Plan your Abilities Expo experience today!
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!
- 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 26, 2018
11:45am – 12:45pm
Access in the National Parks
Presented by: Richard De La O, Accessibility Program Manager, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Run, Hide, and Fight: Options for Surviving an Active Shooter
Presented by: Vance Taylor, Chief, Office of Access and Functional Needs, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services
Active shooter situations are real and can happen anywhere, anytime. We all have different abilities to surviving an active shooter. This workshop will help you understand what your options can be for all abilities. There are no guarantees for anyone but know your options and have a chance to stay alive.
Learn more: http://www.caloes.ca.gov/Cal-OES-Divisions/Access-Functional-Needs
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Ground Therapy: Connect to the Earth and Feel Better – A New Healing Resource for People with Disabilities*
Presented by: Clint Ober and Martin Zucker, co-authors of the book Earthing
Discover a self-healing treatment that is easy to access, effective, and supported by research. Called "grounding", it literally means electrically connecting your body to the Earth. You can ground by standing barefoot outdoors on the grass. You can also ground by using conductive patches and mats indoors that are connected to a grounded outlet while sitting or sleeping. Attendees will learn about Ground Therapy, how to do it, and typical health benefits, such as reduced inflammation and chronic pain, improved blood flow, accelerated healing, and deeper sleep. The therapy is evidence-based and supported by more than 20 journal-published research studies.
* This workshop features a special, first-ever opportunity at Abilities Expo San Mateo. Forty attendees will be connected to the Earth (grounded) during the session. First-come-first-served.
Learn more: www.earthinginstitute.net
3:45pm – 4:45pm
Making Intimacy Accessible
Presented by: Rafe Eric Biggs, PhD, Founder and Ligia Andrade-Zuniga, MA, Co-Director, Sexability
Sexuality and disability are often seen as taboo, and are rarely discussed in mainstream society as well as in the disability community. Very little sexual health education is given to people with disabilities about how our sexuality impacts our self-esteem, body image, relationships, desire for pleasure and parenting. The disability community has discussed the importance of accessibility from a mobility perspective, but has had very little discussion about access to sexual health education, sexual health services, intimate relationships and pleasure. Often, when individuals with disabilities have questions or are interested in exploring sexuality, the answers they seek are not accessible to them for various reasons affecting their quality of life. In this workshop we will discuss social myths about sexuality and disability, how to develop healthy self-esteem and body image, how to communicate your desires, exploring self pleasure and pleasure with others, parenting with a disability, communicating your sexual needs to caregivers and family, and discuss the role of facilitated sex, sexological bodywork and surrogate partner therapy. We will also provide a safe container for people to share their experiences around sexuality and disability to give a greater voice to the disability community.
Learn more: www.sexability.org
* The content at this session is designed for adults 18 years and older. It is not appropriate for children.
Saturday, October 27, 2018
11:45am – 12:45pm
Accessible and Affordable Home Ownership for People with Disabilities and Their Families
Presented by: Stephen Beard, ABR, e-PRO, Real Estate Consultant and Accessibility Specialist, Keller Williams Realty
Have you ever felt home ownership was out of reach because of your disability and/or lack of income or cash? Are you tired of living at home or paying someone else's mortgage? Have you ever felt that real estate agents just don't understand disability and the impact it has on a home search? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you won't want to miss this presentation. Stephen Beard is an Accessibility Specialist Realtor in the East Bay. He will speak about the Buy Vs. Rent decision; Working with an Accessibility Specialist, Financing, Down Payment Assistance Programs, Section 8 Home Ownership, current market conditions, and many other topics. By the end of this presentation, you will know whether buying your own home is the right move for you!
