• Toronto Abilities Expo
    Toronto
    January 19-21, 2018
    The International Centre, Hall 1
    Fri. 11am-5pm | Sat. 11am-5pm | Sun 11am-4pm

Events and Activities make the total Abilities experience

This is what we did in 2017. Stay tuned for 2018!

Friday, January 20, 2017

11:00am – 5:00pm

Adaptive Gaming Pavilion

Presented by: AbleGamers Foundation

Location: Booth #367

Adaptive Gaming in Toronto

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.

11:45am – 12:45pm

Power Wheelchair Hockey

Presented by: Toronto Power Wheelchair Hockey League

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Hockey in Toronto

Discover power wheelchair hockey! Youth and adults with physical disabilities including limited upper body strength and impaired mobility have few resources for recreational sports activities and require adaptive equipment to meet their physical limitations.  The Toronto Power Wheelchair Hockey League (TPWHL) brings these individuals together in the camaraderie of a team-based, competitive sports environment. Learn about the benefits, social interaction, and skill development that this highly competitive sport makes possible. Find out more at www.tpwhl.com.

12:00pm - 3:00pm

Ride-Along Racing

Presented by: myTEAM TRIUMPH Canada-Toronto

Location: Booth #375

Wheelchair Dancing

Discover athletic ride-along racing which allows children, teens, and adults with disabilities to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races. Test drive the experience for yourself or your child at the Expo! Visit the booth to sign up and experience the thrill of racing! First come first served. A limited number of race experience times are available each day of the Expo. Learn more at www.mttcanada.org.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Bring Back the Game: Golf with Todd Keirstead and Paralympian Paul Rosen

Presented by: Todd Keirstead, Golfing Extraordinaire, Bring Back the Game and Paul “Rosey” Rosen, Paralympic Gold Medalist in Sledge Hockey

Location: Events Arena

Adaptive golf in Toronto

Bring Back The Game opens the mind that golf is a game for everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, ability, or level of physical or mental challenge. Anyone can play golf! Todd and Paul will motivate, educate, inspire and entertain expo attendees with golf trick shots, amazing stories and more! Learn more at www.bringbackthegame.ca and www.paulrosen.ca.   

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Wheelchair Dancing

Presented by: Wheel Dance, joined by Auti Angel, star of Push Girls

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Dancing

Wheelchair dancing is a fun, social and therapeutic activity. Wheel Dance, the hub for social and competitive wheelchair ballroom and Latin dance in Canada, will demonstrate the excitement of ballroom dance with several performances. They’ll be joined by Auti Angel - star of Sundance Channel’s popular docu-series “Push Girls.” Then it’s your turn to join them on the dance floor for a mini lesson. All abilities are welcome! Wheelchair dancing crosses the boundaries of age, gender, and ability, includes manual and power wheelchair users, and conveys many benefits to dancers. Learn more at www.wheeldance.ca.

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Boccia

Presented by: Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled

Location: Events Arena

Boccia

Discover Boccia - a game of skill and strategy that is extremely versatile and inclusive. Pronounced “botch-ya” or “botch-ee” and also spelled “bocce” this game is played by throwing a ball towards a target. It can be played indoors or outdoors on a hard, flat surface, in either individual or team play, socially or competitively, up to the Paralympic level. With assistive devices, boccia can be played by anyone, no matter their ability. Come watch a demonstration game and give the sport a try. Learn more at www.cruisers-sports.com.

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Auti Angel's Dance Workshop

Presented by: Auti Angel, Abilities Expo "Dancebassador", star of Sundance Channel's Push Girls

Location: Events Arena

Auti Angel Dance Workshop

Join Auti Angel, star of the critically acclaimed docu-series “Push Girls,” for her one-of-a-kind dance workshop. Auti is the pioneer of wheelchair Hip-Hop dancing, and has danced with "Straight Outta Compton's" Eazy-E & N.W.A. along with LL Cool J and Ludacris just to name a few. She gets no better joy than dancing with others who also have awesome unique abilities. Dancing crosses the boundaries of age, gender, and physical ability and includes individuals using both manual and power wheelchairs. You won't want to miss this unique demonstration and a chance to express yourself through movement! Learn more at www.autiangel.net and www.autiangel.com.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

11:00am – 5:00pm

Adaptive Gaming Pavilion

Presented by: AbleGamers Foundation

Location: Booth #367

Adaptive Gaming Pavilion

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.

