Category: Special Needs Venues

Excitim at Kidz-up-North

The Kidz-up-North exhibition takes place this year on November 20th at EventCity, Manchester and Excitim will be there on stand B7.

If you have never been before then perhaps you should pop along. Kidz-up-North is one of the largest exhibitions dedicated to children and young adults with disabilities and special needs, their families and the professionals who work with them. It’s free entry and free parking.


Last year we decided to get involved and exhibited there for the first time. It was was manic, we were rushed off our feet, from doors open at 9:30 until 4:30 when the show closed.

Excitim at Kidz-up-North

This year we are planning to take along our:

A big hit last year were simple colour changing pyramid lights – they were so popular we ran out before lunch. This year we will take a lot more with us to avoid any disappointments.

Prize Draw

The prize draw was very popular. Lots of people signed-up for a chance to win Monty the Dog and a switch. Everyone couldn’t help but smile when they heard his party piece – he sang ‘Jingle Bells’ – perfect; after all it was nearly Christmas. Martin Robinson from Shaw was the lucky winner.

This years prize draw will be a Toy-Fi Teddy. Watch this video to learn more. I think you will be amazed when you see what he does.

Free Tickets

Contact us if you would like us to send you a FREE ticket. Then make a bee-line to visit Excitim at Kidz-up-North on stand B7 to check out special needs toys.

Kidz up North Exhibition–Nov 22nd, 2013





Excitim are exhibiting at Kidz-up-North (stand B7) this year – only 20 days to go. On show we’ll have our most popular switch adapted toys, sensory toys, switch accessible music and camera systems as well as switches and iPad accessories.

Free entry to the exhibition and ample parking. Come and chat with us – it’ll be a great day

Switch accessible music

Last week we had the opportunity to participate in the Special Effects Roadshow event organised by staff at the William Merritt Centre, Leeds.

We took lots of equipment with us including a switch accessible music set-up based on the iPod, a Bose SoundDock II and a switch adapted Domino infra-red controller that I’d programmed with the main iPod commands.

IMHO the iPod / Bose SoundDock combination works extremely well together (check the reviews on Amazon etc.) and when paired with a Domino infra-red controller, it opens up the possibility for assistive technology users to access music on and iPod or iPhone.

Although, lots of people still like the simple CD Boombox systems it is becoming more difficult to find them with IR remotes. These days more people access their music through their phones, or iPads. What’s needed is a system that gives switch access to a music library loaded to an iOS device. The iSwitch and APPlicator do that and much more. Get in touch to discuss how these could help you solve your music access issues.