beginning: “For NADO, the opportunity to be face to face with people who are seeking services is very important.”
“Firstly, it allows us to make an impression about who we are as people, meeting our team – going beyond the digital interface to discuss their circumstances and how we can help. Equally important is the opportunity for us to get, first-hand, the information about what people are looking for in a service and what it would mean to them to get exactly what they need. That information will help us develop new services and ensure that NADO stays relevant to emerging needs in our community.”
This year’s expo will have something for everyone, including kids’ entertainment, a café, all-ability stage performances, keynote speakers, interviews, and product demonstrations.
Catch up with Ben Felten (and his bike) at the expo, where he will be speaking and signing autographs.
Entry is FREE for attendees and there will be a FREE shuttle bus running between Penrith Station and the venue each day.
Follow the NDE Facebook page and blog page for regular updates and articles and mark Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15 on your calendar. To attend, simply register online. We look forward to seeing you all at this year’s expo and coming together to make a difference.
Nepean Disability Expo Highlights
- Friday and Saturday, September 14-15, 9am to 3pm
- Opening Ceremony: Friday, September 14, 11am
- NDIS Presentations
- Stage performances by all-ability performance groups
- Kids’ entertainment
- Over 100 exhibitors
The Nepean Disability Expo is a 4community initiative in partnership with a committee of local service providers, the NDIA and Penrith Council. 4community develops partnerships and advises and facilitates organisations on their journey to greater social impact. As innovators, creatives and strategic problem solvers, 4community finds the best solutions to complex problems. We are well known for our support of social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations, helping them to increase their clarity, impact and sustainability. Visit out website today to find out more.