• Boston Abilities Expo
    BOSTON
    September 18 - 20, 2015
    The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Hall C
    Fri. 11am-5pm | Sat. 11am-5pm | Sun 11am-4pm

Events and Activities make the total Abilities experience

Add some exciting new activities to your life? Abilities Expo showcases a wide range of events that not only entertain, they also give you the opportunity to tr

y new things, expand your interests and discover ways to be more involved in the local Houston area.

More events added each week. Check back for details!

  • Try a variety of adaptive sports
  • Transform your face at the face painters
  • Learn how to work with assistance dogs
  • Break out your dancing wheels
  • Find out what horses can do for people with disabilities

There’s a lot going on at Abilities Expo! Be sure to also check out the Free Workshops

* Please note dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Please check the schedule at the show for final times and events. Abilities Expo is not responsible for the materials or opinions of the speakers.

All Day, Every Day Activities

Adaptive Art Activity

Presented by Zot Artz, Special Thanks to Play Brigade

Location: Booth #139

Zot Artz

Art for all! Children of all abilities get to stamp and print to make their mark. Use adaptive art tools and shapes to create your very own exciting art creation! Parents will love the fun and creativity plus this activity also helps develop motor skills, concentration, social interaction, self esteem and more! Each child receives their own print to take home. Plan 5-20 minutes for activity. One print per child. While supplies last. For attendees under the age of 18. See photos and learn more at www.zotartz.com and www.playbrigade.com.

Adaptive Gaming Pavilion

Presented by: AbleGamers Charity

Location: Booth #223

Gaming Pavilion

Experience adaptive gaming equipment and programs, and talk with other video game enthusiasts. AbleGamers Charity serves the more than 70 million members of the disabled community by advocating greater access to video games. They are a leader in the development of equipment, programs and services to those living with disabilities, hardships, and quality-of-life issues that are a result of chronic illness or trauma. It is our goal that all people, regardless of their disability, can use gaming as a tool for an enriched social experiences with friends, family, and the world at large. Learn more at www.ablegamers.com.

Artist Market

Sponsored by: VSA Massachusetts

Location: Booth #626 and #627

Artist Market

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. VSA Massachusetts involves people of all abilities in the arts. They operate the Open Door Gallery, showcasing outstanding work by artists with disabilities. They also advance careers in the arts and support the use of Universal Design to make cultural programs and facilities more accessible. Their COOL Schools promote inclusion and a creative outlook on learning. VSA Massachusetts is partnering with Artists Beyond Challenge, a Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission consumer group to produce the Arts Market. Learn more at www.vsamass.org.

Assistive Technology Showcase: Interact with Tomorrow's Technology Today

Sponsored by: Easter Seals Massachusetts

Location: Booth #129

Assistive Tech

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. Easter Seals Massachusetts has provided assistive technology services for over 25 years. One of the first programs of its kind in the country, it began with a few donated computers and one staff member. Today this pioneering program is nationally recognized for the creativity and expertise of its staff as they work to empower people with disabilities to reach their full potential. The program is one of the largest of its kind in the country. Learn more at www.eastersealsma.org.

Hand Cycling Clinic

Presented by: Invacare Top End

Location: Booth #152

Hand Cycling

Hand cycling is a form of adaptive cycling that enables athletes of all abilities to ride a "bike" exclusively using the upper body. Unlike many other adaptive sports hand cycling works to create integrated cycling opportunities for wheelchair users and athletes with lower-mobility impairments. Enjoy this opportunity to try a hand cycle for yourself! Friday's session will specifically focus on what clinicians need to know to confidently prescribe the right hand cycle for their patients and Sat. and Sunday will be targeted to consumers of all levels from beginner to elite levels. Learn more at www.topendwheelchair.com.

Manual Wheelchair Skills for Everyone

Presented by: Empower Spinal Cord Injury

Location: Booth #229

What is your favorite way to hop a curb? What tricks do you use to get yourself off the ground? Never sat in a manual wheelchair and have always wanted to try a wheelie? Visit the Empower SCI table and we will help you brush up on old skills and learn new skills from others. The booth will be staffed with both manual wheelchair-users and able-bodied staff to offer education and opportunities to learn new wheelchair skills. Skills will include curb-hopping, fall recovery, wheelie management, wheelchair maintenance, and challenging transfers. Open to both wheelchair-users and able-bodied individuals, there will be several wheelchairs present for able-bodied individuals to try out these skills. Visit us for a personal "Learn New Skills" time where you can spend 15 dedicated minutes getting one-on-one assistance with a skill you'd like to master. Based on availability. Attendees can reserve specific times at the booth. Learn more at www.empowersci.org.

