• Boston Abilities Expo
    BOSTON
    September 8 - 10, 2017
    The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Hall C
    Fri. 11am-5pm | Sat. 11am-5pm | Sun 11am-4pm

FREE workshops!

Plan your Abilities Expo experience today!

Take advantage of Free Workshops that focus on everything from tips for traveling with a disability and the accessible homes to how you can get the best accessible vehicle. Discover how both dogs and monkeys help people be more independent. Parents – take a break and enjoy two great sessions for parents of kids with special needs – both filled with laughs and ideas for thriving, not just surviving, as the parent of a child with special needs. Plus there’s information about assistive devices, clinical trials, and emergency preparedness.

Workshops are FREE! All attendees are welcome – you don’t need to register or sign up in advance. Just arrive early to the workshop to make sure you can get a seat!

There is so much more happening at Abilities Expo! Be sure to check out the FREE Events for demonstrations of adaptive sports, dancing, assistance dogs, horse therapy – and more. Most events include time for attendees to participate!

Professionals:

  • Certificates of participation are available for all workshops. Please see the Accessibility Help Desk following each workshop for your certificate. (Please note there are no CEU approved courses at this year’s Abilities Expo).

* Dates and times of workshops are subject to change without notice. The opinions presented at the workshops are those of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Abilities Expo. Workshop content should not be considered as a replacement or substitute for the services of trained professionals in any field, including, but not limited to, financial, medical or legal matters. We encourage you to seek the advice of professionals, as appropriate, regarding the evaluation of any specific information presented in these workshops.

Friday, September 8, 2017

11:45am – 12:45pm

Free & Low Cost Options for Durable Medical Equipment in Massachusetts

Presented by: Jennifer Baker, Ph.D., ATP, CAPS, OTA, PTA, REquipment

Location: Workshop #1

Free and Low-Cost Assistive Technology

Learn how to obtain free and low cost durable medical equipment through multiple sources in Massachusetts. From REquipment Durable Medical Equipment Reuse to long and short term equipment loan programs, and low interest loan programs, learn how to obtain the equipment you need! Discover the advantages of REquipment and other reuse programs to increase independent living and better access at home, community, school and work. Learn more at www.dmereuse.org

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Living Well with Chronic Pain

Presented by: Casey Cashman, U.S. Pain Foundation

Location: Workshop #1

Living Well with Chronic Pain

In America pain affects 100 million adults - more people than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined. This presentation will offer tips for those living with chronic pain, including ways to work through pain on your own. Discover steps you can take on your own, today, to gain some of your life back from pain. From traditional approaches to alternative therapies, much is available with the potential to lower your pain. Visit www.uspainfoundation.org for resources, programs, publications and more.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Presented by: Regional Emergency Management and Disability Preparedness Experts

Location: Workshop #1

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Join regional emergency management officials and disability advocates at a vital workshop for individuals with disabilities and their caregivers on personal and community preparedness strategies for hazards like fires, floods, storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc. Regional experts will provide information and resources on drafting your own emergency plan that incorporates your disability needs, establishing personal support teams, personalizing disaster supply kits, evacuation/shelter-in-place considerations, and community stakeholder engagement opportunities. Join us and become more resilient in the face of disaster!

Learn more at www.bphc.org. For national resources visit www.disability.gov (click on Emergency Preparedness).

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Therapeutic Cannabis: Use as a Pharmaceutical Agent and Appropriate Therapeutic Delivery Systems

Presented by: Dr. Benjamin Caplan, Chief Medical Officer, Canna Care Docs

Location: Workshop #1

Therapeutic Cannabis: Use as a Pharmaceutical Agent and Appropriate Therapeutic Delivery Systems

For more than 2,500 years the plant marijuana has been known and used for a wide spectrum of therapeutic indications. Indeed, prior to 1932 more than 40% of all drugs sold in the United States were based on the use of hemp. Our Founding Fathers both grew and used marijuana. It is now known that 80+ cannabinoid compounds and 1,000+ unique strains exist. This workshop will discuss how these agents work in the human body, specifically with the brain, spinal column, solid organs, and peripheral tissues. Attendees will learn how these drugs can provide unique therapeutic benefits for those with disabilities. For example, the THC cannabinoid is able to bridge the gaps in the myelin sheaths of patients with multiple sclerosis, thus promoting nerve transmission. For patients with spinal cord injury it can completely eliminate shoulder pain. This clinical presentation will provide the audience with a comprehensive knowledge of indications, usage, and benefits.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

11:45am – 12:45pm

Pediatric Therapies, Activities and Resources

Presented by: Melissa McGinnis, PT, MPT, Senior Pediatric Intensive PT, Euro-Peds National Center for Intensive Pediatric PT

Location: Workshop #1

Pediatric Therapies, Activities and Resources

This workshop is about promoting optimal physical function and mobility, which enables children with neuromuscular disorders to reach their full potential! Explore several specialized pediatric therapy programs, activities and resources that can benefit children with gross motor challenges such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, genetic syndromes and other developmental delays. Euro-Peds Intensive physical therapy, conductive education, and therapeutic bike riding along with their health, emotional and psychological benefits will be some of the topics covered during this enlightening workshop. Many videos, case studies and research, and take-home materials for further exploration will also be shared. Presented by the Director of Euro-Peds National Center - America's pioneer of intensive pediatric physical therapy. Learn more at www.euro-peds.org.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Wheelchair Travel: You Can Do It!

