Chicago

JUNE 25-27, 2021

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 Activities

Adaptive Climbing Wall

Presented by: Coloplast

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

Assistive Technology Showcase

Presented by: Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP)

Location: Booth #421

Assistive Technology Showcase

Explore how assistive technology can help you or your loved ones bridge the gap between ability and disability. The showcase will feature an array of AT for people of all abilities to experience hands-on.

Artist Market

Presented by: Artfully Gifted

Location: Booth #908, 916

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 25, 2021

12:00 – 12:45 pm

All About Service Dogs

Presented by: Kristin Hartness, 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

1:00 – 1:30 pm

Intro to Chair Yoga (13+)

Presented by: Jackie Gadd, BYOMYOGA

Location: Events Arena

Intro to Chair Yoga (13+)

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.

2:00 – 2:30 pm

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

3:00 – 3:45 pm

Yoga with Areta Verschoor

Presented by: Areta Verschoor, Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) and Move United

Location: Events Arena

Yoga with Areta Verschoor

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.

4:00 – 4:45 pm

Conditioning with Dave Michael

Presented by: Dave Michael, Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) and Move United

Location: Events Arena

Conditioning with Dave Michael

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.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

11:15 – 11:45 am

Kidz! Chair Yoga (ages 5-13)

Presented by: Jackie Gadd, BYOMYOGA

Location: Events Arena

Kidz! Chair Yoga (ages 5-13)

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.

12:00 – 12:45 pm

All About Service Dogs

Presented by: Kristin Hartness, 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

1:00 – 1:45 pm

Adaptive Dance With Momentum Dance Studio

Presented by: Momentum Dance Studio

Location: Events Arena

Adaptive Dance With Momentum Dance Studio

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.
Learn more: https://www.momentumdancestudio.com

2:00 – 2:45 pm

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

3:00 – 3:45 pm

Adaptive Cheer/ParaCheer: Spirit Wolves

Presented by: Spirit Wolves: the 2021 US National Adaptive Abilities Team, representing USA Cheer and the International Cheer Union

Location: Events Arena

ParaCheer

Discover the new sport of Adaptive Cheer/ParaCheer! Adaptive Cheer/ParaCheer brings two kinds of athletes together: those with disabilities—or "with limitations," according to USA Cheer—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 Spirit Wolves will showcase their skills with a demonstration. Then you are invited to try it for yourselves with the US Nationals Team! Bring your cheer!
Learn more: www.usacheer.orghttps://cheerunion.org/disciplines/sach/https://www.facebook.com/ParaCheerSpiritNFPMidwestUS/ 
Follow us: Twitter @ParaCheerMidUS & Instagram @Para_Cheer_Spirit

4:00 – 4:45 pm

Wheelchair Tennis

Presented by: Mike Carrico and Paul Moran, Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) and Move United

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Tennis

Try your hand at wheelchair tennis!

Sunday, June 27, 2021

11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Dancing with the Rollettes Los Angeles

Presented by: Conner Lundius & Samantha Lopez, Rollettes

Location: Events Arena

Dancing with the Rollettes Los Angeles

Join us for a high-energy, live performance by Conner & Samantha of the Rollettes Los Angeles, an incredible wheelchair dance team. The dance team performs unique and captivating routines across the globe 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 and follow them on Instagram & TikTok @Rollettes_LA

1:00 – 1:45 pm

Adaptive Cheer/ParaCheer: Spirit Wolves

Presented by: Spirit Wolves: the 2021 US National Adaptive Abilities Team, representing USA Cheer and the International Cheer Union

Location: Events Arena

Paracheer

Discover the new sport of Adaptive Cheer/ParaCheer! Adaptive Cheer/ParaCheer brings two kinds of athletes together: those with disabilities—or "with limitations," according to USA Cheer—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 Spirit Wolves will showcase their skills with a demonstration. Then you are invited to try it for yourselves with the US Nationals Team! Bring your cheer!
Learn more: www.usacheer.orghttps://cheerunion.org/disciplines/sach/https://www.facebook.com/ParaCheerSpiritNFPMidwestUS/ 
Follow us: Twitter @ParaCheerMidUS & Instagram @Para_Cheer_Spirit

2:00 – 2:30 pm

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

2:45 – 3:30 pm

Art as Healing and Celebration

Presented by: Hannah Cate, Founder of Coping Through Craft

Location: Events Arena

Making Art

Note: there is room for 6 people to participate in crafting during this activity, but plenty of room to watch for instruction and bags to take home to try it yourself!

Art is art only through interpretation and only the artist knows the true meaning of their own masterpiece. After sharing my own experiences with art and how it has become a powerful tool in my life as both a safe place to explore my feelings and a medium to celebrate my "new normal" after disability, participants will be led through an interactive art project. There will be a "make and take" component where attendees can take a journey through their own self and use art to celebrate who they are. Additionally, attendees will be introduced to adaptive tools and recommendations that may make their at-home experience easier.

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