Dallas

DECEMBER 1-3, 2023

Dallas Market Hall

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

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Dial Up Your Independence
at Abilities Expo

WWe can't wait to show you all of products, technologies and resources to help you up your game! Buckle up for an all-inclusive climbing wall, a slew of adaptive sports, fun dance opportunities, info-packed workshops and more. It's all free so join us and register today. (Then we'll all go out for BBQ!)

Latest Tech & Disability Products

Abilities Expo brings you thousands of game-changing products, services and technologies all under one roof. Regardless of the type and level of your disability, we strive to provide the resources you need to exceed your own expectations and thrive.

Informative Workshops

Attend free, info-packed workshops on issues that matter to you. Get tips on financial planning, making your home more accessible, traveling with a disability and how medical cannabis can help a variety of conditions. There's more, check it out!

Interactive Events and Features

Find your new favorite pastime at Abilities Expo! Try such inclusive activities as adaptive sports, dance, assistance animals and so much more for the kids of all ages! If something sparks your interest, you can find out how to engage year-round.

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Must-See and Can't-Miss Expo Experiences

There is just so much to see and do at Abilities Expo. Here are a few opportunities you don't want to let pass you by.

Cool Show Features

 

Join in the Sports Zone

Come on out and try a ton of different adaptive sports! Will your new favorite pastime be adaptive football, basketball, rugby, soccer, handcycling or sit volleyball?

Ayita Dance and More!

Time to hit the dance floor and learn the hottest dance moves from the Ayita Wheelchair Dance team. Then join in other fun adaptive dance and fitness classes.

Source Funds for What Your See

The tech out there can supercharge your independence, but the price tag can be overwhelming. Attend the Help Hope Live workshop to unlock your fundraising potential.

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Plan Your Visit to Abilities Expo

Don’t miss our life-enhancing exhibits, dynamic workshops and fun events for kids of all ages!

Calendar

 

 

All Day, Every Day

All Day Abilities Expo Exhibits Exhibits
All Day Adaptive Climbing Wall 500 Aisle
All Day Artist Market Booth #250
All Day Assistive Technology Showcase Booth #639
All Day Sports Zone Booth #282
All Day Free Loaner Scooters Service
11:00am – 4:00pm Free Wheelchair Repair Service
All Day Sign Language Interpreter Service

Friday, December 2, 2022

12:00 – 12:45pm All About Service Dogs Events Arena
1:00 – 1:30pm Blind Hockey – You Won't Believe Your Eyes! Events Arena
1:00 – 2:00pm Emergency Preparedness Bingo Workshop
2:00 – 2:30pm WOW Wheelchair Fitness Class Events Arena
3:00 – 3:30pm Jiu Jitsu Without Limitations Events Arena

Saturday, December 3, 2022

12:00 – 12:45pm All About Service Dogs Events Arena
12:00 – 2:00pm Wheelchair Football Back of Hall
1:00 – 1:30pm Wheelchair Lacrosse Events Arena
2:00 – 2:30pm Ayita Wheelchair Dance Performance and Class Events Arena
2:30 - 4:30pm Wheelchair Rugby Back of Hall
3:00 – 3:45pm Tennis for All! Events Arena
4:00 – 4:30pm WOW Wheelchair Fitness Class Events Arena

Sunday, December 4, 2022

12:00 – 12:45pm Adaptive Cheer and ParaCheer Events Arena
1:00 – 1:30pm Tennis for All! Events Arena
1:00 – 2:00pm Accessible Home Design: The Basics Workshop
2:00 – 2:30pm Adaptive Dance Workshop and Performance Events Arena
2:30 – 3:30pm WOW Wheelchair Fitness Class Workshop

Disability Services for Expo-goers

In our efforts to ensure a positive show experience, Abilities Expo endeavors to accommodate the disability community with a host of special show services including loaner scooters, sign language interpretation, free wheelchair, captioning services for the workshop and so much more!

