• Los Angeles Abilities Expo
    LOS ANGELES
    February 5 - 7, 2016
    Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall A
    New Hours: Fri. 11am-5pm | Sat. 10am-6pm | Sun 10am-2pm

Events and Activities make the total Abilities experience

Want to add some exciting new activities to your life? Abilities Expo showcases a wide range of events that not only entertain you - they also give you the opportunity to try new things, expand your interests and discover ways to be more involved in the local Los Angeles 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.

All Day, Every Day

Acupressure for Stress Release

Presented by: Regina Rosenthal, PT, MA, Author, The Heart of Healing: Discovering the Secrets of Self-Care, Advanced Certified Process Acupressure Practitioner and Instructor

Location: Booth #104

Experience acupressure during complimentary 15-20 minutes sessions. Acupressure is sometimes described as "acupuncture without needles". It promotes wellness and rejuvenation by accessing and addressing the vital energies of the body. Acupressure is often used to complement more traditional methods such as physical therapy, massage, or nursing, and also stands very well on its own. Certified instructors will be available to provide sessions and talk with attendees about this type of therapy. Sessions are conducted while the attendee sits in a chair or their own mobility device. For more information visit www.reginarosenthal.com and www.soullightening.com

Adaptive Climbing Wall

Sponsored by: United Spinal Association and Abiliteis Expo

Presented by: Mark Wellman, No Limits

Location: Next to Workshop #2

Adaptive Climbing Wall

Did you know that adaptive climbing is a sport open to people of all abilities? It’s not just for experienced athletes. There is no better person to learn adaptive climbing from than Mark Wellman of No Limits. Mark has SCI and is an adventure athlete, speaker and author. Come climb the wall using Mark's innovative adaptive climbing techniques and adaptive sports gear! Climbing has tremendous benefits - building confidence, developing goal-setting skills, increasing strength, and improving flexibility. And it's fun! Mark is a former Paralympian and Park Ranger, and he is the first paraplegic to summit El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. He dedicates his time to improving the quality of life for adults and children with disabilities including disabled war veterans. Learn more about Mark at www.nolimitstahoe.com.

Artist Market

Sponsored by: LA Goal

Location: Booth #140

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 L.A. Goal is a nonprofit agency that provides Inside Out Productions, a professional visual arts studio, and independent living skills programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Inside Out Productions was launched in 1994 to give adults with developmental disabilities a means of creative expression. Using professional working artists as instructors, the program quickly grew into a commercial art venture, teaching art theory, drawing, painting with acrylics and watercolor, woodblock, sewing, quilting, embroidery, weaving and working with multi-media. Learn more at www.lagoal.org.

Assistive Technology Showcase

Sponsored by: Ability Tools

Location: Booth #225

Assistive Technology

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. Celebrating 25 years of empowering people to reach their full potential, Easter Seals Massachusetts' pioneering Assistive Technology program ensures that children and adults with physical, sensory, developmental and learning disabilities have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play. Learn more at www.abilitytools.org.

Mini-Yoga Sessions from RxRelax

Presented by: Jay Gupta, RPh, MScIM, MTM, ERYT and Terry Gupta, MSW, RxYT, RMT, co-founders of YogaCaps, Inc. and RxRelax and authors of RxRelax for Insomnia, Relaxation Capsules, and Subtle Yoga for Rejuvenation

Location: YogaCaps Inc., Booth #138

Are you dealing with stress and/or pain, hoping for more rejuvenating sleep, feeling anxious or struggling with digestive issues? Experience a 20-minute personal wellness consultation with integrative healthcare professionals to enhance your overall health and well-being. You'll learn at least one RxRelax Therapeutic Yoga Technique to address your needs. Questions are welcome. For more information visit www.YogaCaps.org and www.RxRelax.com.

World’s Largest Wheelchair Painting

Presented by: Zot Artz and Abilities Expo

Location: Next to the 800 aisle
World's Largest Wall Mural

First time ever! Help paint the world’s longest wheelchair painting - 100 feet in length! Wheelchair users working with adaptive art tools will paint, stamp, print and make their creative mark, combining their talents to create the final work “Garden of PossAbilities". Participating limited to those who use mobility devices. Painting closes 30 minutes before the end of the expo each day. Learn more at www.zotartz.com. If you would like to volunteer to help wheelchair users create this masterpiece, please click here!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Show hours are 11:00am to 5:00pm

11:15am – 11:45am

Walk and Roll Dance Team Presents!

