• Los Angeles Abilities Expo
    LOS ANGELES
    February 23 - 25, 2018
    Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall A
    New Hours: Fri. 11am-5pm | Sat. 10am-6pm | Sun 11am-4pm

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.

Here's what we did in 2017. Stay tuned for 2018!

All Day, Every Day

Adaptive Rowing and RowOfLife

Presented by Angela Madsen, California Adaptive Rowing Program and RowOfLife

Location: Booth #831

Adaptive Rowing

Try an adaptive rowing machine and discover how it can open up the world of adaptive rowing for you. No access to water is needed! Rowing is a sport that is accessible to most people with disabilities. Discover the many benefits of rowing: exercise, fitness, improved self-esteem, goal-setting, and a sense of accomplishment. Angela and other disabled rowers will be on hand to show you the ropes. Talk one-on-one with Angela about her experiences being a Paralympian - she medaled at both the 2012 London and 2008 Beijing Games, and was on the team for the 2016 Rio Games. Angela's ocean rowing boat will be on display and she'll be sharing what it's like to row across oceans (Atlantic, Indian and the Pacific). Copies of Angela's book, "Rowing Against the Wind," will be available for purchase. Learn more at http://carplb.net and www.rowolife.com

Artist Market

Presented by: LA Goal

Location: Booth #140

Disabilities 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

Presented by: Ability Tools

Location: Booth #437

Assistive Technology in LA

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.

Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth

Presented by: Earthquake, Fire, and Disability Preparedness Experts from Earthquake Country Alliance, Government Agencies, and Non-Profit Organizations

Location: Booth #118

Earthquake Preparation

Meet representatives of disability and emergency management organizations who are active in emergency planning and are working to ensure the Bay Area will be more resilient when disaster strikes. Representatives from Earthquake Country Alliance and other local agencies will be on hand share vital personal preparedness tips to help individuals with disabilities and their caregivers create realistic plans to meet your needs, maintain your independence, and recover from emergency and disaster situations like earthquakes, extended power loss, flooding, fire, thunderstorms, and more. Visit the Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth and exchange your questions and concerns for free information and resources so you too can prepare and personalize your own emergency plan. For local resources visit www.earthquakecountry.org/disability.


Style Suite presented by Cur8Able

Presented by: Stephanie Thomas, Founder, Stylist and Editor-In-Chief, Cur8Able

Location: Booth #245

Fashion

Everyone wants to look and feel good in their clothing. For people with disabilities it's even more challenging! That's where the Style Suite by Cur8Able comes in! Visit the suite to talk one–on–one with disability stylists who will help you get comfortable with your clothing – addressing everything from where and what to buy, to cost concerns, to the right looks for your individual body, specific tips for dressing as a person with a disability, and even concerns such as medically safe fabrics. Learn Stephanie Thomas' three-point Disability Fashion Styling System - products must be: 1) Accessible, 2) Smart, and 3) Fashionable. Accessible is easy to put on and take off, Smart is medically safe, and Fashionable is desirable to the wearer, and fits the wearers body type and lifestyle. Sample clothes and accessories will be available - including off-the-rack garments as well as clothing from the accessible fashion lines. Visit www.cur8able.com for more!

Friday, March 24, 2017

11:00am – 5:00pm

Therapeutic Miniature Horses

Presented by Dream Catcher of Los Angeles Therapeutic Riding Centers

Location: Near the Events Arena

LA Facepaintinig

Meet two therapeutic miniature horses and learn how horses can help people with disabilities. Dream Catcher of Los Angeles Therapeutic Riding Centers' mission is to improve the lives of children, adults, and veterans with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and other equine-assisted activities and therapies, while serving the therapeutic riding profession through training and education. Learn more at www.dreamcatcherla.com.

