Hot off the pressThe Latest Tech, Wheelchair Dancing, Fun for Kids—Abilities Expo HAS IT ALL!
Blast from the Past: Older Press Releases
ADA 25th Anniversary Legacy Tour Stops at Abilities Expo New York Metro, May 1-3
Expo to also feature Assistive Tech, Product Launches, Adaptive Vehicles, Sports,
Dancing and Latest Products for People with Disabilities
Edison, NJ – People with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals are expected to attend Abilities Expo on April 29 – May 1, 2016 at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center. Admission is free and show hours will be Friday 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm.
The New York Metro Abilities Expo will feature an impressive line-up of exhibits, workshops, events, celebrities and activities to appeal to people of all ages with the full spectrum of disabilities—including physical, learning, developmental and sensory disabilities.
“It’s not just that we provide a forum that showcases essential technology to bridge the gap between ability and disability,” said David Korse, president and CEO of Abilities Expo. “The Expo is always new and exciting with a host of all-inclusive, adaptive activities.”
Complimentary loaner scooters and wheelchair repair will also be available during show hours.
“The Expo provides the community of people with disabilities access to life-enhancing products, education, resources and fun,” said Korse. “Most of all, it’s a celebration of what you can do, not what you can’t.”
The Latest Products and Services
Attendees will experience cutting-edge products and services for people with a wide range of disabilities. They will find mobility products, devices for people with developmental disabilities, medical equipment, home accessories, essential services, low-cost daily living aids, products for people with sensory impairments and much more.
A series of compelling workshops which address pressing disability issues will be offered free-of-charge to all attendees. Sessions will focus on travel, technology, living well and that is just for starters.
Sports, Dancing and More!
Abilities Expo does not merely inform, it engages and it entertains. Attendees of all levels of ability can test their skills with a host of adaptive sports, enjoy wheelchair dancing and more. Kids will love the face painting too.
Meet the Animals Animals have become an intrinsic part of the disability community. Some are essential to the healing process, while others help their human partners become more independent. Expo-goers will enjoy assistance dog demos and can find out if a service dog is right for them.
For more information, visit http://www.abilities.com/newyork.
Blast from the Past: Older Press Releases
Eleven-year-old Staten Island Child with Rare Disease to Receive Free Accessible Van at Abilities Expo New York Metro, May 4-6, 2012
Abilities Expo exhibitor Ride-Away will present the van to the boy’s family on May 5th at 10:00 am at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center
Edison, NJ – Eleven-year-old John Hudson Dilgen of Staten Island, New York is one of the thousands from the community of people with disabilities expected to attend Abilities Expo on Friday, May 4-6, 2012 at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey.
While attendees with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals will all enjoy free admission and an impressive line-up of exhibits, workshops, celebrities, events and activities, John and his family will also receive the gift of independence.
Thanks to the joint efforts of Ride-Away, the Cub Scouts of America and Man vs. Food host Adam Richman, the Dilgen family will be presented with an accessible van on Saturday, May 5th at 10:00 am outside the convention center.
John was born with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a rare disorder that affects 1 in 50,000 people and causes the skin to blister and tear at even the slightest touch, bump or fall. In particular, John has a collagen 7 deficiency in which the layers of skin actually slide off. When he wakes up each day, his family and caregivers assess the damage that he did to his fragile skin during the night, and clean and bandage the wounds which cover 50% of his body. John uses a wheelchair and blisters also affect is internal organs, hands, feet, mouth, and on difficult days, his eyes.
His mother, Faye, said that having a wheelchair accessible vehicle means, “He will have a sense of freedom for the first time. He can go where he needs to without being picked up.” According to her, John does not let his disease slow him down. He is active in the Cub Scouts and never complains about his sores.
It was John’s Cub Scout pack leader that got the ball rolling after seeing Faye struggle to lift his electric wheelchair into her car. The pack organized a Walk for Wheels event where they raised $5000, enough for a down payment on a wheelchair accessible vehicle. The leader then reached out on Twitter for additional help and found it from Man vs. Food host Adam Richman. Richman, in turn, connected them with Ride-Away, who is assuming the balance of the cost of the van.
Vice President of Ride-Away Joe Allen said, “I’m proud to be a team member at Ride-Away, a company whose compassion for little John’s disability has provided him and his family the gift of independence.” Allen, who will be on hand to present the vehicle to the Dilgens, felt his company’s dedication to Delivering Freedom meant they had an obligation to help John and his family.
“We are thrilled to play a part in helping to change John’s life, as well as the lives of everyone who attends Abilities Expo,” said David Korse, president and CEO of Abilities Expo. “The Expo provides people of all ages and disabilities—whether it’s physical, learning, developmental or sensory—access to life-enhancing technologies, education, resources and fun. Most of all, it’s a celebration of what you can do, not what you can’t.”
Admission is free and show hours will be Friday 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm. Complimentary loaner scooters and wheelchair repair will also be available onsite during show hours.
The Latest Products and Services
Attendees will experience cutting-edge products and services for people with a wide range of disabilities. They will find mobility products, devices for people with developmental disabilities, medical equipment, home accessories, essential services, low-cost daily living aids, products for people with sensory impairments and much more. The Assistive Technology Pavilion, anchored by the New Jersey Assistive Technology Center AT Showcase, will feature the latest AT products for people of all abilities to experience hands-on.
A series of compelling, informative workshops which address pressing disability issues will be offered free-of-charge to all attendees on Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th. Our popular travel and home modification sessions will take place on both days. Other workshops will focus on employment, PT for kids, social interactions, seating, finding the correct mobility device and that is just for starters.
Adaptive Sports, Dancing and More!
