• Los Angeles Abilities Expo
    LOS ANGELES
    March 6 - 8, 2015
    Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall A
    Fri. 11am-5pm | Sat. 11am-5pm | Sun 11am-4pm
    Set your clocks one hour ahead for Daylight Saving Time on Saturday night, March 7!

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

The ADA Legacy Tour

Presented by the ADA Legacy Project

Location: Booth #143

The ADA Legacy Tour coming to Los Angeles

The ADA Legacy Tour is a traveling exhibit designed to raise public awareness and excitement about ADA25, the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 2015. Produced by The ADA Legacy Project, the ADA Legacy Tour will include historical artifacts from the disability rights movement, including the Road to Freedom RV; information on current issues in disability policy; and video interviews with the next generation of advocates. The Tour will kick off in Houston, Texas July 25, 2014 and travel across the country, making its final stop in Washington, DC July 26, 2015. Learn more at www.adalegacy.com.

Adaptive Gardening with the Agrarian Librarian

Presented by Wendy McPherson, the Agrarian Librarian

Adaptive Gardening

Meet Wendy McPherson, the Agrarian Librarian, who is passionate about getting folks of all abilities into the garden to grow vegetables. She explores inexpensive ways to adapt tools from household items. Limitations of mobility, reach, grip strength, leverage, and even stamina can be overcome with her methods. If you never thought you could garden, or stopped after an onset disability, the Wendy McPherson can help tailor a plan that will fit your situation and abilities. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/WendyMcPhersonTheLibrarian.

Adaptive Rowing and RowOfLife Ocean Rowing Boat

Presented by Angela Madsen, California Adaptive Rowing Program and RowOfLife

Location: Booth #133

Adaptive Rowing in Los Angeles

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: such as exercise, fitness, improving self-esteem, setting goals, 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 going to the Paralympics (she medaled at both the 2012 London and 2008 Beijing Games) and what it's like to row across oceans (Atlantic, Indian and most recently the Pacific). Copies of Angela's new book, "Rowing Against the Wind," will be available for purchase. Learn more at www.rowoflife.com.

Artist Market

Sponsored by LA Goal

Location: Booth #140

Artist Market at Abilities Expo

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 #441

Assistive technology showcase at Los Angeles

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.

Hand Cycling

Presented by Invacare Top End

Location: Next to Events Arena

Try Hand Cycling

Enjoy this opportunity to try a hand cycle for yourself! 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. Clinicians are invited to visit on Friday for a specific focus on information needed to confidently prescribe the right hand cycle for patients. Saturday and Sunday will be targeted to consumers of all levels from beginner to elite levels. Learn more at topendwheelchair.com.

Friday, March 6, 2015

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Service Dogs Demonstration

Location: Events Arena

Assistance 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!

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Book Signing with Dr. Mitchell Tepper, Author, Regain That Feeling: Secrets to Sexual Self-Discovery

Location: Booth #120

Mitchell Teppner

Stop by to meet and talk with Dr. Tepper, internationally recognized expert on sexuality and disability, and buy a special signed copy of his new book, Regain That Feeling: Secrets to Sexual Self-Discovery at the discounted Expo price of $10. Learn more at www.regainthatfeeling.com.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Walk and Roll Dance Team Presents!

Location: Events Arena

Dance

Kick off the day with a high-energy, live performance by the Walk and Roll Foundation's inspirational 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.

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Therapeutic Horse Demonstration

Presented by Dream Catch of Los Angeles Therapeutic Riding Centers

Therapeutic Horse Demo

Curious about how horses can help people with disabilities? Bring your questions! Staff from Dream Catch of LA (PATH and EAGALA certified) will be on hand to talk with you about therapeutic riding, equine assisted therapies, hippo therapy and more. Time is included to meet two of the equine staff who will be visiting with their human counterparts. Learn more at www.dreamcatcherla.com.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

11:15am – 11:45am

Wheelchair Tennis

Presented by the Adaptive Athletics Association

Location: Events Arena

Adaptive Yoga Class in LA

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.

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Adaptive Skateboarding

Presented by The Skate Connection

Location: Events Arena

Adaptive Skating

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

Face Painting

Presented by We Adorn You

Location: Next to Events Arena

Facepainting 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.weadornyou.com.

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Meet Dr. Mitchell Tepper, Author, Regain That Feeling: Secrets to Sexual Self-Discovery

Location: Booth #120

Mitchell Teppner

Stop by to meet and talk with Dr. Tepper, internationally recognized expert on sexuality and disability, and buy a special signed copy of his new book, Regain That Feeling: Secrets to Sexual Self-Discovery at the discounted Expo price of $10. Learn more at www.regainthatfeeling.com.

1:15pm – 1:45pm

Service Dogs Demonstration

Location: Events Arena

Canine 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!

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Wheelchair Dancing Demo and Workshop

Location: Events Arena

Presented by Auti Angel, Abilities Expo "Dancebassador"

Adaptive Dance

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

Power Soccer Demonstration

Presented by the U.S. Power Soccer Association

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.

3:45pm – 4:30pm

Wheelchair Tennis

Presented by the Adaptive Athletics Association

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Tennis in LA

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.

Sunday, March 8, 2014

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Wheelchair Social Dancing

Presented by Wheelchairdancers.org with Wheelchair Dance Director Joe Torres

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Social Dancing

Learn wheelchair dancing from the first organization to offer classes in Southern California! First, sit back and enjoy a few great dance routines including a group Tango dance, a smooth Foxtrot, and a fiery Salsa. Then it's your turn to learn some steps! Join our newest dance members G-lo (4 years old) and Kiki (6 years old) as they lead our all-inclusive hip-hop routine. Attendees of all ages and mobility levels are welcome to join us to learn some steps and put together a Flash Mob performance! Able-bodied individuals are also welcome. Wheelchair Dancing crosses the boundaries of age, gender, and physical ability and includes individuals using manual or power chairs with varying levels of ability. Learn more at www.wheelchairdancers.org.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

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

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Book Signing with Dr. Mitchell Tepper, Author, Regain That Feeling: Secrets to Sexual Self-Discovery

Location: Booth #120

Mitchell Teppner

Stop by to meet and talk with Dr. Tepper, internationally recognized expert on sexuality and disability, and buy a special signed copy of his new book, Regain That Feeling: Secrets to Sexual Self-Discovery at the discounted Expo price of $10. Learn more at www.regainthatfeeling.com.

1:15pm – 1:45pm

Service Dogs Demonstration

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

"I Won't Give Up" A Dance Performance and Workshop

Presented by Donna Russo, Tara Nicole Hughes, and Kelleia Sheerin; Concept and Choreography by Tam Warner

Adaptive Dancing

Donna Russo has danced for nearly all of her life. Over the past seven years, muscular dystrophy has taken away much of her ability to move. Despite her condition, Donna's passion for dance stays alive in her heart. See the performance that inspired the YouTube video. Attendees will be encouraged to join in with their own dancing as well. View the video here:

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Therapeutic Horse Demonstration

Presented by Dream Catch of Los Angeles Therapeutic Riding Centers

Therapeutic Horse Demo

Curious about how horses can help people with disabilities? Bring your questions! Staff from Dream Catch of LA (PATH and EAGALA certified) will be on hand to talk with you about therapeutic riding, equine assisted therapies, hippo therapy and more. Time is included to meet two of the equine staff who will be visiting with their human counterparts. Learn more at www.dreamcatcherla.com.

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