Dallas

DECEMBER 2-4, 2022

Dallas Market Hall

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.

  • 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

Sports Zone

Presented by: RISE Adaptive Sports

Location: Behind Events Arena

Sports Zone at Abilities Expo Dallas

Come on out for your chance to try out all sorts of adaptive sports! Sit volleyball, wheelchair basketball, Wheelchair rugby, indoor soccer, handcycling, and more!

Learn more: https://riseadaptivesports.org

 

Adaptive Climbing Wall

Presented by: Coloplast

Location: Booth #451

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: Texas Technology Access Program

Location: Booth #639

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 assistive technology for people of all disabilities to experience hands-on. 

Learn more: https://ttap.disabilitystudies.utexas.edu/

 

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Booth #767

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Test drive the Ainsley's Angels athletic ride-along experience! Created for anyone who would otherwise not be able 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. Be sure to visit the Ainsley's Angels of America booth to sign up to experience the thrill TODAY! First-person-first-served. A limited number of race experience times are available on each day of the Expo. 

Learn more: www.AinsleysAngels.org

 

Artist Market

Presented by: Art Spark Texas

Location: Booth #250

Artist Market

Meet the region's artists with disabilities! Shop their original, unforgettable artistry: photographs, paintings, graphic design and more. Their amazing works will be available for appreciation and purchase. Artist Market sponsor Art 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. 

Learn more: https://www.artsparktx.org

 

Friday, December 3, 2021

12:00 – 12:45

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.

Learn more: http://byomyoga.blogspot.com/p/about-me.html 

 

1:00 – 1:30

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 – 4:00

Meet Paralympian Gold Medalist Steve Serio in the Toyota Mobility booth

Presented by: Toyota Mobility

Location: Booth #425

Steve Serio

Fresh from his back-to-back gold medal win in wheelchair basketball, Paralympian Steve Serio will join our Toyota team in Dallas to meet and greet Abilities Expo attendees. Expo-goers will also get the chance to check out the new Wheelchair Accessible Toyota Sienna Hybrid! Learn more.

1:45 – 2:45

WCMX

Presented by: Rise Adaptive Sports

Location: Sports Zone

WCMX

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

Learn more: http://www.riseadaptivesports.org/

 

3:00 – 3:30

Dancing with the Rollettes Los Angeles

Presented by: Conner Lundius & Chelsie Hill, 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

 

3:45 – 4:45

Rise Adaptive Sports

Presented by Rise Adaptive Sports and Move United

Location: Events Arena

Rise Adaptive Sports

Rise Adaptive Sports offers an array of adaptive sports opportunities. Their mission is to assist persons with physical challenges to Recover, Inspire, Succeed, and Empower themselves and others by providing inclusive adaptive recreational sports programs. 

Learn more: https://riseadaptivesports.org

 

Saturday, December 4, 2021

11:15 – 12:00

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

 

12:15pm – 12:45pm

Rise Adaptive Sports

Presented by Rise Adaptive Sports and Move United

Rise Adaptive Sports

Rise Adaptive Sports offers an array of adaptive sports opportunities. Their mission is to assist persons with physical challenges to Recover, Inspire, Succeed, and Empower themselves and others by providing inclusive adaptive recreational sports programs. Join them for a Sitting Volleyball and Quad Rugby demonstration at the Expo.

Learn more: https://riseadaptivesports.org

 

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Dancing with the Rollettes Los Angeles

Presented by: Conner Lundius & Chelsie Hill, Rollettes

Location: Events Arena

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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

 

2:00 – 2:45

KidNetic Games: Goal Ball

Presented by: KidNetic Games

Locations: Events Arena

KidNetic Games

The Kid-netic Games is an annual weekend athletic event for students ages 2-22 (if still attending high school) with physical impairments such as amputations, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, dwarfism, and other orthopedic impairments. 

Learn more: https://www.region10.org/programs/kid-netic-games/overview/

 

3:00 – 3:45

Wheelchair Lacrosse

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

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Lacrosse

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 learn about this exciting sport and try it for yourself!
Learn more: http://www.wheelchairlacrosse.com

4:00 – 4:45

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.

Learn more: http://byomyoga.blogspot.com/p/about-me.html

 

Sunday, December 5, 2021

1:00 – 1:45

Dancing with the Rollettes Los Angeles

Presented by: Conner Lundius & Chelsie Hill, 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

 

2:00 – 2:30

Wheelchair Basketball Demonstration

Presented by: UT-Arlington Movin Mavs & Move United

Location: Events Arena

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Come check out some wheelchair basketball action in the Events Arena!

2:45pm - 3:30pm

WCMX

Presented by: Rise Adaptive Sports

Location: Sports Zone

WCMX

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

Learn more: http://www.riseadaptivesports.org/


 

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