• Boston Abilities Expo
    BOSTON
    September 16 - 18, 2016
    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 try new things, expand your interests and discover ways to be more involved in the local Boston 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

Acupressure for Stress Release

Presented by: Regina Rosenthal, PT, MA, Author, The Heart of Healing: Discovering the Secrets of Self-Care, Advanced Certified Process Acupressure Practitioner and Instructor

Location: Booth #1119

Acupressure for Stress Release

Experience acupressure during complimentary 15-20 minutes sessions. Acupressure is sometimes described as "acupuncture without needles". It promotes wellness and rejuvenation by accessing and addressing the vital energies of the body. Acupressure is often used to complement more traditional methods such as physical therapy, massage, or nursing, and also stands very well on its own. Certified instructors will be available to provide sessions and talk with attendees about this type of therapy. Sessions are conducted while the attendee sits in a chair or their own mobility device. For more information visit www.reginarosenthal.com and www.soullightening.com.

Adaptive Gaming Pavilion

Presented by: AbleGamers Foundation

Location: Booth #859

Adaptive Gaming Pavilion

Experience adaptive gaming equipment and programs, and talk with other video game enthusiasts. AbleGamers Foundation 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 #1042 and 1043

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 #553

Assistive Technology Showcase: Interact with Tomorrow's Technology Today

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.

Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth

Presented by: Boston Public Health Commission and the Office of Public Health Preparedness

Location: Booth #1122

Assistive Technology Showcase: Interact with Tomorrow's Technology Today

Meet representatives of disability and emergency management organizations who are active in emergency planning and are working to ensure the Boston region will be more resilient when disaster strikes. Representatives from the Boston Public Health Commission and the Office of Public Health Preparedness 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 extended power loss, snow storms, flooding, fire, thunderstorms, tornadoes, 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.bphc.org. For national resources visit www.disability.gov (click on Emergency Preparedness). 

Manual Wheelchair Skills for Everyone

Presented by: Empower Spinal Cord Injury

Location: Booth #452

Manual Wheelchair Skills

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.

Mini-Yoga Sessions from RxRelax

Presented by: Jay Gupta, RPh, MScIM, MTM, ERYT and Terry Gupta, MSW, RxYT, RMT, co-founders of YogaCaps, Inc. and RxRelax and authors of RxRelax for Insomnia, Relaxation Capsules, and Subtle Yoga for Rejuvenation

Location: Booth #534

Mini-Yoga Sessions from RxRelax

Are you dealing with stress and/or pain, hoping for more rejuvenating sleep, feeling anxious or struggling with digestive issues? Experience a 20-minute personal wellness consultation with integrative healthcare professionals to enhance your overall health and well-being. You'll learn at least one RxRelax Therapeutic Yoga Technique to address your needs. Questions are welcome. For more information visit www.yogacaps.org and www.rxrelax.com.

Sound-Off, Stories and Selfies Booth

Presented by: United Spinal Association

Location: Booth #928

Sound-Off, Stories and Selfies Booth

The Sound-Off, Stories & Selfies Booth offers expo attendees the opportunity to share their stories and perspectives on living with a disability and to learn more about United Spinal's Advocacy Alliance. This is your chance to take the spotlight and provide your personal experiences on video. Your insight and opinions will be used to strengthen the voice of our community and equip United Spinal with the tools to effectively advocate to improve disability rights at the state and national levels.
Learn more at www.unitedspinal.org.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Check back often; more events to be added!

11:30 am - 4:30 pm

Abilities Meet Up Zone

Location: 300 Aisle

Meetup Zone in Houston

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. 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.

