• Boston Abilities Expo
    BOSTON
    September 21 - 23, 2018
    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 #1121

Accupressure

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 own mobility device. For more information visit www.reginarosenthal.com and www.soullightening.com.

Artist Market

Sponsored by: VSA Massachusetts

Location: Booths 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. Learn more at www.vsamass.org.

Assistive Technology Showcase: Interact with Tomorrow's Technology Today

Sponsored by: Easter Seals Massachusetts

Location: Booth #659

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 #1123

Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth in Boston

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.readysafehealthy.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 #1059

Manual Wheelchair Skills for Everyone

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-Therapeutic Yoga Sessions from RxRelax

Presented by: Jay Gupta, RPh, MScIM, MTM Specialist, C-IAYT and Terry Gupta, MSW, RxYT, ERYT500. C-IAYT, co-founders of YogaCaps, Inc. and RxRelax and authors of RxRelax for Insomnia, Relaxation Capsules, and RxRelax Seated Therapeutic Yoga

Location: Booth #1126

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 wellbeing. 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

Thursday, September 7, 2017

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Rollettes Pre-Show Dance Experience

Presented by: Chelsie Hill and the Rollettes

Location: The Dance Complex

Rollettes

Abilities Expo headliners Chelsie Hill and the Rollettes are offering an exciting dance class the day before the Expo on Thursday, September 7 at The Dance Complex from 6:00 – 8:0 pm. The Rollettes will teach some of their signature dance moves and encourage their students of all ages to join them for one of The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents! events at Abilities Expo., September 8-10. The price is $15 and space is limited so RSVP to info@RollettesDance.com.

Friday, September 8, 2017

11:30am - 4:30pm

Abilities Meet Up Zone

Location: Booth #633 Abilities Meet Up Zone in Boston

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 with the hashtag #AbilitiesExpo.

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Adaptive Cycling Demonstration

Presented by: Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers

Location: Events Arena

Hand Cycling at Boston Abilities Expo

Enjoy this opportunity to try a three wheeled recumbent cycle for yourself! Recumbent hand and leg cycling is a form of adaptive cycling that enables athletes of all abilities to ride a "bike". Hand Cycling exclusively uses 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. Learn more at: www.spauldingrehab.org/conditions-and-treatments/adaptive-sports and https://sasc.spauldingrehab.org.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Adaptive Golf

Presented by: Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers

Location: Events Arena

Adaptive golf in Boston

Golf is one of the most adaptable sports and just about anyone, regardless of ability level, can grab a set of golf clubs, head outside, and in no time be hitting golf balls where no one will ever find them again. Attendees of all abilities are invited to hit some balls and discover the sport. Learn about how golf is adapted to various disabilities using the existing handicap system and adaptive devices. Find out how you can be involved in the Boston region. As Bob Hope famously said, "If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf." Learn more at www.spauldingrehab.org/conditions-and-treatments/adaptive-sports.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Presented by: The Rollettes

Location: Events Arena

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Kick your Abilities day into gear with a high-energy, live performance by The Rollettes Los Angeles, an 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 at www.rollettesdance.com.

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Service Dogs Demonstration

Presented by: Mallory Anderson, Special Events Coordinator, Canines for Disabled Kids

Location: Events Arena

Service Dogs Demonstration in Boston

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.caninesforkids.org.

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Wheelchair Boarding Demonstration

Presented by: Erik Kondo, Wheelchair Boarding

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Boarding Demonstration

See what everyone is talking about! Erik Kondo has developed wheelchair boarding –
the sport where wheelchair users skateboard. He'll demonstrate Wheelchair Boarding, explain the equipment that makes it possible, and talk with attendees about the experience, the fun, and the benefits. Follow the ongoing adventures at www.facebook.com/Wheelchairboarding/.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

11:15am – 11:45am

Service Dog Demonstration

Presented by: NEADS / Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans

Location: Events Arena

Service Dog Demonstration

Discover how highly trained NEADS World Class Service dogs are meeting the needs of persons with physical disabilities and hearing loss. Service dogs will be on hand to demonstrate how dogs work to achieve independence in various areas of people's lives – from picking up dropped items; retrieving cell phones; turning on lights; and opening doors. For persons with hearing loss, NEADS World Class Service dogs can alert their handlers to cell phone ringing; emergency sirens; smoke alarms and when loved ones are calling their names. The NEADS Social dog program helps children with autism and other developmental disabilities increase their social interactions and assist with sensory integration issues as families work together with a NEADS Service Dog. NEADS staff will be ready to answer all of your questions! We look forward to meeting you. Veterans – be sure to ask about the NEADS programs that are available to you. Learn more at www.neads.org or contact Katy Harrison Ostroff, Manager of Client Relations.

