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

FREE workshops! Plan your Abilities Expo experience today!

Take advantage of Free Workshops that focus a wide range of topics with a focus on lifestyle, emerging therapy and research, and practical how-to content. Here’s a taste of what you can expect…

Here's what we did in 2017. Stay tuned for 2018!

Please check back three months
before the Expo for the new schedule.

Friday, January 20, 2017

All workshops take place in the Workshop Stage Room, located inside the show hall.

11:45am – 12:45pm

Home Accessibility for Your Independence

Presented by: John Compton, Access Manager and Accessibility Consultant, Home Medical Equipment Ltd.; Lonnie McGinnis, Manager, Home and Vehicle Modification Program, March of Dimes Canada; and Anita McKinlay, Senior Barrier Free Design Councellor, March of Dimes Canada

What is a home? It is the place where you live, celebrate, perhaps raise a family. It is a place of comfort and commonality. As we all age or are affected with a physical or cognitive limitation, there are a host of barriers in the home that may prevent you from full enjoyment of the entire space. Join us at this workshop to discuss problems and solutions for home access, including home modifications that are possible, available funding and how to determine when you should move to a different home setting. We’ll explore both simple and more complex options, and information will be provided that can be used by home owners, families, caregivers or medical practitioners. To learn more visit www.hmemobility.com and www.marchofdimes.ca.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Presented by: Sarah Thompson, Coordinator, Toronto Office of Emergency Management and Sheryl Pollock, Coordinator, Toronto Office of Emergency Management

Emergency Preparation for People with Disabilities

Join emergency management officials at this vital workshop for individuals with disabilities and their caregivers on personal and community preparedness strategies for hazards like snowstorms, heavy thunderstorms, flooding, and more. Regional experts will provide information and resources on drafting your own emergency plan that incorporates your disability needs, establishing personal support teams, personalizing disaster supply kits, evacuation/shelter-in-place considerations, and community stakeholder engagement opportunities. Join us and become more resilient in the face of disaster!
To learn more visit the City of Toronto’s website at www.toronto.ca/oem.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Accessible Travel: A World of Possibilities

Keith Rashid, National Manager - Recreation, Assistive Travel and Transportation, March of Dimes Canada

Wheelchair Travel

Would you like to travel the country or the world, but believe you cannot because of your disability? At this workshop you will learn that travel by air, sea and car is a real option for you. Discover how to plan your trip as a person with a disability, including what to expect form hotels, rental car companies, cruise lines and the airlines. Learn about the common challenges people with disabilities face while traveling, methods for addressing them and what the law requires. Attendees will receive recommendations for disability-friendly destinations and accessible travel resources. Be sure to bring your pressing questions and a list of places you'd like to visit.

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Relieve Chronic Pain and Live Better with Adaptive Yoga and Meditation

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

Wheelchair Travel

Constant pain and strain associated with many types of disability including spinal cord injury, aging, MS and more can be debilitating. Adaptive Yoga is a system of modified postures and techniques that give you the ability to moderate pain to achieve health and wholeness despite your circumstances. Yoga movement can facilitate healing, circulation, connection and rehabilitation. Adaptive yoga can be applied anywhere and at any time, and anybody can do adaptive yoga. We will combine Yoga with Mindfulness Meditation and show you how to take your life back from chronic pain and disability. You will learn tips and tools that will offer you choices and comfort to improve the quality of your life. Learn more at globalaccessinclusion.org, www.mary-jo.com, and @maryjoyogo.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

All workshops take place in the Workshop Stage Room, located inside the show hall.

