San Mateo

October 25-27, 2019

San Mateo County Event Center, Expo Hall

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

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FREE workshops!
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CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) services will be available at all of the workshops.

Take advantage of Free Workshops that focus on everything from tips for traveling with a disability and finding clinical trials to the steps for getting the best accessible vehicle. Hear tips on living well from Tiphany Adams, star of Sundance Channel's critically acclaimed docu-series Push Girls. Discover the best local accessible trails and learn how to advocate for the right wheelchair.

Workshops are FREE! All attendees are welcome – you don’t need to register or sign up in advance. Just arrive early to the workshop to make sure you can get a seat!

There is so much more happening at Abilities Expo! Be sure to check out the FREE Events for demonstrations of adaptive sports, dancing, assistance dogs, horse therapy – and more. Most events include time for attendees to participate!

Professionals:

  • Certificates of participation are available for all workshops. Please see the Accessibility Help Desk following each workshop for your certificate. (Please note there are no CEU approved courses at this year’s Abilities Expo).

* Dates and times of workshops are subject to change without notice. The opinions presented at the workshops are those of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Abilities Expo. Workshop content should not be considered as a replacement or substitute for the services of trained professionals in any field, including, but not limited to, financial, medical or legal matters. We encourage you to seek the advice of professionals, as appropriate, regarding the evaluation of any specific information presented in these workshops.

Friday, October 25, 2019

11:45am – 12:45pm

Disability Laws and Activism

Presented by: Benjamin McMullan, The Center for Independence, Vincent Lopez, The Center for Independence, and Kim Saccio-Kent, Skyline College

Location: Workshop

Disability Laws and Activism

Join the Center for Independence of Individuals with Disabilities and Skyline College for an interactive workshop on the history of major legislation such as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. In this presentation, we explore the activism that led to the enactment and implementation of these laws, in conjunction with the rise of the Independent Living Movement. We focus on this legislation, and the events that led up to them, to show how individuals with disabilities worked together to fight for their rights and ultimately revolutionized disability rights in the United States, profoundly changing the lives of future generations.
Learn More: http://skylinecollege.edu and www.cidsanmateo.org

1:00pm- 2:00pm

My Good Life: How to Practice Wellness and Self Care

Presented by: Eraina Ferguson MAR, M.Ed

Location: Workshop

My Good Life: How to Practice Wellness and Self Care

This interactive workshop will discuss living a good life despite the challenges of special needs, including tangible ways to practice self care and mental health/wellness. Participants will receive a wellness bag from sponsors. This is an interactive workshop where participants can discuss their needs and strategies for wellness.
Learn more: http://www.mygoodlifenow.org/

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Autism Parent's Journey to Wellness

Presented by: Kendra Garcia, @TheOTStrategist

Location: Workshop

Autism Parent's Journey to Wellness

Parenting children on the Autism Spectrum can be VERY stressful between unscheduled meltdowns, potty training issues, countless therapy sessions, and endless battles with the school system to get the much needed accommodations and services.  As parents of children with ASD we often neglect ourselves both physically and mentally. It is SO imperative that we set aside time for ourselves in order to destress, decompress, and regroup.
Learn more on Instagram @TheOTStrategist

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Home Modifications

Presented by: Mark Thompson, The Paralyzed Veterans of America

Location: Workshop

Home Modifications

Can I retrofit my master bathroom to include a spacious roll-in shower? What must I do to install an elevator in my two-story home? How can my flower garden be made more accessible? Who should I hire to make sure my home renovation project will fit my needs? Accessible Home Design: The Basics will address improving the accessibility in each specific area of a home, as well as what you need to know before taking on a renovation project. Whether it's a new accessible residence or retrofitting your existing home, information will be presented with real examples and case studies. Subject matter will include entering your home; residential elevators and lifts, kitchen design, bathrooms and plumbing fixtures, doors, windows, outdoor areas and gardens, and much more.
Learn More: https://pva.org

Saturday, October 26, 2019

11:45am – 12:45pm

Resume Writing and Interviewing Tips

Presented by: Kristen Graham, Senior Talent Consultant, Sutter Health

Location: Workshop

Resume Writing and Interviewing Tips

Create a resume that will get noticed! Get advice from industry experts on how to craft an effective resume and tips on ways to improve one you already have.  Gain insights on the do's and don'ts for your resume, understand the various formats, and get perspective on what a recruiter will be looking at when reviewing your resume. Learn about go-to interview techniques, like the S.T.A.R. method, to help you land your dream job!
Learn More: www.sutterhealth.org