11:30am - 4:30pm

Abilities Meet Up Zone

Location: Booth #617

LA Facepaintinig

Come and visit the Abilities Meet Up Zone for a fun place to relax and interact with peers. In the tradition of a town square, the Zone is the perfect place to meet other attendees, share experiences and get answers to your most urgent questions. Enjoy the photo booth and share your pics to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #AbilitiesExpo.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Face Painting

Presented by: Elise Massa, We Adorn You

Location: Meet Up Zone, Booth #617

LA Facepaintinig

Kids will delight at the opportunity to transform their faces through face painting! Visit our expert face painter in the Meet Up Zone for a complimentary face painting. 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. Please note the line for face painting closes 30 minutes prior to the close of face painting for each day.. Learn more at http://www.facepaintinglosangeles.net.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Booth #347

Roll with the Wind

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.

1:00pm - 1:45pm

Adaptive Fencing

Presented by: Salle D'Asaro Fencing Club

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Fencing

Salle D'Asaro is the South Bay's premier fencing club. They specialize in training competitive and recreational athletes in the sport of fencing and wheelchair fencing with an emphasis in the disciplines of sabre. They are open 6 days a week and offer both group and private lessons.  Monthly, quarterly and daily membership rates are available. Their dedicated coaches focus on teaching students techniques and strategies to be successful and safe fencers. Learn more at www.salledasaro.com.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

#InfiniteInclusion Dance Performance, Workshop, and Party

Presented by: Infinite Flow - A Wheelchair Dance Company

Location: Events Arena

Dance Performance

#InfiniteInclusion is the concept that although we are all different … we can unite as one. Join us for a short performance by Infinite Flow's professional dance troupe and Infinite Flow Kids, followed by a short interactive dance workshop and dance jam. Open to all abilities and all ages. Come out and dance! Learn more at www.infiniteflowdance.org.

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Therapeutic Horse Demonstration

Presented by Dream Catcher of Los Angeles Therapeutic Riding Centers

Location: Events Arena

Service Dog Demonstration

Curious about how horses can help people with disabilities? Bring your questions! Dream Catcher of LA, a PATH and EAGALA certified therapeutic riding center, will join us to talk with you about therapeutic riding, equine assisted therapies, hippo therapy and more. Time is included to meet two of the equine staff that will be visiting with their human counterparts. Dream Catcher of Los Angeles Therapeutic Riding Centers' mission is to improve the lives of children, adults, and veterans with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and other equine-assisted activities and therapies, while serving the therapeutic riding profession through training and education. Learn more at www.dreamcatcherla.com.

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Service Dog Demonstration

Presented by: Canine Angels Service Teams

Location: Events Arena

Service Dog Demonstration

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.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

10:30am - 5:30pm

Abilities Meet Up Zone

Location: Booth #617

LA Facepainting

Come and visit the Abilities Meet Up Zone for a fun place to relax and interact with peers. In the tradition of a town square, the Zone is the perfect place to meet other attendees, share experiences and get answers to your most urgent questions. Enjoy the photo booth and share your pics to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #AbilitiesExpo.

10:30am – 5:00pm

Face Painting

Presented by: Elise Massa, We Adorn You

Location: Meet Up Zone, Booth #617

Facepainting in LA

Kids will delight at the opportunity to transform their faces through face painting! Visit our expert face painter in the Meet Up Zone for a complimentary face painting. 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. Please note the line for face painting closes 30 minutes prior to the close of face painting for each day.. Learn more at http://www.facepaintinglosangeles.net.

11:00am – 11:30am

Therapeutic Horse Demonstration

Presented by Dream Catcher of Los Angeles Therapeutic Riding Centers

Location: Events Arena

This event has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 26 from 11:15am to 11:45am.

12:00pm – 12:45pm

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.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Booth #347

Roll with the Wind on Saturday

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.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Auti Angel's "FreeStyle Dance Workshop"

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

Location: Events Arena

Auti Angel

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.

2:30pm – 3:00pm

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Presented by: The Rollettes

Location: Events Arena

Rollettes

Kick off the day with a high-energy, live performance by The Rollettes Los Angeles, an 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 at www.rollettesdance.com.

Cant stop dancing with Chelsie Hill from Chelsie Hill on Vimeo.

