• 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

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, February 5, 2016

11:45am – 12:45pm

How to Select the Right Accessible Vehicle for You

Presented by: Justin White, BraunAbility

Location: Workshop #1

Adaptive Driving Equipment

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

Exoskeleton Technology: A Step For Healthy Living

Colin Buchanan, ReWalk Robotics

Location: Workshop #2

Rewalk

Whether we were born with a mobility impairment condition or face one later in life, the diagnosis is often the same: You will live your life with impaired mobility and/or rely on a wheelchair full time. Exoskeleton technology has come a long way to assist in altering this diagnosis to allow individuals to live a life upright, more mobile, and gain health benefits all in one! Join us to learn about the past, present, and future of exoskeleton technology, and most importantly, the profound effect it has had on the lives of individuals with spinal cord injury. See the ReWalk in action, and hear about how this technology. Learn more at www.rewalk.com

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Living Well with Chronic Pain

Presented by: Casey Cashman, Executive Director, U.S. Pain Foundation

Location: Workshop #1

In America pain affects 100 million adults - more people than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined. This presentation will offer tips for those living with chronic pain, including ways to work through pain on your own. Discover steps you can take on your own, today, to gain some of your life back from pain. From traditional approaches to alternative therapies, much is available with the potential to lower your pain. Visit www.uspainfoundation.org for resources, programs, publications and more.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Together We Prepare! Personal & Community Emergency Preparedness

Presented by:

Mark Benthien, Executive Director, Earthquake Country Alliance

Heidi Rosofsky, Disability Access & Functional Needs Specialist, Earthquake Country Alliance

Mona Bontty, Southern California Regional Administrator, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

Sinan Khan, Access and Functional Needs Coordinator, Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management

Paul Hernandez, Principal Project Coordinator, City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department

Guillermo Sanchez, Manager of Preparedness and Resiliency, American Red Cross Los Angeles Region

Location: Workshop #2

Earthquake Preparation for People with Disabilities

Southern California is no stranger to earthquakes as well as wildfires, flooding, and many other emergencies. These disasters can threaten our ability to maintain an independent lifestyle if we don't prepare to meet our own needs and help our community.  This workshop brings together a panel of regional experts to provide an overview of disability-specific personal preparedness resources, local emergency planning, and community engagement efforts. Join the discussion to help ensure that the needs of the disability community are integrated into emergency planning, because when disaster strikes— We're All in This Together!  Learn more at www.earthquakecountry.org/disability.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Medical Marijuana: Benefits and Legalization

Presented by: Felicia Carbajal and Andrew Kuebbing, Co-Founders, California Cannabis Advocates

Location: Workshop #1

Marijuana Benefits for people with disabilities

The last decade has brought incredible progress to the science of cannabis medicine. There are now a myriad of options besides inhalation for almost any condition, including dosed liquid extracts, edible oils, medicated foodstuffs, patches, tablets, lozenges, and more! 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. With the advent of inexpensive potency testing for cannabis, you can now be confident of your dosing, as well as titrating the amounts of THC and CBD and changing your ratio (for pain vs inflammation). Also learn how to use cannabis topically with salves, balms, and creams. Learn more at www.californiacannabisadvocates.com and www.facebook.com/CACannAdvs.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

The Healing Power of Nature: You Don’t Have to Go Far to Feel Great!

Presented by: Bob “4 Wheel Bob” Coomber, America’s #1 Wheelchair Hiker

Location: Workshop #2

Nature for people with disabilities

Cabin Fever they call it – when you can’t, or won’t get out of the house, and feel closed in. With a few simple tweaks to your day, you can discover the power of Nature’s ability to lift you from those four walls to a new place, where you can join in and be a part of your natural community. Learning to find out what’s going on around you, every day, does much to stimulate and motivate. Bob Coomber, America’s #1 Wheelchair Hiker, will share known benefits of the outdoors, what motivates him, and how you can get outside yourself, regardless of your ability level. Includes a sneak peek of the upcoming documentary film featuring Bob’s story! Learn more at www.4wheelbob.com

3:45pm – 4:45pm

We regret this workshop is cancelled due to a personal matter. 

Access the World: Tips for Traveling with a Disability

Presented by: Debra Kerper, Easy Access Travel

Location: Workshop #1

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.

