• Abilities Expo Houston Event
    August 5 - 7, 2016
    NRG Center (Formerly Reliant Center), Hall E
    Fri. 11am-5pm | Sat. 11am-5pm | Sun 11am-4pm

We get by with a little help from our furry friends

Animals have become an intrinsic part of the disability community. Some are essential to the healing process, while others help their human partners become more independent.

Here's what we did in 2015. Stay tuned for more information on 2016.

Assistance Dogs Demonstration
Therapy Horses

Assistance Dogs Demonstration

Friday, July 31: 3:00 - 3:30 pm
Sunday, August 2: 1:00 - 1:30 pm

Assistance Dog

More than ever assistance dogs are meeting the needs of people with different disabilities. Meet several assistance dogs and their human partners. Watch them demonstrate the many ways they work together to achieve independence in various areas of their lives. Following the demo, join us to learn some of the basic commands for the dogs.

Therapy Horses

Saturday, August 1: 1:00 - 1:30 pm (Horses Helping Children with Autism)

Therapy Horses
In 2009 Rupert Isaacson's best-selling book The Horse Boy the world learned the story of his family's journey with Autism as they traveled to Mongolia to connect with horses and shamans in a search for healing. Discover how Rupert and his team at Horse Boy World have been changing the lives of families with Autism ever since through Horse Boy Method, a play-based horse therapy approached designed for Autism. They've also developed a new program, Horse Boy Learning, a kinetic learning program for children with neuro-psychiatric conditions (like Autism, ADHD, etc) that you can be use in any home environment (no animals required!). Learn how you can easily get started with supplementing your child's education or therapy at home. Meet some of the animals used in at Horse Boy including Pudding, a small disabled ibex, and miniature horses. Rupert will also share excerpts from The Long Ride Home, the long-awaited follow up book to The Horse Boy. A special pre-launch of the book is taking place at the show and copies will be available for purchase and signing. The book is scheduled for publication in the United States in early 2016.


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