San Mateo

October 26-28, 2018

San Mateo County Event Center, Expo Hall

Fri. 11am-5pm | Sat. 11am-5pm | Sun 11am-4pm

Register for Free

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 Climbing Wall

Presented by: Mark Wellman, Adventure Athlete, Paralympian, No Limits Tahoe

Sponsored by: Liberator Medical Supply, Inc.

Location: Booth #545

Adaptive Climbing Wall

Adaptive climbing is a sport that is open to people of all abilities! It's not just for experienced athletes. There is no better person to learn adaptive climbing from than Mark Wellman of No Limits. Mark has SCI and is an adventure athlete, speaker and author. Come climb the wall using Mark's innovative adaptive climbing techniques and adaptive sports gear! Climbing has tremendous benefits - building confidence, developing goal-setting skills, increasing strength, and improving flexibility. And it's fun! Mark is a former Paralympian and Park Ranger, and he is the first paraplegic to summit El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. He dedicates his time to improving the quality of life for adults and children with disabilities including disabled war veterans. 
Learn more: www.nolimitstahoe.com

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 

Adaptive Sailing

Presented by Bay Area Disabled Sailors

Location: Booth #TBD

Adaptive Rowing

Think sailing is not for you because of your disability? Be prepared to be surprised! Adaptive sailing is a remarkably accessible sport. Meet members of the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors as they showcase the sport of adaptive sailing which can accommodate people with mental, physical and developmental disabilities. Two dingy boats (small sail boats) and an array of adaptive equipment will be on display Think sailing is not for you because of your disability? Be prepared to be surprised! Adaptive sailing is a remarkably accessible sport. Meet members of the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors as they showcase the sport of adaptive sailing which can accommodate people with mental, physical and developmental disabilities. Two dingy boats (small sail boats) and an array of adaptive equipment will be on display.  Learn about the sailing programs and how special rigging and other adaptive features make solo sailing possible for people with most disabilities. Learn more at
www.baads.org (http://www.baads.org).

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 #429

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 #529

Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth

There will be mini workshops each day!

  • 12:00pm - Earthquake Safety: Secure Your Space & Get Ready to ShakeOut! with Mark Benthien
  • 2:00pm - Organize and Personalize Disaster Supplies with Shannon Mulhall
  • 4:00pm - Planning to Maintain Independence when Disasters Strike with Shannon Mulhall (Friday and Saturday only)

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

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: Abigayil Tamara, MA, MSW, and Nathan, service dog from Canine Partners for Life

Location: Events Arena

Service Dogs Demonstration

Abby Tamara and Nathan, her successor dog from Canine Partners for Life (CPL) will demonstrate and talk about what it is like to have a service dog. Service dogs have changed Abby's life by allowing her to gain greater independence, advocating for herself and others about assistance animals, promoting issues related to the ADA and accessibility, meeting and having amazing experiences on a daily basis, and creating opportunities to speak in front of large groups about service dogs, and ways to make one's life more meaningful. Please join Abby and Nathan, learn how you or someone you love would be able to benefit from a wonderful partnership, or learn more about service dogs in general. Abby and Nathan look forward to meeting you and talking about how CPL has changed their lives. Learn more about CPL at https://k94life.org 

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Skateboarding

Presented by: The Skate Connection

Location: Events Arena

Skateboarding

"The Skate Connection is committed to providing opportunities for people with and without disabilities to skateboard together and cultivate an integrated community deeply rooted in the love for skateboarding. Founded in 2011 by Adam Grijalva, The Skate Connection is a simple, dynamic organization that has sprouted from a small crew of skateboarders to a movement that is reaching communities all across California and connecting the hearts of skateboarders worldwide. At The Skate Connection, we don't create skateboarders or make friendships rather we just receive new members into our community and provide an authentic skateboarding experience so they may encounter the transforming love of skateboarding.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

12:00pm - 12:45pm

Adaptive Boccia

Presented by: USA Boccia

Location: Events Arena

Adaptive Boccia

Come learn to play the ancient game of Boccia - a fully accessible sport for everyone that combines wits, skill and strategy! Boccia is extremely versatile and inclusive - 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
Learn more: www.usaboccia.org 

12:00pm – 4:30pm

Face Painting

Presented by: We Adorn You

Location: Next to Events Arena

Facepainting

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 Archery Demonstration

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

Location: Events Arena

Adaptive Archery

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

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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

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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

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 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: Abigayil Tamara, MA, MSW, and Nathan, service dog from Canine Partners for Life

Location: Events Arena

Service Dogs Demonstration

Abby Tamara and Nathan, her successor dog from Canine Partners for Life (CPL) will demonstrate and talk about what it is like to have a service dog. Service dogs have changed Abby's life by allowing her to gain greater independence, advocating for herself and others about assistance animals, promoting issues related to the ADA and accessibility, meeting and having amazing experiences on a daily basis, and creating opportunities to speak in front of large groups about service dogs, and ways to make one's life more meaningful. Please join Abby and Nathan, learn how you or someone you love would be able to benefit from a wonderful partnership, or learn more about service dogs in general. Abby and Nathan look forward to meeting you and talking about how CPL has changed their lives. Learn more about CPL at https://k94life.org 

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