• 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

FREE workshops!
Plan your Abilities Expo experience today!

CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) services will be available at all of the workshops.

Take advantage of Free Workshops that focus on everything from tips for traveling with a disability and getting the best accessible vehicle to celebrating the legacy of the ADA. Discover how to get more from your smartphones and tablets. Learn how therapeutic cannabis is helping people with many different conditions. Ramp up your emergency preparedness knowledge. Find out how you can improve the intimacy side of your life.

Workshops are FREE and there’s no need to register. Just arrive early to get your seat!
Check out our FREE Events for more information and activities.

Professionals:

  • Certificates of participation are available for all workshops. Please see the Accessibility Help Desk following each workshop for your certificate. (Please note there are no CEU approved courses at this year’s Abilities Expo).

* Please note dates and times of workshops are subject to change without notice. Abilities Expo is not responsible for the materials or opinions of the speakers.

Friday, March 6, 2015

11:45am – 12:45pm

How to Select the Right Accessible Vehicle for You

Presented by BraunAbility

Location: Workshop 1

Family with adaptive van

Does the process of purchasing adaptive equipment for a vehicle leave you feeling challenged and frustrated? Consumers and related healthcare professionals alike are invited to join us to learn the tips to successfully navigating the purchase of vans and accessible modifications. This workshop will cover such topics as what solutions are available and where to find them, key terminology, the shopping and evaluation process, funding options and much more. Following the session attendees are invited for a hands-on van demo at BraunAbility's Booth #101. Learn more at www.nmeda.com.

11:45am – 12:45pm

ADA: A Civil Rights Legacy

Presented by Erica C. Jones, MPH, Director, Pacific ADA Center

Location: Workshop 2

The ADA Legacy Tour coming to Los Angeles

The ADA National Network in collaboration with the ADA Legacy Project invites you to join this session as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the passage of the ADA. Use this opportunity to gain a better understanding of the history of the ADA and civil rights for people with disabilities. This session will provide a discussion of the events that led up to the ADA's passage and will provide an overview of how the ADA is structured, including how it is enforced and where technical assistance is available. Learn more about the various initiatives that support the ADA's legacy and history and what the future challenges and opportunities are under the ADA and its promise of equal access and opportunity for citizens with disabilities. Learn more at www.adalegacy.com.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Traveling Curb Free: How to Explore the World in a Wheelchair

Presented by Cory Lee, Founder and CEO, curbfreewithcorylee.com

Location: Workshop 1

Travel in a Wheelchair

Do your days consist of dreaming of exotic places, but you are not sure how to turn those dreams into reality from a wheelchair? Cory Lee has traveled throughout the world as a wheelchair user and wants to show you how to do the same thing in this educational and entertaining workshop. Learn how to properly prepare for accessible travel, what destinations and modes of transportation are suitable for your needs, and even how to deal with those unexpected circumstances that often arise while traveling in new places. Cory will share his humorous first-hand experiences and photos, while interacting and answering any travel related questions that you may have. Don't just dream about seeing the world; learn how to make it happen in this workshop and start your own adventure. Learn more at www.curbfreewithcorylee.com.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Accessibility Features of Smartphones and Tablets

Presented by Ben Lippincott, Project Director, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies; and Kendra Cox, Compliance & Outreach Manager, Corporate Accessibility Technology Office, AT&T

Location: Workshop 2

Smartphone Accessibility

The workshop explores the many accessibility features found on today's most current smartphones and tablets. Uncover features that are helpful for people who use hearing aids, use text and video services, have communication difficulties, have difficulty seeing, have dexterity or mobility impairments, or have attention, concentration or sensory difficulties. Caregivers and professionals will also benefit by understanding these features as they assist people with disabilities. This workshop will focus on the latest Apple (iOS8) and Android (5.0) Operating Systems, as well as previous systems. Attendees will also discover resources for services, devices and mobile applications. This workshop is part of the "Wireless Independence Now!" workshop series presented by AT&T and Wireless RERC. Learn more at www.wirelessrerc.org.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Exercise for Every Body: Maximize Your Potential

Presented by Kristin McNealus, PT, DPT, ATP, Owner, SCI Total Fitness

Location: Workshop 1

Exercise for people with disabilities.

At a time when obesity and diabetes is on the rise, it is important to take control of your health! The good news is that exercise really is the best medicine. Kristin McNealus has her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and has been practicing for over 10 years. She started SCI Total Fitness to promote exercise and wellness for people with mobility limitations. She'll share with you the benefits of exercise, and give you all the reasons to start or continue your workout routine. You'll learn the many different types of exercise available to you and how to exercise safely. She will connect you to local resources and help you get started on a path to a healthier, stronger you! Learn more at www.scitotalfitness.com.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

To Be Announced

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Transforming Sexuality and Disability

Presented by Ligia Andrade, MA, Sexability

Location: Workshop 1

Exercise for people with disabilities.

