Chicago

June 12-14, 2020

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center

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

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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 #717

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

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Booth #1026

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

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! First-person-first-served. A limited number of race experience times are available on each day of the Expo.
Learn more: www.ainsleysangels.org

Artist Market

Presented by: Artfully Gifted

Location: Booth #913

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

Chess: One-on-One Instruction and Play

Presented by: Chess Vets

Location: Booth #418

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 IC social robot, JIBO. He will take your photo that will also be uploaded onto the Chess Vets Facebook page. He can also dance for you, tell a joke or even quiz your vocabulary prowess.
Learn more: www.chessvets.org

Friday, June 12, 2020

12:00pm – 12:45pm

All About Service Dogs

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

Location: Events Arena

All About Service Dogs

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

1:00pm- 1:30pm

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 here.

1:45pm – 2:30pm

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.

2:45pm – 3:45pm

Boccia Demonstration

Presented by:

Location: Events Arena

Boccia Demonstration

Details to come.

4:00pm – 4:45pm

TBD

Presented by:

Location: Events Arena

Details to come.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

11:30am – 12:15pm

ParaCheer

Presented by: ParaCheer Midwest representing USA Cheer

Location: Events Arena

ParaCheer

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!
Learn more: www.usacheer.org, http://cheerunion.org/disciplines/sach/ , www.facebook.com/ParaCheerMidwestUS/

Follow us: Twitter @ParaCheerMidUS & Instagram @Para_Cheer_Spirit

11:30am - 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.

12:30pm-1:15pm

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

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Dance Performance

Presented by: L-Theory Collective

Location: Events Arena

Dance Performance

dance performance with Lamaiya Lancaster!

2:30pm – 3:15pm

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.

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Chicago Bears Wheelchair Rugby Demo

Presented by: Chicago Bears Wheelchair Rugby Team

Location: Events Arena

Chicago Bears Wheelchair Rugby Demo

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!
Learn more: https://www.chiwcrugby.org/

Sunday, June 14, 2020

11:30am - 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.

11:45am – 12:30pm

ParaCheer

Presented by: ParaCheer Midwest representing USA Cheer

Location: Events Arena

ParaCheer

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!
Learn more: www.usacheer.org , http://cheerunion.org/disciplines/sach/ , www.facebook.com/ParaCheerMidwestUS/

Follow us: Twitter @ParaCheerMidUS & Instagram @Para_Cheer_Spirit

1:00pm-1:45pm

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

2:00pm-2:30pm

Ballroom Dancing with Dance Mobility

Presented by: Fred Astaire Dance Studios

Location: Events Arena

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. We will be teaching an introduction to wheelchair ballroom dance led by Fred Astaire’s professional-certified dance instructor. This group class will introduce the basics including its history and exponential growth, the different dancing styles and wheelchair techniques. Participants will then get to put their knowledge into practice on the dance floor. Participants are welcome to bring their own dance partner, or they will be paired with a partner.
Learn more: https://www.fredastaire.com/northbrook/

2:45pm- 3:30pm

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

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