Presented by: Walk and Roll Dance Team and Foundation

Location: Events Arena

Walk and Roll Dance

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.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Ainsley’s Angels of America, Booth #347

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.

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Premiere Public Showing of the Metro Customer Information Videos

Presented by: Metro

Location: Next to the 800 aisle. See floor plan for additional information.

Ainsley's Angels

See the new Metro Customer Information Videos at metro.net. The videos will introduce customers with disabilities to the Metro System. Riders can see and hear about Metro resources and the many accessible features of Metro bus and rail. Learn more at www.metro.net/accessibility.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Service Dog Demonstration

Presented by: Canine Angels Service Teams

Location: Events Arena

Canine Angels

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.canine-angels.org.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Wheelchair Social Dancing

Presented by: Wheelchair Dancers Organization with Wheelchair Dance Director Joe Torres

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair social dancing

Learn wheelchair dancing from the first organization to offer all-inclusive dance classes in Southern California! This year we are performing each day of the Expo and will feature a mix of different adaptive dances. Sit back and enjoy some great dance routines including a smooth fox-trot, sizzling Tango, a wild Bachata, a fiery Salsa, an interpretive dance routine and more. Our youngest wheelchair dancers, Angelo (age 6), Emma (age 7), and Adriana (age 8), will have you smiling and clapping your hands to their lively hip hop routine. Then it's your turn to learn some fantastic dance moves! Everyone is invited to join us as we create a high-energy, Flash Mob routine, be part of the moment! See you on the dance floor! To view more adaptive dancing visit us at www.wheelchairdancers.org

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Adaptive Shot Put Demonstration

Presented by: Angel City Sports

Location: Events Arena

Shot Put is one of the segments of the Paralympic Track and Field competition. The event centers on the art of throwing a heavy object as far as possible while in a stationary position. Give this often overlooked but very fun and challenging game a try! We’ll be using indoor soft shot put balls to demonstrate and try the sport. Learn more at www.angelcitygames.org.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Show hours are 10:00am to 6:00pm

10:00am - 12:00pm

Ask the Doctor

Dr. David Kipper, Renowned physician, and Peter Tilden, TalkRadio 790 Talk Show Host

Location: Registration Area

Ask the Doctor

Get answers to your questions on any heath-related issues from Dr. David Kipper, radio celebrity and doctor to the stars, in this audience-driven Q&A. As a renowned authority on internal medicine, Dr Kipper’s knowledge and experience spans multiple medical disciplines and has earned the trust of both his patients and listeners. Dr. Kipper has been practicing medicine for nearly four decades, is the co-founder of the Medical Group of Beverly Hills and has frequently appeared as an expert commentator on medical matters on major networks. He joins Peter Tilden’s morning show with the KABC Health Feature every week.

10:30am – 11:00am

Yoga for Every Body and Mind

Presented by: Jay Gupta and Terry Gupta, YogaCaps

Location: Events Arena

Adaptive Yoga

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 and www.RxRelax.com.

11:30am – 12:00pm

Auti Angel's "FreeStyle Dance Workshop" featuring DJ Stretch Boogie

Presented by: Auti Angel, Abilities Expo "Dancebassador", star of Sundance Channel's Push Girls

Location: Events Arena

Auti

Dancing has fast become a popular activity for all abilities. Auti Angel, the Abilities Expo "Dancebassador" will share a dance demonstration with attendees. Then it's your turn to try some moves as Auti leads you in her one-of-a-kind workshop. Auti Angel, the pioneer of wheelchair Hip-Hop dancing, has  danced with "Straight Outta Compton's" Eazy-E & N.W.A. along with LL Cool J and Ludacris just to name a few. However, she gets no better joy than dancing with others who also have awesome unique abilities. Dancing crosses the boundaries of age, gender, and physical ability; including individuals using both manual and power wheelchairs. You won't want to miss this unique demonstration and a chance to express yourself through movement! Learn more at www.autiangel.net and www.autiangel.com.

11:00am – 4:00pm

Face Painting

Presented by: We Adorn You

Location: Next to Events Arena

Face Painting

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 water. Just for kids age 18 and under. Learn more at www.weadornyou.com.

11:00pm – 4:00pm

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Ainsley’s Angels of America, Booth #347

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.

