Dallas

December 13 - 15, 2019

Dallas Market 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 Dallas area.

More events added each week. Check back for details!

  • 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 what horses can do for 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

Adaptive Climbing Wall

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

Sponsored by: Liberator Medical Supply, Inc.

Location: Booth #643

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

Sponsored by: Easter Seals Massachusetts

Location: Booth #147

Assistive Technology

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 offer suggestions and share their extensive knowledge to help determine the most appropriate technology match for your abilities and situations. Easter Seals Massachusetts has provided assistive technology services for over 25 years. One of the first programs of its kind in the country, it began with a few donated computers and one staff member. Today this pioneering program is nationally recognized for the creativity and expertise of its staff as they work to empower people with disabilities to reach their full potential. The program is one of the largest of its kind in the country.
Learn more: www.eastersealsma.org

Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth

Presented by: Dallas Public Health Commission and the Office of Public Health Preparedness

Location: Booth #140

Emergency Preparedness

Meet representatives of disability and emergency management organizations who are active in emergency planning and are working to ensure the Dallas region will be more resilient when disaster strikes. Representatives from the Dallas Public Health Commission and the Office of Public Health Preparedness will be on hand share vital personal preparedness tips to help individuals with disabilities and their caregivers create realistic plans to meet your needs, maintain your independence, and recover from emergency and disaster situations like extended power loss, snow storms, flooding, fire, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and more. Visit the Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth and exchange your questions and concerns for free information and resources so you too can prepare and personalize your own emergency plan.
Learn more: Regional resources - www.readysafehealthy.org; National resources – www.ready.gov (click on Emergency Preparedness)

Manual Wheelchair Skills for Everyone

Presented by: Empower Spinal Cord Injury

Location: Booth #739

Manual Wheelchair Skills

What tricks do you use to get yourself off the ground? How are your curb-hopping skills? Able-bodied and would like to learn some manual wheelchair skills? Visit the Manual Wheelchair Skills booth presented by Empower Spinal Cord Injury! We will help you brush up on old skills and learn new skills from others. The booth will be staffed with both manual wheelchair-users and able-bodied staff. Skills will include curb-hopping, fall recovery, wheelie management, wheelchair maintenance, and challenging transfers. Open to both wheelchair-users and able-bodied individuals, there will be several wheelchairs present for able-bodied individuals to try out these skills. Visit us for a personal "Learn New Skills" time where you can spend 15 dedicated minutes getting one-on-one assistance with a skill you'd like to master. Based on availability. Attendees can reserve specific times at the booth.
Learn more: www.empowersci.org

Play Activity Area – NEW for 2018!

Presented by: WiggleKids® Inc.

Location: Next to Events Arena

Play Activity Area

Kids, this play area is just for you! All abilities welcome! Each day will feature an assortment of activities like a mini ball pit, scooter board, and Philips light board. Plus a sensory castle! Discover how much fun you can have! All activities will be open and unstructured.
Learn more: www.wigglekids.org

The Play Activity Area provides an opportunity for children to play with parent oversight and involvement. The Area will be supervised by WiggleKids® Inc. staff and staffed by trained volunteers. Activities are structured for children 18 years old and younger. Parents/guardians are welcome to participate or observe. Play sessions will be 15 minutes long. Based on availability. Multiple sessions will be possible when space allows. The Play Activity Area presented by WiggleKids® Inc. is not child-care; parents/guardians must remain with children.

