September 13 - 15, 2019

The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Hall C

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

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Abilities Expo: Wicked Awesome
for People with Disabilities!

Beantown's disability community is way too wicked smaht to miss the game-changing opportunities at Abilities Expo. It could be the products and tech. It could be the chance to play sled hockey or check out the newly upgrade wheelchair skateboard. It could be the workshops or connections you make with others in the disability community. It's free so join us and register today.

Latest Tech & Disability Products

Abilities Expo brings you thousands of game-changing products, services and technologies all under one roof. Regardless of the type and level of your disability, we strive to provide the resources you need to exceed your own expectations and thrive.

Informative Workshops

Attend free, info-packed workshops on issues that matter to you. Get tips on financial planning, making your home more accessible, traveling with a disability and how medical cannabis can help a variety of conditions. There's more, check it out!

Interactive Events and Features

Find your new favorite pastime at Abilities Expo! Try such inclusive activities as adaptive sports, dance, assistance animals, an adaptive climbing wall and so much more for the kids of all ages! If something sparks your interest, you can find out how to engage year-round.

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Must-See and Can't-Miss Expo Experiences

There is just so much to see and do at Abilities Expo. Here are a few opportunities you don't want to let pass you by.

Cool Show Features


Here's what we did in 2018. Stay tuned for 2019!

Play Activity Area: New!

Kids, this fun play area is just for you! All abilities are welcome to enjoy the sensory castle, mini ball pit, scooter board, Phillips light board and tons of free play, presented by WiggleKids® Inc. Parents will relish seeing their children build social skills. Kids will just have a blast!

Wheelchair Skateboarding

You may remember Erik Kondo and his wheelchair skateboard rolling around past Expos while holding a wheelie position. Not only is he back with a seriously souped-up skateboard, he’s going to teach you how to improve your own balancing abilities.

Climbing Wall: New!

Scale "Mini El Capitan," our completely inclusive adaptive climbing wall, sponsored by Liberator Medical Supply! Using his specially designed adaptive equipment, adventure athlete and Paralympian Mark Wellman will help attendees of ALL abilities reach the top. He should know, he's the first paraplegic to summit the real El Capitan!

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Jazzy® Zero Turn

The Jazzy® Zero Turn features panted-pending iTurn Technology™ for the ultimate in maneuverability, along with CTS suspension, LED lights, under-seat storage, and feather-touch disassembly for a truly innovative travel scooter.

Come see us at Booth #714 and test ride!

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Plan Your Visit to Abilities Expo

Don’t miss our life-enhancing exhibits, dynamic workshops and fun events for kids of all ages!



Check back three months out for the 2019 schedule.

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Disability Services for Expo-goers

In our efforts to ensure a positive show experience, Abilities Expo endeavors to accommodate the disability community with a host of special show services including loaner scooters, sign language interpretation, free wheelchair, captioning services for the workshop and so much more!

Special Show Services for People with Disabilities


Loaner Scooters and Wheelchair Repair

For those who would like assistance in getting around the show, free loaner scooters are available during show hours on a first come, first served basis. Is your wheelchair in need of a tune-up? Look to the Free Wheelchair Repair Pavilion for minor maintenance.

Sign Language and CART Services

American Sign Language interpretation services will be available for those need translation. Workshops will also offer CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) services where everything spoken by the presenter will be captioned on a large screen.

Braille and Large Print Accommodations

Braille and large print versions of the exhibitor list and the events/workshops schedule will be available by request at the registration counters.

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Assistance Animals Play Critical Role in Disability Community

Animals have become an intrinsic part of the disability community. Some are essential to the healing process, while others help their human partners become more independent.

Service Dogs


Here's what we did in 2018. Stay tuned for 2019!

Service Dogs: Pawsibly the Best Medicine

Presented by: Amy Sherwood and Dolly

Learn how service dogs can change the life of someone with a disability for the better. Amy Sherwood joins Abilities Expo to share her personal journey with Dolly her service dog. Discover the children’s book wrote about Dolly – Pawsibly the Best Medicine. In it Sherwood tells the tale of Dolly’s group of sibling puppies, and how Dolly found her way into the Service Dog world. Amy will speak from her perspective as a person with a disability about the process of acquiring a service dog, including pitfalls to avoid, options available to you, and successes you can discover.