11:45am – 12:45pm

How to Select the Right Accessible Vehicle for You

Presented by: Lloyd Updike, National Sales Manager-Canada, BraunAbility

Wheelchair Travel

Does the process of purchasing adaptive equipment for a vehicle leave you feeling challenged and frustrated? Consumers and related healthcare professionals alike are invited to join us to learn the tips to successfully navigating the purchase of vans and accessible modifications. This workshop will cover such topics as what solutions are available and where to find them, key terminology, the shopping and evaluation process, funding options and much more.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Exoskeleton Technology: A Step For Healthy Living

Presented by: Mitch Brogan, President, Able Bionics

Exoskeleton Technology

Discover how far exoskeleton technology has come in assisting individuals with impaired mobility to live a life upright, more mobile, and gain health benefits all in one! Join us to learn about the past present, and future of exoskeleton technology and, most importantly, the profound effect it has had on the lives of individuals with spinal cord injury.

Learn more at www.ablebionics.com

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Nutrition: Change Your Life with Your Food

Presented by: Kylie James, B.Sc, (O.T.), CNP and Joanne E. Smith, B.A., BRT Dip, CNP of Eat Well, Live Well with Spinal Cord Injury

Wheelchair Travel

Discover the potential nutritional changes have for changing your life. This session will include research, case study examples and tips geared to people with disabilities. Learn more at www.eatwelllivewellwithsci.com.

3:45pm – 4:45pm

A New Rehabilitative Approach to Paralysis

Presented by: Walk It Off Spinal Cord Recovery and Wellness Center

Walk It Off Spinal Cord Wellness Centre is a paralysis rehabilitation clinic with a unique atmosphere focused on celebrating health, wellness and athleticism for all. At this session we'll share the basics and benefits of our one-on-one exercise-based recovery programs which place emphasis on nerve pathway stimulation. Although we believe recovery never stops, we appreciate there are components to your health and wellness that require upkeep and attention included in our maintenance programs for general wellness and sports training for athletes. Learn how we get every client out of their chair for the duration of their session. Discover how load bearing, core strengthening and performing gait training exercises can maintain muscle mass and bone density to provide the physical foundation to complement other therapy programs and to coincide with future medical advances. The program has applicability to all types of paralysis, including spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, acquired brain injury, stroke and cerebral palsy. Walk It Off goes beyond physical therapy, providing a community of resources for both clients and their caregivers. Learn more at www.walkitoffrecovery.org.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

All workshops take place in the Workshop Stage Room, located inside the show hall.

11:45am – 12:45pm

Financial Planning for Special Needs Families

Presented by: Nathan Leibowitz M.B.A., B.A. Admin, Senior Investment Advisor, Manulife Securities

Wheelchair Travel

Many families have complex planning needs due to a special needs child or adult. In today's environment, there are a myriad or programs and regulations to be aware of when formulating a plan of this nature. This seminar will address questions about government programs and benefits, tax credits, wills and mandates, and much more.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Pediatric Therapies, Activities and Resources

Presented by: Michelle Haney, PT, Director, Euro-Peds National Center for Intensive Pediatric PT; Dennis "Fletch" Fletcher, Quinte SailAbility; Al Leighton, Ontario Territory Manager, Freedom Concepts, Inc.; and Jenny Gallienne, Koolway Sports

Wheelchair Travel

This workshop is for families, healthcare professionals, educators and more! Several topics will be reviewed including pediatric therapies, activities and resources that would benefit those having gross motor challenges. Learn about intensive physical therapy, adaptive sailing opportunities, therapeutic bike riding, and Koolway Sports adaptive wear!

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Medical Marijuana: Benefits, Legalities and Best Practices

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

Wheelchair Travel

You may have heard about medical marijuana from friends or relatives. Now, come learn how you can benefit from this treatment option. With changes to cannabis laws in Canada, know where you stand legally. Cannabis medicine has come a long way--new products and non-psychoactive options give patients a range of ways to replace or augment pharmaceutical regiments. As the marketplace develops, learn how to find the best medicine and help steer purchasing decisions at your local dispensary. Learn the basics of cannabis medicine, your best guide for dosing and how to sort through all the different products and techniques. Discover the tips and tricks for relieving pain, spasticity and more with conscious consumption.

Workshops are FREE and there’s no need to register. Just arrive early to get your seat!

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