Dallas

December 13-15, 2019

Dallas Market Center

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

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Even Abilities Expo is Bigger in Texas

Introducing the NEW Dallas Expo in December 2019

We are thrilled to bring Abilities Expo to the disability community in North Texas. First, we’ll show you all the latest products, tech and game-changing opportunities. Next, you can attend informative workshops on issues that matter to you. Then you can try your hand at a host of different adaptive sports, dancing and fun. After that, let’s all go our for BBQ! Abilities Expo is free, so join us and register today.

Meet Micah Fowler

Before he became a famous actor, Speechless star Micah Fowler was a long-time Abilities Expo attendee. Now you can meet him in person on Dec. 15! Get you best selfie post ready!

Scale the Wall

Regardless of your level of ability, YOU can conquer the completely inclusive climbing wall! With adaptive equipment and some coaching from Paralympian Mark Wellman, the summit will be within your reach.

We Love How They Roll

Join the world-famous Rollettes for some hip-hoppin’ dance fun! Get a front row seat for their dynamic performances, then you get to learn their signature dance moves and how they make it look so effortless.

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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

 

AT Showcase

Come test drive exciting assistive technologies to help you and your loved ones bridge the gap between ability and disability. Sponsor Texas Technology Access Program is committed to increasing the independence of Texans with disabilities.

Adaptive Sports

It's no secret that physical activity is essential to over good health. Abilities Expo’s line-up of adaptive sports are focused on cultivating a person's ability and will help you discover your new favorite pastime!

Dancing

Dancing is great for the body and even better for the soul! Abilities Expo’s adapting dance demos will help people of all abilities learn new dance moves and get into the groove.

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Jazzy® Zero Turn

The Jazzy® Zero Turn features panted-pending iTurn Technology™ for the ultimate in maneuverability, along with CTS suspension, LED lights, under-seat storage, and feather-touch disassembly for a truly innovative travel scooter.

 Come see us in booth #524 and test ride!

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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 Booth #653
All Day Artist Market Booth #250
All Day Play Activity Area Behind Events Arena
All Day Assistive Technology Showcase Booth #639
All Day Free Loaner Scooters Service
All Day Support Group Sessions Booth #456
All Day Zot Artz Experience Booth #357
All Day Sign Language Interpreter Service
11:00am – 4:00pm Free Wheelchair Repair Service TBD

Friday, December 13, 2019

11:45am – 12:45pm Choosing Your Independence Workshop
12:00pm – 12:45pm All About Service Dogs Events Arena
1:00pm – 1:30pm The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents! Events Arena
1:00pm – 2:00pm Protecting Your Work Place Rights Workshop
1:45pm – 2:45pm WCMX Events Arena
2:30pm – 3:30pm Home Modifications Workshop
3:00pm – 3:30pm One World Karate Events Arena
3:45pm – 4:45pm Improving Self-Advocacy: 10 Simple Steps Workshop
3:45pm – 4:45pm Drumba Fitness Events Arena

Saturday, December 14, 2019

11:15am – 11:45am Accessible/Adaptive Chair Yoga Class Events Arena
12:00pm – 4:30pm Face Painting Next to Events Arena
11:45am – 12:45pm Volunteering: It’s More Than What You Give Workshop
12:00pm – 12:45pm ParaCheer Events Arena
1:00pm – 2:00pm Understanding Pain Medication Workshop
2:00pm – 2:30pm The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents! Events Arena
2:30pm – 2:45pm Cosplay Parade Route TBD
2:30pm – 3:30pm Open Your World With Accessible Travel Workshop
3:00pm – 3:45pm Drumba Fitness Events Arena
4:00pm – 4:30pm Ayita Wheelchair Dance Presentation and Class Events Arena

Sunday, December 15, 2019

11:15am – 11:45pm All About Service Dogs Events Arena
12:00pm – 12:30pm ParaCheer Events Arena
12:00pm – 3:30pm Face Painting Next to Events Arena
1:00pm – 1:30pm Micah Fowler Events Arena
2:00pm-2:30pm The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents! Events Arena
3:00pm-3:30pm Accessible/Adaptive Chair Yoga Class Events Arena

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 and Wheelchair Repair

For those who would like assistance in getting around the show, free loaner scooters are available during show hours on a first come, first served basis. Is your wheelchair in need of a tune-up? Look to the Free Wheelchair Repair Pavilion for minor maintenance.

