Chicago

June 29 - July 1, 2018

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center

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

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Events and Activities 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

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

Assistive Technology Showcase

Sponsored by: Easter Seals DuPage & Fox County

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/

Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth

Presented by: American Red Cross together with Emergency and Disability Preparedness Experts from Regional Government Agencies, and Non-Profit Organizations

Location: Booth #521

Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth

Gain vital personal preparedness tips to help you create realistic plans to meet your needs, maintain your independence, and recover from emergency and disaster situations. Share your questions and concerns! Pick up free information and resources! A series of mini-workshops will be offered daily at the booth.

Learn more: Regional resources http://www.redcross.org/local/illinois/chicago-northern-illinois, National resources www.ready.gov

One-on-One Chess Instruction and Play

Presented by Illinois Chess Vets

Location: Booth #219

Learn to Play Chess

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

Friday, June 29, 2018

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Boccia

Presented by: Elpis Factor

Location: Events Arena

Boccia

Boccia – pronounced as "botch-ya" or "botch-ee" and also spelled as bocce – is a game by throwing a ball towards a target. It was erst played by the ancient Egyptians with polished rocks. The sport is extremely versatile and inclusive - it can be played indoors or outdoors on a hard, pat surface, in either individual or team play, socially or competitively, up to the Paralympic level. With assistive devices, boccia can be played by anyone, no matter their ability. Come watch a demonstration game and give the sport a try for yourself.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Presented by: The Rollettes

Location: Events Arena

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Kick off the day with 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

3:00pm – 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.barkingangelsservicedogfoundation.org

4:00pm – 4:45pm

Wheelchair Basketball

Presented by: Elpis Factor

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Basketball

Details to come.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

11:30am – 12:30pm

Quad Rugby Demonstration

Presented by the Chicago Bears Wheelchair Rugby Team and Elpis Factor

Location: Events Arena

Quad Rugby Demonstration

Competitive wheelchair rugby is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world. The Chicago Bears will join us to demonstrate this exciting game - a cross between wheelchair basketball, ice hockey, and soccer. The main message of quad rugby is "Smashing Stereotypes One Hit at a Time" and the sport has proven to be a life changer for those who start playing it. Find out more at this demo and learn about opportunities to get involved for yourself.
Learn more: www.chiwcrugby.org and www.elpisfactor.com

12:00pm – 4:30pm

Face Painting

Presented by: Elise Massa, 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. Just for kids age 18 and under. 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

12:45pm – 1:15pm

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.barkingangelsservicedogfoundation.org

1:30pm – 1:50pm

Storytime - The Push A Story of Friendship

Read by: Author Patrick Gray and Illustrator Justin Skeesuck

Location: Events Arena

The Push: A Story of Friendship Book

When Marcus moved next door to John, they knew instantly they'd be friends. Now John and Marcus do almost everything together. They go on lots of adventures, with Marcus pushing John's wheelchair and John fueling their escapades with jokes. Through their friendship, the boys discover that their unique gifts make them stronger together. Based on the friendship of real-life best friends Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck, "The Push" teaches kids that people of all abilities have important roles to play and that we're all better together than we are on our own. 
A book signing with the authors follows!
Learn more: https://www.pushinc.ushttp://tyndale.com 

The Push: A Story of Friendship Book

2:00pm – 2:30pm

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Presented by: The Rollettes

Location: Events Arena

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Kick off the day with 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

3:00pm – 3:30pm

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

Wheelchair Tennis

Presented by: Elpis Factor

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Tennis

Local Chicago area players will be on hand to demonstrate wheelchair tennis and teach attendees who would like to learn more. Wheelchair Tennis is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world! It follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis, except the wheelchair tennis player is allowed two bounces of the ball. Adaptive sports like wheelchair tennis offer people with all types of disabilities an outlet to play sports competitively and in recreational programs.
Learn more: www.elpisfactor.com

Sunday, July 1, 2018

12:00pm - 12:30pm

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!

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. Just for kids age 18 and under. 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

12:45pm - 1:15pm

Service Dogs

Presented by: Illini Service Dogs

Location: Events Arena

Illini Service Dogs

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.illiniservicedogs.com

1:30pm – 1:50pm

Storytime - The Push A Story of Friendship

Read by: Author Patrick Gray and Illustrator Justin Skeesuck

Location: Events Arena

The Push: A Story of Friendship Book

When Marcus moved next door to John, they knew instantly they'd be friends. Now John and Marcus do almost everything together. They go on lots of adventures, with Marcus pushing John's wheelchair and John fueling their escapades with jokes. Through their friendship, the boys discover that their unique gifts make them stronger together. Based on the friendship of real-life best friends Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck, "The Push" teaches kids that people of all abilities have important roles to play and that we're all better together than we are on our own. 
A book signing with the authors follows!
Learn more: https://www.pushinc.ushttp://tyndale.com 

The Push: A Story of Friendship Book

2:00pm – 2:30pm

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Presented by: The Rollettes

Location: Events Arena

Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Kick off the day with 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

2:45pm - 3:15pm

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

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