• Abilities Expo Houston Event
    HOUSTON
    August 5 - 7, 2016
    NRG Center (Formerly Reliant Center), Hall E
    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 Houston 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.We are starting to announce events for Abilities Expo Houston 2013. Please check back as we will be adding new events on a regular basis.

 

All Day, Every Day Activities

Assistive Technology Showcase: Interact with Tomorrow's Technology Today

Sponsored by Texas Technology Access Program

Location: Booth #249

Assistive Technology Showcase

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. TTAP is dedicated to increasing the access for people with disabilities to AT that offers greater control over their surroundings and an enhanced ability to function independently. They develop programs to improve access, advocacy and awareness of assistive technology to meet the needs of Texans with disabilities. Learn more at www.techaccess.edb.utexas.edu.

Artist Market

Sponsored by VSA Texas

Location: Booth #436 and 437

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. Artist Market sponsor VSA Texas challenges perceptions of how people contribute by creating an arts-inspired, inclusive community of individuals with diverse abilities. They are an expert resource on inclusive arts – creating and maintaining an accessible and open community where everyone can participate. Their goal is to provide support and training to the public, enhance personal growth, and offer Texans access to the creative work of people with diverse abilities. Learn more at www.vsatx.org.

Hand Cycling Clinic

Presented by: Invacare Top End

Location: Near Events Arena

Artist Market

Hand cycling is a form of adaptive cycling that enables athletes of all abilities to ride a "bike" exclusively using 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. Enjoy this opportunity to try a hand cycle for yourself! Friday's session will specifically focus on what clinicians need to know to confidently prescribe the right hand cycle for their patients and Sat. and Sunday will be targeted to consumers of all levels from beginner to elite levels. Learn more at topendwheelchair.com.

Friday, July 31, 2015

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Boccia Ball

Presented by: Houston Parks and Recreation, Adaptive Recreation Department

Location: Events Arena

Boccia is a game that started in Italy and has been a part of the Paralympic Games since 1984. It tests the athlete's coordination, accuracy, concentration and ability to strategize. It's also fun and a very social game. The adaptive version is open to athletes with CP, traumatic brain injury, high-level SCI injuries, MS, MD and other disabilities that severely limit movement. Learn more at www.houstontx.gov/parks/adaptivesports.html

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Booth #559

Ainsley's Angels

Test drive the Ainsley's Angels athletic ride-along experience! These programs are created for children, teens, adults and veterans with disABILITIES who normally would not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races. Ainsley's Angels creates "Angel Teams" by pairing riders with runners to compete in endurance events such as marathons and triatholons. The rider is the core of the team and pulls the runner across the finish line with smiles, cheers and immeasurable inspirational spirit. When possible visit Booth #455 to sign up for a race experience time. First person first served. A limited number of race experience times are available. Learn more at www.ainsleysangels.org.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Line Dancing

Presented by: Houston Parks and Recreation, Adaptive Recreation Department

Location: Events Arena

Line dancing is back at Abilities Expo Houston! One of the many dance options that are now available for people with disabilities, line dancing is easy, a lot of fun, and open to people of all abilities. Enjoy a demonstration and be ready to do some dancing of your own. Visit www.houstontx.gov/parks/adaptivesports.html for more details and to get involved after the show. 

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Wheelchair Dancing Demo and Workshop

Presented by Auti Angel, Abilities Expo "Dancebassador"

Location: Events Arena

Dance Workshop

Dancing is fast becoming a popular activity for wheelchair users. Auti Angel, the Abilities Expo "Dancebassador" will share a dance demonstration with attendees. Then it's your turn to try some steps as Auti leads you in a dance workshop. Auti is the pioneer of wheelchair Hip-Hop dancing, the founder of the Colours~N~Motion Dance Crew, and star of the film "Musical Chairs" and the TV series "Push Girls". Attendees of all ages and mobility levels are welcome to learn fun basic dance steps. Dancing crosses the boundaries of age, gender, and physical ability; it includes individuals using both manual and power wheelchairs. You won't want to miss this unique demonstration and a chance to dance on your wheels! Learn more at www.autiangel.net and and www.autiangel.com.

2:15pm – 3:15pm

Bionic Pioneers Book Signing with Author Jennifer French

Presented by: Jennifer French, Neurotech Network

Location: Next to Workshop Area

Bionic Pioneers

Bionic Pioneers (newly published in 2014) and On My Feet Again will be available for purchase. Special show prices of $20 per book or both books for $30. All proceeds benefit the Neurotech Network. Jennifer French will be signing books and talking with attendees. For more information attend her workshop, "Bionics: Not Just for the Privileged Few Any More," from 1:00pm to 2:00pm in the Workshop Area.