Special Show Services for People with Disabilities

 

Loaner Scooters & W/C Repair

Free loaner scooters are available during show hours on a first come, first served basis. Wheelchair need a tune-up? Swing by the Free Wheelchair Repair Pavilion for minor maintenance.

Sign Language and CART Services

American Sign Language interpretation will be available onsite. All workshops are captioned through CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) services.

Large Print Accommodations

Large print versions of the exhibitor list and the events/workshops schedule will be available on demand. Please request your copy at the registration counters.

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Assistance Animals Play Critical Role

Animals have become an intrinsic part of the disability community. Some are essential to the healing process, while others help their human partners become more independent.

Service Dogs

 

All About Service Dogs

All About Service Dogs

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

Friday, December 2: 12:00 – 12:45 pm
Saturday, December 3: 12:00 – 12:45 pm

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. 

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Learn the Latest Adaptive Dance Moves

Dancing is great for the body, and even better for spirit!
Don't miss your change to get in the groove while improving
fitness, strength and endurance.

Inclusive Dance Performances

 

Adaptive Dance Workshop and Performance
Ayita Wheelchair Dance Performance and Class

Adaptive Dance Workshop and Performance

Adaptive Dance Workshop and Performance

Presented by: Jasmine's Beat Adaptive Dance Company

Sunday, December 4: 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Discover adaptive dance with Jasmine's Beat! Learn simple dance moves, practice with the dancers, and perform the dance! The styles of dance shown will be adaptive fusion and will be a mixture of American Sign Language, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and Bollywood. The goal of this event is to show how you can have fun, make friends and gain traction on attaining therapeutic goals with dance. All Jasmine's Beat instructors are either therapists or trained individuals with experience working with students of all ages and all disabilities.

Ayita Wheelchair Dance Performance and Class

Adaptive Dance Workshop and Performance

Presented by: Ayita Wheelchair Dance

Saturday, December 3: 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Meet the young ladies of this amazing Texas-based wheelchair dance troupe! Ayita is a dance class for children who use wheelchairs. Their mission is to inspire, encourage, and build confidence! Abilities Expo is thrilled to welcome these talented young dancers to the show. They will be treating the crowd to thrilling performance. Then it's your chance to join them on the dance floor and learn some new moves at their dance class.

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Get in the Game with Adaptive Sports

The sidelines are no place for you so take your pick from a variety of interactive, adaptive sports. You’ll get the blood pumping, improve fitness and build confidence
…and the fun factor is off the charts!

Adaptive Sports


 


Adaptive Cheer and ParaCheer
Adaptive Climbing Wall
Blind Hockey
Jiu Jitsu Without Limitations
Sports Zone
Tennis for All!
Wheelchair Football
Wheelchair Lacrosse
Wheelchair Rugby
WOW Wheelchair Fitness Class

Adaptive Cheer and ParaCheerSports Zone

Presented by: ParaCheer Spirit Wolves: the 2022 US National Adaptive Abilities Team, representing USA Cheer and the International Cheer Union

Sunday, December 4: 12:00 – 12:45 pm
Adaptive Cheer/ParaCheer brings two kinds of athletes together: those with disabilities and those without. Cheerleading 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!

Adaptive Climbing Wall Adaptive Climbing Wall

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

All Day, Every Day
The Adaptive Climbing Wall is open to people of all abilities! There is no better person to learn adaptive climbing from than Mark Wellman of No Limits. 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. 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.



Blind Hockey – You Won't Believe Your Eyes!Blind Hockey

Presented by: Joshua Schneider, MA and Drew Garza, USA Hockey, the Dented Pucks Hockey Team, and the HockEYE Guy Foundation

Discover the sport of blind hockey—open to those with and without vision loss. Hear from blind hockey players about how the sport is played. Plus have a chance to see the unique equipment used in blind hockey like the smaller and lighter hockey sticks, the blind puck, and blind goggles.

