JUNE 25-27, 2021

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center

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

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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 we welcome you back to live, in-person Abilities Expos, please review our COVID-19 Safety Measures and note that masks will be required onsite unless medical documentation explaining the reasons you cannot wear one is provided.

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

Here is a past Abilities Expo line-up. Check back 3 months out to find out what's in store for 2021.


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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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 #601 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!



All Day Activities

All Day Abilities Expo Exhibits Exhibits
All Day Adaptive Climbing Wall Booth #717
All Day Assistive Technology Showcase Booth #421
All Day Artist Market Booth # 908, 916
All Day Free Loaner Scooters Service
All Day Sign Language Interpreter Service
11:00am – 4:00pm Free Wheelchair Repair Service

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 – 1:45pm 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 – 1:45pm Making Mindfulness Meaningful Workshop
2:00 – 2:45pm Miniature Therapy Horse Demonstration Events Arena
3:00 – 3:45pm ParaCheer Events Arena
3:45 – 4:45pm An Introduction to Medical Cannabis Workshop
4:00 – 4:45pm Wheelchair Tennis Events Arena

Sunday, June 27, 2021

11:45am – 12:30pm All About Service Dogs Events Area
11:45am – 12:45pm TBD Workshop
1:00 – 1:45pm ParaCheer Events Arena
2:00 – 2:30pm Miniature Therapy Horse Demonstration Events Arena
2:45pm – 3:30pm Art as Healing and Celebration Events Area

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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 and Therapy Horses

Here is a past Abilities Expo line-up. Check back 3 months out to find out what's in store for 2021.


All About Service Dogs
Miniature Therapy Horse Demonstration
Service Dogs 101

All About Service Dogs

All About Service Dogs

Presented by Kristin Hartness, 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.

Miniature Therapy Horse Demonstration

Miniature Therapy Horse Demonstration

Presented by Jodie Diegel, RN, MBA, SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program

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.

Service Dogs 101

Service Dogs 101

Presented by: Jack Giambrone, Barking Angels Service Dogs Foundation

Discover how service dogs are meeting the needs of people with many different disabilities. Several service dogs will be on hand to demonstrate the how they work to achieve independence in various areas of people's lives. Find out how these dogs can help with many different types of disability, including vision and hearing loss, mobility, autism and seizure/allergy alert. Learn how funding works to acquire a dog and what to expect from your service dog provider organization. Bring your questions!

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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

Here is a past Abilities Expo line-up. Check back 3 months out to find out what's in store for 2021.


Ballroom Dancing with Dance Mobility
Dance Performance
From the Heart We 2 Can Dance

Ballroom Dancing with Dance Mobility

Presented by: Fred Astaire Dance Studios

The Dancing Wheels Company's Quest for Equality

At Fred Astaire Dance Studios, we believe that everyone deserves to discover the joy and transforming power of ballroom dance. It's that philosophy that led us to create a Para Dance Ballroom Dance program. This group class will introduce the basics, the different dancing styles and wheelchair techniques. Participants will then get to put their knowledge into practice on the dance floor. You can bring your own dance partner, or be paired with a partner.

Dance Performance

Presented by: L-Theory Collective

Dance Performance

Join us for a dance performance with Lamaiya Lancaster! This collective of dancers with and without disabilities are dedicated to revitalizing modern dance through a unique blend of dynamic athleticism and emotive artistic integrity. They promote inclusion through community engagement in The Art of Dance and can't wait to teach you some new moves!

From the Heart We 2 Can Dance

Presented by: Vincent Tufano, Founder, From the Heart We 2 Can Dance

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Join Vincent as he guides you in finding your inner dancer. This one-of-a-kind workshop will teach dancers the most fundamental thing when it comes to dancing—it starts with the heart. All levels of ability are welcome! You are guaranteed to experience first hand the process a dancer goes through before the audience sees the finished project. Join us for a workshop filled with surprise, fun and see that you too can dance!

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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.

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

Adaptive Sports

Here is a past Abilities Expo line-up. Check back 3 months out to find out what's in store for 2021.

Accessible/Adaptive Chair Yoga Class
Adaptive Climbing Wall
Boccia Demonstration
Chicago Bears Wheelchair Rugby Demo
Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Accessible/Adaptive Chair Yoga Class

Accessible yoga

Presented by: Jackie Gadd, BYOMYOGA

Yoga IS for Every Body - no experience needed. Bring your body (and whatever you need to support). You are invited to attend a playful 45-minute session to experience how yoga can be accessible and beneficial for everyone. This inclusive and accessible program includes breathwork to illustrate the energizing and calming effects yoga can have on the body and mind, and to prepare the body for movement flow.

