FestABLE - National Festival of Specialist Learning

Our 2018 Drop-in sessions

Drop-in Sessions

Drop-in sessions available at FestABLE 2020 are currently being finalised and will be revealed shortly. In the meantime take a look at those included in the 2018 programme to give you a flavour of what to expect. 

All day - Natspec: Have your say

Clare Howard - CEO of Natspec & young people who have been involved in the Natspec project ‘Learner Voice’ are leading the discussions in this zone. Topics will include issues such as transport, sex & relationships & your future. Drop in & share your views.

All day - Irwin Mitchell legal surgery

Speak with their education specialists who have a wealth of experience in helping young people with disabilities access education & training. They can answer your queries in relation to education provision, EHC plans, & specialist placements, & answer any queries on associated health & social care provision as well.

All day - Look inside my life

Look inside my life is a peer-led research project which gives voice to the lived experiences of young people with complex disabilities. Davina Jones - National Star lead on policy & research will facilitate workshops throughout the day will look at how young people have influenced their social & environmental outcomes to ensure they have full lives of their own choosing.

All day - Discover technology to access the world around you

National Star’s technology innovation team will show you how to use eye-gaze technology to control the computer & play games. Hack-my-phone: find out how to make your mobile phone more accessible & even turn it into a communicator. Make your own stop-animation. Learn to program using fun games. Control a computer using your voice to write a story.

All day - Circus-themed immersive sensory space

This is a circus-themed immersive sensory space, which will be supported by National Star’s occupational therapy team. You can go in a few at a time to enjoy the space & the staff are on hand to explain how the elements work together & answer your questions.

All day - Quiet break-out space for people with disabilities

Break-out space for people with disabilities in our physiotherapy suite including soft mats & overhead track hoists.
Please note requires supervision by parents / carers.

All day - Small soft play room for children

Break-out space: soft play room. Drop-in & sign-up dependant on numbers.
Please note requires supervision by parents / carers.

All day - Have a go at playing accessible sports

Run by StarSports, where festival goers can drop in to play boccia & polybat.
Please note requires supervision by parents / carers.


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What's on at FestABLE

FestABLE brings together an impressive group of speakers who work across Specialist Education. All are renowned for their commitment to young people with disabilities and learning difficulties and for their expertise.


FestABLE is proudly sponsored by

National Star

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Special Needs Jungle

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