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Inclusive Recreation

Why is “play” just the purview of children? Who says that all of the wonderful benefits that the action of playing provides the kiddos—like promoting social interaction, creativity, problem solving, self-esteem, positivity, relationship building and so on—aren’t just as important for adults? Frivolity, enjoyment and escape are as vital as they are easy to dismiss. more

Love is Blind Wins for Disability Awareness at Cannes Film Festival

July 30, 2017

In this touching short film, a man uses all available senses to viscerally describe his feelings for the love of his life.

Dance with the Rollettes in Houston and Los Angeles

July 30, 2017

The Rollettes' dance card may look full, but there's still room for you!

New Must-Read Kid's Book Explores a Girl's Adventures on Daddy's Chair

July 7, 2017

A wheelchair has a starring role in new children's book about a tender father-daughter bond.

Hot Tips for Cool Accessible Vacation Rentals

July 6, 2017

Itching for a fun-filled summer getaway that can accommodate your particular needs?

Donna On The Go Up for an Emmy

June 22, 2017

Engaging new web series raises awareness for people who face daily challenges.

5 Home Organization Tips to Accommodate Someone with Visual Impairment

May 5, 2017

Great advice on how to organize, declutter and stay consistent to create a safe, inviting space for your loved ones who are blind or have low vision.

Facilitation with Service Dogs: What is it?

May 4, 2017

Could you enhance your child's independence with a service dog? Expert trainer Kristin Hartness discusses the ins and outs of this integrated service dog partnership.

New Sheriff in the Abilities Meet Up Zone

May 2, 2017

Disability advocate Kristina Rhoades has taken reins of the Meet Up Zone at Abilities Expo and we can't wait to see what's next!

Come Out and cosPLAY

April 29, 2017

No longer a fringe interest, cosplay is about expressing yourself and the things that you love, and is not limited by level of ability.

Adaptive Fashion Guru Introduces Disability Fashion Styling System

March 24, 2017

Cur8Able's Stephanie Thomas has accessible fashion down to a science. Her system is practical, inclusive and, of course, stylish.

'4 Wheel Bob' Screens at Abilities Expo

March 23, 2017

Fearless adventurer Bob Coomber is committed to being the first wheelchair hiker to traverse the treacherous Sierra Nevadas. This is his movie.

High School Senior Launches Special Beauties Pageant

March 23, 2017

What began as a Girl Scout project became a passion to create an all-inclusive pageant for kids with disabilities.

First-Ever Abilities Job Fair at Abilities Expo

February 23, 2017

Looking for a new job? Don't miss the Abilities Job Fair, one day only on Friday, March 24 at Abilities Expo Los Angeles.

Eco-Friendly Ways to Make Your Home More Accessible

February 9, 2017

What's good for you in terms of home accessibility can also be good for the planet...and the pocketbook.

#ThisIsHowI Campaign Showcases What's Possible

November 30, 2016

AbleThrive commemorates International Day of Persons with Disabilities with a social media initiative designed to celebrate the ability and ingenuity of the community.

Para-golf in the Paralympics—WHY NOT?!?

November 28, 2016

Challenged by the 2016 Paralympic snub, para-golfers are pushing hard for inclusion in the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

Canadian Paralympian Thanks Brazil and Looks Ahead

November 1, 016

With one incredible Paralympic experience under her belt, what's next for boccia phenom Alison Levine?

Gamers with Disabilities Discuss Accessibility

November 8, 2016

Tech guy and life-long gamer Paul Lane explores ways to make popular games more accessible to the community.

Germany Welcomes Travelers with Disabilities

September 14, 2016

Germany gets it and is making travel more accessible through a new nationwide initiative. It's the right thing to do, and it’s good business. Willkommen in Deutschland!

Pokémon GO or No-Go for the Community?o

September 12, 2016

With the Pokémon GO craze going strong, Living Able vlogger Kristen Hart weighs in on the inclusivity of pocket monster mania.

The Road to Rio

August 25, 2016

The Paralympic adventure of Canadian athlete Alison Levine is about to begin. Poised to compete on the world stage, Alison shares her biggest secret to success.

Raw Beauty Project: Creating Visibility for Disability in Fashion and Society

August 4, 2016

Models with disabilities have had it with the relative invisibility of the disability community in the media. This groundbreaking initiative is poised to heighten awareness, alter perceptions and, ultimately, change reality.

