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10 April 2014

SSAFA invites Forces families to additional needs and disability conference

Our 'Everyone Matters' conference, organised by the Forces Additional Needs and Disability Forum, is a chance for Forces families to get together and discuss important issues.


SSAFA invites Forces families to additional needs and disability conference

Please note that this event has now passed.

SSAFA invites Forces families who have a child or adult with an additional need or disability to this year’s ‘Everyone Matters’ Conference. The event is an opportunity to get together and discuss the issues that matter to them. This year travel and accommodation will be covered for Forces families who would like to come along.

The event will be held at Ministry of Defence Main Building in London on Monday 19 May 2014. It is organised by SSAFA’s Forces Additional Needs and Disability Forum. The event takes place every two years and is open to Forces families, members of the Armed Forces and interested professionals.

 Make your voice heard with Ministry of Defence staff and policy makers, including speaker Minister for Disabled People, Mike Penning and representatives from the Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS), the Department for Work and Pensions and DIO (Defence Infrastructure Organisation). The tri-service conference gives delegates the opportunity to discuss the impact of changes to welfare benefits, housing adaptations and rebasing.

The Forces Additional Needs & Disability Forum plays an important role in making sure the unique needs of Forces families are understood. The Forum raises issues of concern with the Ministry of Defence and other welfare providers and members are also able to offer mutual support.

Rachel Price, chair of the Forum, has a young son with Down’s Syndrome. She said: “I would urge anyone who has either an adult or child dependent with an additional need or disability to come along to the conference and make sure their voice is heard. There will be lots of information available and the conference is also a wonderful opportunity to meet and talk to other families who might be in a similar situation.”

Delegates will also have the opportunity to speak to representatives from SSAFA, Age UK, Mencap, the National Autistic Society, the Army Families Federation, The Naval Families Federation and the RAF Families Federation.