Learn more: “Friend” Dolly at

All About Service Dogs

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

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.

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Service Dog Workshop

Presented by: Katy Harrison Ostroff, Manager of Client Relations, NEADS

This presentation will address how NEADS clients and their Service Dogs become highly trained, certified Service Dog Teams. The workshop will address: the extensive training of NEADS Service Dogs; the highly personalized application, evaluation and matching processes; and the thorough, detailed client training and follow-up services. There will also be a service dog demonstration so attendees can see how dogs assist by picking up dropped items, retrieving cell phones, and "speaking"! NEADS World Class Service Dogs have been changing lives for more than 42 years. The organization provides services dogs for adults and children with physical disabilities, young adults and adults with hearing loss, and children with autism or other developmental disabilities. Their Service Dog Program for Veterans assists veterans with physical disabilities, hearing loss, and PTSD. Specific task work performed by NEADS Service Dogs has helped 1,800 clients increase their independence and connection to the world.

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Learn the Latest Adaptive Dance Moves

Dancing is great for the body, and even better for spirit! Don't miss your change to get in the groove.

Inclusive Dance Performances


Here's what we did in 2018. Stay tuned for 2019!

Wheelchair DanceFIT
Abilities Dance Workshop

Wheelchair DanceFIT

Presented by: Maryan Amaral, Director, Aero, Inc. and Wheelchair DanceFIT

Wheelchair Dancefit

Everyone who wants to dance, can dance! Wheelchair DanceFIT brings together Zumba-style fitness with dance and music. For all abilities! Presented by Aero, Inc., the first integrated dance company in Greater Boston to perform in local and national venues. Join director Maryan Amaral for an exciting, fun workshop!

Learn more: Wheelchair DanceFIT

Abilities Dance Workshop

Presented by: Ellice Patterson, Executive Director, Abilities Dance Boston

Celebrate all abilities with a performance by several dancers from Abilities Dance Boston. Then, it's your turn to dance at their dance workshop! Abilities Dance Boston focuses on increasing inclusion in dance and promoting dance for individuals with and without disabilities. They teach dance workshops to all experience levels, ages, and abilities with the overall goal of teaching inclusive practices.

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Unlock Imagination with Face Painting

Treat your kids to a little magic at Abilities Expo! Let them indulge in the fantasy of transforming into a graceful fairy, a mysterious wildcat, a delicate butterfly, a swaggering pirate or choose from another inspired design.

Face Painting for Kids


Don't miss this wonderful opportunity for your little one to build self-esteem, develop a sense of self-importance and showcase their individuality. If your child has sensitive skin, don't worry. Only high-quality, non-toxic, professional, FDA-approved theatrical make-ups will be used to capture your son or daughter's fancy. And when you can convince them to transform back into their real selves, some good old-fashioned soap and water will do the trick.

Get in the Game with Adaptive Sports

The sidelines are no place for you so take your pick from a variety of interactive, adaptive sports. Not only will you get the blood pumping, improve fitness and build confidence, the fun factor is off the charts!

Adaptive Sports


Here's what we did in 2018. Stay tuned for 2019!

Adaptive Climbing Wall
Adaptive Sports: Benefits, Trends and Options
Adaptive Golf
Adaptive Boccia Demonstration
Fitness for All with Ability Beats
Power Soccer Demonstration
Sled Hockey
What is Your Balance IQ?
Wheelchair Fencing

Adaptive Climbing Wall

Adaptive Climbing

Presented by: Mark Wellman, Adventure Athlete, Paralympian
Sponsored by: Liberator Medical Supply, Inc.

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!