12:15pm – 1:15pm

Adaptive Skateboarding

Presented by The Skate Connection

Location: Events Arena

Adaptive Skateboarding

Enjoy a remarkable skateboarding experience that is inclusive of people of all types of abilities. Able-bodied and wheelchair users alike are invited to try skateboarding and rolling over an obstacle. Helmets, skateboards and trained assistance is provided by members of The Skate Connection, an organization that works to promote the integration of individuals with disabilities into the skate community. Through skateboarding, we aim to show the love each individual possesses for the sport and how it connects us all. Learn more at theskateconnection.org.

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Service Dog Demonstration

Presented by: Canine Angels Service Teams

Location: Events Arena

Canine Angels

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.canine-angels.org.

2:15pm – 3:00pm

Wheelchair Social Dancing

Presented by: Wheelchair Dancers Organization with Wheelchair Dance Director Joe Torres

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair social dancing

Learn wheelchair dancing from the first organization to offer all-inclusive dance classes in Southern California! This year we are performing each day of the Expo and will feature a mix of different adaptive dances. Sit back and enjoy some great dance routines including a smooth fox-trot, sizzling Tango, a wild Bachata, a fiery Salsa, an interpretive dance routine and more. Our youngest wheelchair dancers, Angelo (age 6), Emma (age 7), and Adriana (age 8), will have you smiling and clapping your hands to their lively hip hop routine. Then it's your turn to learn some fantastic dance moves! Everyone is invited to join us as we create a high-energy, Flash Mob routine, be part of the moment! See you on the dance floor! To view more adaptive dancing visit us at www.wheelchairdancers.org

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Power Soccer Demonstration

Presented by: Glendal Rough Riders, a U.S. Power Soccer Association Team

Location: Events Arena

Power Soccer in Los Angeles

Watch and learn as members of the Glendale Rough Riders power soccer team demonstrate and train attendees on the techniques of power wheelchair soccer. Discover this very active and growing sport that is open to power wheelchair users of all ages. See how players combine their skills as wheelchair users with the speed and power of the chair itself, to participate in this extremely challenging game similar to soccer. Then try the sport out for yourself and learn where you can get involved in the Bay area. Learn more about power soccer at www.powersoccerusa.net.

4:15pm – 5:15pm

Wheelchair Tennis

Adaptive Athletics Association and West Coast Wheelchair Tennis Association

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Tennis

Learn Wheelchair Tennis, a sport which follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis except it allows two bounces of the ball. Wheelchair Tennis is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world. Players can participate both recreationally and competitively. This sport is well integrated with it's able-bodied counterpart and players will demonstrate "Up Down" tennis featuring one wheelchair user and one able-bodied player on each team. Resources will be available for where people can play in the Southern CA area. Learn more at www.adaptiveathletics.org and www.wcwta.org.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Show hours are 10:00am to 2:00pm

10:30am – 11:30am

Adaptive Basketball Clinic

Presented by: Stacy McAlister, Jr., Founder, 5-Eleven Hoops

Location: Events Arena

Adaptive Basketball

5-Eleven Hoops is a new adaptive sports organization dedicated to teaching basic basketball skills to youth with autism and other special needs in a safe and supportive environment. Founded by professional overseas basketball player Stacy McAlister, Jr., participants learn skills and develop their fitness, coordination, and listening skills. All attendees are welcome to attend the clinic and learn the drills the pros use to prepare to play the game. Learn more and follow at www.facebook.com/511hoops and www.instagram.com/5eleven_hoops.

10:30am – 1:30pm

Face Painting

Presented by: We Adorn You

Location: Next to Events Arena

Face Painting for Kids at the Los Angeles Show

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 water. Just for kids age 18 and under. Learn more at www.weadornyou.com.

10:30am – 1:30pm

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Ainsley’s Angels of America, Booth #347

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.

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Wheelchair Social Dancing

Presented by: Wheelchair Dancers Organization with Wheelchair Dance Director Joe Torres

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair social dancing

Learn wheelchair dancing from the first organization to offer all-inclusive dance classes in Southern California! This year we are performing each day of the Expo and will feature a mix of different adaptive dances. Sit back and enjoy some great dance routines including a smooth fox-trot, sizzling Tango, a wild Bachata, a fiery Salsa, an interpretive dance routine and more. Our youngest wheelchair dancers, Angelo (age 6), Emma (age 7), and Adriana (age 8), will have you smiling and clapping your hands to their lively hip hop routine. Then it's your turn to learn some fantastic dance moves! Everyone is invited to join us as we create a high-energy, Flash Mob routine, be part of the moment! See you on the dance floor! To view more adaptive dancing visit us at www.wheelchairdancers.org

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