On Friday 14th and Saturday 15th June The Makaton Charity exhibited at The Autism Show London at ExCeL London. The Autism Show is the national event for autism, in association with the National Autistic Society. At the show there are over 100 hours of talks, clinics and workshops plus hundreds of specialist products and services.
Over the two days we spoke to over 300 people who were interested in learning more about Makaton. Many attendees who approached us were interested in training opportunities both for work and at home. We also received some valuable feedback on the resources we offer. Both the families and professionals really liked MyChoicePad and would like to see more digital resources. There was excellent feedback on the wide selection of printable resources we offer and Sign of the Week: many people we spoke with said they had subscribed to receive the Sign of the Week newsletter.
On Saturday, Hannah, our Assistant Director of Membership and Partnerships, delivered a talk called Accessible Makaton which was all about how Makaton works, Makaton Friendly being spread across the country, sharing a few signs which organisations are learning, and information about Sign of the Week, Makaton Monthly and our blog to share experiences. The talk was very well attended with many people visiting the stand afterwards for further information.
Attending exhibitions like this is a great opportunity to showcase what we do and have face-to-face contact with Makaton users and potential customers. It is a highly effective way of raising awareness of Makaton and improving our services through the feedback we receive. We will be attending more exhibitions in the coming year so keep an eye on our social networks for updates on when and where we will be. If you know of any exhibitions coming up that you think The Makaton Charity would benefit from attending please email firstname.lastname@example.org