Friday, September 18, 2015

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Wheelchair Basketball

Presented by: Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers

Location: Events Arena

Giant Floor Mural Art Activity

In the early days of the sport wheelchair basketball was only played by men with spinal cord injuries. Today it's changed significantly with both men and women and a variety of disabilities, competing in the sport. Many of the same rules from able-bodied basketball apply in the wheelchair game. The plays and strategies are similar. In addition there are special rules in place to adapt to disability. The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) governs all aspects of the game in the United States. Learn more at www.spauldingrehab.org/conditions-and-treatments/adaptive-sports.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Wheelchair Tennis

Presented by: Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Tennis

Local Boston players will be on hand to demonstrate wheelchair tennis and teach attendees who would like to learn more. Wheelchair Tennis is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world! It follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis, except the wheelchair tennis player is allowed two bounces of the ball. Adaptive sports like wheelchair tennis offer people with all types of disabilities an outlet to play sports competitively and in recreational programs. Learn more at www.spauldingrehab.org/conditions-and-treatments/adaptive-sports.

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Art Happening! Giant Floor Mural!

Presented by Zot Artz, Special Thanks to Play Brigade

Location: Booth #253 (Near Events Arena)

Giant Floor Mural Art Activity

Express Yourself! Come and join the fun at the Zot Artz Art Happening. We will be creating a large floor mural using a variety of adapted art tools for walking, rolling, and stamping. Not an Artist? No worries. The art activities are designed to accommodate artists and non-artists alike. Everyone can participate! This activity helps develop motor skills, concentration, social interaction, and much more for people with cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, and other disabilities. Learn more at www.zotartz.com and www.playbrigade.com.

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

Location: Events Arena

Service Dogs

Discover how service dogs are meeting the needs of people with many different disabilities. Several service dogs will be on hand to demonstrate the how they work to achieve independence in various areas of people's lives. 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!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

11:15am – 11:45am

Yoga for Every Body and Mind

Presented by: Jay Gupta and Terry Gupta, YogaCaps

Location: Events Arena

Yoga for Every Body

Discover therapeutic yoga for those with chronic physical and mental health conditions. Jay and Terry will lead attendees through subtle yoga that is simple to do and works for people who are seated or standing. Yoga can be both energizing and calming, and regular practice has been shown to release "happy" hormones in the body. YogaCaps, Inc. is an all volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization that builds a healthy and resilient community by making yoga more available and affordable. Learn more at www.yogacaps.org.

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Wheelchair Basketball

Presented by: Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers

Location: Events Arena

Giant Floor Mural Art Activity

In the early days of the sport wheelchair basketball was only played by men with spinal cord injuries. Today it's changed significantly with both men and women and a variety of disabilities, competing in the sport. Many of the same rules from able-bodied basketball apply in the wheelchair game. The plays and strategies are similar. In addition there are special rules in place to adapt to disability. The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) governs all aspects of the game in the United States. Learn more at www.spauldingrehab.org/conditions-and-treatments/adaptive-sports.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Face Painting

Presented by: Colores Kids

Location: Near Events Arena

Face painting

Kids will delight at the opportunity to transform their face into a beautiful butterfly, a swashbuckling pirate, or a design of their own choosing! Stop by the face painter's stand for a complimentary face painting. Paints are FDA approved professional face paints and wash off with water. Just for kids age 18 and under. Learn more at www.coloreskids.com.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Wheelchair Tennis

Presented by: Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Tennis

Local Boston players will be on hand to demonstrate wheelchair tennis and teach attendees who would like to learn more. Wheelchair Tennis is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world! It follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis, except the wheelchair tennis player is allowed two bounces of the ball. Adaptive sports like wheelchair tennis offer people with all types of disabilities an outlet to play sports competitively and in recreational programs. Learn more at www.spauldingrehab.org/conditions-and-treatments/adaptive-sports.

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Art Happening! Giant Floor Mural!