Adaptive Sports: Benefits, Trends and Options

Presented by: Kathleen Comfort Salas, PT, MHA, North Shore Coordinator of Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers (SASC); and Stephen Katzenback, DPT, South Shore/Cape Cod Coordinator of Spaulding

Adaptive sports are sports and outdoor recreation activities modified to promote success for anyone regardless of their physical, behavioral, intellectual or other special needs. Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers (SASC) have been offering programs for over 15 years, now at 4 centers in Eastern Massachusetts, with services provided by Spaulding clinicians and adaptive sport professionals. Come hear about how we encourage and empower individuals of all abilities to lead active, healthy lives through different challenges in recreation. Find out about the history of inclusion and adaptive sports, and current trends across the country. Learn about the many lifelong benefits of inclusion with peers and family, and intangible benefits of competition- that all carry over into other areas of daily life. Discover adaptive resources in New England, and brainstorm adaptations to make sports possible for you, your loved one, and your clients.

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Adaptive Golf

Adaptive Golf at Abilities Expo

Presented by: Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers

Golf is one of the most adaptable sports and just about anyone, regardless of ability level, can grab a set of golf clubs, head outside, and in no time be hitting golf balls where no one will ever find them again. Attendees of all abilities are invited to hit some balls and discover the sport. Learn about how golf is adapted to various disabilities using the existing handicap system and adaptive devices. Find out how you can be involved in the Boston region. As Bob Hope famously said, "If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf."

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Adaptive Boccia Demonstration

Adaptive Boccia Demonstration

Presented by: USA Boccia

Come learn to play the ancient game of Boccia—a fully accessible sport for everyone that combines wits, skill and strategy! Boccia is extremely versatile and inclusive—it can be played indoors or outdoors on a hard, flat surface, in either individual or team play, socially or competitively, up to the Paralympic level. With assistive devices, Boccia can be played by anyone, no matter their ability.

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Fitness for All with Ability Beats

Fitness for All with Ability Beats

Presented by: Kimberly Ferrara, Inclusive Fitness Coach, WiggleKids® Inc.

This drumming activity delivers fun as well as a full brain and body workout! It's ideal for all ages and all abilities! Ability Beats follows a Drums Alive routine and sharpens skills such as auditory processing, coordination, balance, cognition, strength, fine and gross motor control while using music and rhythmical applications. Each activity is done with fun music from around the world as well as today's pop charts to keep students engaged and excited to learn more.

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Power Soccer Demonstration

Power Soccer Demonstration

Presented by: Northeast Passage PowerCats, a U.S. Power Soccer Association Team

Watch and learn as members of the Northeast Passage PowerCats power soccer team demonstrate and train attendees on the techniques of power wheelchair soccer. Discover this very active and growing sport that is open to power wheelchair users of all ages. See how players combine their skills as wheelchair users with the speed and power of the chair itself, to participate in this extremely challenging game similar to soccer. Then try the sport out for yourself and learn where you can get involved in the New England Region.

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Sled Hockey

Sled Hockey

Presented by: Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers

Sled hockey, also called sledge hockey, was invented in Sweden in the early 1960s by a group of people with disabilities. Local players will be on hand to demonstrate the sport and give attendees a chance to play. It follows most of the typical ice hockey rules with the exception of modifications to the equipment and the use of the sleds. The sport is normally played on ice but sleds with wheels can be used for demonstrations. This demo will feature synthetic ice!

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What's Your Balance IQ?

Abilities Expo Wheelchair Boarding

Presented by: Erik Kondo, Wheelchair Boarding

Have you seen the videos of Erik Kondo riding a skateboard while holding a wheelie position? Ever wondered how he can do that? With a little practice you can achieve interesting balance challenges also…from balancing a stick on your hand, to a bottle of water on your head. While each person's abilities vary—balance skills can be developed by all of us. Discover how practicing balance challenges can increase your range of motion, positively affect your mood, and improve your brain function! Erik will also demo his skills on skateboard and share updates on Toyota's Mobility Unlimited Challenge – a $4 million project that supports radical improvements in the mobility and independence of people with lower-limb paralysis through smarter assistive technology (  

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Wheelchair Fencing

Wheelchair Fencing

Presented by: Lindsay Stapleton, Boston Fencing Club

This is a demonstration of wheelchair fencing. Wheelchair fencing is a fast moving game of tactics and techniques, and is one of the sports in the Summer Paralympic Games. Athletes compete in wheelchairs that are fixed to the floor, limiting the movement of the chair. The chairs are placed at a fixed distance, which is determined by the fencer with the shorter reach and adjusted before the start of the bout. Fencers have complete freedom of the upper body, allowing them to lean, duck, turn, and lunge in their chairs.
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AT Showcase: Interact with Tomorrow’s Technology Today

Explore how assistive technology can help you or your loved
ones bridge the gap between ability and disability!

