• Bay Area Abilities Expo
    SAN MATEO
    October 27-29, 2017
    San Mateo County Event Center
    Fri. 11am-5pm | Sat. 11am-5pm | Sun 11am-4pm

Events and Activities make the total Abilities experience

Want to add some exciting new activities to your life? Abilities Expo showcases a wide range of events that not only entertain you - they also give you the opportunity to try new things, expand your interests and discover ways to be more involved in the local San Jose area.

Here's what we did in 2016. Stay tuned for 2017.

All Day, Every Day

Adaptive Rowing

Presented by Angela Madsen, California Adaptive Rowing Program and RowOfLife

Location: Booth #1028

Adaptive Rowing at the Bay Area Show

Try an adaptive rowing machine and discover how it can open up the world of adaptive rowing for you. No access to water is needed! Rowing is a sport that is accessible to most people with disabilities. Learn about the many benefits of rowing, such as exercise, fitness, improving self-esteem, setting goals, and a sense of accomplishment. Angela and other disabled rowers will be on hand to show you the ropes. Angela will also share her stories of rowing across 2 oceans as a paraplegic (Atlantic and Indian), medaling at the Paralympics (2012 London and 2008 Beijing) and more. Learn more at www.rowoflife.com.

Adaptive Sailing

Presented by the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors (BAADS)

Location: Booth #312

Adaptive Rowing at the Bay Area Show

Think sailing is not for you because of your disability? Be prepared to be surprised! Adaptive sailing is a remarkably accessible sport. Meet members of the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors as they showcase the sport of adaptive sailing which can accommodate people with mental, physical and developmental disabilities. Two dingy boats (small sail boats) and an array of adaptive equipment will be on display. Learn about the sailing programs and how special rigging and other adaptive features make solo sailing possible for people with most disabilities. Learn more at www.baads.org.

Artist Market

Presented by: College of Adaptive Arts

Location: Booth #1021

Artist Market Items from Abilities Expo

The area's most celebrated artists with disabilities will feature an eclectic mix of original, unforgettable artistry. From photographs and paintings to graphic design, their amazing works will be available for appreciation and purchase. The College of the Adaptive Arts provides an environment where students can flourish and thrive and continue to push the boundaries of their potential. The vision of the college is to empower the student body to creatively transform the way the world views individuals with disabilities. CCA creates successful contributing citizens through the arts. Learn more at www.collegeofadaptivearts.org.

Assistive Technology Showcase

Presented by: Ability Tools

Location: Booth #421

Assistive Technology Showcase

Explore how assistive technology can help you or your loved ones bridge the gap between ability and disability! The Showcase will feature an array of assistive technology for people of all disabilities to experience hands-on. In addition, the staff will offer suggestions and share their extensive knowledge to help determine the most appropriate technology match for your abilities and situations. Ability Tools, formerly the AT Network, provides a variety of services for Californians of all ages with disabilities including: AT exchange marketplace, device lending libraries, financial loan program for AT and information and referrals. Learn more at www.abilitytools.org.

Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth

Presented by: Earthquake Country Alliance

Location: Booth #1007

Earthquake Preparedness

Meet representatives of disability and emergency management organizations who are active in emergency planning and are working to ensure the Bay Area will be more resilient when disaster strikes. Representatives from Earthquake Country Alliance and other local agencies will be on hand share vital personal preparedness tips to help individuals with disabilities and their caregivers create realistic plans to meet your needs, maintain your independence, and recover from emergency and disaster situations like earthquakes, extended power loss, flooding, fire, thunderstorms, and more. Visit the Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth and exchange your questions and concerns for free information and resources so you too can prepare and personalize your own emergency plan. Learn more at www.earthquakecountry.org/disability. For national resources visit www.disability.gov (click on Emergency Preparedness).

Interactive Adaptive Fashion Booth

Presented by: Frill-Ability

Location: Booth #307

Frillability Fashion Booth

Frill-Ability Inc's Interactive Adaptive Fashion booth will allow attendees to get to experience both premiere and up and coming adaptive fashion brands in-person. Garments will be on racks for attendees to touch and see, models wearing looks and available for answering questions, and the businesses featured will have a chance to promote themselves with convention-only offers and materials. We hope to have a computer set up so attendees can browse and purchase their favourite items from the web. Learn more at www.frill-ability.com.

