San Mateo

October 16-18, 2020

San Mateo County Event Center, Expo Hall

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

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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: No Barriers

Location: Booth #637

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

Booth #545

Adaptive Rowing and RowOfLife

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 #136 & #137

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 #229

Assistive Technology Showcase

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 #739

Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth

There will be mini workshops each day:

  • Earthquake Safety: Secure Your Space & Get Ready to ShakeOut!
  • Organize and Personalize Disaster Supplies
  • Planning to Maintain Independence when Disasters Strike (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

Presented by: Variety Children's Charities of Northern California

Location: Next to Events Arena

Play Activity 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

Support Group Sessions

Presented by Christopher Ewing, StrokeChannel.TV

Location: Booth #1125

StrokeChannel.TV Support Groups

Hosted by Emmy Award winning TV host, motivational speaker & stroke survivor, Christopher Ewing, these daily support groups are designed to provide helpful information, as well as an opportunity to connect with others who may have a physical or mental challenge.

Stroke Support Group 
Strokes can happen at any age, sometimes without warning. This support group session is for stroke survivors to be able to discuss with other stroke survivors some of the challenges, as well as the breakthroughs, they have experienced on their path towards recovery. This session is also open to those who would like to learn more about the signs and risks of stroke. 
Session Times: Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 11:30am 
Go to www.TheStrokeChannel.TV for more information and to pre-register.

Caregivers Support Group 
Caregivers need support, too. This support group session is open to all caregivers, so if you are a caregiver for someone who suffers from stroke, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimers, Autism, a spinal cord injury, or any physical or mental challenge, then this support group is for you! Come and connect with other caregivers and learn important tips on how to handle some of the challenges that you may face as a caregiver. Note: This session is only open to caregivers. 
Session Times: Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 1:30pm 
Go to www.caregiversupportgroups.com for more information and to pre-register.

Open Support Group 
This support group session is for anyone dealing with a physical or mental challenge who would like to have an open forum and discuss any of the challenges they may be facing, share any of their triumphs, or offer words of encouragement and advice to others! 
Session Times: Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 3pm 
Go to www.TheHealthChannel.TV for more information and to pre-register.

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 25, 2019

12:00pm-12:45pm

Adapted Pilates and Functional Anatomy (aka The Franklin Method)

Presented by: Julia Carver, The Riekes Center for Human Enhancement

Location: Events Arena

Adapted Pilates

The Franklin Method is a movement-based practice that facilitates easeful, mindful-based movement. It is an enjoyable approach to a balanced body and mind. Some fundamental Pilates, relaxation and meditation are part of every class. A variety of tools (i.e., balls, bands and yoga blocks) are used to help facilitate movement and awareness.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

All About Service Dogs

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

Location: Events Arena

All About Service Dogs

Discover how service dogs are meeting the needs of people with many different disabilities. Find out the many ways service dogs can help achieve independence in people's lives – from picking up a cell phone to providing physical stability, even counting money! Service dogs are available for many different types of disability, including vision and hearing loss, mobility, autism and seizure/allergy alert. Learn about funding support, the process to acquire a dog, and what to expect from your service dog provider organization.
Learn More: www.caninesforkids.org

2:00pm-2:30pm

Auti Angel's FreeStyle Dance Workshop

Presented by: Auti Angel, star of Sundance Channel's Push Girls

Location: Events Arena

Auti Angel's FreeStyle Dance Workshop

Everyone come dance! Enjoy a dance presentation from Auti Angel! Then it's your turn to show us your moves! Auti will lead everyone 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, her greatest joy comes from 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: www.autiangel.net , www.autiangel.com  

3:45pm-4:30pm

Parafencing & Escrima Two-stick Fighting

Presented by: Tom Badillo, En Garde Fencing

Location: Events Arena

Parafencing & Escrima Two-stick Fighting

Join us for a demonstration of parafencing (Olympic-style fencing from a wheelchair) and Escrima two-stick fighting! The Escrima will be done with foam weapons that we make and are light and easy to use safely with minimal protective gear. These demonstrations are also participatory, and we invite anyone who is interested to put on gear and learn how to do basic fencing and Escrima!