Assistive Technology Showcase


Celebrating 25 years of empowering people to reach their full potential, Easter Seals' pioneering Assistive Technology program ensures that children and adults with physical, sensory, developmental and learning disabilities have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play.

At the AT Showcase, you'll meet vendors who will demo AT equipment. You'll talk with Easter Seals AAC staff who will provide information on communication devices and AAC intervention and strategies. Here are just some of the exciting products that you will find onsite.

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We'll see you there!

Getting to Abilities Expo

The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Hall C
415 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210

Directions, Parking and Transpo


Get Directions to the Expo from any Location

FROM Logan International Airport and Route 1A South

Follow the signs towards “I-90 West”- Ted Williams Tunnel. Take I-90 West/Ted Williams Tunnel to Exit 25, “South Boston”. At the top of the ramp take a right onto Congress Street. Take the next right onto D Street. After the highway ramp, turn right onto Summer Street. Turn left at the first light (World Trade Center Avenue).

FROM Western Massachusetts via Massachusetts Turnpike

Follow the Massachusetts Turnpike /I-90 East to Exit 25, “South Boston”. At the top of the ramp, bear left towards “Seaport Boulevard”. At the first set of lights, take a right onto Congress Street. Take the second right onto D Street. After the highway ramp, turn right onto Summer Street. Turn left at the first light (World Trade Center Avenue).

FROM Points South via I-93 (passenger vehicles ONLY)

Take I-93 North to Exit 20 (immediately after Exit 18). Follow the signs to “I-90 East”. Take the first tunnel exit to "South Boston". At the first set of lights, take a right onto Congress Street. Take the second right onto D Street. After the highway ramp, turn right onto Summer Street. Turn left at the first light (World Trade Center Avenue).

FROM Points North via I-93

Take I-93 South to Exit 20A, “South Station”. At the end of the ramp, take a left at signal onto Summer Street at South Station. Follow Summer Street for approximately 1 mile, and the BCEC will be on your right hand side. Turn right at the second entrance to the BCEC (World Trade Center Avenue).

Parking and Drop-off

Enter BCEC at East Side Drive and continue straight to end of building. Follow ramp to bottom, turn left and South Parking Lot entrance will be in front of you.

A complimentary shuttle will provide service from the BCEC South Lot Parking Lot to Northeast Level 0, the exhibit hall and registration Level.

For passenger drop off at Northeast Level 0, please see the following instructions from Summer Street:

  1. Enter BCEC via West Drive.
  2. Check in with officer at guard booth.
  3. Take left down ramp immediately after the guard booth.
  4. At the bottom of the ramp, merge left onto the BCEC Ring Road.
  5. At the corner of the building, turn right onto East Level 0.
  6. Drop off will be in first cutout, Northeast Level 0.

Self-parking is $18/entry for most vehicles regardless of size (cars, SUVs, vans, conversions vans, 15-passenger vans). Buses and RVs are $36/entry. If you would prefer to valet park, the cost is $30/entry. The valet is located at the cutout across from the Westin Hotel when you first drive down East Side Drive. All parking costs are subject to change.

Transpo to the Expo

Via Bus from Logan Airport:

  • Take the Sliver Line Bus SL1 (MBTA)
  • Exit at the World Trade Center stop, and take the elevator up to Level 2
  • Take a left onto World Trade Center Ave, and the BCEC will be directly in front of you

Visit to plan your trip to Abilities Expo. Check the "Wheelchair Accessible Trip" if that applies.

Via Commuter Rail:

  • Exit at the South Station stop, and proceed to Summer Street
  • Via taxi or walking: take a right onto Summer Street and the BCEC is about 1 mile on the right hand side (415 Summer Street)

Via bus: From South Station, take the take the SL1 Outbound towards Logan Airport

  • Exit at the World Trade Center stop, and take the elevator up to Level 2
  • Take a left onto World Trade Center Ave, and the BCEC will be directly in front of you

Visit to plan your trip to Abilities Expo. Check the "Wheelchair Accessible Trip" if that applies.