Presented: by Zot Artz

Location: Booth #253 (Near Events Arena)

Giant Wall Mural

Express Yourself! Come and join the fun at the Zot Artz Art Happening. We will be creating a large floor mural using a variety of adapted art tools for walking, rolling, and stamping. Not an Artist? No worries. The art activities are designed to accommodate artists and non-artists alike. Everyone can participate! This activity helps develop motor skills, concentration, social interaction, and much more for people with cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, and other disabilities. Learn more at www.zotartz.com and www.playbrigade.com.

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

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.

2:45pm – 3:30pm

Power Soccer Demonstration

Presented by: Northeast Passage PowerCats and the Boston Brakers of the U.S. Power Soccer Association

Location: Events Arena

Power Soccer

Watch and learn as members of the U.S. Power Soccer Association demonstrate and train attendees on the techniques of power wheelchair soccer. Discover this very active and growing sport that is open to power wheelchair users of all ages. See how players combine their skills as wheelchair users with the speed and power of the chair itself, to participate in this extremely challenging game similar to soccer. Then try the sport out for yourself and learn where you can get involved in the Boston area. Learn more at www.powersoccerusa.net and www.nepassage.org.

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Service Dog Demonstration

Location: Events Arena

Service Dogs

Discover how service dogs are meeting the needs of people with many different disabilities. Several service dogs will be on hand to demonstrate the how they work to achieve independence in various areas of people's lives. 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!

Sunday, September 19, 2015

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Quad Rugby Demonstration

Presented by: Northeast Passage

Location: Events Arena

Giant Floor Mural Art Activity

Competitive wheelchair rugby is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world. Enjoy a demonstration of this exciting sport - a cross between wheelchair basketball, ice hockey, and soccer. Any individual with impairments in three or more extremities may be eligible to play. This may include, but not limited to: spinal cord injury, post polio and cerebral palsy. Wheelchair rugby is played with four players on a team on a basketball court. The main message of quad rugby is "Smashing Stereotypes One Hit at a Time" and the sport has proven to be a life changer for those who start playing it. Learn more at www.nepassage.org.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Art Happening! Giant Floor Mural!

Presented by Zot Artz, Special Thanks to Play Brigade

Location: Booth #253 (Near Events Arena)

Giant Wall Mural

Express Yourself! Come and join the fun at the Zot Artz Art Happening. We will be creating a large floor mural using a variety of adapted art tools for walking, rolling, and stamping. Not an Artist? No worries. The art activities are designed to accommodate artists and non-artists alike. Everyone can participate! This activity helps develop motor skills, concentration, social interaction, and much more for people with cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, and other disabilities. Learn more at www.zotartz.com and www.playbrigade.com.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Face Painting

Presented by: Colores Kids

Location: Near Events Arena

Face Painting

Kids will delight at the opportunity to transform their face into a beautiful butterfly, a swashbuckling pirate, or a design of their own choosing! Stop by the face painter's stand for a complimentary face painting. Paints are FDA approved professional face paints and wash off with water. Just for kids age 18 and under. Learn more at www.coloreskids.com.

1:00pm - 1:30pm

Cosplay Parade Hosted by Misa on Wheels

Hosted by: Misa on Wheels

Location: Events Arena

Mina on Wheels

Cosplay comes to Abilities Expo - hosted by Misa on Wheels, New England's most notable cosplayer on wheels!Come to the show in costume as your favorite character and all ages are welcome. If you have a chair or mobility device, deck it out as part of your costume. (It's not necessary, but it will look great!) Then take part in the first ever Abilities Expo Cosplay Parade. Participating cosplayers are encouraged to arrive at the Events Arena (inside the show) by 12:45pm for pre–parade line–up. Meet fellow cosplayers from the disability community and express your style. A special area for photography will be located nearby to capture the moment. After the parade, visit the show floor to see the latest products and resources for people with disabilities. Follow Misa on Wheels at www.facebook.com/MisaOnWheels

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

Adaptive DanceFIT/Zumba

Presented by: Maryan Amaral, Wheelchair DanceFIT and Aero, Inc.

Location: Events Arena

Dance, get fit and have fun! Wheelchair DanceFIT incorporates adaptive Zumba and wheelchair dancing to create a workout that is effective and enjoyable. All ages and abilities are welcome to this inclusive class. Wheelchair DanceFit is a new program provided by Aero, Inc., an integrated physical abilities dance company based in the Greater Boston area of Massachusetts. Learn more at www.aeroic.org.

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