11:15am – 11:45am

Service Dogs 101

Presented by: Mary-Jo Fetterly ERYT-500, DipMa, BSD, Project Lead-Rick Hansen Foundation - Access & Inclusion Hub

Location: Events Arena

Service Dogs in Toronto

Have you considered getting a service dog for you or a loved one? Not sure of the process or if a service dog can assist you? What is the definition of a legal service dog? At this session you'll find the answers to those questions and more. Learn the requirements of owning a service dog, the wide range of skills they can be trained to provide to people with disabilities, where you can obtain a dog, how to select a training program or provider, along with a solid understanding of what to expect from a service dog when working in public places. We will discuss travelling and caring for a dog and the unseen emotional benefits that are possible. Cost's, concerns, care and limitations of service dogs will also be discussed along with other consideration to be aware of.  Jolie my service dog of 7 years will provide a demonstration of her skills and unavoidable adorableness. Learn more at www.globalaccessinclusion.org, www.mary-jo.com, and @maryjoyogo.

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Wheelchair Basketball

Presented by: Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Basketball

One of 26 Paralympic sports and played by both men and women, wheelchair basketball is open to players with a variety of disabilities. Many of the same rules from able-bodied basketball apply in the wheelchair version of the game. The plays and strategies are similar. In addition there are special rules in place to adapt to disability. Come watch a demonstration game and give the sport a try for yourself. Learn more at www.cruisers-sports.com.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Face Painting

Presented by: Clowns at Party California

Location: Next to Events Arena

Face Painting in Toronto

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 water. Please note the line for face painting closes 30 minutes prior to the close of the show each day. Learn more at www.clownsatpartycalifornia.com.

12:00pm - 3:00pm

Ride-Along Racing

Presented by: myTEAM TRIUMPH Canada-Toronto

Location: Booth #375

Wheelchair Dancing

Discover athletic ride-along racing which allows children, teens, and adults with disabilities to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races. Test drive the experience for yourself or your child at the Expo! Visit the booth to sign up and experience the thrill of racing! First come first served. A limited number of race experience times are available each day of the Expo. Learn more at www.mttcanada.org.

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Bring Back the Game: Golf with Todd Keirstead and Paralympian Paul Rosen

Presented by: Todd Keirstead, Golfing Extraordinaire, Bring Back the Game and Paul “Rosey” Rosen, Paralympic Gold Medalist in Sledge Hockey

Location: Events Arena

Adaptive golf in Toronto

Bring Back The Game opens the mind that golf is a game for everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, ability, or level of physical or mental challenge. Anyone can play golf! Todd and Paul will motivate, educate, inspire and entertain expo attendees with golf trick shots, amazing stories and more! Learn more at www.bringbackthegame.ca and www.paulrosen.ca.   

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Wheelchair Dancing

Presented by: Wheel Dance, joined by Auti Angel, star of Push Girls

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Dancing

Wheelchair dancing is a fun, social and therapeutic activity. Wheel Dance, the hub for social and competitive wheelchair ballroom and Latin dance in Canada, will demonstrate the excitement of ballroom dance with several performances. They’ll be joined by Auti Angel - star of Sundance Channel’s popular docu-series “Push Girls.” Then it’s your turn to join them on the dance floor for a mini lesson. All abilities are welcome! Wheelchair dancing crosses the boundaries of age, gender, and ability, includes manual and power wheelchair users, and conveys many benefits to dancers. Learn more at www.wheeldance.ca.

3:00pm – 3:45pm

Multi-Sports - Play and Fun for Kids and Parents!

Presented by: Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled

Location: Events Arena

Multi-sports in Toronto

Multi-Sports is a fun and exciting way to be introduced to a variety of adapted schoolyard games such as Mini Basketball, Red Rover and Tag. Children, as young as three, along with family members will get a chance to develop and practice wheelchair skills, communication skills as well as develop hand-eye co-ordination; all while participating in a fun, safe and affordable environment. The emphasis is on fun and learning the skills necessary to play more competitive sports. All are welcome! Children are welcome to bring walkers or other adaptive equipment for some of the games. Learn more at www.cruisers-sports.com.