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Service Dog Demonstration

Presented by My Service Dog

Location: Events Arena

Service Dogs

Discover how service dogs are meeting the needs of people with many different disabilities. Several service dogs will be on hand to demonstrate the how they work to achieve independence in various areas of people's lives. 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.myservicedog.com.

4:00pm – 4:45pm

Quad Rugby Demonstration

Presented by: Houston Parks and Recreation, Adaptive Recreation Department

Location: Events Arena

Ainsley's Angels

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.houstontx.gov/parks/adaptivesports.html.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

11:15am – 11:45am

Yoga for Every Body and Mind

Presented by Jay Gupta and Terry Gupta, YogaCaps

Location: Events Arena

Yoga with disabilities

Discover therapeutic yoga for those with chronic physical and mental health conditions. Jay and Terry will lead attendees through subtle yoga that is simple to do and works for people who are seated or standing. Yoga can be both energizing and calming, and regular practice has been shown to release "happy" hormones in the body. YogaCaps, Inc. is an all volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization that builds a healthy and resilient community by making yoga more available and affordable. Learn more at www.yogacaps.org.

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Wheelchair Tennis

Presented by: USTA Texas Section and Houston Tennis Association and Houston Parks and Recreation Department

Location: Events Arena

Ainsley's Angels

Local Houston players will be on hand to demonstrate wheelchair tennis and teach attendees who would like to learn more. Wheelchair Tennis is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world! It follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis, except the wheelchair tennis player is allowed two bounces of the ball. Adaptive sports like wheelchair tennis offer people with all types of disabilities an outlet to play sports competitively and in recreational programs. Learn more at www.texas.usta.com and www.houstontx.gov/parks/adaptivesports.html

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Face Painting

Presented by Houston Face Painting

Location: Near Events Arena

Face Painting for Children

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 wash off with water. Just for kids age 18 and under. Learn more at www.houstonfacepainting.net.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Booth #559

Roll with the Wind.  Test Drive the Ainsley's Angels Ride-Along Experience!

Test drive the Ainsley's Angels athletic ride-along experience! These programs are created for children, teens, adults and veterans with disABILITIES who normally would not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races. Ainsley's Angels creates "Angel Teams" by pairing riders with runners to compete in endurance events such as marathons and triatholons. The rider is the core of the team and pulls the runner across the finish line with smiles, cheers and immeasurable inspirational spirit. When possible visit Booth #455 to sign up for a race experience time. First person first served. A limited number of race experience times are available. Learn more at www.ainsleysangels.org.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Horses Helping Children with Autism

Presented by Rupert Isaacson, Author, The Horse Boy and The Long Ride Home, and Iliane Lorenz, Co-Founder, Horse Boy World

Location: Events Arena

Horse Boy Method

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.

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Pre-Launch of The Long Ride Home by Rupert Isaacson, the sequel to The Horse Boy

Presented by Rupert Isaacson, author, The Horse Boy and The Long Ride Home

Location: Near to the Events Arena

The Long Ride Home

Available for the first time in the United States, join us to celebrate the pre-launch of Rupert Isaacson's new book The Long Ride Home: The Extraordinary Journey of Healing that Changed a Child's Life. Discover the ongoing journey of Rupert and Rowan Isaacson, and find out what has happened since the end of The Horse Boy. Rowan came back from the shamans in Mongolia a changed boy (the story told in The Horse Boy). The three most debilitating effects of his autism - his incontinence, his endless tantruming, and his inability to make friends - were gone. But a year almost to the day since Rowan's improvement he started regressing: the accidents and tantrums reappeared, terrifying his father Rupert. Something had to be done. Father and son embarked on a new quest, journeying from the bushmen of Namibia to the coastal rainforests of Queensland, Australia and finally to the Navajo reservations of the American southwest, where Rowan was transformed - they had begun the Long Ride Home.

