Dallas

December 13 - 15, 2019

Dallas Market Center

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

Register for Free

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

Adaptive Climbing Wall

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

Sponsored by: Liberator Medical Supply, Inc.

Location: Booth #653

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

Artist Market

Presented by: VSA 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 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: www.vsatx.org

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! 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. 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

Support Group Sessions

Presented by Christopher Ewing, StrokeChannel.TV

Location: Booth #1125

StrokeChannel.TV Support Groups

Hosted by Emmy Award winning TV host, motivational speaker & stroke survivor, Christopher Ewing, these daily support groups are designed to provide helpful information, as well as an opportunity to connect with others who may have a physical or mental challenge.

Stroke Support Group 
Strokes can happen at any age, sometimes without warning. This support group session is for stroke survivors to be able to discuss with other stroke survivors some of the challenges, as well as the breakthroughs, they have experienced on their path towards recovery. This session is also open to those who would like to learn more about the signs and risks of stroke. 
Session Times: Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 11:30am 
Go to www.TheStrokeChannel.TV for more information and to pre-register.

Caregivers Support Group 
Caregivers need support, too. This support group session is open to all caregivers, so if you are a caregiver for someone who suffers from stroke, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimers, Autism, a spinal cord injury, or any physical or mental challenge, then this support group is for you! Come and connect with other caregivers and learn important tips on how to handle some of the challenges that you may face as a caregiver. Note: This session is only open to caregivers. 
Session Times: Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 1:30pm 
Go to www.caregiversupportgroups.com for more information and to pre-register.

Open Support Group 
This support group session is for anyone dealing with a physical or mental challenge who would like to have an open forum and discuss any of the challenges they may be facing, share any of their triumphs, or offer words of encouragement and advice to others! 
Session Times: Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 3pm 
Go to www.TheHealthChannel.TV for more information and to pre-register.

Assistive Technology Showcase

Sponsored by: Texas Technology Access Program

Location: Booth #639

Assistive Technology Showcase

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. TTAP is dedicated to increasing the access for people with disabilities to AT that provides them more 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: http://techaccess.edb.utexas.edu

Friday, December 13, 2019

12:00pm – 12:45pm

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

1:00pm- 1:30pm

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Presented by: The Rollettes

Location: Events Arena

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

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.
Learn more: www.rollettesdance.com

1:45pm – 2:45pm

WCMX

Presented by: RISE Adapted Sports

Location: Events Arena

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/

3:00pm – 3:30pm

One World Karate

Presented by: Texas Adaptive Sports and Recreation

Location: Events Arena

One World Karate

Join Texas Adaptive Sports and Recreation for an inclusive and adapted demonstration and audience participation event from One World Karate.  The demo will run approximately 10 minutes long and display students of all abilities performing martial arts and self defense in a high energy, fun show.  After the demo, for twenty minutes, we will invite the audience to learn adapted Martial Arts from the instructors which would include some blocking and striking of pads, and various other techniques.
Learn More: www.TxASR.org, www.1worldkarate.com

3:45pm-4:30pm

Drumba Fitness

Presented by: Dina Scott, Drumba Fitness

Location: Events Arena

Drumba

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.

Learn more: https://www.drumbafitness.com 

Saturday, December 14, 2019

11:15am – 11:45am

Accessible/Adaptive Chair Yoga Class

For all ages and abilities including parents, care providers, and social workers

Presented by: Jackie Gadd, BYOMYOGA

Location: Events Arena

Accessible/Adaptive Chair Yoga Class

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. The program is softer, slower, well-supported, and nurturing. Appropriate yoga poses with props (like blankets, blocks, and straps) and modifications will be coached from standing, seated, and ground positions to accommodate as many abilities levels as possible. The gentle flow encourages and helps pair the body neurologically with range-of-motion, balance, and strength-improving movements. Minor hands-on adjustments and mobility assists will be available (with student agreement and acceptance) to help everyone be safe in their poses, and most importantly feel welcome into the space.