Jiu Jitsu Without Limitations

Sports Zone

Presented by: Maximiliano Ulloa, International Jiu Jitsu Without Limitations Federation (IJJWLF)

Friday, December 2: 3:00 – 3:30 pm
Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that uses leverage to control an attacker. The techniques taught are designed to allow a smaller person to control a larger opponent by using chokes, manipulating joints, or just holding them until help arrives. Having a limitation may limit some techniques in this martial art - but the beauty of Jiu Jitsu is its versatility! Jiu Jitsu Without Limitations teaches you how to use your abilities to the fullest.

Sports ZoneSports Zone

Presented by: RISE Adaptive Sports

Come on out for your chance to try out all sorts of adaptive sports! Sit volleyball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, indoor soccer, hand cycling and more! See these sports in action, try them for yourself, and ask questions to find a sport to be part of. RISE Adaptive Sports assists people with physical challenges to "Recover, Inspire, Succeed and Empower" themselves and others.

Tennis for All!Tennis for All!

Presented by: USTA Texas and Jeff Bourns, American Amputee Tennis Player

Saturday, December 3: 3:00 – 3:45 pm
Sunday, December 4: 1:00 - 1:30pm

Come discover how tennis offers opportunities for anyone to play and enjoy the sport! Join us to try both wheelchair tennis and adaptive standing tennis. Learn how you can play wheelchair tennis with USTA Texas. Meet Jeff Bourns, who helped popularize and pioneer the growth and development of organized Adaptive Standing Tennis. All ages and abilities are welcome!

Wheelchair FootballWheelchair Football

Presented by: RISE Adaptive Sports

Saturday, December 3: 12:00 - 2:00 pm
This free, learn-to-play wheelchair football clinic will introduce participants to the sport of wheelchair football, provide an overview of the rules, demonstrate skills and drills and conclude with a friendly scrimmage. RISE Adaptive Sports will have sports chairs available for participants to use. Players from the competitive Dallas Cowboys Wheelchair Football Team will be around to discuss the sport and their season.

Wheelchair Lacrosse

Wheelchair Lacrosse

Presented by: Louis Nicolosi, coach of the Houston Apollos Wheelchair Lacrosse program & Physical Therapist at TIRR Memorial Hermann

Saturday, December 3: 1:00 – 1:30 pm
Lacrosse is a fast-paced, full contact sport utilizing numerous skills to catch, carry, pass and shoot a ball into a goal using a lacrosse stick. It is a great off-season companion sport to basketball with the season running between the months of May to August. Wheelchair lacrosse offers the complete package—the speed of basketball, the skill of hockey and the toughness of rugby. Come out and try it for yourself!

Wheelchair RugbyWheelchair Rugby

Presented by: RISE Adaptive Sports

Saturday, December 3: 2:30 - 4:30 pm
This free, learn-to-play wheelchair rugby clinic will introduce participants to the sport, provide an overview of the rules, demonstrate skills and drills, and conclude with a friendly scrimmage. RISE Adaptive Sports will have rugby chairs available for participants to use.

WOW Wheelchair Fitness ClassWOW Wheelchair Fitness Class

Presented by: Justin Graham, Certified Personal Trainer, Creator, W.O.W. Wonders on Wheels

Friday, December 2: 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Ready to have a lot of fun and work out at the same time? Come experience a WOW Wheelchair Fitness Class! The class features movements for seated students and is taught by a seated instructor; however, standing participants are also welcome. Featuring elements of weight training, Zumba, and pom-pom dance.

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AT Showcase: Interact with Tomorrow’s Technology Today

Explore how assistive technology can help you or your loved
ones bridge the gap between ability and disability!

Assistive Technology Showcase

 
Texas Technology Access Program

The Abilities Expo AT Showcase, sponsored by the Texas Technology Access Program (TTAP) of the University of Texas at Austin, is your chance to explore how assistive technology can help you or your loved ones bridge the gap between ability and disability!

TTAP is dedicated to increasing the access for people with disabilities to AT that offers greater control over their surroundings and an enhanced ability to function independently. They develop programs to improve access, advocacy and awareness of assistive technology to meet the needs of Texans with disabilities.

