• 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

Game on!

It's no secret that physical activity is essential to over good health regardless of whether or not you have a disability. Adaptive sports are focused on cultivating a person's ability and provide enjoyable, yet therapeutic, activities in a non-treatment setting.

Abilities Expo is honored to present a variety of interactive, health-enhancing, confidence-building adaptive sports. Come and test your skills and expand your experiences at the following fun events.

It’s no secret that physical activity is essential to over good health regardless of whether or not you have a disability. Adaptive sports are focused on cultivating a person’s ability and provide enjoyable, yet therapeutic, activities in a non-treatment setting.

Abilities Expo is honored to present a variety of interactive, health-enhancing, confidence-building adaptive sports. Come and test your skills and expand your experiences at the following fun events.

All Day, Every Day

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.

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

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Booth #559

(See description above.)

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

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Booth #559

(See description above.).

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