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Fairground games, art workshops and sports are among the activities at the UK’s first national festival dedicated to specialist learning.

At FestABLE, young people with disabilities and learning difficulties can play boccia and polybat, listen to live music, and enjoy a TwoCan theatre workshop and performance which brings a David McKee story to life with sign language and audio description.

Award-winning writer and actress Sally Phillips - who starred in Smack The Pony and fronted the BBC documentary A World Without Down’s Syndrome? – is one of several prominent speakers at the one-day event in Cheltenham which brings professionals, parents and young people together to tackle the big issues facing young people with disabilities and learning difficulties.

The discussions and presentations will cover important topics such as a review of the Children and Families Act, finding the balance between providing services and ensuring young people have choices and building a SEND workforce.

The UK’s only wheelchair accessible hot air balloon will be tethered in the grounds, and weather permitting, it will offer rides on a first come first served basis. There are also market stalls, quiet areas, and a circus-themed immersive sensory space.

FestABLE will be hosted by National Star College at its fully-accessible campus outside Cheltenham from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday June 2, 2018.

Tickets: adult with disabilities (16+ years) - £10; other adults (16+) £15; seniors, students and unemployed £10; carers accompanying someone with disabilities and under 16s enter free. Professionals £45.

Visit www.festable.org to book tickets or call 01242 534722.

http://www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/news/16221271.First_festival_for_disabled_takes_place_in_Cheltenham/

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