Adaptive Climbing Wall

Adaptive Climbing

Presented by: Mark Wellman, Adventure Athlete, Paralympian, No Limits Tahoe
Sponsored by: Liberator Medical Supply, Inc.

All Day, Every Day

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!

Boccia Demonstration

Boccia Demonstration

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

Boccia is a popular, inclusive Paralympic sport practiced in more than 50 countries, and you can try it for yourself at Abilities Expo. Competitors can participate from standing or seated positions and those with upper limb challenges are welcome to play with adaptive equipment. Come join the fun!

Chicago Bears Wheelchair Rugby Demo

Chicago Bears Wheelchair Rugby Demo

Presented by: Chicago Bears Wheelchair Rugby Team

Wheelchair rugby has been called "Murderball" and "Combat Chess" – come see the greatest sport you've never heard of in person! This hard-hitting, full-contact, co-ed Paralympic sport is played in specialty custom wheelchairs by athletes with cervical spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, amputations, and other orthopedic/neurological diagnoses that affect all four limbs. We will have chairs and equipment to try out if you want to score a few goals yourself as you learn about our game!



Presented by: ParaCheer Midwest representing USA Cheer

Discover the new sport of ParaCheer! ParaCheer brings two kinds of athletes together: those with disabilities and 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!

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

Test drive the Ainsley's Angels athletic ride-along experience! Created for anyone who would otherwise not be able to experience endurance events, Ainsley's Angels creates "Angel Teams" by pairing Athlete-riders with runners to compete in endurance events and road races. The Athlete rider is the core of the team and pulls the runner across the finish line with smiles, cheers and immeasurable inspirational spirit. Be sure to visit the Ainsley's Angels of America booth to sign up to experience the thrill TODAY!

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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

Here is a past Abilities Expo line-up. Check back 3 months out to find out what's in store for 2021.


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

Jerwayne Balentine, Poet

Jerwayne Balentine, Poet

Jerwayne Balentine is a passionate writer and gifted artist. Jerwayne was born in San Diego, California in 1992, and then moved to Chicago as a young boy. At the age of six, he was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. He uses a power wheelchair and accesses his computer via an adapted mouse and voice-recognition software.

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Julian Francisco, Kiwi Photography

Julian, Photographer

Julian Francisco Aparicio Gomez is the owner of Kiwi Photography. In the summer of 2005, Julian`s life took a dramatic turn when he suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after an accident involving a car. Through Julian`s willpower and support of his family, he not only regained his ability to walk—he completed high school and graduated from Harrington College of design with a degree in digital photography.

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Marlena Danice Gamble, Jewelry and Ceramics Artist

Marlena, Artist

Marlena Danice Gamble is an artist. She has been involved with creating and crafting since she was a child. Because of her learning disability, traditional academic activities that showed her talents were difficult for her. Marlena learned to express herself best by using her hands. When she was 12 years old, she took a ceramic class at the Beverly Arts Center. Her grandmother taught her to crochet and, in 2015, she took a jewelry making class.

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Taron Parker, Lampshade Artist

Taron Parker, a 20-year-old with an intellectual disability, resides in the Southside of Chicago. Currently enrolled in the Vocational Incubator Program, Taron is committed to doing something positive for his community and becoming a successful business owner.

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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 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 to plan your itinerary. 


Metra provides accessible travel all over Chicagoland and most of its stations are wheelchair accessible. Click here for details. Please visit 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 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 to plan your itinerary.

Pace ADA Paratransit Service

Reservations hours for Pace Suburban ADA services will be taken Monday through Friday 6:00am to 7:00pm, Saturday 8:00am to 5:00pm (when Sunday ADA service is available) and Sunday 8:00am to 5:00pm. Please click here for details and fares.

Woodfield Trolley

The Village of Schaumburg provides free accessible service from the Woodfield Mall to the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. The trolley runs during show hours every 20 minutes on Saturday and every 30 minutes on Friday and Sunday. The Woodfield Mall stop is located on the lower level between Nordstrom and J.C. Penney. This may be a viable option for those travelling to Abilities Expo via public transportation and are having issues with the timing of the Pace Bus. Please visit the Woodfield Trolley website for more information or call (847) 923-3880.

Traveling from the City of Chicago

If you are traveling to the Expo from Chicago, here are two itineraries to consider:

  • Take the CTA Blue Line to Rosemont. Then take the 606 Pace Bus to Woodfield Mall, where you can catch the trolley to the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center (details above).
  • Take the CTA Blue Line to Rosemont. Then take the 600 Pace Bus to the Northwestern Transportation Center. Then take the 611 Pace Bus to the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center.

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Meet the Ambassadors

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

Ambassador Program


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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