Via Subway (MBTA Red Line):

  • Exit at the South Station stop, and go up one flight of stairs
  • Take the MBTA Silver line SL1, SL2 or SL3 to the World Trade Center stop
  • Take the elevator up to Level 2
  • Take a left onto World Trade Center Ave, and the BCEC will be directly in front of you

Visit to plan your trip to Abilities Expo. Check the "Wheelchair Accessible Trip" if that applies.

Via Bus (MBTA #7 Bus - City Point - Otis - Summer Street):

  • Inbound Bus from City Point to South Station, get off at 415 Summer Street. BCEC is directly across the street.
  • Outbound Bus from South Station to City Point, get off at 425 Summer Street in front of the Westin Hotel, turn right off the bus and the BCEC is a half block up on the left.

Via Bus (MBTA Silver Line SL1, SL2 or SL3):

  • Exit at the World Trade Center stop, and take the elevator up to Level 2
  • Take a left onto World Trade Center Ave, and the BCEC will be directly in front of you

Visit to plan your trip to Abilities Expo. Check the "Wheelchair Accessible Trip" if that applies.

Via Taxi – Wheelchair Accessible Transportation Services

All taxicab drivers are required to accept any passenger who has a disability, including their service animal. Wheelchair accessible vehicles are available upon request at no additional charge.
All Boston taxi cabs with fifteen (15) or more cabs are required to have accessible vehicles 24 hours a day. There are 78 accessible cabs in Boston.

  • Boston Cab - (617) 536-5010, has two accessible taxis available
  • Metro Cab - (617) 782-5500, has nine accessible taxis
  • Town Taxi - (617) 536-5000, has two accessible taxis

Via Uber and Lyft

Uber and Lyft will pick up and drop off passengers in the following BCEC locations:

Northeast Level 1
Southeast Level 0
D Street at Lawn On D

Both Uber and Lyft have maps of these new designated areas, and there will be signage around the building informing attendees.  Specific transportation arrangement must be made directly with Uber or Lyft.

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Meet the Ambassadors

Local disability activists spearhead Abilities Expo's community outreach initiatives.

Ambassador Program


Meet the impressive individuals who have chosen to represent Abilities Expo to the Community.

Autumn Grant

Autumn Grant

Autumn Grant was born and raised and continues to live in Massachusetts. Autumn received a BA in Humanities with a concentration in Classics from Providence College, graduating summa cum laude and with the Directors Award for Excellence in the Humanities in 1996. She also received a MA in Higher Education Administration from Boston College in 2000.

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Susan Houston

Susan Houston Bio Photo

Susan was born and raised in Massachusetts and currently resides in Wrentham, MA with her husband Joe. She graduated from Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton and went on to study Social Services at Massasoit Community College.

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Karen Kain

Karen Kain

National Parent Ambassador

Karen Kain—a parent of a medically fragile, vaccine-injured child named Lorrin for fifteen years—teaches parents how to enjoy their children no matter their abilities. She shares how she bridged the gap from special needs to mainstream experiences in all arenas of life: best friends, slumber parties, concerts, camping, beauty pageants, Girl Scouts, school dances, musicals and endless travels.

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The Rossiter Family: Ainsley, Briley, Kamden, Rooster and Lori

The Rossiter Family, National Ambassadors

As the first ever National Ambassador Family, the Rossiters are truly honored to represent Abilities Expo across the nation. Ten-year-old Ainsley is an amazing young girl living with INAD, an extremely rare, terminal, progressive disorder of the nervous system.

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Stephanie Woodward

National Disability Law Ambassador

Stephanie Woodward

Stephanie Woodward is a passionate Disability Rights activist and proud disabled person. She is the Director of Advocacy at the Center for Disability Rights, Inc. (CDR) a disability led, not-for-profit Corporation that works for national, state, and local systemic change to advance the rights of people with disabilities.

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