Gateway to Gold: Your Path to the Podium

August 4, 2016

Do you have what it takes to represent America and compete in Paralympic Games? Your athletic prowess may just what Team USA is looking for.

Wheelchairs and Weight Control

July 1, 2016

One woman's lifelong experience with chronic pain, mobility and weight gain drastically improved in a way she never expected.

You Before Me NOT Me Before You

June 23, 2016

The gloves are off when it comes this summer’s tearjerker, Me Before You. Wheel Talk Wheel Issues Host Margarita Elizondo challenges the film’s premise that suicide is the answer.

Design Matters: Skinny Jeans Send Woman to Hospital

June 3, 2016

Think we’re joking? Nope. Smart money says this damsel in distressed jeans will never again sacrifice function for form. Good thing adaptive clothing recognizes both!

ReelAbilities: The Force Awakens

June 3, 2016

Social media has been brimming with commentary on the hotbed issue of disability in film. The founder of ReelAbilities, the nation’s largest disability film festival, weighs in on Hollywood’s oversight of America’s largest minority group.

Support Disability in Business to Create a Cycle of Success

June 3, 2016

Enterprising, trail-blazing entrepreneurs with disabilities will enjoy more success the more we back their efforts. Accordingly, as these individuals prosper, so does the community at large.

Seva Accupressure for Caregiver Stress Release

April 28, 2016

Though engaged in a labor of love, caregivers often face a relentless amount of stress each day. Learn how acupressure can provide a much needed release.

Medical Cannabis 101

April 28, 2016

For those considering cannabis to treat a medical condition, you must first sort fact from fiction and understand a few basic—yet crucial—principles to ensure the best result.

Blindfold Games Level the Playing Field

April 6, 2016

Developers challenge the typical sight-dominant world of gaming to bring a new level of inclusivity to gamers of all ages and abilities.

Catch THE REBOUND!

March 18, 2016

This celebrated documentary film tells the stories of three adaptive athletes and their team’s relentless pursuit of the championship in wheelchair basketball.

Take Control of Your Pain

February 4, 2016

Are you one of the 100 million adults affected by chronic pain? Take Control of your Pain events will help you gain knowledge and hope.

An Open Letter to Restaurateurs and Restaurant Staff

January 31, 2016

Popular blogger, The Disabled Foodie, endeavors to help restaurants improve the dining experience for the disability community.

Design Matters: Will You Be My Accessibly Fashioned Valentine?

January 30, 2016

If you thought that fashion was inaccessible, think again. Check out these tips on how to make the trends work for you.

Limited Mobility Must Not Limit Exercise

January 10, 2016

Don’t let chronic pain and mobility issues stand in the way of your fitness! Check out this handy infographic complete with great tips on exercising with a disability.

Biggest. Wheelchair Painting. EVER!

January 10, 2016

Look out, art world! History is in the making at Abilities Expo Los Angeles. Join us in a gigantic exposition of imagination and artistry.

Experiencing Disability: A Mile in their Shoes

January 10, 2016

In an effort to better empathize with the disability community, one aging in place specialist experiences temporary disability and offers her insights to other able-bodied people.

The Secret to Living Able

December 23, 2015

YouTube Channel Living Able is teaching independence to people with limited mobility…one task at a time.

Service dog? Emotional Support Dog? Companion animal? Therapy?

November 25, 2015

While they all play a crucial role in the disability community, the law views each category differently. Here's expert trainer Kristin Hartness with the 411.

Drastic Steps Taken to Combat Illegal Parking in Accessible Spaces

October 30, 2015

Our guess…these abled-bodied folks won't be usurping disability parking spaces again any time soon.

Target Features Model with Disabilities to Pitch Iconic Disney Costume

October 30, 2015

Queen Elsa of Frozen fame has a little girl with crutches modeling her ice castle evening wear, thanks to forward-thinking retailer, Target.

A Functional Home is a Healthy Home

October 29, 2015

Your home is your castle, but what happens when that castle becomes harder to access? Think Universal Design now to avoid redesign later.

Design Matters for Accessible Fall Fashions

October 29, 2015

Want to look like you just rolled off the runway? Adaptive clothes designer Stephanie Alves will keep you looking fashion-forward.

Listen Up: Low-Vision Audio Recordings Available Free to Public

October 8, 2015

Though low vision can increase the difficulty level of daily living, these free audio recordings offer practical tips on how to mitigate challenges and stay independent.