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Wheelchair Rugby

Presented by: Quadzillas Wheelchair Rugby Team

Location: Events Arena

Sitting volleyball in Toronto

Wheelchair rugby has often been described as a combination of football, hockey and basketball in a wheelchair. Any individual with impairments in three or more extremities may be eligible to play. This may include, but not limited to: spinal cord injury, post polio and cerebral palsy. Wheelchair rugby is played with four players on a team on a basketball court. 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. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/Quadzillas/.

Sunday, November 22, 2017

11:00am – 4:00pm

Adaptive Gaming Pavilion

Presented by: AbleGamers Foundation

Location: Booth #367

Adaptive Gaming Pavilion

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.

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Bring Back the Game: Golf with Todd Keirstead and Paralympian Paul Rosen

Presented by: Todd Keirstead, Golfing Extraordinaire, Bring Back the Game and Paul “Rosey” Rosen, Paralympic Gold Medalist in Sledge Hockey

Location: Events Arena

Adaptive golf in Toronto

Bring Back The Game opens the mind that golf is a game for everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, ability, or level of physical or mental challenge. Anyone can play golf! Todd and Paul will motivate, educate, inspire and entertain expo attendees with golf trick shots, amazing stories and more! Learn more at www.bringbackthegame.ca and www.paulrosen.ca.   

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Face Painting

Presented by: Clowns at Party California

Location: Next to Events Arena

Toronto 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 water. Please note the line for face painting closes 30 minutes prior to the close of the show each day. Learn more at www.clownsatpartycalifornia.com.

12:00pm - 3:00pm

Ride-Along Racing

Presented by: myTEAM TRIUMPH Canada-Toronto

Location: Booth #375

Wheelchair Dancing

Discover athletic ride-along racing which allows children, teens, and adults with disabilities to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races. Test drive the experience for yourself or your child at the Expo! Visit the booth to sign up and experience the thrill of racing! First come first served. A limited number of race experience times are available each day of the Expo. Learn more at www.mttcanada.org.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Wheelchair Dancing

Presented by: Wheel Dance, joined by Auti Angel, star of Push Girls

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Dancing

Wheelchair dancing is a fun, social and therapeutic activity. Wheel Dance, the hub for social and competitive wheelchair ballroom and Latin dance in Canada, will demonstrate the excitement of ballroom dance with several performances. They’ll be joined by Auti Angel - star of Sundance Channel’s popular docu-series “Push Girls.” Then it’s your turn to join them on the dance floor for a mini lesson. All abilities are welcome! Wheelchair dancing crosses the boundaries of age, gender, and ability, includes manual and power wheelchair users, and conveys many benefits to dancers. Learn more at www.wheeldance.ca.

2:00pm – 2:45pm

Multi-Sports - Play and Fun for Kids and Parents!

Presented by: Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled

Location: Events Arena

Multi-Sports - Play and Fun for Kids and Parents!

Multi-Sports is a fun and exciting way to be introduced to a variety of adapted schoolyard games such as Mini Basketball, Red Rover and Tag. Children, as young as three, along with family members will get a chance to develop and practice wheelchair skills, communication skills as well as develop hand-eye co-ordination; all while participating in a fun, safe and affordable environment. The emphasis is on fun and learning the skills necessary to play more competitive sports. All are welcome! Children are welcome to bring walkers or other adaptive equipment for some of the games. Learn more at www.cruisers-sports.com

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Auti Angel's Dance Workshop

Presented by: Auti Angel, Abilities Expo "Dancebassador", star of Sundance Channel's Push Girls

Location: Events Arena

Auti Angel's Dance Workshop

Join Auti Angel, star of the critically acclaimed docu-series “Push Girls,” for her one-of-a-kind dance workshop. Auti is the pioneer of wheelchair Hip-Hop dancing, and has danced with "Straight Outta Compton's" Eazy-E & N.W.A. along with LL Cool J and Ludacris just to name a few. She gets no better joy than dancing with others who also have awesome unique abilities. Dancing crosses the boundaries of age, gender, and physical ability and includes individuals using both manual and power wheelchairs. You won't want to miss this unique demonstration and a chance to express yourself through movement! Learn more at www.autiangel.net and www.autiangel.com.

 

 

 

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