The Forces Additional Needs and Disability Forum (FANDF) will hold its regional spring event on Wednesday, April 27 in Catterick.

FANDF is a tri-service group for families who have a child or adult dependant with an additional need and/or disability and acts as a network for service families.

The spring event will provide an opportunity for families to meet and share experiences, to hear from keynote speakers and gather useful information.

The event, at Catterick Leisure Centre from 10am to 2.30pm, is for current serving families who have a child or adult dependent with an additional need or disability. Places will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Families will be able to hear from speakers from the Education Advisory Team UK, and a FANDF committee member giving a presentation on the ‘Autism Iceberg’.

Surgeon Commander Alan Bowie, the FANDF chair, said: “After two years of COVID restrictions, FANDF’s committee held its delayed 2020 biennial conference in London in October 2021. Those that attended agreed that it was valuable to get to together face-to-face, but many who would have liked to attend struggled to get to London.

“The committee hopes that this spring event is an opportunity for a wider section of our membership to benefit from peer-to-peer support and gather useful information.”

AFF Health & Additional Needs Specialist Karen Ross, who is also a vice chair of FANDF, said: “The FANDF spring event is a valuable opportunity for service families with a family member with additional needs and/or disability to meet those in a similar situation, as well as the FANDF committee, and share information and advice. This event will also focus on what local support is available as well as providing information on the more specific support the MOD and the single service chains of command can provide.”

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