Abilities Expo does not merely inform, it engages and it entertains. Attendees can learn some hip-hop and ballroom wheelchair dancing moves and play a host of different adaptive sports. And the kids will love the face painting.
Meet the Animals
Animals have become an intrinsic part of the disability community. Some are essential to the healing process, while others help their human partners become more independent. Expo-goers will enjoy assistance dog demos, a mini-horse, and see first-hand how full-sized horses connect to kids with Autism and their siblings.
Meet the stars of Push Girls, a new docu-series from the Sundance Channel which traces the lives of four dynamic women in Hollywood who happen to be in wheelchairs. The new original series premieres on Sundance Channel on June 4th.
Voices from the Net, A Disability Advocacy Symposium
On May 4th, be a part of the first annual Voices From The Net event, a free gathering of worldwide disability rights advocates, bloggers, supporters and Expo attendees sharing their experiences and fostering community. This event is brought to you by the founders of DisabledAccessDenied.com, where attendees can pre-register.
For more information, visit www.abilities.com/newyork. Attendees may pre-register online, or register onsite when they arrive.
Ottobock to Highlight Practical, Functional & Friendly Mobility Solutions At New York Abilities Expo
Lisa Pediatric Transport Wheelchair
Nurmi Neo Pediatric Gait Trainer
Lecky Advance Bath Chair
MINNEAPOLIS, MN − The global leader in advanced rehabilitation products, Minneapolis, MN-based Ottobock is pleased to announce it is a participant in the New York Abilities Expo where it will showcase for attendees select products that offer superior mobility solutions.
Mobility has many facets and means something different for everyone: Physical mobility, social independence, a flexible lifestyle. This also applies to persons who are dependent on a wheelchair or other mobility aids and Ottobock recognizes they are entitled to expect mobility solutions that are not only practical and functional, but also in harmony with their personal lifestyle.
The Lisa pediatric transport wheelchair is for children and their families who want easy and uncomplicated mobility. The compact aluminum stroller can be folded into a handy size in just a few simple steps and easily stowed in a car. In addition, Lisa is equipped with reinforced nylon upholstery to ensure a correct seating position at all times and its high quality wheels make it especially maneuverable. Heavier children and adolescents are able to be transported comfortably and easily due to the stroller’s particularly high stability and load capacity of up to 132 lbs., and thanks to the high back and adjustable seating depth and lower leg length, Lisa can be optimally adapted to a child's body size as they grow.
Walking improves a child's mobility and independence, and in the upright position they can establish contact with friends and family members more easily. The Nurmi Neo pediatric gait trainer is a solid solution for kids who can ambulate but still require extra support. It’s also great for kids whose gait is improving over time and who need a gait trainer that will grow with them. The Nurmi Neo can be used at home, at school, and on the go. It turns on a dime, and can reverse roll to get out of tight corners. It even folds down to a compact, easy-to-transport size. Positioned behind the body and open in the walking direction, existing body functions are used and promoted efficiently so that the user soon moves with more confidence. The low weight and easy-rolling wheels make it possible for them to walk without a lot of effort and to actively participate in everyday life, and its height-adjustable hand grips adapt Nurmi to a child’s growing body size making it useable over an extended period of time.
The Leckey Advance Bath Chair provides postural support while ensuring a user is stable and secure during bathing. The chair can be set up into various positions depending on the individual’s requirements, and the height can be adjusted for the comfort of the caregiver, too. An abduction belt and head support give added security. Great for children, teens and young adults up to 159 lbs., the Leckey Advance Bath Chair is designed to fit an individual’s specifications with four sizes and six available colors. The removable, washable netting cover also makes the bath chair easy to clean and maintain.
Invotek launches safe laser system for computer access.
Product Enables People with Severe Disabilities to Communicate In Person and Online
Alma, AR– May 18, 2011 – InvoTek, Inc., a research and development company in Alma, Arkansas, has launched a new product using safe laser technology that enables a person with limited movement to write, communicate, and control their environment. The product will be unveiled at the Abilities Expo 2011 in Newark, New Jersey on Friday, May 20, 2011.
The Safe Laser System projects a low-power light-beam onto a light-sensing customizable keyboard. The device can generate a synthetic voice or output keystrokes to a computer. InvoTek developed the product in conjunction with researchers at Arkansas State University and manufactures the device in Alma.
Charlie Thompson, a 40-year-old North Little Rock, Arkansas resident, uses the Safe Laser System. “After my accident, I only have a little movement of my arms, but not much,” said Charlie. “I really didn’t have many prospects for improving my quality of life or accomplishing the personal goals I’ve set. With the Safe Laser System, I am now enrolled in classes at a local Bible college and use the system to write my papers.”
According to Tom Jakobs, president of InvoTek, “The exciting thing about the Safe Laser System is that it is adaptable to a user’s abilities. The user can wear the laser pointer on the head, the hand, or even on a toe. In addition to its use in communicating, we’ve seen people with very little movement improve their range of motion by using the Safe Laser System.”
The Safe Laser System is available through the InvoTek website, www.invotek.org/products, or by calling 479.632.4166.
Founded in 1988, InvoTek specializes in applying technology to the needs of people with severe disabilities. InvoTek also established the Be Extraordinary program in cooperation with the Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission. The program identifies people with severe disabilities who want to accomplish a life goal. The goal can be wide ranging -- improved participation in their health care, access to books, better communication with family or friends, the ability to advocate on their own behalf, or accomplish an educational or vocational goal. Be Extraordinary uses tax-deductible contributions from generous donors to fund the projects.
InvoTek’s Safe Laser System retails for $2,200 or through the AT Passport program at $49.95 per month. Order at www.invotek.org or call 479.632.4166.Pre-Register for Abilities Expo Today...It's Free!