Chicago

JUNE 24-26, 2022

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center

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

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Abilities Expo is back and ready for you!

Even better than deep dish pizza, the Chicago Abilities Expo brings you life-changing opportunities. It could be the products and tech. It could be the chance to play quad rugby or dance with the Rollettes. It could be the workshops or connections you make with others in the disability community. It's free so join us and register today.

Coronavirus Update: As Illinois has entered Phase 5 of the Coronavirus Response Plan, we have adjusted our safety measures accordingly. While masks are no longer a requirement for fully vaccinated individuals, we do encourage all non-vaccinated people to continue to mask for their own safety and the safety of others. Proof of vaccination will not be required. Both masks and gloves will be available for people who would like them. Hand sanitation stations will be located throughout the show floor.

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 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

 

Scale the Wall

Whatever your ability, YOU can conquer the completely inclusive climbing wall! With adaptive equipment and some expert coaching from Paralympian Mark Wellman, the summit will be within your reach.

Gimme a 'P' for ParaCheer

Athletes by nature, cheerleaders by choice! In the new sport of ParaCheer, athletes with and without disabilities join forces to perform wonderful adapted routines and stunts. Then it's your turn!

Finance the Devices You Need

The tech out there is mind-blowing and can supercharge your independence. But we know that price tag can be overwhelming. Attend the Help Hope Live workshop to unlock your fundraising potential.

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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

 

2021 Chicago Abilities Expo Directory

All Day Activities

All Day Abilities Expo Exhibits Exhibits
All Day Adaptive Climbing Wall Booth #717
All Day Assistive Technology Showcase Booth #521
All Day Artist Market Booth #817, 809
All Day Free Loaner Scooters Registration Area
11:00am – 4:00pm Free Wheelchair Repair Booth #123

Friday, June 25, 2021

12:00 – 12:45pm All About Service Dogs Events Area
1:00 – 1:30pm Intro to Chair Yoga (13+) Events Area
1:00 – 2:00pm Accessible Home Design Workshop
2:00 – 2:30pm Miniature Therapy Horse Demonstration Events Area
3:00 – 3:45pm Yoga with Areta Verschoor Events Area
4:00 – 4:45pm Conditioning with Dave Michael Events Area

Saturday, June 26, 2021

11:15 – 11:45am Kidz! Chair Yoga (ages 5-13) Events Arena
12:00 – 12:45pm All About Service Dogs Events Area
1:00 – 1:45pm Adaptive Dance With Momentum Dance Studio Events Arena
1:00 – 2:00pm Making Mindfulness Meaningful Workshop
2:00 – 2:45pm Miniature Therapy Horse Demonstration Events Arena
3:00 – 3:45pm Adaptive Cheer/ParaCheer: Spirit Wolves Events Arena
3:45 – 4:45pm An Introduction to Medical Cannabis Workshop
4:00 – 4:45pm Wheelchair Tennis Events Arena

Sunday, June 27, 2021

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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.

Large Print Accommodations

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 and Therapy Horses

 

All About Service Dogs
Miniature Therapy Horse Demonstration

All About Service Dogs

All About Service Dogs

Friday, June 25: 12:00 - 12:45 pm
Saturday, June 26: 12:00 - 12:45 pm

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.

Miniature Therapy Horse Demonstration

Miniature Therapy Horse Demonstration

Friday, June 25: 2:00 - 2:30 pm
Saturday, June 26: 2:00 - 2:45 pm
Sunday, June 27: 2:00 - 2:30 pm

Curious about how horses can help people with disabilities? Bring your questions! Miniature horses have been gaining attention for their strengths as therapy animals. This is your chance to meet some "mini's"! Learn why they are called horses (and not ponies) as well as the types of tasks they can perform as service and therapy animals. Time is included to meet the equine staff who will be visiting with their human counterparts. See a video about our horses on ABC7.

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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 with the Rollettes dance team and Vincent Tufano's From The Heart We 2 Can Dance.

Inclusive Dance Performances

 

Adaptive Dance With Momentum Dance Studio

Saturday, June 26: 1:00 - 1:45 pm

Momentum Dance

Join Momentum Dance Studio for a performance of some of their most recent Adaptive Dance works titled "Sound the Alarm," "Dance Off" and "Let's Roll The Dice". Momentum Dance Studio has 3 Rhythm Works Integrative Dance certified teachers, and have been teaching adaptive dance for 13 years. Their upcoming summer program includes dance styles such as hip hop, tap and rhythm, lyrical and jazz. Momentum has worked with students of all ages and abilities and takes the time to understand each dancer's individual needs.

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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. You'll get the blood pumping, improve fitness and build confidence…
and the fun factor is off the charts!