Friday, September 21, 2018

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Adaptive Golf

Presented by: Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers

Location: Events Arena

Adaptive Golf

Golf is one of the most adaptable sports and just about anyone, regardless of ability level, can grab a set of golf clubs, head outside, and in no time be hitting golf balls where no one will ever find them again. Attendees of all abilities are invited to hit some balls and discover the sport. Learn about how golf is adapted to various disabilities using the existing handicap system and adaptive devices. Find out how you can be involved in the Dallas region. As Bob Hope famously said, "If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf."
Learn more: https://sasc.spauldingrehab.org/About.aspx

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Service Dogs: Pawsibly the Best Medicine

Presented by: Amy Sherwood and Dolly

Location: Events Arena

Service Dogs: Pawsibly the Best Medicine

Learn how service dogs can change the life of someone with a disability for the better. Amy Sherwood joins Abilities Expo to share her personal journey with Dolly her service dog. Discover the children’s book wrote about Dolly – Pawsibly the Best Medicine. In it Sherwood tells the tale of Dolly’s group of sibling puppies, and how Dolly found her way into the Service Dog world. Amy will speak from her perspective as a person with a disability about the process of acquiring a service dog, including pitfalls to avoid, options available to you, and successes you can discover.
Learn more: “Friend” Dolly at www.facebook.com/dolly.paws.5

Abilities Expo Note:  Sherwood’s book, Pawsibly The Best Medicine, can be purchased on Amazon.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Wheelchair DanceFIT

Presented by: Maryan Amaral, Director, Aero, Inc. and Wheelchair DanceFIT

Location: Events Arena

Everyone who wants to dance, can dance! Wheelchair DanceFIT brings together Zumba-style fitness with dance and music. For all abilities! Presented by Aero, Inc., the first integrated dance company in Greater Dallas to perform in local and national venues. Join director Maryan Amaral for an exciting, fun workshop!
Learn more: www.facebook.com/Wheels-Integrated-Abilities-Dance-327597267718499/

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Adaptive Boccia Demonstration

Presented by: USA Boccia

Location: Events Arena

Adaptive Boccia Demonstration

Come learn to play the ancient game of Boccia - a fully accessible sport for everyone that combines wits, skill and strategy! Boccia is extremely versatile and inclusive - it can be played indoors or outdoors on a hard, flat 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
Learn more: www.usaboccia.org

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Sled Hockey

Presented by: Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers

Location: Events Arena

Sled Hockey

Sled hockey, also called sledge hockey, was invented in Sweden in the early 1960s by a group of people with disabilities. Local players will be on hand to demonstrate the sport and give attendees a chance to play. It follows most of the typical ice hockey rules with the exception of modifications to the equipment and the use of the sleds. The sport is normally played on ice but sleds with wheels can be used for demonstrations. This demo will feature synthetic ice!
Learn more: https://sasc.spauldingrehab.org/About.aspx

Saturday, September 22, 2018

11:15am – 11:45am

All About Service Dogs

Presented by: Kristin Hartness, Executive Director, 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

12:00pm- 12:45pm

Wheelchair DanceFIT

Presented by: Maryan Amaral, Director, Aero, Inc. and Wheelchair DanceFIT

Location: Events Arena

Everyone who wants to dance, can dance! Wheelchair DanceFIT brings together Zumba-style fitness with dance and music. For all abilities! Presented by Aero, Inc., the first integrated dance company in Greater Dallas to perform in local and national venues. Join director Maryan Amaral for an exciting, fun workshop!
Learn more: www.facebook.com/Wheels-Integrated-Abilities-Dance-327597267718499/

12:00pm – 4:30pm

Face Painting

Presented by: Colores Kids

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.coloreskids.com

1:00pm – 1:45pm

What's Your Balance IQ?

Presented by: Erik Kondo, Wheelchair Boarding

Location: Events Arena

Erik Kondo, Wheelchair Boarding

Have you seen the videos of Erik Kondo riding a skateboard while holding a wheelie position? Ever wondered how he can do that? With a little practice you can achieve interesting balance challenges also … from balancing a stick on your hand, to a bottle of water on your head. While each person's abilities vary – balance skills can be developed by all of us. Discover how practicing balance challenges can increase your range of motion, positively affect your mood, and improve your brain function! Erik will also demo his skills on skateboard and share updates on Toyota's Mobility Unlimited Challenge – a $4 million project that supports radical improvements in the mobility and independence of people with lower-limb paralysis through smarter assistive technology (https://mobilityunlimited.org/challenge). 
Learn more: www.wheelchairboarding.org 

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Fitness for All with Ability Beats

Presented by: Kimberly Ferrara, Inclusive Fitness Coach, WiggleKids® Inc.