11:30am - 4:30pm

Abilities Meet Up Zone

Location: Booth #633

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 with the hashtag #AbilitiesExpo.

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Wheelchair Boarding Demonstration

Presented by: Erik Kondo, Wheelchair Boarding

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Boarding Demonstration with Erik Kondo

See what everyone is talking about! Erik Kondo has developed wheelchair boarding –
the sport where wheelchair users skateboard. He'll demonstrate Wheelchair Boarding, explain the equipment that makes it possible, and talk with attendees about the experience, the fun, and the benefits. Follow the ongoing adventures at www.facebook.com/Wheelchairboarding/.

12:00pm – 4:00pm

Face Painting

Presented by: Colores Kids

Location: Meet Up Zone, Booth #633

Face Painting at the Boston Abilities Expo

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. Based on availability - this is a popular activity and we recommend you arrive early to ensure a spot. Please note the line for face painting closes 30 minutes prior to the close of face painting for each day. Learn more at www. www.coloreskids.com.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Fitness for All with Ability Beats

Presented by: Kimberly Ferrara, Inclusive Fitness Coach, Wiggle Kids

Location: Events Arena

Fitness for All with Ability Beats

This drumming activity delivers fun as well as a full brain and body workout! It's ideal for all ages and all abilities! Ability Beats follows a Drums Alive routine and sharpens skills such as auditory processing, coordination, balance, cognition, strength, fine and gross motor control while using music and rhythmical applications. Each activity is done with fun music from around the world as well as today's pop charts to keep students engaged and excited to learn more. Learn more at www.wigglekids.org.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Presented by: The Rollettes

Location: Events Arena

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Kick your Abilities day into gear with a high-energy, live performance by The Rollettes Los Angeles, an 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 at www.rollettesdance.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 Demonstration in Boston

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.

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Meet Jerry Diaz, WCMX (Wheelchair Motocross) Athlete

Location: Events Arena

Power Soccer Demonstration in Boston

Meet Jerry Diaz of WCMX fame! Jerry will be demonstrating some of tricks and talk with attendees about WCMX and how he developed his own style. Jerry's mission in life is to show people that he can do anything while riding his wheelchair! When not perfecting his own skills, Diaz conducts seminars and competes in WCMX (Wheelchair Motocross), an organization created by Aaron Fotheringham and Christian Bailey about 10 years ago. He's looking forward to answering your questions about learning what you can achieve with your wheelchair.
Follow Jerry at www.facebook.com/jerrydiaz13, Instagram: @uradrenalinerush, YouTube: Jerry Diaz.

Note: Jerry's flips and tricks are not for everyone, and are risky. Please consult with your physician and use common sense before attempting something that may be dangerous for your specific condition.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Face Painting

Presented by: Colores Kids

Location: Meet Up Zone, Booth #633

Face Painting in Boston

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. Based on availability - this is a popular activity and we recommend you arrive early to ensure a spot. Please note the line for face painting closes 30 minutes prior to the close of face painting for each day. Learn more at www. www.coloreskids.com.

11:30am - 3:30pm

Abilities Meet Up Zone

Location: Booth #633

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 with the hashtag #AbilitiesExpo.

1:00pm - 1:30pm

Meet Jerry Diaz, WCMX (Wheelchair Motocross) Athlete

Location: Events Arena

Power Soccer Demonstration in Boston

Meet Jerry Diaz of WCMX fame! Jerry will be demonstrating some of tricks and talk with attendees about WCMX and how he developed his own style. Jerry's mission in life is to show people that he can do anything while riding his wheelchair! When not perfecting his own skills, Diaz conducts seminars and competes in WCMX (Wheelchair Motocross), an organization created by Aaron Fotheringham and Christian Bailey about 10 years ago. He's looking forward to answering your questions about learning what you can achieve with your wheelchair.
Follow Jerry at www.facebook.com/jerrydiaz13, Instagram: @uradrenalinerush, YouTube: Jerry Diaz.

Note: Jerry's flips and tricks are not for everyone, and are risky. Please consult with your physician and use common sense before attempting something that may be dangerous for your specific condition.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Presented by: The Rollettes

Location: Events Arena

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Kick your Abilities day into gear with a high-energy, live performance by The Rollettes Los Angeles, an 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 at www.rollettesdance.com.

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Service Dogs Demonstration

Presented by: Mallory Anderson, Special Events Coordinator, Canines for Disabled Kids

Location: Events Arena

Service Dogs Demonstration in Boston

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.caninesforkids.org.


 

Pre-Register for Abilities Expo Today...It's Free!
Sign up for the Buzz stay in the know on disability news and info