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Changing Government Policy Through Your Personal Story

Presented by: Jenn Wolff, OTR/L, Manager, United Spinal Association's Advocacy Alliance

Location: Workshop #2

In this session, you will gain knowledge about what advocacy is and how to do it at a local, state and even national level. Discover how your story is the key to helping change policy. Right now, our government and other policy makers are very focused on finances and sometimes are not aware of how their decisions affect us. By gaining confidence in your storytelling ability and doing a little research, you can help teach our leaders how current policies (insurance, employment, etc.) impact you and/or your family and why change is needed. Remember, we voted them into office; we can vote them out of office – so when enough of us join together and raise our voices, we can truly make a difference. Learn more at www.unitedspinal.org/action-center/.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

10:30am - 11:30am

How to Select the Right Accessible Vehicle for You

Presented by: Justin White, BraunAbility

Location: Workshop #1

Adaptive Driving Equipment

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.

10:30am – 11:30am

Pediatric Traditional and Alternative Therapies: How to Choose What is Right for Your Child

Presented by: Lisa Hickey-Murphy, OTD, OTR/L, SWC, Director of Rehabilitation, NAPA Center; Lynette LaScala, Founder and CEO, NAPA Center

Location: Workshop #2

Pediatric Therapies

Navigating the list of available therapies to a child with disabilities can be a daunting task. From traditional therapies such as physical and occupational therapy, to alternative therapies such as Cuevas Medek Exercises (CME) and hippotherapy, it can be difficult to determine which therapies will best benefit a child. Each therapy touts its benefits with a promise to make a difference, but finite emotional, financial, and personal resources mean it’s not possible to commit to them all. This workshop will provide parents and caregivers with an overview of a variety of therapies, both traditional and non-traditional. Therapies to be highlighted during this presentation will include: CME, Neurosuit, Behavioral Interventions, Universal Exercise Unit Cage Therapy, PROMPT technique for speech therapy, Vital Stim for swallowing therapy, auditory programs such as TLP, and hyperbaric oxygen chamber.

12:00pm – 1:00pm

We regret this workshop is cancelled due to a personal matter. 

Access the World: Tips for Traveling with a Disability

Presented by: Debra Kerper, Easy Access Travel

Location: Workshop #1

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.

12:00pm – 1:00m

Everyone Can Improv: Benefits of Acting for People of All Abilities

Presented by: Actress/Teaching Artist Diana Elizabeth Jordan

Location: Workshop #2

Acting Improvization

The acting technique of improvisation is a great tool to help build self-esteem, team building and communication skills. And most of all it is a lot of fun! Attendees will be lead through a series of improvisation, theater games and exercises. No acting experience necessary! This workshop is appropriate for all ages and abilities. A great activity for families! Presenter Diana Elizabeth Jordan is an actress and teaching artist who has worked in film, theater and television. In addition to her acting, she is also an acting coach at Performing Arts Studio West, a performing arts studio for adults with developmental disabilities. Learn more at www.rainbowbutterflycafe.com and www.dianaelizabethjordan.com.

1:15pm - 2:15pm

Exoskeleton Technology: A Step For Healthy Living

Colin Buchanan, ReWalk Robotics

Location: Workshop #1

Rewalk

Whether we were born with a mobility impairment condition or face one later in life, the diagnosis is often the same: You will live your life with impaired mobility and/or rely on a wheelchair full time. Exoskeleton technology has come a long way to assist in altering this diagnosis to allow individuals to live a life upright, more mobile, and gain health benefits all in one! Join us to learn about the past, present, and future of exoskeleton technology, and most importantly, the profound effect it has had on the lives of individuals with spinal cord injury. See the ReWalk in action, and hear about how this technology. Learn more at www.rewalk.com

1:15pm – 2:15pm

Adaptive Gardening

Presented by: Wendy McPherson, Farm-Raised and Lifetime Organic Gardener

Location: Workshop #2

Adaptive Gardening

Would you like to get into gardening? Or get back into gardening when you didn't think you could do it anymore? Join us to learn adaptive techniques for wheelchair users and people with mobility challenges. Discover how inexpensive household items can be modified to improve your leverage, grip and reach. Find out how to easily set up a barrier-free gardening plot in your yard, or on your porch or balcony. Geared to first timers and the experienced, the workshop will include both adaptive techniques and hands-in-the-soil gardening skills to successfully grow vegetables, flowers, and herbs year round.