Copies of The Long Ride Home will be available for purchase. Rupert Isaacson will be signing books and talking with attendees. Be sure to also join us at 1:00pm in the Events Arena for a presentation of Horse Boy Method and Horse Boy Learning. Learn more at www.horseboyworld.com and "like" the page www.Facebook.com/horseboyworld.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Wheelchair Dancing Demo and Workshop

Presented by Auti Angel, Abilities Expo "Dancebassador"

Location: Events Arena

Auti Angel

Dancing is fast becoming a popular activity for wheelchair users. Auti Angel, the Abilities Expo "Dancebassador" will share a dance demonstration with attendees. Then it's your turn to try some steps as Auti leads you in a dance workshop. Auti is the pioneer of wheelchair Hip-Hop dancing, the founder of the Colours~N~Motion Dance Crew, and star of the film "Musical Chairs" and the TV series "Push Girls". Attendees of all ages and mobility levels are welcome to learn fun basic dance steps. Dancing crosses the boundaries of age, gender, and physical ability; it includes individuals using both manual and power wheelchairs. You won't want to miss this unique demonstration and a chance to dance on your wheels! Learn more at www.autiangel.net and and www.autiangel.com.

2:45pm – 3:30pm

Sled Hockey Demonstration

Presented by: STARskaters and Texas Sled Hockey

Location: Events Arena

Power Soccer Demo

Sled Hockey was invented in Sweden in the early 1960s by a group of people with disabilities. The sport is known as Ice Sledge Hockey outside of the United States. Members of Team Texas will be on hand to demonstrate the sport and give attendees a chance to play. Come learn about this sport which follows most of the typical ice hockey rules with the exception of modiQcations to the equipment and the use of the sleds. The sport is normally played on ice but sleds with wheels will be used for this demo. Learn more at www.texassledhockey.org and www.starskaters.org.

4:00pm – 4:45pm

Wheelchair Basketball

Presented by: Houston Parks and Recreation, Adaptive Recreation Department

Location: Events Arena

Power Soccer Demo

In the early days of the sport wheelchair basketball was only played by men with spinal cord injuries. Today it's changed signi`cantly with both men and women and a variety of disabilities, competing in the sport. 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. Learn more at www.houstontx.gov/parks/adaptivesports.html

Sunday, August 2, 2015

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Hand Cycling Demonstration

Presented by Mary Carol Peterson, OT, Invacare Top End

Location: Events Arena

Service Dogs

Hand cycling is a form of adaptive cycling that enables athletes of all abilities to ride a "bike" exclusively using 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. Enjoy this opportunity to try a hand cycle for yourself! Friday's session will specifically focus on what clinicians need to know to confidently prescribe the right hand cycle for their patients and Sat. and Sunday will be targeted to consumers of all levels from beginner to elite levels. Learn more at topendwheelchair.com.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Face Painting

Presented by Houston Face Painting

Location: Near Events Arena

Face Painting for Kids

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 wash off with water. Just for kids age 18 and under. Learn more at www.houstonfacepainting.net.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Booth #559

Ainsley's Angels

Test drive the Ainsley's Angels athletic ride-along experience! These programs are created for children, teens, adults and veterans with disABILITIES who normally would not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races. Ainsley's Angels creates "Angel Teams" by pairing riders with runners to compete in endurance events such as marathons and triatholons. The rider is the core of the team and pulls the runner across the finish line with smiles, cheers and immeasurable inspirational spirit. When possible visit Booth #455 to sign up for a race experience time. First person first served. A limited number of race experience times are available. Learn more at www.ainsleysangels.org.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Service Dog Demonstration

Presented by My Service Dog

Location: Events Arena

Service Dogs

Discover how service dogs are meeting the needs of people with many different disabilities. Several service dogs will be on hand to demonstrate the how they work to achieve independence in various areas of people's lives. 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!

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Wheelchair Dancing Demo and Workshop

Presented by Auti Angel, Abilities Expo "Dancebassador"

Location: Events Arena

Auti Angel

Dancing is fast becoming a popular activity for wheelchair users. Auti Angel, the Abilities Expo "Dancebassador" will share a dance demonstration with attendees. Then it's your turn to try some steps as Auti leads you in a dance workshop. Auti is the pioneer of wheelchair Hip-Hop dancing, the founder of the Colours~N~Motion Dance Crew, and star of the film "Musical Chairs" and the TV series "Push Girls". Attendees of all ages and mobility levels are welcome to learn fun basic dance steps. Dancing crosses the boundaries of age, gender, and physical ability; it includes individuals using both manual and power wheelchairs. You won't want to miss this unique demonstration and a chance to dance on your wheels! Learn more at www.autiangel.net and and www.autiangel.com.

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