Variety Childcare Pavilion

Presented by: Variety Children's Charity of Northern California

Sponsored by: Abilities Expo

Location: Booth #1201

Variety Childcare Pavilion

Parents and caregivers! We're excited to offer this opportunity in conjunction with Variety Children's Charity of Northern California. The Variety Childcare Pavilion will provide a safe, secure place for children to spend some quality time in play and recreation with trained volunteers. During these sessions (up to 90 minutes) parents and caregivers can engage in childfree discussions with exhibitors, attend a workshop or enjoy an event. With its rec-room type feel, the Pavilion will include a mini movie theater, bean bag and specialty chairs for relaxing and de-stressing, an arts and crafts area, basketball toss game and more. The ratio will be 4 children to every 1 trained volunteer. The Pavilion will be supervised by Variety staff during all show hours. For children 18 years old and younger. Sessions are limited to 90 minutes in length and are based on availability. Multiple sessions will be possible when space allows. Parents/caregivers must sign liability and photo release forms, and provide a working cell phone number for contact during the show. Profile forms will be completed by parents/caregivers to ensure volunteers are aware of specific needs for each child. (As Variety observes all HIPPA laws, you and your child's information will not be used for any purpose other than the specific care of your child while in the Variety Childcare Pavilion.) All children will be identified by wristbands and trained volunteers will be identified by staff t-shirts. Learn more at www.varietync.org.

Friday, November 18, 2016

11:30am - 4:30pm

Abilities Meet Up Zone

Location: Booth #429

The Meet Up Zone

Come and visit the Abilities Meet Up Zone for a fun place to relax and interact with peers. In the tradition of a town square, the Zone is the perfect place to meet other attendees, share experiences and get answers to your most urgent questions. Enjoy the photo booth and share your pics to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for your chance to win prizes – tag your posts with #AbilitiesExpo. You'll also have the unique opportunity to sit down with Disability Funding Specialist Tamara Simmons (or one of her expert coaches) to get one-on-one advice on how to put a fundraising plan into action.

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Showboaters Pep Squad and Latizmo Hip Hop Dance

Presented by: College of Adaptive Arts

Location: Events Area

Showboaters Pep Squad

Meet the talented, excited and inspired students who make up the Showboaters Pep Squad and the Latizmo Hip Hop Performing Troupes from the College of Adaptive Arts. We’ll treat you to their newest performances. Then its your turn to learn a little Latizmo, a new hip hop style created by one of the College’s own instructors. The College of Adaptive Arts is Silicon Valley’s cutting-edge arts, health and wellness conservatory for adults with disabilities. The college offers programs in the performing and visual arts to adults with differing abilities. Learn more at www.collegeofadaptivearts.org.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Booth #633

Face Painting at the Expo

Test drive the Ainsley's Angels athletic ride-along experience! Created for anyone who would otherwise not be able to experience endurance events, Ainsley's Angels creates "Angel Teams" by pairing Athlete-riders with runners to compete in endurance events and road races. The Athlete rider is the core of the team and pulls the runner across the finish line with smiles, cheers and immeasurable inspirational spirit. Be sure to visit the Ainsley's Angels of America booth to sign up to experience the thrill TODAY! First person first served. A limited number of race experience times are available on each day of the Expo. Learn more at www.ainsleysangels.org.  

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Makeathon Meet and Greet

Presented by: Daniel Stickney’s Makeathon Team: Pierre Karaschchuk, Kelly Peng, Oscar Segovia, Corten Singer, Ryan Sternlicht, Daniel Stickney, Stanford Stickney, Stephanie Valencia, Tomás Vega

Location: Meet Up Zone, Booth #429

Makeathon Meet and Greet

Meet the team of individuals who solved a wheelchair navigation issue for Daniel Stickney during a week-long Makeathon. Watch the story. The Makeathon team will be on hand to tell the story and share how you can use a Makeathon to create solutions to similar problems.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Walk and Roll Dance Team Presents!

Presented by: Walk and Roll Dance Team and Foundation

Location: Events Arena

Walk and Roll Dance

Kick off the day with a high-energy, live performance by the Walk and Roll Foundation's incredible wheelchair dance team. The dance team performs unique and captivating routines across the country as well as sharing their stories of adversity and how through determination and high spirits they've gone on with their lives to fulfill their dreams to dance. Following the performance it's your turn! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance floor and learn some moves. Follow the Team and learn more about them at www.walkandrollfoundation.org.