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy 101

Presented by: Shannon Kenitz, Executive Director, International Hyperbarics Association

Location: Workshop #1

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

At this session learn the basics of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, how it can help, and how you can access this treatment. HBOT has been shown to benefit numerous conditions including autism, cerebral palsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, cancer, chronic inflammation, spinal cord injury, sports-related injuries and more. Attendees will find out how to obtain HBOT and what to expect from treatments. Shannon Kenitz will also share her own personal story of how HBOT saved her special needs daughter's life, and led to Shannon's own work starting an HBOT clinic and becoming a recognized advocate for HBOT on a global platform. Learn more at www.shannonandgrace.com.

3:00pm – 4:00pm

The ABCs of Behavior and Strategies for Change

Presented by: Bridgette Brooks, MS, BCBA, Director of Clinical Services, CARE (Comprehensive Autism Related Education)

Location: Workshop #2

Behaviors

Join us for an introduction on behaviors: how to better understand them, their causes, what maintains them, and the key role that motivation plays in the mix. This session will be helpful for many including those with developmental disabilities, particularly on the Autism Spectrum. Many of us face behavioral challenges daily. When addressing behaviors it’s helpful to look past the behavior to the core of the problem. Behaviors serve a function. For example, you drink water because you are thirsty or put on a jacket because you are cold. All behavior communicates something and serves a purpose. Each and every one of us practice behaviors on a daily basis because there is a driving motivation behind the behavior. Attendees will also gain ideas on strategies for changing behaviors, and the role of motivation and reinforcement.

4:15pm – 5:15pm

Accessible Fashion: Tips for Creating Your Personal Look

Presented by: Presented by: Stephanie Alves, Founder/Designer, ABL Denim

Location: Workshop #1Stephanie Alves on accessible clothing

Is your wardrobe really you? Join adaptive fashion designer Stephanie Alves to learn more about the accessible clothing lines, ideas for updating your current clothing, and tips for buying off the rack. Stephanie’s session will feature excellent accessible clothing lines that are available at the show. She’ll also share easy tips for updating your current clothes with accessories and tailoring. Learn how to successfully purchase off-the-rack clothing and what key features to consider such as fabrics, seams, and fit. You’ll walk away with loads of ideas for styling your disability, the current trends and how your clothes can better reflect the real you. 

4:15pm – 5:15pm

Assistance Dogs: Selecting the Best Training Option for You

Presented by: Kristin Hartness, Executive Director, Canines for Disabled Kids

Location: Workshop #2

Assistance Dog Options

You’re ready to get a service dog. Now it is time to pick a training program or a private trainer. What options do you have? How do you compare the choices? Are you going to work with a private trainer or a training program? Do you want to work with a non-profit program or a for-profit program? How do you know which is the right choice for you? Kristin Hartness educates nationwide on these very questions. Come and learn how to get the best training options for your needs. Learn more at www.caninesforkids.org.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Caregiver Day at Abilities Expo

Evermind LogoThe following workshops are presented by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and are geared for the loved ones who give so much.

10:15am – 11:15pm

Coaching for Caregivers: How to Reach Out Before You Burn Out

Presented by: Yosaif August ACC

Location: Workshop Area

Coaching Caregivers

This presentation will outline the concepts around reaching in, reaching out and provide practical tools and resources for caregivers.

11:30am – 12:30pm

Meditation and Yoga Capsules Seminar

Presented by: Jay Gupta RPh, MScIM, MTM, RxYT and Terry Gupta MSW, RxYT, RMT

Location: Workshop Area

Disability Yoga

This workshop will demonstrate several key concepts around meditation and yoga that will help caregivers rejuvenate their mind and body. No special clothing or flexibility level is required for this workshop.

12:45pm – 1:45pm

Care for the Caregiver: When You Can't Stop the Waves Learn How to Sail

Presented by: Regina Rosenthal PT, MA

Location: Workshop Area

Caring for the Caregiver

Discover several concepts that will teach caregivers self-care practices around remaining healthy and resilient themselves as they assist a loved one with their caregiving needs.

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