• New York Abilities Expo
    New York Metro
    May 5-7, 2017
    New Jersey Convention & Expo Center
    Fri. 11am-5pm | Sat. 10am-6pm | Sun 11am-4pm

Events and Activities make the total Abilities experience

Want to add an exciting new activity to your life? Abilities Expo showcases a wide range of special events that not only entertain, they also give you the opportunity to test your own skill, expand your interests and find out how you can become involved in your local area.

Here's what we did in 2016. Stay tuned for 2017!

  • Try a variety of different adaptive sports
  • Discover how assistance dogs can support you
  • Break out your dancing wheels
  • Transform your face at the face painters

There’s a lot going on at Abilities Expo! Be sure to also check out the Free Workshops.

Here’s a few of the events we have planned. More will be added so check back for details!

* PLEASE NOTE dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. 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 #150

Adaptive Gaming in New York

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 Gaming Pavilion

Presented by: AbleGamers Foundation

Location: Booth #1117

Adaptive Gaming in New York

Experience adaptive gaming equipment and programs, and talk with other video game enthusiasts. AbleGamers Foundation serves the more than 70 million members of the disabled community by advocating greater access to video games. They are a leader in the development of equipment, programs and services to those living with disabilities, hardships, and quality-of-life issues that are a result of chronic illness or trauma. It is our goal that all people, regardless of their disability, can use gaming as a tool for an enriched social experiences with friends, family, and the world at large. Learn more at www.ablegamers.com.

Artist Market

Sponsored by: LA Goal

Location: Booth #735

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 based in California that provides Inside Out Productions, a professional visual arts studio, and various 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: Interact with Tomorrow's Technology Today

Sponsored by Advancing Opportunities

Location: Booth #653

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. Advancing Opportunities provides services and support to individuals with disabilities and their families so they can lead fuller lives at work, home, school and play. Their team of technology specialists will be available for free hands-on demonstrations of technology and tools.  From low-tech tips to advice about sophisticated software, we can help you find solutions. Learn more at www.advoppps.org or www.assistivetechnologycenter.org.

Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth

Presented by: EAD & Associates, NYC Emergency Management, NJ Office of Emergency Preparedness

Location: Booth #1016

Earthquake Preparedness

The Emergency Preparedness Info Booth is supported by the NYC Emergency Management and NJ Office of Emergency Preparedness along with several local disability emergency preparedness partner organizations. Representatives from multiple emergency management agencies will be on hand to share vital personal preparedness tips with people with disabilities and their caregivers. Learn how to prepare for various emergency and disaster situations that could impact the tri-state area - including power loss events, snow storms, flooding, fire and active shooter events. Access free resource materials to help you prepare your own emergency plan. Learn more at www.eadassociates.com.

Manual Wheelchair Skills for Everyone

Presented by: Empower Spinal Cord Injury

Location: Booth #1031

Assistive Technology

What is your favorite way to hop a curb? What tricks do you use to get yourself off the ground? Never sat in a manual wheelchair and have always wanted to try a wheelie? Visit the Empower SCI table and we will help you brush up on old skills and learn new skills from others. The booth will be staffed with both manual wheelchair-users and able-bodied staff to offer education and opportunities to learn new wheelchair skills. Skills will include curb-hopping, fall recovery, wheelie management, wheelchair maintenance, and challenging transfers. Open to both wheelchair-users and able-bodied individuals, there will be several wheelchairs present for able-bodied individuals to try out these skills. Visit us for a personal "Learn New Skills" time where you can spend 15 dedicated minutes getting one-on-one assistance with a skill you'd like to master. Based on availability. Attendees can reserve specific times at the booth. Learn more at www.empowersci.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 #1017

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.

Sound-Off, Stories and Selfies Booth

Presented by: United Spinal Association

Location: Booth #328

Assistive Technology

The Sound-Off, Stories & Selfies Booth offers expo attendees the opportunity to share their stories and perspectives on living with a disability and to learn more about United Spinal's Advocacy Alliance. This is your chance to take the spotlight and provide your personal experiences on video. Your insight and opinions will be used to strengthen the voice of our community and equip United Spinal with the tools to effectively advocate to improve disability rights at the state and national levels.

Learn more at www.unitedspinal.org.