Adaptive Sports

 
Adaptive Climbing Wall
Bounce Children's Foundation: Transforming the lives of children and their loved ones
Conditioning with Dave Michael
Intro to Chair Yoga (13+)
Kidz! Chair Yoga (ages 5-13)
ParaCheer
Wheelchair Tennis
Yoga with Areta Verschoor

Adaptive Climbing Wall

Adaptive Climbing

All Day, Every Day

Sponsored by Coloplast, the Adaptive Climbing Wall 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! Climbing has tremendous benefits—building confidence, developing goal-setting skills, increasing strength, and improving flexibility. And it's fun! Mark is a former Paralympian and Park Ranger, and he is the first paraplegic to summit El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. He dedicates his time to improving the quality of life for adults and children with disabilities including disabled war veterans.

 

Bounce Children's Foundation: Transforming the lives of children and their loved ones

Bounce Children's Foundation

Saturday, June 26: 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Sunday, June 27: 1:00 – 1:45 pm

If your child is battling a chronic illness, he/she lives mostly as a patient; you spend hours managing healthcare; your other children suffer too; and it feels like you're on your own. Now there is a place to belong and a community of support. Bounce offers totally free programs to combat the isolation and hardship your family faces daily.

  • Bounce Bash® – from once-in-a-lifetime to everyday family outings
  • Bounce It Forward® – donated tickets to special events
  • Bounce Back Kits® – fun-filled family care packages
  • Bounce Academy®– strength training for coping skills
  • Bounce Net® – a private, safe online community of support

Conditioning with Dave Michael

Conditioning with Dave Michael

Friday, June 25: 4:00 – 4:45 pm

Dave will lead you through some adapted conditioning routines. Dave Michael is a National Exercise Sport Trainer with certifications in biomechanics, functional movement, core conditioning, Crossfit and is a certified inclusive trainer. He is also a GLASA athlete who plays sled hockey and competes in field events.

Intro to Chair Yoga (13+)

Intro to Chair Yoga (13+)

Friday, June 25: 1:00 – 1:30 pm

Our adult class will incorporate stretching and strengthening, with explanations of body-appropriate adjustments and/or use of applicable props. We'll begin with centering, flow through easy-to-follow (and remember) sequences and close with meditation/relaxation to refresh both the body and mind.

Kidz! Chair Yoga (ages 5-13)

Kidz! Chair Yoga (ages 5-13)

Saturday, June 26: 11:15 – 11:45 am

In the children's class we'll use our imagination and music to inspire yoga-oriented play. We will energize, then calm, bringing awareness to our actions and teaching love and respect for ourselves and others.

ParaCheer

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Saturday, June 26: 3:00 – 3:45 pm
Sunday, June 27: 1:00 – 1:45 pm

Discover the new sport of ParaCheer! ParaCheer brings two kinds of athletes together: those with disabilities—or "with limitations," according to Team USA—and those without. Cheerleading, by nature, pushes boundaries and questions limitations, and these athletes are doing just that, modifying stunts and adjusting routines to create something new. ParaCheer Midwest will showcase their skills with a demonstration. Then you are invited to try it for yourselves! Bring your cheer!

Wheelchair Tennis

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Saturday, June 26: 1:00 – 1:45 pm

Try your hand at wheelchair tennis!

Yoga with Areta Verschoor

Yoga with Areta Verschoor

Friday, June 25: 3:00 – 3:45 pm

Our adult class will incorporate stretching and strengthening, with explanations of body-appropriate adjustments and/or use of applicable props. We'll begin with centering, flow through easy-to-follow (and remember) sequences and close with meditation/relaxation to refresh both the body and mind.

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Experience Creativity at the Artists Market

The area's most celebrated artists with disabilities will feature an eclectic mix of original, unforgettable artistry. From paintings to photos to poetry and more, their amazing works will be available for appreciation and purchase.

Adaptive Art

 

Artfully Gifted, Artist Market Sponsor

Artfully Gifted is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that supports and promotes artists with disabilities. The organization provides an avenue for disabled artists to show and sell their work. Artfully Gifted is currently located at the Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education at Roosevelt (ICRE-R) in Chicago.

In addition to housing the Artfully Gifted Storefront, ICRE-R offers two programs aimed at improving the independent functioning and facilitating vocational outcomes for people with disabilities. The first program is a residential program for transition-aged youth with physical disabilities; the second program is a day program called the Vocational Initiative Program (VIP) that includes individuals with a wide variety of disabilities, autism, ADHD, intellectual disabilities, as well as physical disabilities. Artfully Gifted works with both programs to provide comprehensive services for artists like the individuals featured at this year`s Expo.

David Farber, Photographer

David Farber, Photographer

David's interest in wildlife and nature photography began at the age of 13 and has been his passion for the last 42 years. Not even his 1981 motorcycle accident which left him a triplegic could distract him from one of the great loves of his life. Able only to move his right arm, David shoots photos with the help of a utility frame to hold his camera and sipping tube to take the picture. His one functioning hand never has to leave the focusing ring. David also does all his own processing, mat cutting and frame building. For more information, visit Naturally Farber Photos at www.naturallyfarberphotos.com

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Getting to Abilities Expo

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center
1551 North Thoreau Drive
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Directions, Parking and Transpo

 


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Directions From the North:

Take 294 South or 94 East. Take 90 (Northwest Toll way) West. Exit on 53 North. Take first exit - Algonquin Road – and turn right/West. Turn left on Thoreau Drive or Meacham Road.

