• 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

FREE workshops!
Plan your Abilities Expo experience today!

Here's what we did in 2017. Stay tuned for 2018!

Please check back three months
before the Expo for the new schedule.

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 27, 2017

11:45am – 12:45pm

Open Your World With Accessible Travel

Presented by: John Morris, Founder, WheelchairTravel.org

Location: Workshop #1

Open Your World With Accessible Travel

The world is more accessible than ever, and the travel industry is beginning to recognize that wheelchair users and people with disabilities want to explore it too! This workshop will provide you with information and tools to plan a wheelchair accessible vacation, opening your world to unlimited possibilities. Come prepared to participate in an accessible travel Q&A that will address a wide variety of questions, concerns and vacation destinations. The presenter, known for circling the globe with one hand, a passport and a power wheelchair, will bring firsthand knowledge from more than half a million air miles traveled with a disability. You will leave this workshop with inspiration for your next vacation and tips to make accessible travel enjoyable for all, including your friends, family members and caregivers. Read more about traveling with a disability at www.wheelchairtravel.org.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Presented by: L. Vance Taylor, Chief, Office of Access and Functional Needs, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services and Shannon M. Mulhall, NIC, ACTCP, Certified Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, Council Liaison to Public Works Department, City of Fresno

Location: Workshop #1

Earthquake Preparedness

Join emergency management officials and disability advocates at a vital workshop for individuals with disabilities and their caregivers on personal and community preparedness strategies for hazards like earthquakes, wildfires, flooding, and more. Regional experts will provide information and resources on drafting your own emergency plan that incorporates your disability needs, establishing personal support teams, personalizing disaster supply kits, evacuation/shelter-in-place considerations, and community stakeholder engagement opportunities. Join us and become more resilient in the face of disaster!
Learn more at www.earthquakecountry.org/disability. For national resources visit ready.gov  (click on Emergency Preparedness).

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Maximizing Wellbeing Through Self-Care

Presented by: Regina Rosenthal, PT, MA, Author, The Heart of Healing: Discovering the Secrets of Self-Care, Advanced Certified Process Acupressure Practitioner and Instructor

Location: Workshop #1

Maximizing Wellbeing Through Self-Care

Recent research highlights the power of our positive (or negative) mindset on our health and wellness. Discover concrete ways to bring this approach to your own life. This session will examine using an Awareness Journal, breath and movement practices, acupressure, and the importance of bringing activities we enjoy into our lives. The presenter's master's degree thesis research found reduced depression and improved self-confidence among those in a chronic pain self-help program using these strategies. Learn more at www.reginarosenthal.com and www.soullightening.com.

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Making Intimacy Accessible

Presented by: Rafe Eric Biggs, PhD, Founder and Ligia Andrade-Zuniga, MA, Co-Director, Sexability

Location: Workshop #1

Making Intimacy Accessible

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 at www.sexability.org.

* The content at this session is for adults 18 years and older. It is not appropriate for children.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

11:45am – 12:45pm

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy 101

Presented by: Shannon Kenitz, Executive Director, International Hyperbarics Association; Giuseppina Benincasa-Feingold, MD; and Kenneth Stoller, MD

Location: Workshop #1

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy 101

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 at www.ihausa.org and www.shannonandgrace.com.  

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Access the World: Tips for Traveling with a Disability

Presented by: Debra Kerper, Easy Access Travel

Location: Workshop #1

Access the World: Tips for Traveling with a Disability

Would you like to travel the country or the world, but believe you cannot because of your disability? At this workshop you will learn that travel by air, sea and car is a real option for you. The presenter, a professional travel agent who has a disability and has travelled extensively, will share with you how to plan a trip, including what to expect form hotels, rental car companies, cruise lines and the airlines. Learn about the common challenges, methods for addressing them and what the law requires. Attendees will receive recommendations for disability-friendly destinations and accessible travel resources. Be sure to bring your pressing questions and a list of places you'd like to visit. Learn more at www.easyaccesstravel.com

2:30pm – 3:30pm

How to Select the Right Accessible Vehicle for You

Presented by: Mark Twilleager, Area Sales Manager – Western Region, BraunAbility

Location: Workshop #1

How to Select the Right Accessible Vehicle for You

Does the process of purchasing adaptive equipment for a vehicle leave you feeling challenged and frustrated? Consumers and related healthcare professionals alike are invited to join us to learn the tips to successfully navigating the purchase of vans and accessible modifications. This workshop will cover such topics as what solutions are available and where to find them, key terminology, the shopping and evaluation process, funding options and much more. Following the session attendees are invited for a hands-on van demo at BraunAbility's Booth #313. Learn more at www.nmeda.com.

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Medical Marijuana: Benefits and Legalization

 

Presented by: Deidra Bagdasarian, Owner/Operator, Bliss Edibles; Edibles Professor, Oaksterdam University

Location: Workshop #1

Medical Marijuana: Benefits and Legalization

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.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

11:45am – 12:45pm

Acupressure for Stress Relief: The Seva Stress Release Program

Presented by: Regina Rosenthal PT, MA, RYT-200

Location: Workshop #1

Acupressure for Stress Relief: The Seva Stress Release Program

"Acupressure for Stress Relief: The Seva Stress Release Program" is a presentation where you will learn and experience how to use a simple, easy to perform acupressure program, which will help you to: manage and relieve stress; reduce anxiety, pain, and tension.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Putting Insomnia and Other Sleep Issues to Sleep

Presented by: Jay Gupta RPh, MScIM, MTM, RxYT & Terry Gupta MSW, RxYT, RMT

Location: Workshop #1

Putting Insomnia and Other Sleep Issues to Sleep

"Putting Insomnia and Other Sleep Issues to Sleep" is a unique seminar that brings the best wisdom of the west and the east to help you enjoy a deeply restorative sleep. The presenters will help you to recognize the causes and complications of sleep issues, learn more about the important cautions for prescription sleep medications, OTCs and herbal remedies and be empowered to use tested strategies and practices to bring your body to a stage of deep rest.

2:15pm – 3:15pm

Protected Tomorrows: Future Care Plans

Presented by: Mary Anne Ehlert, Expert in Special Needs Planning and Services

Location: Workshop #1

Protected Tomorrows: Future Care Plans

"Protected Tomorrows: Future Care Plans" is a presentation that will be uplifting, educational and provide important facts families need to know. Participants will walk away with a foundation for their family's personal future care plan. Topics of discussion include: preparing legally and financially, maximizing government benefits, healthcare (Medicare/Medicaid), employment, housing, and social outreach.

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