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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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

Planning a Safe and Enjoyable Family Accessible Travel Experience

Presented by: Laurent Roffé, Co-founder and General Manager Tapooz Travel LLC & Aïcha Nyström, Co-Founder and Travel Leader Tapooz Travel LLC

Location: Workshop

Safe Family Accessible Travel Experience

A professional, reality-based look at how to plan for a successful, inclusive and accessible family travel experience. The presentation will have 3 main parts, leading to ample time for Q&A.

  1. Accessible travel planning guidelines
  2. “Do-and-don’t” rules and typical pitfalls
  3. Presentation of 3 real-life accessible travel case studies
  4. Q&A
    After the workshop, the presenters will be available to answer individual questions and offer recommendations for accessible travel.

Learn more: www.tapooztravel.com

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

Understanding Pain Medication

Presented by: Jay Gupta
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

Pain is a multi-faceted, complex experience. Control of pain is a critical part of overall health and well-being for those with spinal cord injuries. This session focuses on gaining a better understanding of pain medications and strategies for safe use. Research indicates that learning about pain medications can help in managing pain, preventing emergencies and overdoses and enhancing overall quality of life. 
Learn more: https://www.christopherreeve.org
Twitter/Facebook/Instagram: @ReeveFoundation

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Medical Cannabis Information and Education

Presented by: Heather Despres, M.Sc., Director, Patient Focused Certification

Location: Workshop

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Description: This talk is intended to inform audience members about their option to use medical cannabis as well as provide an overview of cannabis, current cannabis regulations, CBD, and what medical cannabis patients should look for in the products they purchase. It is designed to provide information as well as resources for education so that audience members may continue to learn about cannabis as a treatment option. Learn more.

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

A Full Spectrum Overview of Cannabis

Presented by: Danielle Van Lerberg M.A, Client Services Manager, CannaSafe

Location: Workshop

A Full Spectrum Overview of Cannabis

In the growing landscape of cannabis products, it can be difficult for patients and consumers to make informed discussions about the products they consume, ingest, inhale, or apply topically. This course will provide you with a full-spectrum overview of cannabis, from health and wellness benefits, to various delivery methods, to the science behind the human body's endocannabinoid regulatory system. Please join us for an informative session and learn how to choose safe and compliant products, choose a legal and vetted shop, how to manage dosing, and learn how a more regulated market would benefit consumers and patients alike. 

 

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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