• Anime and Manga
    Disability Themes Run Strong in Anime and Manga
    Tony Stephens of Hyper-Urban Arts examines
    the synergy between disability and hero powers.
  • PKU
    Lessons Learned from my Son's Rare Disease Diagnosis
    As a new mom, Kala McWain received devastating news that her
    4-day-old son had a rare metabolic disorder called phenylketonuria (PKU).
  • Chris Collin
    How Abilities Expo Opened Up a New Career for Chris Collin
    Not only did Chris Collin gain access to the latest tech at Abilities Expo,
    but he also leveraged his Expo experience to expand his network and secure a new career.

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Whether you are new to this dynamic and passionate Community or have been a card-carrying member since birth, Abilities is here to help you engage on multiple levels. We have taken what is special about the live Abilities Expos and amplified it online to more effectively reach the 1 in 5 Americans living with a disability as well as the devoted caregivers, industry and health professionals that support them.

Enjoy compelling articles in the following categories. Use-now tips, entertaining opinion pieces and in-depth stories are there to promote your increased independence and better quality of life.

Adaptive Sports

It’s not just a great way to promote health and wellness, it’s crazy fun. Check out skiing, rowing and more!

Assistive Tech

Bridge the gap between ability and disability with cutting-edge devices and inventive, low-tech gadgets.

Community Heroes

Meet ordinary people whose circumstances empowered them to push harder and achieve greater.

Parents & Caregivers

You would do anything for the loved one in your care. Find tips and resources to help you take control.

Inclusive Recreation

All work and no play? Not for this community of dancers, artist, travelers, outdoorsy types and more!

Disability Products

Science, technology and overall ingenuity have revolutionized the disability products industries. Read on!

Latest News and Stories

Illuminating Hope: The Transformative Journey of the East Texas Lighthouse for the Blind

November 16, 2023

Lighthouse' commitment to empowering the visually impaired community includes employment, vocational rehab, professional development, assistive tech and more.

3 Tips for Creating a Bedroom for Children on the Autism Spectrum

November 9, 2023

A kid's bedroom should be their sanctuary. If your child has autism, follow this advice to ensure that you create a safe space that also meets his or her physical and psychological needs.

5 Best and Worst US Cities for Students with Disabilities

October 26, 2023

Would it surprise you to learn that Youngstown, Ohio tops a Best Cities for Students with Disabilities research study? Guess which city was last on the list...

Communication Devices for People with Cerebral Palsy

November 2, 2023

Innovative assistive technology and low-tech solutions empower people with cerebral palsy who have difficulty speaking to "find their voice" and stay connected.

Using Self-Awareness to Advocate for Support Needs in Different Environments

October 19, 2023

Learn what self-awareness is, why it matters and delve into its practical impact on reasonable accommodations in employment, academic and social environments.

The Zeen: Game-changing Mobility Device Keeping Users on Their Feet on Their Feet

October 10, 2023

For someone having trouble with strength, balance, endurance or fear of falling, the Zeen is a walker, a rollator and a wheelchair all rolled into one.

Autobiographer Attributes Success to Embracing Abilities Over Challenges

September 27, 2023

Trenaya Reid chronicles her own disability journey, highlighting the milestones and challenges, and how she faced and conquered each obstacle to achieve her goals.

How Modern Tools Simplify Relocation for People with Disabilities

September 20, 2023

Thanks to the wide variety of moving apps, virtual reality, AI-powered layout planners and more, moving doesn't have to be a nightmare for the disability community.

5 Steps to Write a Successful Disability Appeal Letter

September 13, 2023

You are not alone in your frustration when your disability claims get denied. You know how much your disability is impacting your life; how can they not get it? The appeal letter is your next weapon of choice...read on and wield it wisely!

Service dog? Emotional Support Dog? Companion animal? Therapy?

September 6, 2023

While they all play a crucial role in the disability community, the law views each category differently. Here's expert trainer Kristin Hartness with the 411.

Legendary Athlete Born Without Legs Headlines Abilities Expo

August 29, 2023

After a storied career of decimating barriers in sports, Dave Stevens is back home in Arizona to introduce kids with disabilities to football at the Expo.

Mom Has Been Diagnosed with Alzheimer's. What's your plan?Mom Has Been Diagnosed with Alzheimer's. What's your plan?

August 22, 2023

It's a horrible diagnosis, but one that millions of Americans and their families are facing. These practical steps and strategies will help to guide you in this emotional journey.

3 Great Companion Pets (Other than Dogs) for Kids with Disabilities

August 22, 2023

If we've learned anything from Disney, it's that kids are naturally drawn to animals who help them in their struggles with anxiety, making connections, responsibility and empathy. If your child is having trouble coping with his or her world, consider these non-canine alternatives.

Hit the Road for Your Next Accessible Travel Adventure

August 15, 2023

If you think of airline travel as an accessibility blackhole, why not pivot your travel plans towards the freedom of the open road and the Great Outdoors?>

Hominid X: Transformative Design for Adaptive Grasping

August 8, 2023

The Hominid X builds wearable tools to help people reclaim the use of their hands. Fiber empowers the user with a secure grip around almost any object.

URO Urinary Suspensory System: No More Tourniquet-Style Leg Straps!

August 1, 2023

The new URO Urinary Suspensory System, an alternative to painful leg straps, stores your leg bag securely in the interior pockets of a comfortable undergarment.

Does Advocacy Really Make a Difference?

July 23, 2023

Thanks to a Herculean effort led by NCART, advocacy can, and did, change the tide for Medicare cover for power seat elevation for complex power wheelchairs.

How Are Jaundice and Kernicterus Related to Cerebral Palsy?

July 25, 2023

Though common in newborns, jaundice should never be ignored. Those cases that do not resolve on their own need treatment to avoid a more dire diagnosis.

5 Tips for Flying Domestically with a Manual Wheelchair

July 18, 2023

After a long hiatus from air travel during COVID, frequent flyer Kellisa Kain and her dad, Chris, are back with some pro tips for other wheelchair travelers.

ROLL OUT: Q Roll Model Contest Returns

July 11, 2023

Quantum Rehab is scouring the nation for two new incredible wheelchair users to join the brand ambassador team. Could it be you? Enter and find out!

A Million Nerves: Mark Maloney's Fight to Walk and the Tech that Helped Him

June 21, 2023

Mark was an active octogenarian until an accident changed it all. Thanks to the Lite Run Gait Trainer gait trainer, he's back on his feet and wowing his PTs.

Remarkable Brings 7 Disability Community Game-changers to Abilities Expo

June 16, 2023

Remarkable is paving the way for next-level Brain Computer Interface, wearable grasping aids, reusable catheters, accessible technology control and so much more!

Living Healthy with a Disability: Goals and Myths

June 12, 2023

Sort through common myths that stand in the way of achieving health goals. Remember, you are not alone! Consult professionals on your healthy living journey.

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Game-changing tech will help you redefine possible

It wasn't all that long ago that bionic exoskeletons and eye-gaze technologies were the stuff of science fiction. Now it’s reality and just some of the leading-edge products at Abilities Expo!

Dance like nobody's watching

Every Abilities Expo is your chance to learn hot new dance moves that promote fitness. It could be hip hop, ballroom, Latin, Zumba, ballet or line dancing, but it’s always inclusive and it’s always fun!

Animals have a way of finding the people that need them

Greater independence and wellness is just a friendly wet nose away for many people with disabilities. Find out how assistance animals support their human partners.

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