• DC Metro Abilities Expo

Activities and demos make the total Abilities experience

Here's what we did in 2017.

Please check back three months
before the Expo for the new schedule.

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 DC Metro area.

Acupressure for Stress Release

Presented by: Regina Rosenthal, PT, MA, Author, The Heart of Healing: Discovering the Secrets of Self-Care, Advanced Certified Process Acupressure Practitioner and Instructor

Acupressure for Stress Release Event in DC Metro Area

Experience acupressure during complimentary 15-20 minutes sessions. Acupressure is sometimes described as "acupuncture without needles". It promotes wellness and rejuvenation by accessing and addressing the vital energies of the body. Acupressure is often used to complement more traditional methods such as physical therapy, massage, or nursing, and also stands very well on its own. Certified instructors will be available to provide sessions and talk with attendees about this type of therapy. Sessions are conducted while the attendee sits in a chair or own mobility device. For more information visit www.reginarosenthal.com and www.soullightening.com.

Adaptive Gaming Pavilion

Presented by: AbleGamers Foundation

Adaptive Gaming

Experience adaptive gaming equipment and programs, and talk with other video game enthusiasts. AbleGamers Foundation serves the more than 70 million members of the disabled community by advocating greater access to video games. They are a leader in the development of equipment, programs and services to those living with disabilities, hardships, and quality-of-life issues that are a result of chronic illness or trauma. It is our goal that all people, regardless of their disability, can use gaming as a tool for an enriched social experiences with friends, family, and the world at large. Learn more at www.ablegamers.com.

Adaptive Rowing

Presented by: MedStar NRH Adaptive Sports and Fitness

Adaptive Rowing in the DC Metro Area

Try an adaptive rowing machine and discover how it can open up the world of adaptive rowing for you. No access to water is needed! Rowing is a sport that is accessible to most people with disabilities. Learn about the many benefits of rowing, such as exercise, fitness, improving self-esteem, setting goals, and a sense of accomplishment. Learn more at www.medstarnrh.org/our-services/adaptive-sports-fitness/

Artist Market

Presented by: VSA Loudoun

Artist Market

The area's most celebrated artists with disabilities will feature an eclectic mix of original, unforgettable artistry. From photographs and paintings to graphic design, their amazing works will be available for appreciation and purchase. VSA Arts of Loudoun County is a fully inclusive visual and performing arts program that provides discovery opportunities for individuals with and without disabilities. Acting, dancing, drawing, sculpting - whatever form of creating you choose is done side by side with people of all ages and abilities. Learn more at www.vsaloudoun.org (http://www.vsaloudoun.org).

Manual Wheelchair Skills for Everyone

Presented by: Empower Spinal Cord Injury

Manual Wheelchair Skills for Everyone

What is your favorite way to hop a curb? What tricks do you use to get yourself off the ground? Never sat in a manual wheelchair and have always wanted to try a wheelie? Visit the Empower SCI table and 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 to offer education and opportunities to learn new wheelchair skills. 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 at www.empowersci.org.

Rollettes Pre-Show Dance Experience

Abilities Expo headliners Chelsie Hill and the Rollettes are offering an exciting dance class the day before the Expo on Thursday, November 30 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm (location to be announced). The Rollettes will teach some of their signature dance moves and encourage their students of all ages to join them for one of The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents! events at Abilities Expo DC Metro, December 1-3, 2017. The price is $15 and space is limited so RSVP to info@RollettesDance.com.

Wheelchair Rugby

Presented by: Northern Virginia Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair rugby has often been described as a combination of football, hockey and basketball in a wheelchair. Any individual with impairments in three or more extremities may be eligible to play. This may include, but not limited to: spinal cord injury, post polio and cerebral palsy. Wheelchair rugby is played with four players on a team on a basketball court. The main message of quad rugby is "Smashing Stereotypes One Hit at a Time" and the sport has proven to be a life changer for those who start playing it. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/NoVAMutiny/

Wheelchair Basketball Demonstration

Presented by: Fairfax Falcons Paralympic Sports

Wheelchair Basketball Demonstration

Wheelchair basketball is one of 26 Paralympic sports and is played by both men and women. The sport is designed for athletes who have a physical disability that prevents running, jumping and pivoting. Many of the same rules from able-bodied basketball apply in the wheelchair game and the plays and strategies are similar. Learn more about the sport, discover where you can play in the region and try it for yourself. Discover more at http://info.fairfaxfalcons.org.

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

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 at www.ainsleysangels.org.

Adaptive Boccia Ball

Presented by: Tanece James, MedStar NRH Adaptive Fitness and Sports

Adaptive Boccia

Come learn about and 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 at www.medstarnrh.org/our-services/adaptive-sports-fitness/services/boccia-ball

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Presented by: The Rollettes

Auti Angel's "FreeStyle Dance Workshop"

Kick your Abilities day into gear with 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. Follow the Team and learn more at www.rollettesdance.com.