Friday, April 29, 2016

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Booth #126

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 – 1:30pm

Everyday Fitness and Healthy Food for Everyone

Presented by: Traci Burton, Program Manager, Disability Health & Wellness Initiative, NJ Division of Disability Services; Gianna Marchesi, Fitness Health & Wellness Consultant, Department of Disability Health Wellness Program

Location: Events Arena

Fitness and Health

People with disabilities can be more active and live healthy lifestyles once they learn to make healthier choices that in time become habits, along with erasing the less healthy choices. Erasing old habits can be hard to do, but can be made easier with the tips and tricks we will be sharing with you in this hands-on demonstration.  During our demonstration we will be showing you a range of exercises from simple home and gardening activities to actual weight training geared toward every level of ability. There will be something for each fitness level. We will show you how to put together some fun and creative, yet simple, recipes, and will give you our guide containing tips on being more active, stretching, losing weight, eating healthier, and planning your way to a successful and healthier lifestyle.  Welcome the positive changes you are going to start making today! Learn more at www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dds/home/index.html.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Dance for Everyone

Presented by: Nyemchek's Dance Center Presents Roll Call Wheelchair Dance

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Social Dancing

Wheelchair dancing is a fun, social and therapeutic activity. Roll Call Wheelchair Dance members will demonstrate some of the basic dance steps including the walk, swing and waltz – showing both beginner and intermediate versions. Next up it's a single ladies line dance (with a special part for the guys!) and a few solo performances. Then it's your turn for an exciting group number that everyone can participate in, standing or sitting. And it all wraps with a mini lesson for everyone. All levels of ability are welcome. Stop by their booth #248 during the weekend for a one-on-one lesson. 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.rollcallwheelchairdance.org.

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Service Dog Demonstration

Presented by: Jessica Reiss, MSW, Canine Companions for Independence

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Social Dancing

More than ever assistance dogs are meeting the needs of people with many different types of disabilities. Join this informational sessions to discover how trained service dogs provide ongoing support to their human partners, working together to achieve independence in various areas of life. The session includes a demonstration of basic commands, information on the process for being matched with a service dog, and a time for questions and answers. Learn more at www.cci.org

Saturday, April 30, 2016

11:30am – 12:30pm

Quad Rugby Demonstration

Presented by: The New York Warriors Wheelchair Rugby Team

Location: Events Arena

ZZZZZZ

Competitive wheelchair rugby is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world. The New York Warriors will join us to demonstrate this exciting game - a cross between wheelchair basketball, ice hockey, and soccer. The main message of quad rugby is "Smashing Stereotypes One Hit at a Time" and the sport has proven to be a life changer for those who start playing it. Find out more at this demo and learn about opportunities to get involved for yourself. Follow the team at Facebook - search New York Warriors Wheelchair Rugby.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Face Painting

Presented by Masquerade Face Painting

Location: Next to Events Arena

ZZZZZZ

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.masqueradefacepainting.com.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Booth #126

Ainsley's Angels at the Expo

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.

12:45pm – 1:00pm

Flash Mob Dance Event

Nyemchek's Dance Center Presents Roll Call Wheelchair Dance

Location: Events Arena

Flash Mob in New York

Everyone’s welcome! All ages, all abilities! Join us for one fun, quick, pop-up dance event. The Flash Mob at Abilities Expo made it’s debut in 2015 and it’s back again this year. Discover this year’s music and moves! Learn more at www.rollcallwheelchairdance.org.

1:15pm – 1:45pm

Yoga for Every Body and Mind

Presented by: Jay Gupta and Terry Gupta, YogaCaps

Location: Events Arena

Adaptive Yoga in New York

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.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Dance for Everyone

Presented by: Nyemchek's Dance Center Presents Roll Call Wheelchair Dance

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Social Dancing

Wheelchair dancing is a fun, social and therapeutic activity. Roll Call Wheelchair Dance members will demonstrate some of the basic dance steps including the walk, swing and waltz – showing both beginner and intermediate versions. Next up it's a single ladies line dance (with a special part for the guys!) and a few solo performances. Then it's your turn for an exciting group number that everyone can participate in, standing or sitting. And it all wraps with a mini lesson for everyone. All levels of ability are welcome. Stop by their booth #248 during the weekend for a one-on-one lesson. 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.rollcallwheelchairdance.org.

