Chicago

June 21-23, 2019

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center

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

Register for Free

Activities and demos make the total Abilities experience

Add some exciting new activities to your life? Abilities Expo showcases a wide range of events that not only entertain, they also give you the opportunity to try new things, expand your interests and discover ways to be more involved in the local Chicago area.

  • Try a variety of adaptive sports
  • Transform your face at the face painters
  • Learn how to work with assistance dogs
  • Break out your dancing wheels
  • Find out how horses can help people with disabilities

There’s a lot going on at Abilities Expo! Be sure to also check out the Free Workshops

* Please note dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Please check the schedule at the show for final times and events. Abilities Expo is not responsible for the materials or opinions of the speakers.

All Day, Every Day

Adaptive Climbing Wall

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

Sponsored by: Liberator Medical Supply, Inc.

Location: Booth #819

Chicago Adaptive Climbing Wall

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! 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. 
Learn more: www.nolimitstahoe.com

Artist Market

Presented by: Artfully Gifted

Location: Booth #1013

Artist Market

Meet the region's artists with disabilities and shop their eclectic mix of original, unforgettable artistry. From photographs and paintings to graphic design, their amazing works will be available for appreciation and purchase. Artist Market sponsor Artfully Gifted Foundation was founded in 2013 for the purpose of supporting young entrepreneurs with disabilities. With both a retail site and now an e-commerce website, they strive to provide a platform for these entrepreneurs to present their products to a wide audience.  Working with the Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education – Roosevelt (ICRE-R) they provide a training site for students interested in retail, as well as a means for their students to test-market their works of art and products made in their vocational training classes. 
Learn more: www.artfullygifted.org

Assistive Technology Showcase

Sponsored by: Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley

Location: Booth #813

Assistive Technology Showcase

Explore how assistive technology (AT) can help you or your loved ones bridge the gap between ability and disability! Discover an array of AT for people of all disabilities to experience hands-on. Staff will be available to offer suggestions and share their extensive knowledge to help determine the most appropriate technology match for your abilities and situations. The mission of Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley is to enable infants, children, and adults with disabilities to achieve their maximum independence, and to provide support for the families who love and care for them. Their vision is that all children receive the developmental services they need to live their best life. Assistive Technology (AT) at Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley improves the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities through implementation strategies and technology software/products. Their primary focus is Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for individuals with complex communication needs.
Learn more: www.easterseals.com/dfv/

Chess: One-on-One Instruction and Play

Presented by Illinois Chess Vets

Location: Booth #112

Chess: One-on-One Instruction and Play

Discover chess, a game that is accessible to nearly everyone and enjoyable. Numerous studies have examined the benefits of chess. Chess helps your brain to grow and people who play are less likely to develop dementia. Meet and learn from passionate players who also happen to have different types of disabilities. Challenge boards will be set up for attendees to learn chess basics and get to try the game. Also! Visit our booth to meet the ICV social robot, JIBO. He will take your photo that will also be uploaded onto the Illinois Chess Vets Facebook page. He can also dance for you, tell a joke or even quiz your vocabulary prowess.
Learn more: www.ilchessvets.org

Zot Artz Experience!

Presented by Zot Artz

Locations: Booth #122

Zot Artz Experience!

Come paint with Zot Artz in booth 122!
Kids love making art and so do we! Everyone can stamp and print to make their mark. Each participant will take home an original work of art and a joyful moment. Please plan 5-15 minutes for the painting activity.  See photos and learn more at www.zotartz.com

Friday, June 21, 2019

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Service Dogs 101

Presented by: Jack Giambrone, Barking Angels Service Dogs Foundation

Location: Events Arena

Service Dogs 101

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! 
Learn more: www.barkingangels.org

1:00pm-1:30pm

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Presented by: The Rollettes

Location: Events Arena

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Join us for a high-energy, live performance by The Rollettes Los Angeles, an incredible wheelchair dance team. The dance team performs unique and captivating routines across the country as well as sharing their stories of adversity and how through determination and high spirits they've gone on with their lives to fulfill their dreams to dance. Following the performance, it's your turn! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance floor and learn some moves. 
Learn more: www.rollettesdance.com 

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Miniature Therapy Horse Demonstration

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

Location: Events Arena

Miniature Therapy Horse Demonstration

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.
Learn more: www.soulharbourranch.com

3:45pm-4:45pm

Accessible/Adaptive Chair Yoga Class

For all ages and abilities including parents, care providers, and social workers

Presented by: Jackie Gadd, BYOMYOGA

Location: Events Arena

ParaCheer

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. The program is softer, slower, well-supported, and nurturing. Appropriate yoga poses with props (like blankets, blocks, and straps) and modifications will be coached from standing, seated, and ground positions to accommodate as many abilities levels as possible. The gentle flow encourages and helps pair the body neurologically with range-of-motion, balance, and strength-improving movements. Minor hands-on adjustments and mobility assists will be available (with student agreement and acceptance) to help everyone be safe in their poses, and most importantly feel welcome into the space.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

11:15am – 11:45am

Wheelchair Rugby

Presented by: Chicago Bears Wheelchair Rugby Team

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Rugby

Invented by individuals with quadriplegia in the 1970s, Wheelchair rugby is a full-contact co-ed Paralympic sport.  It combines elements of rugby, basketball and handball. Players compete in teams of four to carry the ball across the opposing team's goal line. Contact between wheelchairs is permitted and is in fact an integral part of the sport as players use their chairs to block and hold opponents.  Currently there are 43 active rostered teams within the United States Quad Rugby Assocation (USQRA).  Come meet athletes from the Chicago Bears and the Oscar Mike Militia teams in a mini-scrimmage, try out our chairs, and learn something new!
Learn more: https://chiquadrugby.wordpress.com 

