Plan your Abilities Expo experience today!
Take advantage of Free Workshops that focus on everything from tips for traveling with a disability and the accessible homes to how you can get the best accessible vehicle. Discover how both dogs and monkeys help people be more independent. Parents – take a break and enjoy two great sessions for parents of kids with special needs – both filled with laughs and ideas for thriving, not just surviving, as the parent of a child with special needs. Plus there’s information about assistive devices, clinical trials, and emergency preparedness.
Workshops are FREE! All attendees are welcome – you don’t need to register or sign up in advance. Just arrive early to the workshop to make sure you can get a seat!
There is so much more happening at Abilities Expo! Be sure to check out the FREE Events for demonstrations of adaptive sports, dancing, assistance dogs, horse therapy – and more. Most events include time for attendees to participate!
- Certificates of participation are available for all workshops. Please see the Accessibility Help Desk following each workshop for your certificate. (Please note there are no CEU approved courses at this year’s Abilities Expo).
* Dates and times of workshops are subject to change without notice. The opinions presented at the workshops are those of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Abilities Expo. Workshop content should not be considered as a replacement or substitute for the services of trained professionals in any field, including, but not limited to, financial, medical or legal matters. We encourage you to seek the advice of professionals, as appropriate, regarding the evaluation of any specific information presented in these workshops.
Friday, December 13, 2019
11:45am – 12:45pm
Living Well With Chronic Pain
Presented by: Casey Cashman, US Pain Foundation
In America pain affects 100 million adults - more people than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined. This presentation will offer tips for those living with chronic pain, including ways to work through pain on your own. Discover steps you can take on your own, today, to gain some of your life back from pain. From traditional approaches to alternative therapies, much is available with the potential to lower your pain.
For resources, programs and publications: www.uspainfoundation.org
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Protecting Your Work Place Rights
Presented by: Allen Boyd, Director of Outreach and Education, Office of Federal Contract and Compliance Programs (OFCCP)
The presentation will introduce the audience to the agency, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs or OFCCP, and provide an overview of employee's workplace rights under the laws that OFCCP enforces. We will also discuss how to recognize employment discrimination including employment discrimination based on disability, and what you can if you believe that you or someone you know is a victim of workplace discrimination.
Learn More: www.dol.gov/ofccp
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Presented by: Wayne W. Broadfield, III, AIA, Associate Director of Architecture Services, Paralyzed Veterans of America
Can I retrofit my master bathroom to include a spacious roll-in shower? What must I do to install an elevator in my two-story home? How can my flower garden be made more accessible? Who should I hire to make sure my home renovation project will fit my needs? Accessible Home Design: The Basics will address improving the accessibility in each specific area of a home, as well as what you need to know before taking on a renovation project. Whether it's a new accessible residence or retrofitting your existing home, information will be presented with real examples and case studies. Subject matter will include entering your home; residential elevators and lifts, kitchen design, bathrooms and plumbing fixtures, doors, windows, outdoor areas and gardens, and much more.
Learn More: http://www.pva.org/
3:45pm – 4:45pm
Improving Self-Advocacy: 10 Simple Steps
Presented by: Victoria Mavis, Beyond the Disability
Have you ever experienced the following: Disappointment by promises that your advocates make but don't deliver on? Unsure if you're doing everything possible to advocate for yourself because you're not getting what you want? Frustrated that your life and its direction is not aligning with the vision you have for your future?
If you answer "yes" to any of these, then this workshop is for you. Gain a sense of control by taking ten simple steps to increase your self-advocacy skills and as a result also become more proficient in getting others to advocate effectively on your behalf.
Learn More: http://www.victoriamavis.com
Saturday, December 14, 2019
11:45am – 12:45pm
Volunteering: Its More than What you Give
Presented by: Leah Blackwell
Being a volunteer is extremely important for people with disabilities because volunteering teaches job and interpersonal skills, while also belonging to a team. It gives you a chance to meet new people who live within your own community and form new relationships. In addition, volunteering looks good on a resume. We'll discuss the benefits of volunteering and some volunteer opportunities in your community!
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Critical Situations for People with SCI
Presented by: Nurse Linda, PhD, CRRN
The following workshop is presented by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and is geared toward anyone who lives with paralysis from disease, injury or birth condition and their loved ones. Learn more at www.christopherreeve.org
It can be difficult to know when to call for assistance while dealing with paralysis or spinal cord injury. Messages from the body to the brain can be misdirected or misinterpreted. Recognizing a disguised significant healthcare problem can be challenging. Issues with taking medication properly, cardiac issues or infection can start as small concerns but can quickly escalate to emergently needed care. How to know when a small problem becomes huge is critical information for your health and well-being. Areas of focus include correctly taking medication, irregular heartbeats, blood clots, Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD), pneumonia, Urinary Tract Infection and sepsis. In addition, your questions will be discussed.
Learn More: https://www.christopherreeve.org
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Open Your World With Accessible Travel
Presented by: John Morris, Founder, WheelchairTravel.org
The world is more accessible than ever, and the travel industry is beginning to recognize that wheelchair users and people with disabilities want to explore it too! This workshop will provide you with information and tools to plan an accessible vacation, opening your world to new experiences and possibilities. Come prepared to participate in an accessible travel Q&A with the presenter, who will bring firsthand knowledge from nearly one million miles flown with a wheelchair. You will leave this workshop with inspiration for your next vacation and tips to make accessible travel enjoyable for all, including your friends, family members and caregivers.
Learn more: www.wheelchairtravel.org
3:45pm – 4:45pm
Medical Marijuana: Making an Informed Decision
Presented by: Bonnie Jensen, MAMMA
We'll be giving a brief overview of the endocannabinoid system, how CBD/low-THC cannabis (what's legal in Texas) helps the body, choosing quality CBD products, the Texas Compassionate Use Program (TCUP, which is our medical marijuana program) and its recent expansion, and how to research and advocate for your condition.
Learn more: http://www.mammausa.org
Sunday, December 15, 2019
11:45am – 12:45pm
Speak up!: How to talk to anyone about your disability effectively
Presented by: Estela Lugo, Medical Outreach Director, Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation and Lainie Ishbia, MSW, Founder of Trend-ABLE.com
We all know that communication is an essential part of our relationships and well being. Expressing ourselves can be challenging but expressing the unique needs related disabilities can pose extra challenges. Have you ever felt misunderstood because of your disability? Has miscommunication ever interfered in your relationships?
Being able to effectively communicate can be tough in general. For those of us with disabilities, expressing our unique wants and needs, in a way that feels good for everyone, can be extra challenging. In this interactive workshop participants will discuss and role play different everyday situations. They will learn the differences between passive, aggressive, assertive and passive-aggressive communication styles, while gaining tools for communicating in a healthy and productive way.
Learn More: https://trend-able.com and https://www.hnf-cure.org
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Access the World: Tips for Traveling with a Disability
Presented by: Debra Kerper, Easy Access Travel
Would you like to travel the country or the world, but believe you cannot because of your disability? At this workshop you will learn that travel by air, sea and car is a real option for you. The presenter, a professional travel agent who has a disability and has travelled extensively, will share with you how to plan a trip, including what to expect form hotels, rental car companies, cruise lines and the airlines. Learn about the common challenges, methods for addressing them and what the law requires. Attendees will receive recommendations for disability-friendly destinations and accessible travel resources. Be sure to bring your pressing questions and a list of places you'd like to visit.
Learn more: www.easyaccesstravel.com
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Service Dogs: In & Out – Untangling the laws on Public Access
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
Learn more: https://www.servicedogs.org