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Auti Angel's "FreeStyle Dance Workshop"

Presented by: Auti Angel, Abilities Expo "Dancebassador", star of Sundance Channel's Push Girls

Location: Events Arena

Auti's Dance workshop

Dancing has fast become a popular activity for all abilities. Auti Angel, the Abilities Expo "Dancebassador" will share a dance demonstration with attendees. Then it's your turn to try some moves as Auti leads you in her one-of-a-kind workshop. Auti Angel, the pioneer of wheelchair Hip-Hop dancing, has  danced with "Straight Outta Compton's" Eazy-E & N.W.A. along with LL Cool J and Ludacris just to name a few. However, she gets no better joy than dancing with others who also have awesome unique abilities. Dancing crosses the boundaries of age, gender, and physical ability; including individuals using both manual and power wheelchairs. You won't want to miss this unique demonstration and a chance to express yourself through movement! Learn more at www.autiangel.net and www.autiangel.com.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Check back often; more events to be added!

11:30 am - 4:30 pm

Abilities Meet Up Zone

Location: 300 Aisle

Meetup Zone in Houston

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. 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 – 3:00pm

Face Painting

Presented by: Colores Kids

Location: Meet Up Zone

Facepainting for kids on Saturday

Kids will delight at the opportunity to transform their face into a beautiful butterfly, a swashbuckling pirate, or a sweet kitten! Stop by the face painter's stand for a complimentary face painting. Select designs only. Paints are FDA approved professional face paints and water. Just for kids age 18 and under. Learn more at www. www.coloreskids.com.

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Auti Angel's "FreeStyle Dance Workshop"

Presented by: Auti Angel, Abilities Expo "Dancebassador", star of Sundance Channel's Push Girls

Location: Events Arena

Auti's Dance Workshop

Dancing has fast become a popular activity for all abilities. Auti Angel, the Abilities Expo "Dancebassador" will share a dance demonstration with attendees. Then it's your turn to try some moves as Auti leads you in her one-of-a-kind workshop. Auti Angel, the pioneer of wheelchair Hip-Hop dancing, has  danced with "Straight Outta Compton's" Eazy-E & N.W.A. along with LL Cool J and Ludacris just to name a few. However, she gets no better joy than dancing with others who also have awesome unique abilities. Dancing crosses the boundaries of age, gender, and physical ability; including individuals using both manual and power wheelchairs. You won't want to miss this unique demonstration and a chance to express yourself through movement! Learn more at www.autiangel.net and www.autiangel.com.

2:45pm – 3:45pm

Power Soccer Demonstration

Presented by: Northeast Passage PowerCats, a U.S. Power Soccer Association Team

Location: Events Arena

Power Soccer

Watch and learn as members of the Northeast Passage PowerCats power soccer team 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 New England Region. Learn more at www.nepassage.org and www.powersoccerusa.net

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Check back often; more events to be added!

11:30 am - 3:30 pm

Abilities Meet Up Zone

Location: 300 Aisle

Meetup Zone in Houston

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. 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 – 3:00pm

Face Painting

Presented by: Colores Kids

Location: Meet Up Zone

Facepainting for kids on Sunday

Kids will delight at the opportunity to transform their face into a beautiful butterfly, a swashbuckling pirate, or a sweet kitten! Stop by the face painter's stand for a complimentary face painting. Select designs only. Paints are FDA approved professional face paints and water. Just for kids age 18 and under. Learn more at www. www.coloreskids.com.

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Auti Angel's "FreeStyle Dance Workshop"

Presented by: Auti Angel, Abilities Expo "Dancebassador", star of Sundance Channel's Push Girls

Location: Events Arena

Auti's Freestyle Dance Workshop

Dancing has fast become a popular activity for all abilities. Auti Angel, the Abilities Expo "Dancebassador" will share a dance demonstration with attendees. Then it's your turn to try some moves as Auti leads you in her one-of-a-kind workshop. Auti Angel, the pioneer of wheelchair Hip-Hop dancing, has  danced with "Straight Outta Compton's" Eazy-E & N.W.A. along with LL Cool J and Ludacris just to name a few. However, she gets no better joy than dancing with others who also have awesome unique abilities. Dancing crosses the boundaries of age, gender, and physical ability; including individuals using both manual and power wheelchairs. You won't want to miss this unique demonstration and a chance to express yourself through movement! Learn more at www.autiangel.net and www.autiangel.com.

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