Events and Activities make the total Abilities experience
Here's what we did in 2017. Stay tuned for 2018!
Please check back three months
before the Expo for the new schedule.
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.
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
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 own mobility device. For more information visit www.reginarosenthal.com and www.soullightening.com.
Assistive Technology Showcase: Interact with Tomorrow's Technology Today
Sponsored by Advancing Opportunities
Explore how assistive technology can help you or your loved ones bridge the gap between ability and disability! The AT 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 https://advopps.org or www.assistivetechnologycenter.org.
Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth
Presented by: EAD & Associates, NYC Emergency Management, NJ Office of Emergency Preparedness
Meet representatives of disability and emergency management organizations who are active in emergency planning and are working to ensure the NY Metro region will be more resilient when disaster strikes. Representatives from the NYC Emergency Management, the NJ Office of Emergency Preparedness and several local disability emergency preparedness partner organizations will be on hand share vital personal preparedness tips to help individuals with disabilities and their caregivers. Learn how to create realistic plans to meet your needs, maintain your independence, and recover from various emergency and disaster situations that could impact the tri-state area - including power loss events, snow storms, looting, fire and active shooter events. Visit the Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth and exchange your questions and concerns for free information and resources so you too can prepare and personalize your own emergency plan.
Learn more at www.eadassociates.com.
Manual Wheelchair Skills for Everyone
Presented by: Empower Spinal Cord Injury
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.
Abilities Meet Up Zone
Come and visit the Abilities Meet Up Zone for a fun place to relax and interact with peers. In the tradition of a town square, the Zone is the perfect place to meet other attendees, share experiences and get answers to your most urgent questions. Enjoy the photo booth and share your pics to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #AbilitiesExpo.
Cooking Demonstration and Wellness Workshop
Presented by: NJ Department of Disability Services, Health and Wellness
Do you want healthy food that is affordable, easy to make and tastes great? Does your disability cause challenges when it comes to cooking? This event is for you! Members of the NJ Department of Disability Services Health and Wellness team will be demonstrating adaptive cooking techniques and healthy (and tasty) foods that are easy to purchase and prepare. Attendees will have an opportunity to try samples and gain ideas for how to find and purchase healthy food. Download free Wellness Guides, including recipes, at www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dds.
Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience
Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America
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.
Service Dog Demonstration
Presented by: Canine Partners for Life
Discover how service dogs are meeting the needs of people with many different disabilities. A service dog will be on hand to demonstrate how dogs work to achieve independence in various areas of people's lives – from picking up a cell phone to providing physical stability, even counting money! 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! Learn more at www.k94life.org.
Every Body Dance!
Presented by: Center for Modern Dance Education
Join the Center for Modern Dance Education (CMDE) for a short Modern Dance performance featuring a mixed-ability cast, followed by an interactive dance workshop. The movement activities will be appropriate for all ages and abilities! Founded in 1962, CMDE is an award-winning nonprofit organization with the mission to make dance available to everyone. Learn more at www.cmde.org.
Meet Jerry Diaz, WCMX (Wheelchair Motocross) Athlete
We regret this event is cancelled due to travel delay. Jerry Diaz will be available Saturday at the Cure Medical booth and will present an event Sunday at 1:00pm.
Meet Jerry Diaz of WCMX fame! Jerry will be demonstrating some of tricks and talk with attendees about WCMX and how he developed his own style. Jerry's mission in life is to show people that he can do anything while riding his wheelchair! When not perfecting his own skills, Diaz conducts seminars and competes in WCMX (Wheelchair Motocross), an organization created by Aaron Fotheringham and Christian Bailey about 10 years ago. He's looking forward to answering your questions about learning what you can achieve with your wheelchair.
Follow Jerry at www.facebook.com/jerrydiaz13, Instagram: @uradrenalinerush, YouTube: Jerry Diaz.
Note: Jerry's flips and tricks are not for everyone, and are risky. Please consult with your physician and use common sense before attempting something that may be dangerous for your specific condition.
Presented by Masquerade 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.masqueradefacepainting.com.
Service Dog Demonstration
Presented by: Kristin Hartness, Executive Director, Canines for Disabled Kids
Discover how service dogs are meeting the needs of people with many different disabilities. A service dog will be on hand to demonstrate how dogs work to achieve independence in various areas of people's lives – from picking up a cell phone to providing physical stability, even counting money! 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! Learn more at www.caninesforkids.org.
Quad Rugby Demonstration
Presented by: The New York Warriors Wheelchair Rugby Team
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 on Facebook.
Mock Cosplay Competition
Presented by: CosAbility
CosAbility will host Abilities Expo New York Metro's first-ever Cosplay Competition! Dress as your favorite character and show off your best cosplay costumes. If you use a mobility device deck it out as part of your costume! It's not necessary, but it will look great! Meet fellow cosplayers from the disability community and express your style. All ages are welcome and all participants will receive a prize! Sign up to participate at the CosAbility Booth #735. Learn more at www.cosability.com and www.facebook.com/CosAbility.
Meet ABC's Speechless Star Micah Fowler
Meet actor Micah Fowler, star of ABC's Speechless. A veteran Abilities Expo attendee Micah will talk with fans and host a Q&A about his groundbreaking sitcom as well as his refusal to allow cerebral palsy to define him. Follow Micah at www.micahfowler.com and on Twitter and Instagram: @micahdfowler.
Dance for Everyone
Presented by: Nyemchek's Dance Center Presents Roll Call Wheelchair Dance
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.
Adapted Wheelchair Basketball
Presented by: Joseph Slaninka, Henry Viscardi School Wheelchair Basketball Program
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/.
Service Dog Demonstration
Presented by: Annmarie Snomatera and Domino, Canine Companions for Independence
Discover how service dogs are meeting the needs of people with many different disabilities. A service dog will be on hand to demonstrate how dogs work to achieve independence in various areas of people's lives – from picking up a cell phone to providing physical stability, even counting money! 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! Learn more at www.cci.org.
Dancing Beyond Disability
Presented by: ZCO Dance Project
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.