2:45pm – 3:30pm

Power Soccer Demonstration

Presented by the U.S. Power Soccer Association

Location: Events Arena

Power Soccer Demonstration

Watch and learn as members of the U.S. Power Soccer Association 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.

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Service Dog Demonstration

Presented by: Jessica Reiss, MSW, Canine Companions for Independence

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Social Dancing

More than ever assistance dogs are meeting the needs of people with many different types of disabilities. Join this informational sessions to discover how trained service dogs provide ongoing support to their human partners, working together to achieve independence in various areas of life. The session includes a demonstration of basic commands, information on the process for being matched with a service dog, and a time for questions and answers. Learn more at www.cci.org

Sunday, May 1, 2016

11:30am – 12:30pm

Adapted Wheelchair Basketball

Presented by: Joseph Slaninka, Henry Viscardi School Wheelchair Basketball Program

Wheelchair Basketball in New York

Children of all physical disabilities and ages are encouraged to enjoy this chance to have fun and learn new skills at this inclusive program. Both manual and powered wheelchair users are welcome to play and hoops of modified heights are used. Try skills and drills, shooting, and some competitive play. The program builds good sportsmanship and teamwork, heightens self-esteem and encourages individuality. Learn more at www.henryviscardischool.org/for-students/clubs-and-activities/.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Face Painting

Presented by: Masquerade Face Painting

Location: Next to Events Arena

Face Painting at the New York Event

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.masqueradefacepainting.com.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Booth #126

Ainsley's Angels at the New York Show

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.

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Everyday Fitness and Healthy Food for Everyone

Presented by: Traci Burton, Program Manager, Disability Health & Wellness Initiative, NJ Division of Disability Services; Gianna Marchesi, Fitness Health & Wellness Consultant, Department of Disability Health Wellness Program

Location: Events Arena

Fitness and Health

People with disabilities can be more active and live healthy lifestyles once they learn to make healthier choices that in time become habits, along with erasing the less healthy choices. Erasing old habits can be hard to do, but can be made easier with the tips and tricks we will be sharing with you in this hands-on demonstration.  During our demonstration we will be showing you a range of exercises from simple home and gardening activities to actual weight training geared toward every level of ability. There will be something for each fitness level. We will show you how to put together some fun and creative, yet simple, recipes, and will give you our guide containing tips on being more active, stretching, losing weight, eating healthier, and planning your way to a successful and healthier lifestyle.  Welcome the positive changes you are going to start making today! Learn more at www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dds/home/index.html.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Dance for Everyone

Presented by: Nyemchek's Dance Center Presents Roll Call Wheelchair Dance

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Social Dancing

Wheelchair dancing is a fun, social and therapeutic activity. Roll Call Wheelchair Dance members will demonstrate some of the basic dance steps including the walk, swing and waltz – showing both beginner and intermediate versions. Next up it's a single ladies line dance (with a special part for the guys!) and a few solo performances. Then it's your turn for an exciting group number that everyone can participate in, standing or sitting. And it all wraps with a mini lesson for everyone. All levels of ability are welcome. Stop by their booth #248 during the weekend for a one-on-one lesson. 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.rollcallwheelchairdance.org.

2:15pm – 2:45pm

Progression – Dancing Beyond Disability

Presented by: ZCO Dance Project

Location: Events Arena

Dancing Beyond Disability

ZCO Dance Project is a dance company that showcases the talent of dancers demonstrating “Dancing beyond disability” with grace, charm, perseverance, soul and power. Dancers of all ages and abilities will present several short performances followed by a movement workshop for attendees. Discover all kinds of fun ways to move through movement exercises and drills. Learn how the repetition of movement allows participants to absorb the dance techniques, encourages creativity and provides an opportunity to learn various dance styles. Learn more at www.zcodanceproject.com.

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Adapted Wheelchair Basketball

Presented by: Joseph Slaninka, Henry Viscardi School Wheelchair Basketball Program

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Basketball in New York

Children of all physical disabilities and ages are encouraged to enjoy this chance to have fun and learn new skills at this inclusive program. Both manual and powered wheelchair users are welcome to play and hoops of modified heights are used. Try skills and drills, shooting, and some competitive play. The program builds good sportsmanship and teamwork, heightens self-esteem and encourages individuality. Learn more at www.henryviscardischool.org/for-students/clubs-and-activities/.

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