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We'll see you there!

Experience Creativity at the Artists Market

The area's most celebrated artists with disabilities will feature an eclectic mix of original, unforgettable artistry. From paintings to photos and more, their amazing works will be available for appreciation and purchase.

Inclusive Art

 

Inclusive ArtArt Spark Texas challenges perceptions of how people contribute by creating an arts-inspired, inclusive community of individuals with diverse abilities. They are an expert resource on inclusive arts—creating and maintaining an accessible and open community where everyone can participate. Their goal is to provide support and training to the public, enhance personal growth, and offer Texans access to the creative work of people with diverse abilities.

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Getting to Abilities Expo

Dallas Market Hall
2200 N Stemmons Fwy.
Dallas, TX 75207

Directions, Parking and Transpo

 

Directions | From Downtown:

  • Take 35E North to the Market Center Blvd exit.
  • Exit at Market Center Blvd.
  • Stay on the service road approximately half a mile.  
  • Dallas Market Hall will be on your right.

Directions | From the Tollway:

  • Take the Dallas North Tollway South to the end.
  • Once through the toll plaza, exit immediately on Wycliff.
  • Follow Wycliff until it dead ends into Harry Hines Blvd.
  • Take a right on Harry Hines and stay in the left lane.
  • At the next light, take a left onto Market Center Blvd.
  • Dallas Market Hall will be the closest building on your right.

Directions | From Fort Worth:

  • Take IH30 East through Arlington, Grand Prairie, and into Dallas.
  • Once you see the downtown skyline, get into the left lane and prepare to exit on 35E North (Stemmons Freeway).
  • Once on Stemmons, proceed to Market Center Blvd.
  • Exit Market Center Blvd.
  • Stay on the service road and proceed through the light across Market Center Blvd.
  • Dallas Market Hall is immediately on your right.

Directions | From Irving:

  • Take 183 East or 114 East to the merge with 35E South at Texas Stadium.
  • Once on 35E South, go approximately 7 miles to Market Center Blvd.
  • Exit Market Center Blvd.
  • Take a left.
  • Go under the bridge and take another immediate left to stay on the service road.
  • Dallas Market Hall is directly on your right.

 

 

Parking and Drop off

Parking is free. Spaces are located directly in front of the Hall's entrance and in the adjacent 3-level parking garage. If you would like to drop off any passengers before you park, please do so at the front of the hall before proceeding to park.

Dallas Market Directions

Transpo to the Expo

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)

Visit Dart.org to plan your trip to Abilities Expo. 

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Meet the Ambassadors

Local disability activists spearhead Abilities Expo's community outreach initiatives.

Ambassador Program

 

Meet the impressive individuals who have chosen to represent Abilities Expo to the Community.

Leslie Farin

Leslie Farin Bio

My top-rated online senior lifestyle magazine, 50PlusToday, is a business that happily pulls together a lifetime of passions and skills for me. It provides accurate, insightful and inspiring information for the ever-growing 50+ population and their families. Growing older is a privilege, though unfortunately many of us fail to see it that way.

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Gina Jenkins McWilliams

Gina Jenkins McWilliams Bio

Gina lost her right leg below the knee as the result of a car accident 16 years ago. As she delved into the world of adaptive sports, she was continually in search of volleyball opportunities for women with disabilities. She finally found them when asked to attend the first ever women’s sitting volleyball camp, held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, in February 2003.

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Dylan Rafaty

Dylan Rafaty

Dylan Rafaty of Plano serves as the Vice Chair of the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities. Dylan is currently Director of Business Development & Partnerships for C-Hear, Inc., a company that developed a way to make images accessible and heard. He is Founder / Chief Navigation Officer for DylanListed, LLC, a transition and support services provider for people with disabilities and veterans. Dylan also proudly sits on seven boards/committees benefiting local school districts, nonprofits and community organizations.

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