12:00pm – 4:30pm

Face Painting

Presented by: We Adorn You

Location: Next to Events Arena

Face Painting

Face, arm, and hand painting are great ways for children to dress up - no costume required! Kids delight in this opportunity to transform their appearance! Painting is complimentary, and paints are approved professional face paints that will wash off with soap and water. Based on availability – face painting is a popular activity and we recommend you arrive early to ensure a spot. Please note the line for face painting closes 30 minutes prior to the close of face painting for each day.
Learn more: www.facepaintinglosangeles.net

12:00pm – 12:45pm

The Dancing Wheels Company's Quest for Equality

Presented by: The Dancing Wheels Company

Location: Events Arena

Dancing Wheels

Under the direction of Founding Artistic Director Mary Verdi-Fletcher, The Dancing Wheels Company is recognized as the first and foremost professional physically integrated dance company in America uniting the talents of dancers both with and without disabilities.  Since its inception in 1980, the highly skilled ensemble of stand-up and sit-down (wheelchair) dancers has reached over five million people worldwide with innovative mainstage performances, school assembly programs, guest appearances, masterclasses and numerous outreach activities.  Seeing a need for accessibility to the arts and dance, The School of Dancing Wheels opened in 1990 and became a world-class training center for dancers, choreographers, and educators.  The Dancing Wheels Company & School is proudly hailed as the World Center for Integrated Dance & Arts Access. 
Learn more: www.dancingwheels.org.

1:00pm – 1:45pm

ParaCheer

Presented by: ParaCheer Midwest representing USA Cheer

Location: Events Arena

ParaCheer

Discover the new sport of ParaCheer, only in its second year! 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!
Learn more: www.usacheer.org
http://cheerunion.org/disciplines/sach/
www.facebook.com/ParaCheerMidwestUS/

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Miniature Therapy Horse Demonstration

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

Location: Events Arena

Miniature Therapy Horse Demonstration

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.
Learn more: www.soulharbourranch.com

2:45pm – 3:15pm

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Presented by: The Rollettes

Location: Events Arena

Rollettes

Join us for a high-energy, live performance by The Rollettes Los Angeles, an incredible wheelchair dance team. The dance team performs unique and captivating routines across the country as well as sharing their stories of adversity and how through determination and high spirits they've gone on with their lives to fuldll their dreams to dance. Following the performance it's your turn! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance eoor and learn some moves. 
Learn more: www.rollettesdance.com 

4:00pm-4:30pm

All About Service Dogs

Presented by: Mallory Anderson, Canines for Disabled Kids

Location: Events Arena

All About Service Dogs with Kristin Hartness

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.
Learn more: www.caninesforkids.org

Sunday, June 23, 2019

11:15am-11:45am

From the Heart We 2 Can Dance

Presented by: Vincent Tufano, Founder, From the Heart We 2 Can Dance, Adaptive Dancer, Para-triathlete, Abilities Expo Ambassador

Location: Events Arena

From the Heart We 2 Can Dance

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. You do not need any previous experience to participate. 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! Learn more: Youtube Video

12:00pm – 3:30pm

Face Painting

Presented by: We Adorn You

Location: Next to Events Arena

Face Painting

Face, arm, and hand painting are great ways for children to dress up - no costume required! Kids delight in this opportunity to transform their appearance! Painting is complimentary, and paints are approved professional face paints that will wash off with soap and water. Based on availability – face painting is a popular activity and we recommend you arrive early to ensure a spot. Please note the line for face painting closes 30 minutes prior to the close of face painting for each day.
Learn more: www.facepaintinglosangeles.net

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Accessible/Adaptive Chair Yoga Class

For all ages and abilities including parents, care providers, and social workers

Presented by: Jackie Gadd, BYOMYOGA

Location: Events Arena

Accessible/Adaptive Chair Yoga Class

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. The program is softer, slower, well-supported, and nurturing. Appropriate yoga poses with props (like blankets, blocks, and straps) and modifications will be coached from standing, seated, and ground positions to accommodate as many abilities levels as possible. The gentle flow encourages and helps pair the body neurologically with range-of-motion, balance, and strength-improving movements. Minor hands-on adjustments and mobility assists will be available (with student agreement and acceptance) to help everyone be safe in their poses, and most importantly feel welcome into the space.

1:00pm-1:30pm

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Presented by: The Rollettes

Location: Events Arena

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Join us for a high-energy, live performance by The Rollettes Los Angeles, an incredible wheelchair dance team. The dance team performs unique and captivating routines across the country as well as sharing their stories of adversity and how through determination and high spirits they've gone on with their lives to fulfill their dreams to dance. Following the performance, it's your turn! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance floor and learn some moves. 
Learn more: www.rollettesdance.com  

2:00pm-2:30pm

Service Dogs 101

Presented by: Jack Giambrone, Barking Angels Service Dogs Foundation

Location: Events Arena

dance performance with Lamaiya Lancaster!

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! 
Learn more: www.barkingangels.org

3:00pm-3:30pm

Dance Performance

Presented by: L-Theory Collective

Location: Events Arena

dance performance with Lamaiya Lancaster!

Modern dance performance with Lamaiya Lancaster!

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