Sexuality and disability are often very taboo subjects in our society. As people living with disabilities we are sexual beings but often don't find the resources to help us deal with our sexuality. In this fun and engaging workshop we will discuss the myths of sexuality and disability. You will discover how to develop your sexual health, create intimate loving relationships, and increase your self-esteem and body image. We'll explore dating including how and when to disclose your disability. Other topics to be discussed include communicating effectively your sexual needs and desires (including with personal care attendants), learning about partner surrogate therapy, and how to discover various intimacy techniques. Parents will learn how to support their children's sexuality as they mature into young adults (although please note the workshop material is appropriate for adults 18 and older only). Learn more at www.sexability.org. * Please note this workshop is for attendees 18 and older, and contains material that is appropriate for adults only.

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Adaptive Gardening

Presented by Wendy McPherson, Organic Gardener/Horticulturalist

Location: Workshop 2

Adaptive Gardening

Would you like to get into gardening? Join us to learn helpful adaptive techniques for hands-on organic gardening for wheelchair users and people with mobility challenges. Perfect for first timers and the experienced, attendees will have fun learning methods and skills to successfully grow vegetables, flowers, herbs and more. Discover how inexpensive common garden tools and household items can be adapted to improve your leverage, grip and reach. Find out great ways for you to grow your garden using all sorts of barrier-free methods and easy-to-grow plants. The focus is on organic methods of growing and attendees will have the opportunity for hands-on experience at this event.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

11:45am – 12:45pm

Emergency Preparedness

Location: Workshop 1

Stay tuned for presenter details and workshop description.

11:45am – 12:45pm

Finding Your Own "Normal"

Presented by Kim "Rooster" Rossiter, USMC, President, Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Workshop 2

Being Normal

Disability can bring many stressors to life - one of which is often related to what society views as "normal" and an inability to participate in "normal" activities. Many families splinter; the natural instinct to flee is very well documented. Kim Rossiter – better known as Rooster – faced this situation seven years ago when his daughter Ainsley was diagnosed with a rare, degenerative and terminal condition. He'll share his family's personal story of fight instead of flight, and how they discovered a way to bring "normal" back to their lives. With attendees he'll explore ideas about how to live in the NOW, find YOUR "normal", and develop ways to strengthen the bonds within YOUR family and circle of friends. Learn more at www.ainsleysangels.com.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Access the World: Tips for Traveling with a Disability

Presented by Debra Kerper, Easy Access Travel

Location: Workshop 1

Travel around the world with a disability.

Would you like to travel the country or the world, but believe you cannot because of your disability? At this workshop you will learn that travel by air, sea and car is a real option for you. The presenter, a professional travel agent who has a disability and has travelled extensively, will share with you how to plan a trip, including what to expect form hotels, rental car companies, cruise lines and the airlines. Learn about the common challenges, methods for addressing them and what the law requires. Attendees will receive recommendations for disability-friendly destinations and accessible travel resources. Be sure to bring your pressing questions and a list of places you'd like to visit. Learn more at www.easyaccesstravel.com.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Medical Marijuana: Benefits and Legalization

Presented by Thalia Michelle, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism; Co-Founder, Thinking Moms' Revolution (TMR)

Location: Workshop 2

Benefits of Marijuana for disabilities

Review any major news website and you will likely find articles discussing and debating the legalization of marijuana. At this session learn what is happening regarding legalization including the various types that are possible. Discover what research is telling us about the positive medicinal impacts of therapeutic cannabis for people on the Autism spectrum and with other types of disabilities, including spinal cord injury (SCI), multiple sclerosis (MS) and more. The workshop will also include discussion about how the plant is farmed (organically or conventionally) and what will happen when genetically modified (GMO) varieties enter into this arena. Bring your questions as all! Learn more at www.texasmamma.org and www.thinkingmomsrevolution.com.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Care for the Caregiver: Why It Is Important and How to Make it Happen

Presented by Karen Kain

Location: Workshop 1

Care for the Caregiver

Being a caregiver is like running a marathon … except you never finish. When faced with the demands of caring for a loved one with a disability how do you find time for you? How do you give yourself permission for self-care? Karen will share her personal journey of caring for her medically fragile daughter for 15 years, and how she discovered that it by taking care of herself she could be the best parent possible for her daughter. Discover ideas for how you can meet your physical, emotional and spiritual needs. A must-attend workshop for caregivers and healthcare professionals alike. Learn more at www.lorrinsworld.com and www.karenkain.com. Karen's book, "Living a Unique Live Experience" is available for purchase at the Expo. See the events schedule for times and location.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

To Be Announced

3:45pm – 4:45pm

To Be Announced

3:45pm – 4:45pm

To Be Announced

There are no workshops on Sunday, March 8.

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