Learn more: https://egfencing.com

Saturday, October 26, 2019

11:30am-12:00pm

Adaptive Yoga for People with Disabilities

Presented by: Rushina Patel, Piedmont Yoga Community

Location: Events Arena

Adaptive Yoga for People with Disabilities

Learn about yoga and its 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

12:00pm-4:30pm

Face Painting

Presented by: We Adorn You

Location: Next to Events Arena

Face Painting

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

12:15pm-12:45pm

All About Service Dogs

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

Location: Events Arena

All About Service Dogs

Discover how service dogs are meeting the needs of people with many different disabilities. Find out the many ways service dogs can help achieve independence in people's lives – from picking up a cell phone to providing physical stability, even counting money! Service dogs are available for many different types of disability, including vision and hearing loss, mobility, autism and seizure/allergy alert. Learn about funding support, the process to acquire a dog, and what to expect from your service dog provider organization.
Learn More: www.caninesforkids.org

1:15pm-1:45pm

Micah Fowler

Presented by: Micah Fowler

Location: Events Arena

Micah Fowler

Meet actor Micah Fowler, who was the star of ABC's Speechless. A veteran Abilities Expo attendee, Micah will talk with fans and host a Q&A about his role as "JJ" on the groundbreaking sitcom, as well as his refusal to allow cerebral palsy to define him. A meet and greet follows! Autographed head shot photos will also be available for purchase, $5.00, cash only. Follow Micah at www.micahfowler.com and on Twitter and Instagram: @micahdfowler

2:00pm-2:30pm

Auti Angel's FreeStyle Dance Workshop

Presented by: Auti Angel, star of Sundance Channel's Push Girls

Location: Events Arena

Auti Angel's FreeStyle Dance Workshop

Everyone come dance! Enjoy a dance presentation from Auti Angel! Then it's your turn to show us your moves! Auti will lead everyone 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, her greatest joy comes from 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: www.autiangel.net , www.autiangel.com  

4:00pm-4:30pm

Parafencing & Escrima Two-stick Fighting

Location: Events Arena

Presented by: Tom Badillo, En Garde Fencing

Parafencing & Escrima Two-stick Fighting

Join us for a demonstration of parafencing (Olympic-style fencing from a wheelchair) and Escrima two-stick fighting! The Escrima will be done with foam weapons that we make and are light and easy to use safely with minimal protective gear. These demonstrations are also participatory, and we invite anyone who is interested to put on gear and learn how to do basic fencing and Escrima!

Learn more: https://egfencing.com

Sunday, October 27, 2019

11:45am-12:30pm

Service Dog Demonstration

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

Location: Events Arena

Service Dog 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

12:00pm-3:30pm

Face Painting

Presented by: We Adorn You

Location: Next to Events Arena

Face Painting

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 Demonstration

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

Auti Angel's FreeStyle Dance Workshop

Presented by: Auti Angel, star of Sundance Channel's Push Girls

Location: Events Arena

Auti Angel's FreeStyle Dance Workshop

Everyone come dance! Enjoy a dance presentation from Auti Angel! Then it's your turn to show us your moves! Auti will lead everyone 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, her greatest joy comes from 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: www.autiangel.net , www.autiangel.com  

3:00pm-3:30pm

Moves Made 4 Me™

Presented by: Veronica Vasquez and Raymond Garcia, DanceMinds LLC

Location: Events Arena

Moves Made 4 Me

DanceMindsLLC brings three of our classes: Sensory Moves™, Fantasy Moves™, and LifeSkills Moves™ to the Abilities Expo for the first time!

Moves Made 4 Me™ is a life-skills based dance method created by Veronica Vasquez and Raymond Garcia. It's presented to the public as a life-skills program that utilizes dance for those who learn non-traditionally! This program is designed to illustrate movement through developmental milestones for individuals with a developmental, physical and mental disability. It's benefits also reach typical developing individuals. There are SIX CLASSES within the program and each focuses on a different developmental milestone adapted for different age groups. Students are introduced to a variety of dance styles in a scripted format and through curricular support we address emotions, class transitions, and self-regulations. So, all individuals can feel successful and confident in the learning process.It's more than a program, it's a full curriculum that grows with an individual throughout their life. © Moves Made 4 Me 2018.
For more information on taking our classes, teaching our classes or offering our classes at your location, please check out our website www.movesmade4me.com 
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