• 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

Activities and demos make the total Abilities experience

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

Adaptive Rowing and RowOfLife

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 three oceans as a paraplegic (Atlantic, Indian, and the Pacific), medaling at the Paralympics (2012 London and 2008 Beijing Games) and more. Angela's book Rowing Against the Wind will be available for purchase.
Learn more: www.rowoflife.com 

Artist Market

Presented by: Grace Art and Wellness Program

Location: Booth #244 and 245

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. The Grace Art and Wellness Program serves adults with disabilities and mental illness with meaningful daytime activities and classes. The program is part of the city of San Jose Parks and Recreation Division and is located at the Bascom Community Center in San Jose.
Learn more: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/prns

Assistive Technology Showcase

Sponsored by: Ability Tools

Location: Booth #539

Assistive Technology

Explore how assistive technology (AT) can help you or your loved ones bridge the gap between ability and disability! Discover an array of AT for people of all disabilities to experience hands-on. 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: 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 #639

Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth

Gain vital personal preparedness tips to help you create realistic plans to meet your needs, maintain your independence, and recover from emergency and disaster situations. Share your questions and concerns! Pick up free information and resources!
Learn more: California resources www.earthquakecountry.org/disability, National resources www.ready.gov

Play Activity Area – NEW for 2018!

Presented by: Variety Children's Charities of Northern California

Location: Next to Events Arena

Play Area

Kids, this play area is just for you! All abilities welcome! Each day will feature an assortment of activities and toys, an art activity area, and resources for adaptive play in the region. Discover how much fun you can have! All activities will be open and unstructured. The Play Activity Area provides an opportunity for children to play with parent oversight and involvement. Supervised by Variety Children's Charities of Northern California staff and volunteers. Activities are structured for children 18 years old and younger. Parents/guardians are welcome to participate or observe. Play sessions will be 15 minutes long. Based on availability. Multiple sessions will be possible when space allows. The Play Activity Area is not child-care; parents/guardians must remain with children.
Learn more: www.varietync.org

Variety Childcare Pavilion

Presented and Sponsored by: Variety Children's Charity of Northern California

Location: Booth #168, Behind Events Arena

Variety Childcare Pavilion

Abilities Expo is excited to offer the Variety Childcare Pavilion in conjunction with Variety Children's Charity of Northern California. The Pavilion will provide a safe, secure place for children to spend 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. Supervised by Variety staff during all show hours. For children 18 years old and younger. Sessions limited to 90 minutes in length and 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: www.varietync.org

Friday, October 26, 2018

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Wheelchair and Adaptive Tennis

Presented by: USTA Northern California

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair and Adaptive Tennis

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: www.usta.com/en/home/play/lots-of-ways-to-play/wheelchair.html, www.usta.com/en/home/play/lots-of-ways-to-play/adaptive.html

2:00pm – 2:30pm

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Presented by: The Rollettes

Location: Events Arena

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Kick off the day with a high-energy, live performance by The Rollettes Los Angeles, an incredible wheelchair dance team. The dance team performs unique and captivating routines across the country as well as sharing their stories of adversity and how through determination and high spirits they've gone on with their lives to fuldll their dreams to dance. Following the performance it's your turn! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance eoor and learn some moves.
Learn more: www.rollettesdance.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: http://canine-angels.org

Saturday, October 27, 2018

12:00pm – 4:30pm

Face Painting

Presented by: We Adorn You

Location: Next to Events Arena

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Face, arm, and hand painting are great ways for children to dress up - no costume required! Kids delight in this opportunity to transform their appearance! Painting is complimentary and paints are approved professional face paints that will wash off with soap and water. Just for kids age 18 and under. Based on availability – face painting 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: www.facepaintinglosangeles.net

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Wheelchair Rugby

Presented by: Riekes Center

Location: Events Arena

Quad Rugby

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: https://www.riekes.org

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Adaptive Archery Demonstration

Presented by Janice and Courtney Walth, See No Limits Competitive Archery

Location: Events Arena

Archery is a sport that is accessible to just about everyone, regardless of disability, including the visually impaired. You may be surprised to know that Sighting (seeing the target) is really not the most important part of a good shot. The technique used to shoot a good shot is at least 95% form. Body awareness and muscle memory are very important for any archer. Watch World Championship gold medal winning blind archer Janice Walth demonstrate the sport and hear from both Janice and her husband/coach Courtney about how you can get involved in the sport of archery, a fun challenge that is inclusive of persons with virtually all abilities, physically beneficial and can increase your body strength and focus. Archery equipment will be available for attendees to see and touch.
Learn more: www.seenolimits.org

2:00pm – 2:30pm

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Presented by: The Rollettes

Location: Events Arena

Rollettes

Kick off the day with a high-energy, live performance by The Rollettes Los Angeles, an incredible wheelchair dance team. The dance team performs unique and captivating routines across the country as well as sharing their stories of adversity and how through determination and high spirits they've gone on with their lives to fuldll their dreams to dance. Following the performance it's your turn! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance eoor and learn some moves.
Learn more: www.rollettesdance.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: http://piedmontyogacommunity.org

4:00pm – 4:45pm

Wheelchair and Adaptive Tennis

Presented by: USTA Northern California

Location: Events Arena

XXXX

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: www.usta.com/en/home/play/lots-of-ways-to-play/wheelchair.html, www.usta.com/en/home/play/lots-of-ways-to-play/adaptive.html

Sunday, October 28, 2018

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Anyone Can Dance!

Presented by: Margarita Elizondo, Abilities Expo Ambassador, Producer/Host of Wheel Talk Wheel Issues

Location: Events Arena

Anyone Can Dance

Join Margarita Elizondo as she shares her love of dance. Her tear-jerking emotional storytelling style performances are sure to move you. She has a special vision to prove that dance is therapeutic and anybody can dance regardless of age, experience, or ability. Margarita, strives to celebrate diversity, promote positive expression, and show that we can create beautiful things through music and movement regardless of ability.
Learn more: www.margaritaelizondo.com   

12:00pm – 3:30pm

Face Painting

Presented by: We Adorn You

Location: Next to Events Arena

XXXX

Face, arm, and hand painting are great ways for children to dress up - no costume required! Kids delight in this opportunity to transform their appearance! Painting is complimentary and paints are approved professional face paints that will wash off with soap and water. Just for kids age 18 and under. Based on availability – face painting 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: www.facepaintinglosangeles.net

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Adaptive Yoga for People with Disabilities

Presented by: JoAnn Lyons, Piedmont Yoga Community

Location: Events Arena

Adaptive Yoga

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: http://piedmontyogacommunity.org

2:00pm – 2:30pm

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Presented by: The Rollettes

Location: Events Arena

The Rollettes

Kick off the day with a high-energy, live performance by The Rollettes Los Angeles, an incredible wheelchair dance team. The dance team performs unique and captivating routines across the country as well as sharing their stories of adversity and how through determination and high spirits they've gone on with their lives to fulfill their dreams to dance. Following the performance it's your turn! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance floor and learn some moves.
Learn more: www.rollettesdance.com 

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Service Dogs Demonstration

Presented by: Sheila Kolby, President Canine Angels Service Teams

Location: Events Arena

Canine Angels

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: http://canine-angels.org

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