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Service Dog Demonstration

Presented by: Canine Angels Service Teams

Location: Events Arena

Walk and Roll Dance

Discover how service dogs are meeting the needs of people with many different disabilities. A service dog will be on hand to demonstrate how dogs work to achieve independence in various areas of people's lives – from picking up a cell phone to providing physical stability, even counting money! Find out how these dogs can help with many different types of disability, including vision and hearing loss, mobility, autism and seizure/allergy alert. Learn how funding works to acquire a dog and what to expect from your service dog provider organization. Bring your questions! Learn more at www.canine-angels.org

Saturday, November 19, 2016

11:30 am - 4:30 pm

Abilities Meet Up Zone

Location: Booth #429

Abilities Meet Up Zone

Come and visit the Abilities Meet Up Zone for a fun place to relax and interact with peers. In the tradition of a town square, the Zone is the perfect place to meet other attendees, share experiences and get answers to your most urgent questions. Enjoy the photo booth and share your pics to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for your chance to win prizes – tag your posts with #AbilitiesExpo. You'll also have the unique opportunity to sit down with Disability Funding Specialist Tamara Simmons (or one of her expert coaches) to get one-on-one advice on how to put a fundraising plan into action.

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Adaptive Tennis

Presented by: USTA Northern California

Location: Events Arena

Face Painting at the Expo

Everyone can play the sport of tennis, with the appropriate equipment. People of any age, environment, condition or disability are invited to enjoy the game. Players can participate both recreationally and competitively. This sport is well integrated with it's able-bodied counterpart and players will demonstrate "Up Down" tennis featuring one wheelchair user and one able-bodied player on each team. Discover where you can play in the Bay Area. Learn more at www.norcal.usta.com/adults/adaptive/.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Booth #633

Face Painting at the Expo

Test drive the Ainsley's Angels athletic ride-along experience! Created for anyone who would otherwise not be able to experience endurance events, Ainsley's Angels creates "Angel Teams" by pairing Athlete-riders with runners to compete in endurance events and road races. The Athlete rider is the core of the team and pulls the runner across the finish line with smiles, cheers and immeasurable inspirational spirit. Be sure to visit the Ainsley's Angels of America booth to sign up to experience the thrill TODAY! First person first served. A limited number of race experience times are available on each day of the Expo. Learn more at www.ainsleysangels.org.  

12:00pm – 4:30pm

Face Painting

Presented by: We Adorn You

Location: Meet Up Zone, Booth #429

Face Painting at Abilities Expo

Delight at the opportunity to transform your face! Visit the face painter's stand for a complimentary face painting. Fun designs are available for girls, boys and adults as well. Paints are FDA approved professional face paints and wash off with water. Preference is given to children age 18 and under. Face painting is based on availability. This activity is popular and we recommend you arrive early to ensure a spot. Learn more at www.weadornyou.com.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Adaptive Archery Demonstration

Presented by: Janice and Courtney Walth, See No Limits Competitive Archery

Location: Events Arena

Archery Demonstration

Archery is a sport that is accessible to just about everyone, regardless of disability, including the visually impaired. You may be surprised to know that Sighting (seeing the target) is really not the most important part of a good shot. The technique used to shoot a good shot is at least 95% form. Body awareness and muscle memory are very important for any archer. Watch World Championship gold medal winning blind archer Janice Walth demonstrate the sport and hear from both Janice and her husband/coach Courtney about how you can get involved in the sport of archery, a fun challenge that is inclusive of persons with virtually all abilities, physically beneficial and can increase your body strength and focus. Archery equipment will be available for attendees to see and touch. Learn more at www.seenolimits.org.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Walk and Roll Dance Team Presents!

Presented by: Walk and Roll Dance Team and Foundation

Location: Events Arena

Walk and Roll Dance Demonstration

Kick off the day with a high-energy, live performance by the Walk and Roll Foundation's incredible wheelchair dance team. The dance team performs unique and captivating routines across the country as well as sharing their stories of adversity and how through determination and high spirits they've gone on with their lives to fulfill their dreams to dance. Following the performance it's your turn! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance floor and learn some moves. Follow the Team and learn more about them at www.walkandrollfoundation.org.

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Adaptive Fitness Class

Presented by: Tiphany Adams, with support from LEVO USA

Location: Events Arena

Adaptive Fitness

93,000 people follow Tiphany Adams on Instagram for her fitness and nutrition tips. Now you can meet her in person! Tiphany will answer attendee questions about how you can incorporate fitness, healthy eating and a positive mindset into your lives. Then she'll lead a warm up and adaptive fitness class. All abilities are welcome! Learn more at www.tiphanyadams.com and www.levousa.com. Follow Tiphany on social media at @tiphanyadams and www.facebook.com/officialTiphanyAdams.

