• 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.

All Day, Every Day Activities

Assistive Technology Showcase: Interact with Tomorrow's Technology Today

Sponsored by Texas Technology Access Program

Location: Booth #231

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 #512 and 513

Artist Market

Meet the region’s artists with disabilities and shop their 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.

Sound-Off, Stories and Selfies Booth

Presented by: United Spinal Association

Location: Booth #649

Sound-off Stories

The Sound-Off, Stories & Selfies Booth offers expo attendees the opportunity to share their stories and perspectives on living with a disability and to learn more about United Spinal's Advocacy Alliance. This is your chance to take the spotlight and provide your personal experiences on video. Your insight and opinions will be used to strengthen the voice of our community and equip United Spinal with the tools to effectively advocate to improve disability rights at the state and national levels. Learn more at www.unitedspinal.org.

Friday, August 5, 2016

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Booth #663

Ainsley's Angels

Test drive the Ainsley's Angels athletic ride-along experience! Created for anyone who would otherwise not be able to experience endurance events, Ainsley's Angels creates "Angel Teams" by pairing Athlete-riders with runners to compete in endurance events and road races. The Athlete rider is the core of the team and pulls the runner across the finish line with smiles, cheers and immeasurable inspirational spirit. Be sure to visit the Ainsley's Angels of America booth to sign up to experience the thrill TODAY! First person first served. A limited number of race experience times are available on each day of the Expo. Learn more at www.ainsleysangels.org.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Walk and Roll Dance Team Presents!

Presented by: Walk and Roll Dance Team and Foundation

Location: Events Arena

Walk and Roll Dance Team

Kick off the day with a high-energy, live performance by the Walk and Roll Foundation's incredible wheelchair dance team. The dance team performs unique and captivating routines across the country as well as sharing their stories of adversity and how through determination and high spirits they've gone on with their lives to fulfill their dreams to dance. Following the performance it's your turn! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance floor and learn some moves. Follow the Team and learn more about them at www.walkandrollfoundation.org.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Face Painting

Presented by Houston Face Painting

Location: Near Events Arena

Face Painting

Kids will delight at the opportunity to transform their face into a beautiful buttersy, 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. Based on availability; this is a popular activity and we recommend you arrive early to ensure a spot. 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 #663

Ainsley's Angels

Test drive the Ainsley's Angels athletic ride-along experience! Created for anyone who would otherwise not be able to experience endurance events, Ainsley's Angels creates "Angel Teams" by pairing Athlete-riders with runners to compete in endurance events and road races. The Athlete rider is the core of the team and pulls the runner across the finish line with smiles, cheers and immeasurable inspirational spirit. Be sure to visit the Ainsley's Angels of America booth to sign up to experience the thrill TODAY! First person first served. A limited number of race experience times are available on each day of the Expo. Learn more at www.ainsleysangels.org.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Walk and Roll Dance Team Presents!

Presented by: Walk and Roll Dance Team and Foundation

Location: Events Arena

Walk and Roll Dance Team

Kick off the day with a high-energy, live performance by the Walk and Roll Foundation's incredible wheelchair dance team. The dance team performs unique and captivating routines across the country as well as sharing their stories of adversity and how through determination and high spirits they've gone on with their lives to fulfill their dreams to dance. Following the performance it's your turn! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance floor and learn some moves. Follow the Team and learn more about them at www.walkandrollfoundation.org.

2:45pm – 3:45pm

Sled Hockey Demonstration

Presented by: STARskaters and Texas Sled Hockey

Location: Events Arena

Sled Hockey

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.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Face Painting

Presented by Houston Face Painting

Location: Near Events Arena

Face Painting

Kids will delight at the opportunity to transform their face into a beautiful buttersy, 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. Based on availability; this is a popular activity and we recommend you arrive early to ensure a spot. 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 #663

Ainsley's Angels

Test drive the Ainsley's Angels athletic ride-along experience! Created for anyone who would otherwise not be able to experience endurance events, Ainsley's Angels creates "Angel Teams" by pairing Athlete-riders with runners to compete in endurance events and road races. The Athlete rider is the core of the team and pulls the runner across the finish line with smiles, cheers and immeasurable inspirational spirit. Be sure to visit the Ainsley's Angels of America booth to sign up to experience the thrill TODAY! First person first served. A limited number of race experience times are available on each day of the Expo. Learn more at www.ainsleysangels.org.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Walk and Roll Dance Team Presents!

Presented by: Walk and Roll Dance Team and Foundation

Location: Events Arena

Walk and Roll Dance Team

Kick off the day with a high-energy, live performance by the Walk and Roll Foundation's incredible wheelchair dance team. The dance team performs unique and captivating routines across the country as well as sharing their stories of adversity and how through determination and high spirits they've gone on with their lives to fulfill their dreams to dance. Following the performance it's your turn! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance floor and learn some moves. Follow the Team and learn more about them at www.walkandrollfoundation.org.

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