12:00pm - 4:30pm

Face Painting

Presented by: We Adorn You

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. 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.facepaintinglosangeles.net

12:00pm – 12:45pm

ParaCheer

Presented by: ParaCheer Midwest representing USA Cheer

Location: Events Arena

ParaCheer

Discover the new sport of ParaCheer! ParaCheer brings two kinds of athletes together: those with disabilities — or "with limitations," according to Team USA — 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!
Learn more: www.usacheer.org , http://cheerunion.org/disciplines/sach/ , www.facebook.com/ParaCheerMidwestUS/

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Canine Companions for Independence – Service Dog Demo

Presented by: Lacey Wicks, Canine Companions for Independence

Location: Events Arena

Service Dog Demonstration

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.
Learn more: https://www.cci.org 

2:00pm – 2:30pm

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Presented by: The Rollettes

Location: Events Arena

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'veThe Rollettes Los Angeles Presents! 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

2:30pm-2:45pm

Cosplay Parade

Presented by: CosAbility

Location: Route to be determined

Cosplay Parade

CosAbility is coming to Dallas to host a Cosplay Parade! Dress as your favorite character and show off your best cosplay costumes as a part of the parade. If you use a mobility device deck it out as part of your costume! It's not necessary, but it will look great! Meet fellow cosplayers from the disability community and express your style. All ages are welcome!
Photo opportunity at the end of the route.
Learn more: www.cosability.comwww.facebook.com/CosAbility 

3:00pm - 3:45pm

Drumba Fitness

Presented by: Dina Scott, Drumba Fitness

Location: Events Arena

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.

Learn more: https://www.drumbafitness.com 

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Ayita Wheelchair Dance Presentation and Class

Presented by: Ayita Wheelchair Dance

Location: Events Arena

Ayita Wheelchair Dance Presentation and Class

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.
Learn more: www.facebook.com/Ayitadance/

Sunday, December 15, 2019

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 – 12:30pm

ParaCheer

Presented by: ParaCheer Midwest representing USA Cheer

Location: Events Arena

ParaCheer

Discover the new sport of ParaCheer! ParaCheer brings two kinds of athletes together: those with disabilities — or "with limitations," according to Team USA — 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!
Learn more: www.usacheer.org , http://cheerunion.org/disciplines/sach/ , www.facebook.com/ParaCheerMidwestUS/

12:00pm - 3:30pm

Face Painting

Presented by: We Adorn You

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. 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.facepaintinglosangeles.net

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Micah Fowler

Presented by: Micah Fowler

Location: Events Arena

Micah Fowler

Meet actor Micah Fowler, star of ABC's Speechless. A veteran Abilities Expo attendee, Micah will talk with fans and host a Q&A about his role as "JJ" on the groundbreaking sitcom, as well as his refusal to allow cerebral palsy to define him. A meet and greet follows (for max of 2 hours)! Autographed head shot photos will also be available for purchase, $5.00, cash only.
Follow Micah at www.micahfowler.com and on Twitter and Instagram: @micahdfowler

2:00pm – 2:30pm

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Presented by: The Rollettes

Location: Events Arena

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

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.
Learn more: www.rollettesdance.com

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Accessible/Adaptive Chair Yoga Class

For all ages and abilities including parents, care providers, and social workers

Presented by: Jackie Gadd, BYOMYOGA

Location: Events Arena

Accessible/Adaptive Chair Yoga Class

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. The program is softer, slower, well-supported, and nurturing. Appropriate yoga poses with props (like blankets, blocks, and straps) and modifications will be coached from standing, seated, and ground positions to accommodate as many abilities levels as possible. The gentle flow encourages and helps pair the body neurologically with range-of-motion, balance, and strength-improving movements. Minor hands-on adjustments and mobility assists will be available (with student agreement and acceptance) to help everyone be safe in their poses, and most importantly feel welcome into the space.

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