• Bay Area Abilities Expo
    SAN MATEO
    October 26-28, 2018
    San Mateo County Event Center, Expo Hall
    Fri. 11am-5pm | Sat. 11am-5pm | Sun 11am-4pm

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 some exciting new activities to your life? Abilities Expo showcases a wide range of events that not only entertain you - they also give you the opportunity to try new things, expand your interests and discover ways to be more involved in the local San Mateo area.

All Day, Every Day

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

Location: Booth #120

Acupressure for Stress Release

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.

Adaptive Rowing

Presented by Angela Madsen, California Adaptive Rowing Program and RowOfLife

Location: Booth #135

Adaptive Rowing

Try an adaptive rowing machine and discover how it can open up the world of adaptive rowing for you. No access to water is needed! Rowing is a sport that is accessible to most people with disabilities. Learn about the many benefits of rowing, such as exercise, fitness, improving self-esteem, setting goals, and a sense of accomplishment. Angela and other disabled rowers will be on hand to show you the ropes. Angela will also share her stories of rowing across 2 oceans as a paraplegic (Atlantic and Indian), medaling at the Paralympics (2012 London and 2008 Beijing) and more. Learn more at www.rowoflife.com.

Artist Market

Presented by: Grace Art and Wellness Program

Location: Booth #134

Artist Market

The area's most celebrated artists with disabilities will feature an eclectic mix of original, unforgettable artistry. From photographs and paintings to graphic design, their amazing works will be available for appreciation and purchase. Grace Art and Wellness Program serves adults with disabilities and mental illness with meaningful day time activities and  classes. Learn more at http://www.sanjoseca.gov/prns

Assistive Technology Showcase: Interact with Tomorrow's Technology Today

Sponsored by: Ability Tools

Location: Booth #229

Assistive Technology Showcase: Interact with Tomorrow's Technology Today

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. Ability Tools, formerly the AT Network, provides a variety of services for Californians of all ages with disabilities including: AT exchange marketplace, device lending libraries, financial loan program for AT and information and referrals. Learn more at www.abilitytools.org.

Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth

Presented by: Earthquake, Fire, and Disability Preparedness Experts from Earthquake Country Alliance, Government Agencies, and Non-Profit Organizations

Location: Booth #723

Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth

Meet representatives of disability and emergency management organizations who are active in emergency planning and are working to ensure the Bay Area will be more resilient when disaster strikes. Representatives from Earthquake Country Alliance and other local agencies will be on hand share vital personal preparedness tips to help individuals with disabilities and their caregivers create realistic plans to meet your needs, maintain your independence, and recover from emergency and disaster situations like earthquakes, extended power loss, flooding, fire, thunderstorms, and more. 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. For local resources visit www.earthquakecountry.org/disability.   

Variety Childcare Pavilion

Presented by: Variety Children's Charity of Northern California

Location: Booth #168, Behind Events Arena

Sponsored by: Abilities Expo

Variety Childcare Pavilion

Parents and caregivers! We're excited to offer this opportunity in conjunction with Variety Children's Charity of Northern California. The Variety Childcare Pavilion will provide a safe, secure place for children to spend some quality time in play and recreation with trained volunteers. During these sessions (up to 90 minutes) parents and caregivers can engage in childfree discussions with exhibitors, attend a workshop or enjoy an event. With its rec-room type feel, the Pavilion will include a mini movie theater, bean bag and specialty chairs for relaxing and de-stressing, an arts and crafts area, basketball toss game and more. The ratio will be 4 children to every 1 trained volunteer. The Pavilion will be supervised by Variety staff during all show hours. For children 18 years old and younger. Sessions are limited to 90 minutes in length and are based on availability. Multiple sessions will be possible when space allows. Parents/caregivers must sign liability and photo release forms, and provide a working cell phone number for contact during the show. Profile forms will be completed by parents/caregivers to ensure volunteers are aware of specific needs for each child. (As Variety observes all HIPPA laws, you and your child's information will not be used for any purpose other than the specific care of your child while in the Variety Childcare Pavilion.) All children will be identified by wristbands and trained volunteers will be identified by staff t-shirts. Learn more at www.varietync.org.

Friday, October 27, 2017

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Booth #144

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

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.

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Wheelchair and Adaptive Tennis

Presented by: USTA Northern California

Location: Events Arena

Auti Angel's FreeStyle Dance Workshop

Everyone can play the sport of tennis, with the appropriate equipment. People of any age, environment, condition or ability are invited to enjoy the game, recreationally and competitively. Wheelchair Tennis is one of the world's most popular wheelchair sports, with a growing base of players in the U.S. While the rules for wheelchair tennis may be slightly different, the game remains the same, regardless of whether you're playing against another wheelchair tennis player or an able-bodied player. Adaptive tennis is about accommodating the way tennis is played and taught for the unique needs of players with differing abilities. Tennis is a sport for everyone. Adaptive tennis emphasizes inclusivity by providing everyone, including those with disabilities, the opportunity to play, have fun and fall in love with our lifetime sport. Learn more at www.usta.com/en/home/play/lots-of-ways-to-play/wheelchair.html and www.usta.com/en/home/play/lots-of-ways-to-play/adaptive.html

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Auti Angel's FreeStyle Dance Workshop

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

Location: Events Arena

Auti Angel's FreeStyle Dance Workshop

Dancing has fast become a popular activity for all abilities. Auti Angel, the Abilities Expo "Dancebassador" will share a dance demonstration with attendees. Then it's your turn to try some moves as Auti leads you in her one-of-a-kind workshop. Auti Angel, the pioneer of wheelchair Hip-Hop dancing, has danced with "Straight Outta Compton's" Eazy-E & N.W.A. along with LL Cool J and Ludacris just to name a few. However, 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; including 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.  

