• Boston Abilities Expo
    BOSTON
    September 8 - 10, 2017
    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 #853

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. 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 #659

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.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Check back often; more events to be added!

11:30 am - 4:30 pm

Abilities Meet Up Zone

Location: Booth #543

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 with the hashtag #AbilitiesExpo.

You'll also have the unique opportunity to join Conversation Circles on Saturday and Sunday to discuss disability topics with other attendees.

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Wheelchair Basketball

Presented by: Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers

Location: Events Arena

Basketball in Houston

One of 26 Paralympic sports and played by both men and women, this sport is open to players with a variety of disabilities. 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. Try the sport for yourself and follow Team USA at the Paralympics this September! Learn more at www.spauldingrehab.org/conditions-and-treatments/adaptive-sports.

12:00pm – 4:30pm

Face Painting

Presented by: Colores Kids

Location: Meet Up Zone, Booth #543

Basketball in Houston

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. Please note the line for face painting closes 30 minutes prior to the close of the show each day. Learn more at www. www.coloreskids.com.

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Wheelchair Tennis

Presented by: Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers

Location: Events Arena

Basketball in Houston

Learn Wheelchair Tennis, a sport which follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis except it allows two bounces of the ball. Wheelchair Tennis is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world. 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. Resources will be available for where people can play in the Boston area. Learn more at www.spauldingrehab.org/conditions-and-treatments/adaptive-sports.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

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.

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Service Dog Demonstration

Presented by: John C. Moon, Director, Client Programs and Community Engagement, NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans

Location: Events Arena

Service Dog Demonstration

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.neads.org.

3:30pm to 5:00pm

Wheelchair Basketball

Presented by: Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers

Location: Events Arena

Basketball in Houston

One of 26 Paralympic sports and played by both men and women, this sport is open to players with a variety of disabilities. 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. Try the sport for yourself and follow Team USA at the Paralympics this September! Learn more at www.spauldingrehab.org/conditions-and-treatments/adaptive-sports.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Check back often; more events to be added!

11:15am – 11:45am

Service Dog Demonstration

Presented by: Kristin Hartness, Executive Director, Canines for Disabled Kids

Location: Events Arena

Service Dog Demonstration

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.

11:30 am - 4:30 pm

Abilities Meet Up Zone

Location: Booth #543

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 with the hashtag #AbilitiesExpo.

You'll also have the unique opportunity to join Conversation Circles on Saturday and Sunday to discuss disability topics with other attendees.

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Wheelchair Basketball

Presented by: Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers

Location: Events Arena

Basketball in Houston

One of 26 Paralympic sports and played by both men and women, this sport is open to players with a variety of disabilities. 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. Try the sport for yourself and follow Team USA at the Paralympics this September! Learn more at www.spauldingrehab.org/conditions-and-treatments/adaptive-sports.

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Conversation Circle: Topic - Paratransit

Location: Meet Up Zone, Booth #543

Paratransit

Paratransit will get you there, although not always in one piece. What was your best or worst ride on public transit? Share a tip for working the system. Join us for a conversation about this disability issue. Share a story. Ask a question. Listen in. Maybe meet someone who has had the same experience as you. Everyone is welcome.

12:00pm – 4:30pm

Face Painting

Presented by: Colores Kids

Location: Meet Up Zone, Booth #543

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. Please note the line for face painting closes 30 minutes prior to the close of the show each day.Learn more at www.coloreskids.com.

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Wheelchair Tennis

Presented by: Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers

Location: Events Arena

Basketball in Houston

Learn Wheelchair Tennis, a sport which follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis except it allows two bounces of the ball. Wheelchair Tennis is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world. 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. Resources will be available for where people can play in the Boston area. Learn more at www.spauldingrehab.org/conditions-and-treatments/adaptive-sports.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Conversation Circle: Topic – Asking for Help

Location: Meet Up Zone, Booth #543

Asking for Help

You are independent, until something gets in the way. How do you ask for help? Join us for a conversation about this disability issue. Share a story. Ask a question. Listen in. Maybe meet someone who has had the same experience as you. Everyone is welcome.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

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.

