On Saturday October 14, Priceline Stadium (Netball SA Stadium) will again host KYD-X Kids & Youth Disability Expo for parents, carers and kids affected by disability.
After the success of the inaugural KYD-X last year, founder and Managing Director Ben Waechter is looking forward to the second edition next month.
Father to Harry who has cerebral palsy, Ben started KYD-X because he wanted to showcase the products and services available to people young people with disability in Adelaide.
Ahead of the expo, we spoke with Ben and some local families living with disability.
“We were really frustrated as a family that we couldn’t find out about the services and products that were out there to help our family, and we found that if we were in that situation, other families would be as well,” Ben said.
“I decided to start KYD-X so we could all access the services and products out there to help us all under the one roof.”
Video: Watch KYD-X founder and Managing Director Ben Waechter speak about the expo with his son Harry.
Featuring a range of service providers both registered under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and non-registered providers, KYD-X offers families an opportunity to chat with exhibitors so they can make more informed choices about the products, services and funding available for them to access.
Nikki Rieman spoke with us about her family who, like Ben’s family, have a child with disability and who are navigating their way around access to services available for him.
“KYD-X is a vital part of this new era of disability in Australia. KYD-X recognises paediatric disability is a specialty area and rather than lumping disability with aged care, which has been done in the past, this is a new way of doing it, which is really exciting,” Nikki said.
“KYD-X is a one stop shop for checking out providers, therapists, equipment [from] chairs to car modifications. Everything’s there in one place.”
Video: Find out why KYD-X is important to Nikki Rieman
We spoke with Ben, a young person with Down Syndrome who attended the 2016 KYD-X and had a great time.
“I love KYD-X,” he said. “I went last year and I played wheelchair basketball. I loved the people and I think I will be volunteering soon, which I would love.”
Video: See why Ben loved attending KYD-X 2016
KYD-X is about allowing the individual, families and carers to make informed choices about the equipment, therapies and treatments available to them to maximise the impact of their NDIS funding.
“For our family it’s about seeing other families just like ours, for Zac seeing kids just like him and our other boys seeing siblings just like they are,” Nikki Rieman said.
This year’s KYD-X Expo will be held at Priceline Stadium on Saturday, October 14th from 10:00am-4:00pm.
Priceline Stadium allows for access to the venue with plenty of free parking.
For more information visit the KYD-X website – www.kyd-x.com.au/