Sign Language and CART Services

American Sign Language interpretation services will be available for those need translation. Workshops will also offer CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) services where everything spoken by the presenter will be captioned on a large screen.

Braille and Large Print Accommodations

Braille and large print versions of the exhibitor list and the events/workshops schedule will be available by request at the registration counters.

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Assistance Animals Play Critical Role in Disability Community

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
Canine Companions for Independence – Service Dog Demo
Service Dogs: In & Out – Untangling the Laws on Public Access

All About Service Dogs

All About Service Dogs

Friday, December 13: 12:00 – 12:45 pm
Sunday, December 15: 11:15 – 11:45 am

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

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. 

Canine Companions for Independence – Service Dog Demo

Canine Companions for Independence – Service Dog Demo

Saturday, December 14: 1:00 – 1:45 pm

Presented by: Colleen Reilly, Canine Companions for Independence

A demonstration from professional trainers at Canine Companions for Independence to show how expertly trained assistance dogs can enhance the lives of children, adults and veterans with a variety of disabilities by assisting with physical tasks. 

Service Dogs: In & Out – Untangling the Laws on Public Access

Service Dogs: In & Out – Untangling the laws on Public Access

Sunday, December 15: 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Presented by: Dorey Petty, Service Dogs, Inc.

In this workshop we will discuss what a service dogs is, as well as addressing service dogs in the law:

  • Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA)
  • Texas statute

We will role play scenarios and discuss appropriate and Inappropriate dog behavior. Fun quizzes – cool prizes.

 

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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.

Inclusive Dance Performances

 

 

Ayita Wheelchair Dance Presentation and Class
The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Ayita Wheelchair Dance Presentation and Class

Ayita Wheelchair Dance Presentation and Class

Presented by: Ayita Wheelchair Dance

Saturday, December 14: 4:00 – 4:30 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. Ayita is located in Fort Worth, TX.

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Presented by: Ayita Wheelchair Dance

Friday, December 13: 1:00 – 1:30 pm
Saturday, December 14: 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Sunday, December 15: 2:00 – 2:30 pm

Join us for 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.

 

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Unlock Imagination with Face Painting

Treat your kids to a little magic at Abilities Expo! Let them indulge in the fantasy of transforming into a graceful fairy, a mysterious wildcat, a delicate butterfly, a swaggering pirate or choose from another inspired design.

Face Painting for Kids

 

Saturday, December 14: 12:00 – 4:30 pm
Sunday, December 15: 12:00 – 3:30 pm

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity for your little one to build self-esteem, develop a sense of self-importance and showcase their individuality. If your child has sensitive skin, don't worry. Only high-quality, non-toxic, professional, FDA-approved theatrical make-ups will be used to capture your son or daughter's fancy. And when you can convince them to transform back into their real selves, some good old-fashioned soap and water will do the trick.

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

 

Accessible/Adaptive Chair Yoga Class
Adaptive Climbing Wall
Drumba Fitness
One World Karate
ParaCheer
Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Racing Experience
WCMX

Accessible/Adaptive Chair Yoga Class

Accessible/Adaptive Chair Yoga Class

Presented by: Jackie Gadd, BYOMOGA

Saturday, December 14: 11:15 – 11:45 am
Sunday, December 15: 3:00 – 3:30 pm

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.

Adaptive Climbing Wall

Adaptive Climbing Wall

Presented by: Mark Wellman, Adventure Athlete, Paralympian, No Limits Tahoe
Sponsored by: Liberator Medical Supply, Inc.

All Day, Every Day
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 adventure athlete, speaker and author Mark Wellman of No Limits. Come climb the wall using Mark's innovative adaptive climbing techniques and adaptive sports gear! Mark is a former Paralympian and the first paraplegic to summit El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.