Location: Events Arena

Fitness for All

This drumming activity delivers fun as well as a full brain and body workout! It's ideal for all ages and all abilities! Ability Beats follows a Drums Alive routine and sharpens skills such as auditory processing, coordination, balance, cognition, strength, fine and gross motor control while using music and rhythmical applications. Each activity is done with fun music from around the world as well as today's pop charts to keep students engaged and excited to learn more.
Learn more: www.wigglekids.org

2:45pm – 3:45pm

Power Soccer Demonstration

Presented by: Northeast Passage PowerCats, a U.S. Power Soccer Association Team

Location: Events Arena

Power Soccer Demonstration

Watch and learn as members of the Northeast Passage PowerCats power soccer team demonstrate and train attendees on the techniques of power wheelchair soccer. Discover this very active and growing sport that is open to power wheelchair users of all ages. See how players combine their skills as wheelchair users with the speed and power of the chair itself, to participate in this extremely challenging game similar to soccer. Then try the sport out for yourself and learn where you can get involved in the New England Region.
Learn more: www.nepassage.org, www.powersoccerusa.net

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Wheelchair Fencing

Presented by: Lindsay Stapleton, Dallas Fencing Club

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Fencing

This is a demonstration of wheelchair fencing. Wheelchair fencing is a fast moving game of tactics and techniques, and is one of the sports in the Summer Paralympic Games. Athletes compete in wheelchairs that are fixed to the floor, limiting the movement of the chair. The chairs are placed at a fixed distance, which is determined by the fencer with the shorter reach and adjusted before the start of the bout. Fencers have complete freedom of the upper body, allowing them to lean, duck, turn, and lunge in their chairs.
Learn more: https://www.Dallasfencingclub.org/wheelchair-fencing

Sunday, September 23, 2018

11:45am – 12:30pm

Fitness for All with Ability Beats

Presented by: Kimberly Ferrara, Inclusive Fitness Coach, WiggleKids® Inc.

Location: Events Arena

Fitness for All

This drumming activity delivers fun as well as a full brain and body workout! It's ideal for all ages and all abilities! Ability Beats follows a Drums Alive routine and sharpens skills such as auditory processing, coordination, balance, cognition, strength, fine and gross motor control while using music and rhythmical applications. Each activity is done with fun music from around the world as well as today's pop charts to keep students engaged and excited to learn more.
Learn more: www.wigglekids.org

12:00pm – 3:30pm

Face Painting

Presented by: Colores Kids

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.coloreskids.com

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Wheelchair Fencing

Presented by: Lindsay Stapleton, Dallas Fencing Club

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Fencing

This is a demonstration of wheelchair fencing. Wheelchair fencing is a fast moving game of tactics and techniques, and is one of the sports in the Summer Paralympic Games. Athletes compete in wheelchairs that are fixed to the floor, limiting the movement of the chair. The chairs are placed at a fixed distance, which is determined by the fencer with the shorter reach and adjusted before the start of the bout. Fencers have complete freedom of the upper body, allowing them to lean, duck, turn, and lunge in their chairs.
Learn more: https://www.Dallasfencingclub.org/wheelchair-fencing

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Abilities Dance Workshop

Presented by: Ellice Patterson, Executive Director, Abilities Dance Dallas

Location: Events Arena

Abilities Dance Workshop

Celebrate all abilities with a performance by several dancers from Abilities Dance Dallas. Then, it's your turn to dance at their dance workshop! Abilities Dance Dallas focuses on increasing inclusion in dance and promoting dance for individuals with and without disabilities. They teach dance workshops to all experience levels, ages, and abilities with the overall goal of teaching inclusive practices. 
Learn more: www.abilitiesdanceDallas.org

3:00pm – 3:30pm

All About Service Dogs

Presented by: Kristin Hartness, Executive Director, 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

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