Directions From Chicago:

Take I-90 (Northwest Toll way) West from Chicago. Exit on 53 North. Take first exit - Algonquin Road – and turn right/West. Turn left on Thoreau Drive or Meacham Road.

Directions From O’Hare Airport:

Exit airport and take I-90 (Northwest Toll way East. Exit on 53 North. Take first exit - Algonquin Road – and turn right/West. Turn left on Thoreau Drive or Meacham Road.

Directions From the West:

Take I-90 (Northwest Toll way) East. Exit on 53 North. Take first exit - Algonquin Road – and turn right/West. Turn left on Thoreau Drive or Meacham Road

Directions From the South:

Take 294-N - Merge on 290 West. Exit on Algonquin Road- turn right/ West. Turn left on Thoreau Drive or Meacham Road.

For maps and directions, please visit google.

Parking and Drop-off

To access complimentary parking, enter the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center (RSHCC) and proceed to the convention center entrance located on the East end of the complex by following the posted signage. If you would like to drop of any passengers before you park, please do so at the entrance facing North and just to the East of the ballroom entrance. Then proceed to the outdoor lot all around the building.

Self Parking is free. If you would prefer to valet your vehicle, the costs are $13 for daytime valet and $17 for overnight. 

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Transpo to the Expo

Public Transportation Accessible travel

Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) oversees the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra, Pace Suburban Bus and Pace ADA Paratransit. Please visit https://www.rtachicago.org to plan your itinerary. 

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates the nation's second largest public transportation system and covers the City of Chicago and 35 surrounding suburbs. Click here for details on accessible transit. Please visit https://www.transitchicago.com/ to plan your itinerary. 

Metra

Metra provides accessible travel all over Chicagoland and most of its stations are wheelchair accessible. Click here for details. Please visit www.metrarail.com to plan your itinerary. The closest train station to the Schaumburg Convention Center is the Arlington Park station on the Metro Union Pacific Northwest line.

Pace ADA Paratransit Service

Paratransit service is the general term for a reservation-based or "demand-response" service in which a passenger must reserve a ride in advance. Unlike fixed-route service, in which buses travel the same route in a regular pattern and pick up any waiting passengers, paratransit vehicles make only pre-arranged trips for riders who are eligible for the particular service. To apply for paratransit certification, click here.

Trips are only provided at the same times and within the same geographic areas as fixed route. Pace operates this service across the entire six-county region, including Chicago. Once certified, access this directory of reservation phone numbers to book your paratransit ride. Please click here for details and fares.

Pace Suburban Bus Service

All Pace fixed routes are accessible for persons who use mobility aids and service is available in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. Please visit www.pacebus.com to plan your itinerary.

Schaumburg Dial-a-Ride

Dial-A-Ride Transportation (DART) is provided by the Village of Schaumburg and Pace's Suburban Bus Division. Schaumburg's signature transit service has evolved over the years into one of the few community-operated bus services in the Chicagoland that provides door-to-door access to any location in Schaumburg. To schedule a ride using DART, call 847-352-8097. Rides can be reserved on the same day as travel, at least 90 minutes prior to your desired pick-up time. Each bus can accommodate two wheelchairs. There is no service on Sundays.

Woodfield Trolley

Due to COVID-19, the Woodfield Trolley has been suspended.

 

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Meet the Ambassadors

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

Ambassador Program

 

Kim Brown

Kim BrownKim Brown is a Senior Business Analyst for Commonwealth Edison for eight years. Prior to coming to ComEd, Kim worked for Chicago Public Schools as a Teacher and Reading Coach. Kim is also the former State Coordinator for the Ms. Wheelchair Illinois Program as well as Ms. Wheelchair Illinois 2012.

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Mike Ervin

Mike Ervin

Mike Ervin is a writer and disability rights activist living in Chicago. His plays have been produced in theaters across America.

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Vanessa Harris

Vanessa HarrisVanessa Harris, P.E. is an able-bodied/disabled licensed professional engineer and artist who creates short documentaries which can be seen at Fun 4 the Disabled to inspire joy for disabled and non-disabled persons alike about fun topics.

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Vincenzo Tufano

Chicago Ambassador

Vincenzo Tufano

For some it would seem like an impossible situation being told that you would never walk again and not to bother, but for Vincenzo it was a challenge worth meeting head on. The former aspirations of becoming an EMT were a thing of the past as, after a fall and a diagnosis of Muscular Dystrophy, he was paralyzed on his whole right side. It would take around five years for Vincenzo to be able to gain enough function in his arm to use a manual wheelchair and begin his journey into a new life he never thought was possible. 

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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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