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Meet the Filmmakers – 4 Wheel Bob

Presented by: Tal Skloot, Director and Bob "aka 4 Wheel Bob" Coomber, Star, 4 Wheel Bob

Location: Meet Up Zone, Booth #617

Bob Coomber

Bob Coomber is an ambassador for Abilities Expo and also an avid hiker … in his wheelchair. Now a new film has been made about his adventures – 4 Wheel Bob. We hope you'll join us after the show for a special screening of the film at 6:30pm at the LA Convention Center. Visit the Meet Up Zone between 2:30pm and 3:00pm to meet Bob and the film's director, Tal Skloot, to learn more about the making of the film and Bob's adventures.

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Power Soccer Demonstration

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

Location: Events Arena

Power Soccer

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 – 4:45pm

Book Signing with Eat Well, Live Well with SCI Authors

Presented by: Kylie James, B.Sc, (O.T.), CNP and Joanne E. Smith, B.A., BRT Dip, CNP of Eat Well, Live Well with Spinal Cord Injury

Location: Meet Up Zone, Booth #617

Adaptive Tennis

Join nutritionists Joanne Smith and Kylie James in the Meet Up Zone (Booth #617) to discuss common nutrition questions. A limited quantity of their book, Eat Well Live Well With Spinal Cord Injury,  will be available for purchase and signing. Learn more and purchase the book at www.eatwelllivewellwithsci.com

4:15pm – 5:15pm

Wheelchair Tennis

Presented by: Anthony Lara, #1MorePush Movement and West Coast Wheelchair Tennis Association

Location: Events Arena

Adaptive 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.wcwta.org and www.facebook.com/1morepush.

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Film Screening: 4 Wheel Bob, a film by Tal Skloot

Presented by: Tal Skloot, Director and Bob "aka 4 Wheel Bob" Coomber, Star, 4 Wheel Bob

Location: Meeting Rooms 501ABC, located on Level 2 of the LA Convention Center

Bob Coomber Film Screening

Abilities Expo is pleased to share the new film, 4 Wheel Bob, with expo attendees. Join us at 6:30pm on Saturday, March 25 for the amazing story of Bob Coomber, an intrepid adventurer who sets out to be the first wheelchair hiker to cross the 11,845 foot Kearsarge Pass in the Sierra Nevada. Bob grew up in Piedmont, California, amid a family of avid backpackers. In his early twenties, he began training to become a police officer, but one day,  while hiking in the Sierra he tripped and, as he says, 'my leg exploded into a thousand pieces'.   This was the beginning of a long struggle related to juvenile diabetes and subsequent osteoporosis, and he now must use a wheelchair to get around. After a period of severe depression, Bob recovered and adopted a philosophy of "no excuses," leading to years of ambitious wheel chair hiking to get his health back. Away from the Sierra, Bob is an advocate for the disabled in his beloved Northern California. He takes groups from the wheelchair-bound community as well as war veterans on local hikes, teaching about ecology, animal and plant life, and ways to navigate in the wilderness. This story of overcoming immense obstacles will inspire us to look at our own self-imposed limitations and perhaps reach beyond what we think is possible. Learn more at www.4wheelbobfilm.com. No cost to attend. First come first serve for seating.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

11:00am – 4:00pm

Therapeutic Miniature Horses

Presented by Dream Catcher of Los Angeles Therapeutic Riding Centers

Location: Near Events Arena

Therapy Horses

Meet two therapeutic miniature horses and learn how horses can help people with disabilities. Dream Catcher of Los Angeles Therapeutic Riding Centers' mission is to improve the lives of children, adults, and veterans with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and other equine-assisted activities and therapies, while serving the therapeutic riding profession through training and education. Learn more at www.dreamcatcherla.com.

11:15am – 11:45am

Therapeutic Horse Demonstration

Presented by Dream Catcher of Los Angeles Therapeutic Riding Centers

Location: Events Arena

Therapy Horses

Curious about how horses can help people with disabilities? Bring your questions! Dream Catcher of LA, a PATH and EAGALA certified therapeutic riding center, will join us to talk with you about therapeutic riding, equine assisted therapies, hippo therapy and more. Time is included to meet two of the equine staff that will be visiting with their human counterparts. Dream Catcher of Los Angeles Therapeutic Riding Centers' mission is to improve the lives of children, adults, and veterans with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and other equine-assisted activities and therapies, while serving the therapeutic riding profession through training and education. Learn more at www.dreamcatcherla.com.