 

Drumba Fitness

Drumba Fitness

Presented by: Dina Scott, Drumba Fitness

Friday, December 13: 3:45 – 4:45 pm
Saturday, December 14: 3:00 – 3:45 pm

Drumba is a full-body cardio exercise that uses weighted/non-weighted Drumba Stix! It can be done seated or standing. It relieves stress, helps focus, and improves hand/eye coordination working both sides of your brain. It is a fun cardiovascular workout for all ages and abilities.

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One World Karate

Karate

Presented by: Texas Adaptive Sports and Recreation

Friday, December 13: 3:00 – 3:30 pm
Join Texas Adaptive Sports and Recreation for an inclusive and adapted audience participation event from One World Karate. One World Karate specializes in adapting and modifying martial arts instruction to students of all abilities and would like to invite the audience to learn adapted Martial Arts from the instructors which would include some blocking and striking of pads, and various other techniques.

ParaCheerAll About Service Dogs

Presented by: ParaCheer Midwest

Saturday, December 14: 12:00 – 12:45 pm
Sunday, December 15: 12:00 – 12:30 pm

ParaCheer brings two kinds of athletes together: those with disabilities 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!

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Racing Experience

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Racing Experience

Presented by: Ainsley’s Angels of America

All Day, Every Day
Test-drive the Ainsley's Angels athletic ride-along experience! For anyone who would otherwise be unable 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.

WCMX

WCMX

Presented by: RISE Adapted Sports

Friday, December 13: 1:45 – 2:45 pm
Join us to try out WCMX (wheelchair skate). We will have the ramps, chairs, helmets and knee & elbow pads, you just need to bring yourself! (Please note this event was designed for children.)

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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.

Learn more.

We'll see you there!

Experience Creativity at the Artist Market

The area's most celebrated artists with disabilities will feature an eclectic mix of original, unforgettable artistry. From paintings, 3-D printed art, jewelry, potpourri, spoons and t-shirts, their amazing works will be available for appreciation and purchase.

Adaptive Art

 

Artist Market sponsor VSA 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. Learn more at www.vsatx.org

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Getting to Abilities Expo

Dallas Market Center • Market Hall
2100 N Stemmons Fwy.
Dallas, TX 75207

Directions, Parking and Transpo

 

Directions | From DFW Airport

  •  Leave DFW Airport from the South Entrance and head south on International Parkway South [NOTE: Partial toll road].
  • Take the TX-183 E ramp to Irving/Dallas
  • Keep left at the fork to continue toward TX-183 E and merge onto TX-183 E.
  • Merge onto I-35E S.
  • Take the Market Center Boulevard exit 430B.
  • Head toward the Market Center Boulevard intersection along the N. Stemmons Freeway frontage road.
  • Turn left at Market Center Boulevard.
  • Trade Mart parking is on the right-hand side of the street, and Market Hall parking is on the left-hand side of the street directly after traveling under the overpass.

Directions | From Love Field Airport

  • Head southeast on Cedar Springs Road toward Hawes Avenue.
  • Turn right at W. Mockingbird Lane.
  • Turn left to merge onto I-35E S.
  • Take exit 430B toward Market Center Boulevard.
  • Merge onto N. Stemmons Freeway.
  • Turn left at Market Center Boulevard.
  • Trade Mart parking is on the right-hand side of the street, and Market Hall parking is on the left-hand side of the street directly after traveling under the overpass.

Directions | From Downtown Dallas

  • Head north on I-35E N.
  • Take exit 430B-C toward Wycliff Ave/Market Center Boulevard.
  • Merge onto N. Stemmons Freeway.
  • Turn right at Market Center Boulevard.
  • Trade Mart parking is on the right-hand side of the street, and Market Hall parking is on the left-hand side of the street directly after turning right at the intersection.

Parking

Parking is free and subject to change.

Dallas Market Directions

Transpo to the 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.

Gina Jenkins McWilliams

Ian James Brown 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

Sarah Best

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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Erika Warren

Erika Warren

I went to SMU, Meadows School of the Arts, on a music scholarship pursuing a degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education, hoping to be a professional opera singer. My life took a drastic turn in 1997 when I was hit by a car in front of my childhood home, which altered my path as a classically trained opera singer. This experience, as well as other life changes I experienced as a teenager, made me re-think what I was going to do with my life.

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