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Service Dogs Demonstration

Presented by: Sheila Kolby, President Canine Angels Service Teams

Location: Events Arena

Service Dogs Demonstration

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. Canine Angels Service Teams provides service dogs to children under 5 and will talk about those unique needs. Bring your questions! Learn more at http://canine-angels.org.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

11:15am – 11:45am

Service Dog Demonstration

Presented by: Kristin Hartness, Executive Director, Canines for Disabled Kids

Location: Events Arena

Service Dog Demonstration

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.

11:30pm – 4:30pm

Face Painting

Presented by: We Adorn You

Location: Next to Events Arena

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. Based on availability - this is a popular activity and we recommend you arrive early to ensure a spot. Please note the line for face painting closes 30 minutes prior to the close of face painting for each day. Learn more at www.facepaintinglosangeles.net.  

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Wheelchair Rugby

Presented by: Riekes Center for Human Enhancement

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair rugby, also known as quad 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 http://www.riekes.org/athletic-fitness/

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Booth #144

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

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.

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Wheelchair Lacrosse

Presented by: Wheelchair Lacrosse USA

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Lacrosse

Since 2009, Wheelchair Lacrosse has been turning heads. Lacrosse is a new and challenging game for players interested in demanding, fast paced action. It has many benefits and is becoming a popular option for wheelchair athletes. Watch local San Mateo athletes showcase the sport and try it for yourself as well. Learn more at www.wheelchairlacrosse.com.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Auti Angel's FreeStyle Dance Workshop

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

Location: Events Arena

Auti Angel's FreeStyle Dance Workshop

Dancing has fast become a popular activity for all abilities. Auti Angel, the Abilities Expo "Dancebassador" will share a dance demonstration with attendees. Then it's your turn to try some moves as Auti leads you in her one-of-a-kind workshop. Auti Angel, the pioneer of wheelchair Hip-Hop dancing, has danced with "Straight Outta Compton's" Eazy-E & N.W.A. along with LL Cool J and Ludacris just to name a few. However, 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; including 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.  

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Adaptive Yoga for People with Disabilities

Presented by: JoAnn Lyons, Piedmont Yoga Community

Location: Events Arena

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Learn about yoga and it's many benefits during this abbreviated adaptive yoga class. All abilities are welcome. Attendees will learn about using meditation, breathing and yoga asanas (poses) to develop your own yoga practice for your individual needs. Movements will be gentle and modified. You'll also discover resources for continuing a yoga practice where you live. Learn more at http://piedmontyogacommunity.org.

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Wheelchair and Adaptive Tennis

Presented by: USTA Northern California

Location: Events Arena

Auti Angel's FreeStyle Dance Workshop

Everyone can play the sport of tennis, with the appropriate equipment. People of any age, environment, condition or ability are invited to enjoy the game, recreationally and competitively. Wheelchair Tennis is one of the world's most popular wheelchair sports, with a growing base of players in the U.S. While the rules for wheelchair tennis may be slightly different, the game remains the same, regardless of whether you're playing against another wheelchair tennis player or an able-bodied player. Adaptive tennis is about accommodating the way tennis is played and taught for the unique needs of players with differing abilities. Tennis is a sport for everyone. Adaptive tennis emphasizes inclusivity by providing everyone, including those with disabilities, the opportunity to play, have fun and fall in love with our lifetime sport. Learn more at www.usta.com/en/home/play/lots-of-ways-to-play/wheelchair.html and www.usta.com/en/home/play/lots-of-ways-to-play/adaptive.html

Sunday, October 29, 2017

11:30am – 3:30pm

Face Painting

Presented by: We Adorn You

Location: Next to Events ArenaFace 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. Based on availability - this is a popular activity and we recommend you arrive early to ensure a spot. Please note the line for face painting closes 30 minutes prior to the close of face painting for each day. Learn more at www.facepaintinglosangeles.net.  

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Booth #144

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

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.

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Adaptive Yoga for People with Disabilities

Presented by: JoAnn Lyons, Piedmont Yoga Community

Location: Events Arena

XXXX

Learn about yoga and it's many benefits during this abbreviated adaptive yoga class. All abilities are welcome. Attendees will learn about using meditation, breathing and yoga asanas (poses) to develop your own yoga practice for your individual needs. Movements will be gentle and modified. You'll also discover resources for continuing a yoga practice where you live. Learn more at http://piedmontyogacommunity.org.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Service Dogs Demonstration

Presented by: Sheila Kolby, President Canine Angels Service Teams

Location: Events Arena

Service Dogs Demonstration

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. Canine Angels Service Teams provides service dogs to children under 5 and will talk about those unique needs. Bring your questions! Learn more at http://canine-angels.org.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Auti Angel's FreeStyle Dance Workshop

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

Location: Events Arena

Auti Angel Dance Workshop

Dancing has fast become a popular activity for all abilities. Auti Angel, the Abilities Expo "Dancebassador" will share a dance demonstration with attendees. Then it's your turn to try some moves as Auti leads you in her one-of-a-kind workshop. Auti Angel, the pioneer of wheelchair Hip-Hop dancing, has danced with "Straight Outta Compton's" Eazy-E & N.W.A. along with LL Cool J and Ludacris just to name a few. However, 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; including 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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