11:30am - 3:30pm

Abilities Meet Up Zone

Location: Booth #617

LA Facepaintinig

Come and visit the Abilities Meet Up Zone for a fun place to relax and interact with peers. In the tradition of a town square, the Zone is the perfect place to meet other attendees, share experiences and get answers to your most urgent questions. Enjoy the photo booth and share your pics to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #AbilitiesExpo.

11:30am – 3:00pm

Face Painting

Presented by: Elise Massa, We Adorn You

Location: Meet Up Zone, Booth #617

Facepainting on Sunday

Kids will delight at the opportunity to transform their faces through face painting! Visit our expert face painter in the Meet Up Zone for a complimentary face painting. 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. Please note the line for face painting closes 30 minutes prior to the close of face painting for each day.. Learn more at http://www.facepaintinglosangeles.net.

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Storytelling through Dance: How it Benefits Dancers with Disabilities

Presented by: Tam Warner, Choreographer and Dancer and Donna Russo, Dancer and Actress

Location: Events Arena

Dance for all Abilities

Dancing and moving to music is a wonderful activity that is inclusive and accessible to all people. Discover how to take dance to another level by using it to tell a story. Everyone has a story and those stories can be told through music and movement - with exciting benefits for the dancers and the audience members. We're so excited to welcome Tam Warner and Donna Russo back to Abilities Expo this year. Many of you will remember their performance from a few years ago, seen in this amazing video. At this year's workshop they'll present several new performances, share the benefits of storytelling through dance, and even give audience members a chance to discover how their own movements can tell a story. Tam and Donna will also talk about their own perspectives as a choreographer and dancer with disabilities. Attendees of all abilities are invited to join us for this uplifting and fulfilling session!

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: 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.

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Blind Soccer Demo

Presented by: Junior Blind of America and Angel City Sports

Location: Events Arena

LA Facepaintinig

Junior Blind of America provides adapted and inclusive recreation opportunities for students who are blind or visually impaired to challenge themselves and have fun. Through Paralympic sports, camping, high adventure and outdoor activities, Junior Blind students raise their self-esteem, improve their self-efficacy and make lifelong memories with friends both new and old. Please join us for a fun demonstration of Blind Soccer and see what it takes to master a familiar sport in a new way! Learn more at https://juniorblind.org.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Wheelchair Social Dancing

Presented by: Wheelchair Dancers Organization with Jason Rivers, Wheelchair Dance Instructor and Professional Ballroom Specialist

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Social Dancing

The Wheelchair Dancers Organization introduced adaptive wheelchair dancing at the 2010 Los Angeles Abilities Expo. Since then wheelchair dancing has become very popular throughout the country. This year's performance features a sizzling Salsa, powerful Waltz, high energy Hip Hop dance (starring our youngest dancers), and an extraordinary powerful contemporary dance. Then it is your turn to join us on the dance floor! We have collaborated with Celebrity Fitness Dancer Billy Blanks, Jr., Creator of "Dance It Out," and his San Diego DIO dance team, to choreograph the first all-inclusive fitness dance routine. The fitness dance moves are adaptable to all ages and abilities. See you on the dance floor! To view more adaptive dancing visit us at www.wheelchairdancers.org.

3:00pm - 3:45pm

Adaptive Fencing

Presented by: Salle D'Asaro Fencing Club

Location: Events Arena

Salle D'Asaro is the South Bay's premier fencing club. They specialize in training competitive and recreational athletes in the sport of fencing and wheelchair fencing with an emphasis in the disciplines of sabre. They are open 6 days a week and offer both group and private lessons.  Monthly, quarterly and daily membership rates are available. Their dedicated coaches focus on teaching students techniques and strategies to be successful and safe fencers. Learn more at www.salledasaro.com.

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