Learn more: www.accessiblehomesforyou.com, www.facebook.com/AccessibleHomesForYou
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Dealing With Practical Issues Due to Paralysis or Spinal Cord Injury
Presented by: Nurse Linda PhD, CRRN (Linda M. Schultz, 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
Immobility due to paralysis or limited function can affect every aspect of living. Discussing practical adaptations to daily living and personal care can help reduce restrictions and complications as well as to improve overall health. The session will open with specific activities to avoid the complications of immobility from paralysis. The emphasis of the session is about ways to improve health and deal with common problems using readily available resources and how to request additional support. A professional rehabilitation registered nurse will discuss your individual questions about mobility, bowel and bladder function, skin care, wellness and other healthcare issues. This will include ways to improve complications of aging with paralysis. Nurse Linda writes a weekly blog for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Foundation. Her discussions are based on current research evidence and guidelines that are translated into easy to understand language. Questions from the audience are welcome.
Learn more: www.christopherreeve.org
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy 101
Presented by: Shannon Kenitz, Executive Director, International Hyperbarics Association and Kenneth Stoller, MD
At this session attendees will learn basic information about hyperbaric oxygen therapy, what it is, how it can help, and how to access this treatment. Extensive research supports that HBOT can benefit numerous conditions including: cerebral palsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, cancer, chronic inflammation, spinal cord injury, sports-related injuries, Autism and more. While this therapy is a standard of care in some developed nations, its use in the United States is sporadic and faces controversy challenges. Hear from Shannon Kenitz who will share her own personal story about how HBOT saved her special needs daughter's life (Grace has a rare mitochondrial condition). A physician co-presenter will detail key research findings, what individuals can expect from treatments, and will answer questions from the audience.Find resources, research links, and learn more: www.ihausa.org, www.shannonandgrace.com
3:45pm – 4:45pm
Presented by: Ashley Lyn Olson, WheelchairTraveling.com
Join WheelchairTraveling.com and friends to discuss the world of travel. What is it like to take a flight, and what if something goes wrong? What is adventure travel all about? Are there accessible tours? What about equipment to make travel easier? Let's share with one another what we have learned, and how we have overcome obstacles. Become a travel advocate and help make the world a more inclusive place. WheelchairTraveling.com started in 2006 and aims to empower people with limited mobility and their friends and family to travel and experience the world.
Learn more: http://wheelchairtraveling.com
Sunday, October 28, 2018
11:45am – 12:45pm
Presented by: Aeysha Williamson, Executive Director, Variety The Children's Charity Northern California
Check back for more details!
1:00pm – 2:00pm
You Can Garden for Life with Adaptive Gardening
Presented by: Toni Gattone, Adaptive Gardener, ToniGattone.com
This informative and inspirational 'how-to' Adaptive Gardening seminar delivers dozens of tips, tools and techniques enabling you to be more aware how to adapt and be resilient, working with your abilities so you can garden for life. Learn how to cultivate new ways to garden to save time, money and above all, energy. Re-envision your garden's size and accessibility for greater comfort and ease, and re-think your garden design to include containers, raised beds and vertical gardens. Gardeners love their garden tools! You will see how to adapt your favorite garden tools for little or no cost and discover new ergonomic tools to make gardening more comfortable and easy on your hands, wrists, arms and your entire body.
Learn more: www.tonigattone.com
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Medical Marijuana: Benefits and Legalization
Presented by: Deidra Bagdasarian, Owner/Operator, Bliss Edibles; Edibles Professor, Oaksterdam University
The last decade has brought incredible progress to the science of cannabis medicine. There are now a myriad of options besides inhalation for almost any condition, including dosed liquid extracts, edible oils, medicated foodstuffs, patches, tablets, lozenges, and more! Discover what research is telling us about the positive medicinal impacts of therapeutic cannabis for people on the Autism spectrum and with other types of disabilities, including spinal cord injury (SCI), multiple sclerosis (MS) and more. With the advent of inexpensive potency testing for cannabis, you can now be confident of your dosing, as well as titrating the amounts of THC and CBD and changing your ratio (for pain vs inflammation). Also learn how to use cannabis topically with salves, balms, and creams.