Disability Awareness Day
Sunday 15th July 2018
Disability Awareness Day
Sunday 16th July 2017

Disability Awareness Day

Information and advice from over 250 exhibitors
Meet our helpful and friendly show team
Huge range of things to see and do
Enjoy marvellous music in the Arts Marquee
Come and try accessible Scuba Diving

Disability Awareness Day ("DAD") is the world's largest 'not for profit' voluntary-led disability exhibition, held annually in a huge tented village within the grounds of Walton Hall Gardens in Warrington.

Visitors to the show will find over 250 exhibitors, equipment suppliers, transport, holidays, leisure, employment, support groups and services. PLUS a Sports Zone including Scuba diving, an Arts Marqee and family entertainment. The show opens at 10am and finishes at 5pm, and entry is FREE with a FREE programme. You can also download a copy of the programme here

The Aims of DAD

Disability Awareness Day is a pan disability event which promotes a can do culture focussing on what disabled people can do throughout life and work. The show has three main aims:

As well as fulfilling all these aims every year the show also gives everyone who comes a really good day out filled with interest, fun and entertainment!

Disability Awareness Day 2018 will take place on Sunday 15th July at Walton Hall and Gardens.


All exhibitor spaces for 2017 are now sold out, we have over 500 exhibitors this year including some new and exciting organisations and companies attending for the first time.

DAD will be in Dubai

WDP are working with a charity in Dubai to arrange a Disability Awareness Day in November, followed by an event next July. The partnership also includes supporting the charity in their aim to make Dubai the most accessible city in the world by 2020

DAD Zimbabwe

We are working with NHS England and a charity in Zimbawe to run a DAD event there. Our Phoenix Project in partnership with St Mark Universal Copts Care are also planning to organise shipments of donated and refurbished mobility aids to Zimbawe in the near future.

DAD Thailand

WDP has been working with the 1step2step Charity who have confirmed they have a DAD project for severely disabled youngsters. The children will be making celebratory bunting which will be hung at a party being held on DAD day (16th July17). The bunting will then be sent to WDP to decorate our Independent Living Centre! Our Phoenix Project recently sent 6 pallets of mobility aids to the charity.

Welcome to Bradley Auto Services

We are proud to announce that Bradley Auto Services (BAS) have joined us as a new sponsor for DAD 2017

New Principal Sponsors Announced

St George Healthcare Group and St Mark Universal Copts Care have been announced as joint principal sponsors for DAD17. Dave Thompson MBE DL Founder and Event Co-ordinator said, this is great news and builds upon our partnership with St George HCG and St Mark UCC. Last year they were the principal sponsors of WDP's Legacy Appeal and funding partners of the Pheonix Project.

Uganda Disability Expo hailed a huge success

The team at the Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation Uganda (CDR-Uganda) thanked the DAD Warrington team for their support after their first Disability Awareness Day event was hailed a huge success with over 10,000 visitors.

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