Boston

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.

Register for free today.

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

 

Pickleball For All

The adapted version of the sport sweeping the nation is coming to Abilities Expo! Called Ping Pong on Steroids, pickleball combines tennis, badminton and ping pong.

Ability Beats

Gimme a beat! This fun drumming activity was a hit at last year's Abilities Expo and delivered a full brain and body workout to kids and adults of all abilities.

Crushing Curling

Gimme a beat! This fun drumming activity was a hit at last year's Abilities Expo and delivered a full brain and body workout to kids and adults of all abilities.

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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 #1114 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!

Calendar

 

All Day, Every Day

All Day Abilities Expo Exhibits Exhibits
All Day Adaptive Climbing Wall Booth #633
All Day Assistive Technology Showcase Booth #537
All Day StrokeChannel.TV Support Groups Booth #1125
All Day Free Loaner Scooters Booth #1114
All Day Sign Language Interpreter Service
11:00am – 4:00pm Free Wheelchair Repair Service Booth #548

Friday, September 13, 2019

11:45am – 12:45pm Home Modifications Workshop
12:00pm – 12:30pm All About Service Dogs Events Arena
12:45pm – 1:30pm Pickleball For All Events Arena
2:00pm – 2:30pm Learn to Curl Wheelchair Demonstration Events Arena
3:00pm – 3:30pm Wheelchair DanceFIT Events Arena
3:45pm – 4:45pm Open your World with Accessible Travel Workshop
3:45pm – 4:45pm Wheelchair Tennis Events Arena

Saturday, September 14, 2019

11:15am – 11:45am Fitness for All with Ability Beats Events Arena
12:00pm – 4:30pm Face Painting Next to Events Arena
11:45am – 12:45pm Live reading of Ivy the Very Determined Dog Workshop
12:00pm – 12:45pm All About Service Dogs Events Arena
1:00pm – 1:30pm Adapted Boccia Demonstration Events Arena
1:00pm – 2:00pm Understanding Pain Medication Workshop
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Power Wheelchair Roundtable Discussion Room #051
2:00pm – 2:30pm Wheelchair DanceFIT Events Arena
2:30pm – 3:30pm Mental Health: Live your Best Life Workshop
3:00pm – 3:45pm Demonstration of NEADS World Class Service Dogs Events Arena
3:45pm – 4:45pm Cannabis 101 Workshop
4:00pm – 4:30pm Seated Stretching and Fitness Events Arena

Sunday, September 15, 2019

11:45am – 12:15pm Fitness for All with Ability Beats Events Arena
11:45am – 12:45pm Change and Reinvention Workshop
12:00pm – 3:30pm Face Painting Next to Events Arena
12:30pm – 1:30pm IMPACT: Ability Personal Safety Training Events Arena
2:00pm-2:45pm Learn to Curl Wheelchair Demonstration Events Arena
3:00pm-3:30pm Service Dogs: Pawsibly the Best Medicine Events Arena

Register Today. It's Free!

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.

Don't forget to register.

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

 

All About Service Dogs
Demonstration of NEADS World Class Service Dogs
Service Dog Demonstration

All About Service Dogs

Friday, September 13: 12:00 – 12:30 pm
Saturday, September 14: 12:00 – 12:45 pm

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.

Demonstration of NEADS World Class Service Dogs

Saturday, September 14: 3:00 – 3:45 pm
Presented by: Katy Ostroff, NEADS

NEADS staff, clients with their Service Dogs, will discuss and demonstrate some of the task work that help facilitate independence in the everyday lives of persons with disabilities. NEADS World Class Service Dogs can pick up dropped items; retrieve cell phones; turn on lights; and open doors. For persons with hearing loss, Service Dogs can alert their handlers to cell phone ringing; emergency sirens; smoke alarms and when loved ones are calling their names. The Service Dog program for children is designed for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. The dogs, under the leadership of the parent or guardian, perform tasks to assist children with sensory integration and increase social interactions. NEADS staff and clients will be ready to answer your questions including the differences among Service Dogs, emotional support dogs and therapy dogs. Veterans – be sure to ask about the NEADS programs that are available to you.

Service Dogs: Pawsibly the Best Medicine

Sunday, September 15: 3:00 – 3:30 pm
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.

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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

 

Wheelchair DanceFIT

Friday, September 13: 3:00 – 3:30 pm
Saturday, September 14: 2:00 – 2:30 pm
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!

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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

 

Saturday, September 14: 12:00 – 4:30 pm
Sunday, September 15: 12:00 – 3:30 pm

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

 

Adapted Boccia Demonstration
Adaptive Climbing Wall
Fitness for All with Ability Beats
IMPACT: Ability Personal Safety Training
Learn to Curl Wheelchair Demonstration
Pickleball For All
Wheelchair Tennis

Adapted Boccia Demonstration

Adapted Boccia Demonstration

Saturday, September 14: 1:00 – 1:30 pm
Presented by: Paralyzed Veterans of America, New England Chapter

Boccia is one of the most inclusive sports to be featured at the Paralympic Games. It is a sport of strategy and skill and can be played by anyone! Come on by to learn about the sport and give it a try!

Adaptive Climbing Wall

Adaptive Climbing Wall

All day, every day
Presented by: Mark Wellman, Adventure Athlete, Paralympian, No Limits Tahoe

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.

Fitness for All with Ability Beats

Fitness for All with Ability Beats

Saturday, September 14: 11:15 – 11:45 pm
Sunday, September 15: 11:45 – 12:15 pm
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.

IMPACT: Ability Personal Safety Training

Ability Personal Safety Training

Sunday, September 15: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Presented by: IMPACT Self Defense
Sponsored by: Liberator Medical Supply, Inc.

IMPACT:Ability is a comprehensive abuse prevention program that provides personal safety training for youth and adults with disabilities. In this session we will teach basic self-defense stance and awareness skills, as well practice introductory self-advocacy and self-protection skills through role play.

Learn to Curl Wheelchair Demonstration

Learn to Curl Wheelchair Demonstration

Friday, September 13: 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Sunday, September 15: 2:00 – 2:45 pm
Presented by: North End Curling Club, Cape Cod Curling Club and Grand National Curling Club

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.

Learn about programs and register: https://sasc.spauldingrehab.org

Pickleball For All

Pickleball For All

Friday, September 13: 12:45 – 1:30 pm
Presented by: USAPA Pickleball

Come check out this fast-growing sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton & ping-pong: a fun, easy to learn & access sport for all skill levels, yet can become a fast paced competitive game with experience! Also called Ping Pong on Steroids, it's easier to learn than tennis and more fun to play. PB is played on a smaller court than tennis with a similar net and can be played doubles or singles like tennis. It uses a whiffle type ball and a paddle like ping pong only bigger. The serve is underhanded. It is played outside and inside at gyms, senior centers ,YMCA's, grange and church halls all over the country. Depending on your disability it can be played in a sport chair or standup. If you would like to try it out be prepared to become addicted!

Wheelchair Tennis

Adaptive Boccia Demonstration

Friday, September 13: 3:45 – 4:45 pm
Presented by: Thomas Dodd, USTA New England

Are you looking to try a new sport? Come try wheelchair tennis with local instructors and wheelchair tennis players. Participants will be engaged in games, drills, and skill challenges.

Registered yet?

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 $20/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 http://www.mbta.com/rider_tools/trip_planner 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 http://www.mbta.com/rider_tools/trip_planner 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 http://www.mbta.com/rider_tools/trip_planner 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 http://www.mbta.com/rider_tools/trip_planner 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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