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Bedford Disability Awareness Week (BDAW)

Bedford Disability Awareness Week (BDAW)

21 - 25 September

Free Entry


BDAW is Bedford’s first event dedicated to raising awareness of the disabled community to the wider population, whilst at the same time raising awareness of the support and organisations out there for people to access.


BDAW aims to be a platform to discuss challenges, signpost individuals to help and support, and inform and interact with the wider community. BDAW also aims to celebrate the talent and creativity within the community by promoting work from artists with disabilities, holding competitions and workshops.


Paralympian Stephen Cooper who won a bronze medal in the T38 800m and a silver medal as part of the 4x100m team in the 2000 and 2004 Paralympics is also taking part. He will be sharing his own story to help people see a different side to disabilities. 


There will also be a daily experience table that offers the chance to experience the challenges of certain disabilities, including various sight conditions, hearing impairment, doing daily tasks with one hand and being pushed in a wheelchair.


See the programme of events below:


  • Tuesday 21 September: Stained Glass Workshop (12pm-4pm)
  • Wednesday 22 September: Transitions Talk (1pm-3pm)
  • Thursday 23 September: Living it up (1:30pm-2:30pm)
  • Friday 24 September: Visit by Paralympian Stephen Cooper (TBC)
  • Saturday 25 September: Disability into the future (all day)



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Visit the Bedford Disability Awareness Week website for updates, or email