• New York Abilities Expo
    New York Metro
    Apr 29 - May 1, 2016
    New Jersey Convention & Expo Center
    Fri. 11am-5pm | Sat. 11am-5pm | 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.

  • 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

Adaptive Gaming Pavilion

Presented by: AbleGamers Foundation

Location: Booth #1113

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.

Assistive Technology Showcase: Interact with Tomorrow's Technology Today

Sponsored by Advancing Opportunities

Location: Booth #TBA

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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.

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 #TBA

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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.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Wheelchair Social Dancing

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. To learn more, visit Roll Call Wheelchair Dance on Facebook.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

11:30am – 12:30pm

Quad Rugby Demonstration

Presented by: The New York Warriors Wheelchair Rugby Team

Location: Events Arena

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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

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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 #TBA

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

Presented by: Roll Call Wheelchair Dance

Location: Events Arena

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Wheelchair Social Dancing

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

Location: Events Arena

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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. To learn more, visit Roll Call Wheelchair Dance on Facebook.

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.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

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 #TBA

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.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Wheelchair Social Dancing

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. To learn more, visit Roll Call Wheelchair Dance on Facebook.

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