Options & advice on assistive technology, equipment and driving for all ages


Each year the William Merritt Centre hosts an exhibition in Leeds for assistive technology and equipment for disabled children and adults, their families and carers and healthcare professionals. Year on year it grows in numbers of exhibitors and attracts more delegates from Yorkshire and beyond.
For 2018, The William Merritt Centre has added a new element – a driving area partnered with Get Going Live funded via Department for Transport and Driving Mobility. The Driving area will include:

  • A selection of driving exhibitors featuring adaptations and adapted cars
  • A complete range of the William Merritt Centre’s cars (manual, automatic, adapted …)
  • A test drive circuit*
  • Passenger and Driver access advice
  • A team of Approved Driving Instructors with a wealth of knowledge and experience
  • Occupational Therapists on hand to offer guidance and advice

David Blythe, General Manager at The William Merritt Centre, commented, “We are delighted to be extending our annual assistive technology and equipment exhibition to incorporate an area dedicated to all your vehicle mobility needs with Get Going Live. This will mean our exhibition will have an even larger appeal in terms of delivering more options and advice for the needs of disabled adults and attracting a larger audience to include young disabled individuals 14+ years, older drivers with a newly acquired medical condition and Approved Driving Instructors. This event is free to attend and is a convenient way to come and try out new products and see innovations to help you keep up to date.”
Young people with disabilities can gain a driving licence at 16, but sometimes for parents and carers finding out all they need to know and to feel confident they are making the right decisions for the safety of their prospective young driver is difficult to find.
The William Merritt Centre also receives many enquiries about how older drivers can continue to drive in a safe manner enabling their independence.
Expert, friendly and face to face advice will be available from a selection of companies and the William Merritt Centre team who have a wealth of knowledge from assessments, to finding out about the adaptations and vehicles which are right for the individual’s needs.
*On a track accompanied by specialist Driving Instructors and Occupational Therapists in a safe environment: all vehicles have dual controls. You must be over 14 to test drive, although younger prospective learners are welcome to practise transferring and familiarising themselves with the controls
About The William Merritt Centre
The William Merritt Centre is based in Leeds and provides impartial information, advice and assessments on equipment, driving and practical aspects of daily living for disabled people of all ages, their carers, professionals and older people.
Anyone can make an appointment with one of our Occupational Therapists/Driving instructors to discuss the needs and recommendations to aid independent living.
For more information contact:
Contact: Rachel Proctor
Telephone: 0113 350 8989
Mobile:  07989 977835
Email: rproctor@wmdlc.org
Website page: https://www.wmdlc.org/accessability-exhibition