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Adaptive Sailing: Sailing is for All

Presented by: Dylan Young, Commodore, Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors

Location: Booth #312

Adaptive Rowing at the Bay Area Show

Did you know that you can sail independently even if you have a disability? Discover the thrill of sailing on San Francisco Bay with the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors. BAADS has both dinghies and keelboats with modifications that allow people with disabilities to sail them. Learn how adaptive seating, electronic controls and other accommodations make it possible for just about anyone to set the sails, steer the boat and participate in every aspect of sailing. BAADS' Commodore Dylan Young will tell of his love for both recreational sailing and racing in local, national and international competitions. Competition and adventure (and sea lions!) are waiting at Pier 40 in San Francisco. Learn more at www.baads.org.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

11:30 am - 3:30 pm

Abilities Meet Up Zone

Location: Booth #429

Meet Up Zone

Come and visit the Abilities Meet Up Zone for a fun place to relax and interact with peers. In the tradition of a town square, the Zone is the perfect place to meet other attendees, share experiences and get answers to your most urgent questions. Enjoy the photo booth and share your pics to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for your chance to win prizes – tag your posts with #AbilitiesExpo. You'll also have the unique opportunity to sit down with Disability Funding Specialist Tamara Simmons (or one of her expert coaches) to get one-on-one advice on how to put a fundraising plan into action.

11:45am – 12:45pm

DanceAbility

Presented by: India Harville, DanceAbility

Location: Events Arena

DanceAbility

DanceAbility International’s mission is to create opportunities for people with and without disabilities to dance and move together. This DanceAbility workshop will provide a supportive atmosphere for attendees to learn about the beauty and joy of communicating through movement. People of all abilities and ages welcome. Learn more at www.danceability.com.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Booth #633

Roll with the Wind

Test drive the Ainsley's Angels athletic ride-along experience! Created for anyone who would otherwise not be able to experience endurance events, Ainsley's Angels creates "Angel Teams" by pairing Athlete-riders with runners to compete in endurance events and road races. The Athlete rider is the core of the team and pulls the runner across the finish line with smiles, cheers and immeasurable inspirational spirit. Be sure to visit the Ainsley's Angels of America booth to sign up to experience the thrill TODAY! First person first served. A limited number of race experience times are available on each day of the Expo. Learn more at www.ainsleysangels.org.  

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Makeathon Meet and Greet

Presented by: Daniel Stickney’s Makeathon Team: Pierre Karaschchuk, Kelly Peng, Oscar Segovia, Corten Singer, Ryan Sternlicht, Daniel Stickney, Stanford Stickney, Stephanie Valencia, Tomás Vega

Location: Meet Up Zone, Booth #429

Makeathon Meet and Greet

Meet the team of individuals who solved a wheelchair navigation issue for Daniel Stickney during a week-long Makeathon. Watch the story. The Makeathon team will be on hand to tell the story and share how you can use a Makeathon to create solutions to similar problems.

12:00pm – 3:30pm

Face Painting

Presented by: We Adorn You

Location: Meet Up Zone, Booth #429

Face painting

Delight at the opportunity to transform your face! Visit the face painter's stand for a complimentary face painting. Fun designs are available for girls, boys and adults as well. Paints are FDA approved professional face paints and wash off with water. Preference is given to children age 18 and under. Face painting is based on availability. This activity is popular and we recommend you arrive early to ensure a spot. Learn more at www.weadornyou.com.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Service Dog Demonstration

Presented by: Canine Angels Service Teams

Location: Events Arena

Walk and Roll Dance

Discover how service dogs are meeting the needs of people with many different disabilities. A service dog will be on hand to demonstrate how dogs work to achieve independence in various areas of people's lives – from picking up a cell phone to providing physical stability, even counting money! Find out how these dogs can help with many different types of disability, including vision and hearing loss, mobility, autism and seizure/allergy alert. Learn how funding works to acquire a dog and what to expect from your service dog provider organization. Bring your questions! Learn more at www.canine-angels.org

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Walk and Roll Dance Team Presents!

Presented by: Walk and Roll Dance Team and Foundation

Location: Events Arena

Walk and Roll Dance Team

Kick off the day with a high-energy, live performance by the Walk and Roll Foundation's incredible wheelchair dance team. The dance team performs unique and captivating routines across the country as well as sharing their stories of adversity and how through determination and high spirits they've gone on with their lives to fulfill their dreams to dance. Following the performance it's your turn! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance floor and learn some moves. Follow the Team and learn more about them at www.walkandrollfoundation.org.

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