Presented by: Kristy Lacroix, Owner/Agent, ACC, MCC, ECC, CTA, DS LS SNG Certified, Certified Accessible Travel Specialist, Wheelchair Escapes

Location: Workshop #1

Wheelchair Travel: You Can Do It!

Discover many of the secrets you need to travel well as a wheelchair user! The presenter will teach you how to arrange the key logistical items needed for a comfortable trip including: traveling safely with your wheelchair, how to board a plane when you cannot walk, arranging accessible transportation for all parts of your trip, and how to ensure your special needs equipment is ready and waiting for you at your destination. She'll also share the "in's" and "out's" of accessible cruising and provide tips for choosing the best cruise for you. There are many great vacations out there that are wonderful for the wheelchair user and family members/caregivers. You'll leave this session full of ideas for planning an incredible trip for you and those who travel with you! Learn more at www.wheelchairescapes.com.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Enhancing Lives through Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies

Presented by: BINA Farm Center - Jenna Kaplan, Associate Director, PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Dana Hall School Site Coordinator; Eileen Polasky, LICSW, PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, PATH Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, EAGALA Certified, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker providing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy; and Dale McCarthy, Executive Director, Board Member, Parent, ParticipantBINA Farm Center

Location: Workshop #1

Enhancing Lives through Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies

Horses serve as therapeutic and recreational partners with skilled instructors to enhance the lives and skills of people with physical, cognitive or emotional challenges. BINA Farm Center brings together individuals with and without special needs by offering a variety of inclusive enrichment programs that help them to both thrive personally and make their best contribution towards the communities in which they live. Join us for an overview of the types of Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies which includes therapeutic riding, Hippotherapy, equine-facilitated psychotherapy, equine-facilitated learning and vocational training. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of our presenters. Learn more at www.binafarmcenter.org.

3:45pm – 4:45pm

The Intensive Model of Therapy: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Presented by: Lynette LaScala, Founder and CEO, NAPA Center; and Emily Norlock PT, DPT, CKTP, Doctor of Physical Therapy, NAPA Center

Location: Workshop #1

The Intensive Model of Therapy: An Interdisciplinary Approach

With a focus on global development, NAPA Center will utilize case examples of real patients to demonstrate how occupational, physical and speech therapists work together within the intensive model to provide comprehensive treatment and help children maximize their progress towards goals. Presenters will discuss how therapists collaborate and educate one another to implement specific discipline strategies and goals in a child's therapy sessions to provide repetition and facilitate learning across contexts. Learn more at www.napacenter.org.

Sunday, September 10, 2017


Caregiver Day at Abilities Expo

The following workshops are presented by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and are geared for the loved ones who give so much.

11:45am – 12:45pm

Acupressure for Stress Relief: The Seva Stress Release Program

Presented by: Regina Rosenthal PT, MA, RYT-200

Location: Workshop #1

Acupressure for Stress Relief: The Seva Stress Release Program

"Acupressure for Stress Relief: The Seva Stress Release Program" is a presentation where you will learn and experience how to use a simple, easy to perform acupressure program, which will help you to: manage and relieve stress; reduce anxiety, pain, and tension.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Putting Insomnia and Other Sleep Issues to Sleep

Presented by: Jay Gupta RPh, MScIM, MTM, RxYT & Terry Gupta MSW, RxYT, RMT

Location: Workshop #1

Putting Insomnia and Other Sleep Issues to Sleep

"Putting Insomnia and Other Sleep Issues to Sleep" is a unique seminar that brings the best wisdom of the west and the east to help you enjoy a deeply restorative sleep. The presenters will help you to recognize the causes and complications of sleep issues, learn more about the important cautions for prescription sleep medications, OTCs and herbal remedies and be empowered to use tested strategies and practices to bring your body to a stage of deep rest.

2:15pm – 3:15pm

Protected Tomorrows: Future Care Plans

Presented by: Mary Anne Ehlert, Expert in Special Needs Planning and Services

Location: Workshop #1

Protected Tomorrows: Future Care Plans

"Protected Tomorrows: Future Care Plans" is a presentation that will be uplifting, educational and provide important facts families need to know. Participants will walk away with a foundation for their family's personal future care plan. Topics of discussion include: preparing legally and financially, maximizing government benefits, healthcare (Medicare/Medicaid), employment, housing, and social outreach.

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