Cosplay Without Limits

September 18, 2015

Misa On Wheels, New England's most notable cosplayer on wheels, weighs in on the pastime that has become her passion.

New Documentary Film Highlights Dancers with Disabilities

September 18, 2015

Experience the trials and triumphs of dancers with disabilities as they refuse to give up their dreams in A Passion for Dance.

Assistance Dogs: Private vs. Program Training

September 17, 2015

Ever stop to think just how much goes into training a service dog? If you are considering an assistance dog to help with your disability, this is a MUST-READ!

Let's Go Wheelin' in Beantown

August 29, 2015

Unlock your hand brake and take a roll around Boston. This cornerstone of a American history is also very accessible!

Emotional Song Calls for People to See with their Hearts

July 27, 2015

The beautiful ballad "Look Into My Eyes" was not truly complete until performed by the sonorous voice of Eric Brandt, who has cerebral palsy and is blind.

Refocus the Major League Baseball Fan Cam in Honor of ADA

June 17, 2015

We've all seen the Fan Cam during ballgames, but have we all noticed what's missing? Have you ever seen the camera zoom in on fans with disabilities?

Rollin' in the Windy City

June 12, 2015

If you find yourself roaming around Chi-town, steer your chair towards these accessible destinations.

Group Travel…Is It for You?

June 3, 2015

Watch your vacation's 'fun factor' skyrocket when you travel in the company of others with disabilities.

Have a Hot Time in Houston

June 1, 2015

Planning to attend Abilities Expo Houston later this summer? Check out these great tips on what else to do while you are in town.

Disability Emoji Are Here!

May 28, 2015

We are all 'emoji' about these new icons and you should be too! It’s a great way to show your support for disability civil rights.

Join the Disability Toy Revolution

May 20, 2015

The shelves may be brimming with toys, but precious few reflect disability in a positive light. Time for a change.

Wheeling California's Coast

May 15, 2015

Who knew which breathtaking vistas of the California coast are also accessible? With the help of a new online wheelchair rider's guide, you do!

Discover the Big Apple's Accessible Core

April 21, 2015

Your wheelchair will not keep you from New York City's classic sights and must-have experiences. Make sure these attractions headline your next trip to the Big Apple.

LA's Top 5 Accessible Attractions

March 18, 2015

LA's main attractions are cool, fun and…wait for it…accessible! Travel blogger on wheels Cory Lee shares his favorite hot spots in the City of Angels.

Benefits of Equine Therapy…From the Horse's Mouth

March 17, 2015

Intuitive and accepting, horses sense the person and not the disability. Check out firsthand accounts which illustrate how they excel as therapy animals.

7 Habits of Successful Travelers

January 27, 2015

Travel expert Ashley Lynn Olson offers valuable insights and practical know-how to help you become a true traveler, not just a tourist.

Life's a Beach in the World's Top 11 Most Accessible Shores

December 30, 2014

From Tuscany to Thailand, here are 11 alluring and accessible seaside destinations that are sure to bring out your inner beach bum.

So, our advice is get in touch with your inner playfulness. What constitutes recreation will vary widely from person to person but, if you are having fun, you’re on the right track.

At Abilities Expo, we can’t get enough of the inclusive dancing! Whether its hip hop, Latin, ballroom, zumba, line or interpretive, it is one of our fan-fave Expo activities and, when people pack into the Events Arena to get their groove on, we hope it’s just the start. While we are huge proponents of rocking out in your living room, the opportunities for people with disabilities to take dance lessons, perform and compete are steadily expanding across the country.

Others in the Community may focus their efforts on art, creatively expressing their skills and imagination through a variety of media. At times, adaptive art tools make the process possible. Things like paint poles, sponges or the literal transformation of a mobility device into a giant paintbrush eliminate barriers for people of all ages. Artists with disabilities let few things stand in the way of their creations, from woman who paints exquisite still life with her mouth, to the man with low vision who takes spellbinding photographs, to the boy with autism whose intricate collages reveal new depths of focus.

Inclusive Dancing

As independence and accessibility increases, so does the desire to take recreation on the road. For adventure seekers with disabilities and who are seniors, there are multiple resources to help travel the nation and the world. Companies and organizations that specialize in removing physical and attitudinal obstacles to free access will have you crossing things off your bucket list before you know it.

And while you are in search of your fun, recall the immortal words of Hunter S. Thompson. “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”

Enjoy the ride.

Chelsie Hill in focus in adaptive dance.