Adaptive Fitness Class

Presented by: MedStar NRH No Limits Demo with DPI Adaptive Fitness

Adaptive Fitness Class

Individuals with physical disabilities have as much need (if not more) for physical activity to promote healthy living as do able bodies individuals. Being physically active can decrease your chances of developing secondary conditions, including coronary heart disease, diabetes, and pressure sores. Discover some of the common components used in physical training that will help you build and improve strength, muscle endurance, flexibility, functional abilities and overall mood and confidence. Enjoy a fun class that introduces you to concepts such as cardio, resistance, high intensity, and circuit training. Class is suitable for people with varying physical abilities. Learn more at www.medstarnrh.org/our-services/adaptive-sports-fitness/ and www.dpiadaptivefitness.co.

Service Dog Demonstration

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

Service Dog Demonstration in the Washington DC Metro Area

Discover how service dogs are meeting the needs of people with many different disabilities. A service dog will be on hand to demonstrate how dogs work to achieve independence in various areas of people's lives – from picking up a cell phone to providing physical stability, even counting money! Find out how these dogs can help with many different types of disability, including vision and hearing loss, mobility, autism and seizure/allergy alert. Learn how funding works to acquire a dog and what to expect from your service dog provider organization. Bring your questions! Learn more at www.caninesforkids.org.

Meet J.R. Martinez!

JR Martinez

Meet J.R. Martinez - U.S. Army veteran and winner of the coveted mirror ball trophy with his partner Karina Smirnoff on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars". J.R. is also the author of the New York Times best-selling book "Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength, and Spirit," a memoir about how he was able to take his own personal tragedy, and turn it into an inspiration for others. He travels the world spreading his message of resilience and optimism. He devotes himself to showing others the true value of making the most of every situation. Bring your questions! A book signing follows! Learn more at http://jrmartinez.com

Face Painting

Presented by: Sunrise Face Painting

Face Painting

Kids will delight at the opportunity to transform their face into a beautiful buttersy, a swashbuckling pirate, or a sweet kitten! Stop by the face painter's stand for a complimentary face painting. Select designs only. Paints are FDA approved professional face paints and wash off with water. Just for kids age 18 and under. Based on availability; this 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 the show each day. Learn more at www.sunrisefacepainting.com.

Wheelchair Lacrosse

Presented by: Wheelchair Lacrosse USA

Power Soccer in Washington DC

Since 2009, Wheelchair Lacrosse has been turning heads. Lacrosse is a new and challenging game for players interested in demanding, fast paced action. It has many benefits and is becoming a popular option for wheelchair athletes. Watch local athletes showcase the sport and try it for yourself as well. Learn more at www.wheelchairlacrosse.com.

Blind Hockey Demonstration

Presented by: Washington Wheelers

Blind Hockey Demonstration in the DC Metro Area

Adapted from one of the fastest and most aggressive sports in the world, blind hockey involves teams of legally blind players competing against each other on the ice. The sport includes a modified puck, a smaller goal and rules to create the only adaptive winter team sport. Come and see the Washington Wheelers in action and try blind hockey for yourself at Abilities Expo. This could be the start of an exciting new pastime! Learn more at www.facebook.com/dcblindhockey.

Face Painting

Presented by: Sunrise Face Painting

Face Painting

Kids will delight at the opportunity to transform their face into a beautiful buttersy, a swashbuckling pirate, or a sweet kitten! Stop by the face painter's stand for a complimentary face painting. Select designs only. Paints are FDA approved professional face paints and wash off with water. Just for kids age 18 and under. Based on availability; this 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 the show each day. Learn more at www.sunrisefacepainting.com

AbleThrive's #ThriveWorldwide DC Meetup

Presented by: AbleThrive

ThriveWorldWide Meetup

Do you believe that everyone deserves a chance to thrive? Join AbleThrive's #ThriveWorldwide campaign to take a group video. This is one meetup out of 28 in 15 countries that are happening on the same day to celebrate living life to the fullest. Learn more at: http://www.ablethrive.com/thriveworldwide2017

Wheelchair Tennis

Presented by: MedStar NRH Adaptive Fitness and Sports

Auti Angel's "FreeStyle Dance Workshop"

Wheelchair tennis is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports! People with disabilities can play on a recreational or professional level, and it also offers the ability to compete with able-bodied friends. All rules in wheelchair tennis are the same except wheelchair players are allowed two bounces of the ball. Over 15,000 players in over 70 countries on all continents play wheelchair tennis. Learn more at https://www.medstarnrh.org/our-services/adaptive-sports-fitness/services/tennis/.


* 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.

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