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Critical Situations for People with SCI

Presented by: Nurse Linda, PhD, CRRN
The following workshop is presented by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and is geared toward anyone who lives with paralysis from disease, injury or birth condition and their loved ones. Learn more at www.christopherreeve.org

Location: Workshop

Critical Situations for People with SCI

It can be difficult to know when to call for assistance while dealing with paralysis or spinal cord injury. Messages from the body to the brain can be misdirected or misinterpreted. Recognizing a disguised significant healthcare problem can be challenging. Issues with taking medication properly, cardiac issues or infection can start as small concerns but can quickly escalate to emergently needed care. How to know when a small problem becomes huge is critical information for your health and well-being. Areas of focus include correctly taking medication, irregular heartbeats, blood clots, Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD), pneumonia, Urinary Tract Infection and sepsis. In addition, your questions will be discussed.
Learn More: https://www.christopherreeve.org
Twitter/Facebook/Instagram: @ReeveFoundation

2:30pm – 3:30pm

The A List: Raw Hemp Alleviates Multiple Conditions at Dietary Levels

Presented by: Dr. Brandie Cross, PhD, Founder and Director of Research and Development for The Pot Lab

Location: Workshop

raw hemp

THCA and CBDA are the raw cannabinoids in Cannabis, which become THC and CBD when heated. In an independent study, we have found that these acids (THCA and CBDA) are even more powerful than their commonly touted counterparts. We found that both THCA and CBDA are effective at the per milligram level, for a multitude of symptoms of common conditions. While epilepsy, autism and other conditions seem to be treated well-- depression, anxiety and other co-existing conditions were also drastically decreased by small amounts of these raw cannabinoids.
Learn More: https://thepotlab.com

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Mental Health (Really) Matters: Anxiety and Depression

Presented by: Jeff Bell, founder of the Adversity 2 Advocacy Alliance, KCBS news anchor, and author of When in Doubt, Make Belief, with Cindy Kolbe, mental health advocate and author of Struggling with Serendipity

Location: Workshop

Is it possible to live well with the challenges of anxiety or depression? Jeff Bell offers insights about navigating anxiety through "greater good" decision-making. Cindy Kolbe shares how she denied her depression diagnosis when she didn't understand it. Facts about mental health matter. How does the stigma of mental illness impact us? What are the top treatments for depression and anxiety? What are motivation tools? How can we help someone who is struggling? Jeff also describes the important work of the nonprofit A2A Alliance. Cindy's advocacy experience illustrates the organization's motto, "We help ourselves by helping others." Free brochures and fact sheets about anxiety and depression will be available at the workshop.
Learn More: @cindybkolbe

Sunday, October 27, 2019

11:45am – 12:45pm

Safety and Self Defense

Presented by: Karen Trolan

Location: Workshop

Safety and Self Defense

Unfortunately, bad stuff happens. To potentially save yourself or someone else, safety and self-defense is important to know whether you are at home, school, work or anywhere. If you can avoid it through simple observation and knowing what to look for may help you. Being prepared to react could make a difference in a life or death situation. Understanding what you would do and learning basic techniques, no matter what your ability, gives you some tools to help you. Every situation is different, and the outcomes do vary, but don't you want to give it your best chance?

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Solving Outdoor Access with Technology

Presented by: Christian Bagg, Bowhead Corp

Location: Workshop

Solving Outdoor Access with Technology

A conversation about exploring the outdoors with a disability. The difference between adapting or integrating into nature, its effects on the environment and financial feasibility and how people with a wide variety of disabilities can share the same outdoor experience.

2:30pm-3:30pm

Speak up!: How to talk to anyone about your disability effectively

Presented by: Lainie Ishbia, MSW, Founder of Trend-ABLE.com & Estela Lugo, Medical Outreach Director, Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation

Location: Workshop

Speak up!: How to talk to anyone about your disability effectively

We all know that communication is an essential part of our relationships and well being. Expressing ourselves can be challenging but expressing the unique needs related disabilities can pose extra challenges. Have you ever felt misunderstood because of your disability? Has miscommunication ever interfered in your relationships? Being able to effectively communicate can be tough in general. For those of us with disabilities, expressing our unique wants and needs, in a way that feels good for everyone, can be extra challenging. In this interactive workshop participants will discuss and role play different everyday situations. They will learn the differences between passive, aggressive, assertive and passive-aggressive communication styles, while gaining tools for communicating in a healthy and productive way. Participants will leave this workshop with practical tools they can use to confidently talk about their condition and ask for help when they need it.

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