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Conversation Circle: Topic - Relationships

Location: Meet Up Zone, Booth #543

Location: Events Arena

Disabilities and Relationships

How do you meet friend, first dates, last dates, and partners for life? Join us for a conversation about this disability issue. Share a story. Ask a question. Listen in. Maybe meet someone who has had the same experience as you. Everyone is welcome.

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

3:45pm to 5:00pm

Wheelchair Basketball

Presented by: Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers

Location: Events Arena

Basketball in Houston

One of 26 Paralympic sports and played by both men and women, this sport is open to players with a variety of disabilities. 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. Try the sport for yourself and follow Team USA at the Paralympics this September! Learn more at www.spauldingrehab.org/conditions-and-treatments/adaptive-sports.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Check back often; more events to be added!

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wheelchair Boarding Demonstration

Presented by: Erik Kondo, Wheelchair Boarding

Location: Events Arena

Posted by Abilities Expo on Friday, September 16, 2016

See what everyone is talking about! Erik Kondo has developed wheelchair boarding – which allows wheelchair users to skateboard. He’ll be demonstrating live and talking with fans about the equipment and the experience.

And guess who is joining the fun...Eliza McIntosh, Ms. Wheelchair America 2017 and the former world record holder in long-distance wheelie holding!

11:30 am - 3:30 pm

Abilities Meet Up Zone

Location: Booth #543

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 with the hashtag #AbilitiesExpo.

You'll also have the unique opportunity to join Conversation Circles on Saturday and Sunday to discuss disability topics with other attendees.

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Wheelchair Rugby

Presented by: Northeast Passage

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair rugby has often been described as a combination of football, hockey and basketball in a wheelchair. 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.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Meet and Greet with Erik Kondo, Wheelchair Boarding

Location: Meet Up Zone, #543

Wheelchair Boarding with Erik Kondo

Erik Kondo of Wheelchair Boarding will be on hand to meet fans - take photos, sign autographs and chat about what may well be the next big adaptive sport for wheelchair users.

You can also meet Ms. Wheelchair America 2017 and the former world record holder in long-distance wheelie holding...Eliza McIntosh.

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Conversation Circle: Topic – PCA’s (Personal Care Attendants)

Location: Meet Up Zone, Booth #543

Personal Care Attendants

How do you manage your help? Finding, hiring, training, payroll...or do you wish someone else would just take care of it for you? Join us for a conversation about this disability issue. Share a story. Ask a question. Listen in. Maybe meet someone who has had the same experience as you. Everyone is welcome.

12:00pm – 3:30pm

Face Painting

Presented by: Colores Kids

Location: Meet Up Zone, Booth #543

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. Please note the line for face painting closes 30 minutes prior to the close of the show each day.Learn more at www.coloreskids.com.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Service Dog Demonstration

Presented by: John C. Moon, Director, Client Programs and Community Engagement, NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans

Location: Events Arena

Service Dog Demonstration

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.neads.org.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Conversation Circle: Topic – Travel Stories

Location: Meet Up Zone, Booth #543

Travel Stories

What was your best or worst vacation? Do you have any good tips for finding what you need? What questions to you ask before leaving home? Join us for a conversation about this disability issue. Share a story. Ask a question. Listen in. Maybe meet someone who has had the same experience as you. Everyone is welcome.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

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.

2:45pm – 3:45pm

Self-Defense Workshop

Presented by: IMPACTAbility, a program of Impact Boston

Location: Events Arena

Self Defense Workshop

Are you concerned about unsafe situations and what you can do to protect your self? At this workshop attendees will learn how to respond with effective self-protective behaviors. The presenter will address issues related to awareness of surroundings, body language and confidence, what to do when a stranger is trying to talk to you or help you, and situations where someone you know is touching you (in a nonsexual way) and you don’t want to be touched. Time will also be allowed for questions and answers. Lear more at http://impactboston.com/selfadvocacy/.

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