Ft. Lauderdale

October 13-15, 2023

Broward County Convention Center

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

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Dial Up Your Independence
at Abilities Expo

T

hree days. One roof. Endless access to the latest products, technologies and resources for the disability community! Get ready for an all-inclusive climbing wall, a ton of adaptive sports, the world-famous Rollettes, info-packed workshops and so much more. It's all free so join us and register today.

Latest Tech & Disability Products

Abilities Expo brings you thousands of game-changing products, services and technologies all under one roof. Regardless of the type and level of your disability, we strive to provide the resources you need to exceed your own expectations and thrive.

Informative Workshops

Attend free, info-packed workshops on issues that matter to you. Get tips on financial planning, making your home more accessible, traveling with a disability and how medical cannabis can help a variety of conditions. There's more, check it out!

Interactive Events and Features

Find your new favorite pastime at Abilities Expo! Try such inclusive activities as adaptive sports, dance, assistance animals and so much more for the kids of all ages! If something sparks your interest, you can find out how to engage year-round.

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Must-See and Can't-Miss Expo Experiences

There is just so much to see and do at Abilities Expo. Here are a few opportunities you don't want to let pass you by.

Cool Show Features

 

Unleash Your Inner Artist

With their ingenious adaptive art tools, Zot Artz will help kids of all abilities channel their creative energies into an especially fridge-worthy masterpiece to take home with them.

Scale the Wall

Whatever your ability, YOU can conquer the all-inclusive climbing wall! With adaptive equipment and tips from Paralympian Mark Wellman, the summit will be within your reach.

We Love How They Roll

Join the world-famous Rollettes for some hip-hoppin' dance fun! Get a front row seat for their dynamic performances, then you get to learn their signature dance moves.

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Plan Your Visit to Abilities Expo

Don’t miss our life-enhancing exhibits, dynamic workshops and fun events for kids of all ages!

Calendar

 

All Day, Every Day

All Day Abilities Expo Exhibits Exhibits
All Day Adaptive Climbing Wall Booth #438
All Day Face Painting Booth #112
All Day Zot Artz Experience Booth #134
All Day Free Loaner Scooters Service
All Day Sign Language Interpreter Service

Friday, November 4, 2022

11:45am – 12:45pm Accessible Home Design: The Basics Workshop
12:00 – 12:45pm All About Service Dogs Events Arena
1:00 – 1:30pm WOW Wheelchair Fitness Class Events Arena
2:00 – 2:30pm Dance with The Rollettes Los Angeles! Events Arena

Saturday, November 5, 2022

12:00 – 12:45pm All About Service Dogs Events Arena
1:00 – 1:30pm Baseball! Events Arena
2:00 – 2:30pm Dance with The Rollettes Los Angeles! Events Arena
2:30pm - 3:00pm Book Signing with Disability Dream & Do Workshop
3:00pm – 3:45pm Tennis for All! Events Arena
4:00 – 4:30pm WOW Wheelchair Fitness Class Events Arena

Sunday, November 6, 2022

12:00 – 12:30pm WOW Wheelchair Fitness Class Events Arena
1:00pm – 1:45pm All About Service Dogs Events Arena
2:00 – 2:30pm Dance with The Rollettes Los Angeles! Events Arena

Disability Services for Expo-goers

In our efforts to ensure a positive show experience, Abilities Expo endeavors to accommodate the disability community with a host of special show services including loaner scooters, sign language interpretation, free wheelchair, captioning services for the workshop and so much more!

Special Show Services for People with Disabilities

 

Loaner Scooters & W/C Repair

Free loaner scooters are available during show hours on a first come, first served basis. Unfortunately, the Free Wheelchair Repair Pavilion is cancelled as the vendor is unable to attend due to COVID.

Sign Language and CART Services

American Sign Language interpretation will be available for those who need translation. All workshops are captioned through CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) services.

Large Print Accommodations

Large print versions of the exhibitor list and the events/workshops schedule will be available on demand. Please request your copy at the registration counters.

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Assistance Animals Play Critical Role

Animals have become an intrinsic part of the disability community. Some are essential to the healing process, while others help their human partners become more independent.

Service Dogs

 

All About Service Dogs

All About Service Dogs

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

Friday, November 4: 12:00 - 12:45 pm
Saturday, November 5: 12:00 – 12:45 pm

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. 

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Learn the Latest Adaptive Dance Moves

Dancing is great for the body, and even better for spirit! Don't miss your change to
get in the groove while improving fitness, strength and endurance.

Inclusive Dance Performances

 

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Presented by: The Rollettes

Friday, November 4: 2:00 - 2:30 pm
Saturday, November 5: 2:00 - 2:30 pm
Sunday, November 6: 2:00 - 2:30 pm

Join us for a high-energy, live performance by The Rollettes Los Angeles, an incredible wheelchair dance team. These women have created a community that redefines what it means to be strong, female and resilient. With dance, community outreach, education programs and content creation they dazzle and push the boundaries that others place in the way. Following their performance, the audience can join the Rollettes to learn new moves.

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Get in the Game with Adaptive Sports

The sidelines are no place for you so take your pick from a variety of interactive, adaptive sports. You’ll get the blood pumping, improve fitness and build confidence
…and the fun factor is off the charts!

Adaptive Sports

 

Adaptive Climbing Wall
Adaptive Standing Tennis
Baseball!
Book Signing with Disability Dream & Do
Tennis for All!
WOW Wheelchair Fitness Class

Adaptive Climbing Wall

Adaptive Climbing Wall

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

The Adaptive Climbing Wall is open to people of all abilities! There is no better person to learn adaptive climbing from than Mark Wellman of No Limits. 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. 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.



Adaptive Standing Tennis

Adaptive Standing Tennis

Presented by: Jeff Bourns, American Amputee Tennis Player, JeffBourns.com and Babolat

Friday, November 4: 3:00 – 3:45 pm
Adaptive Standing Tennis is a form of tennis for individuals with physical disability who play the sport of tennis standing, or ambulatory. This newly emerged form of tennis allows individuals with physical challenges such as amputations, cerebral palsy or hemiparesis to play tennis. Come discover this new sport, try it for yourself, and be part of the growth of adaptive sports.

Baseball!

Baseball!

Presented by: Dave Clark and Doug Cornfield, Disability Dream & Do (D3)

Saturday, November 5: 1:00 – 1:30 pm
Come experience a snapshot of a Disability Dream & Do event. D3 events are pro-style baseball practices with professional players. Attendees get to hit, throw, catch and run the bases—with instruction from the best in the sport. All abilities welcome!

Book Signing with Disability Dream & Do

Book Signing with Disability Dream & Do

Presented by: Dave Clark and Doug Cornfield, Disability Dream & Do (D3)

Saturday, November 5: 2:30 – 3:00 pm
Dave Clark and Doug Cornfield join us to share their books:

  • Children's book A Pound of Kindness
  • Anthology Pulling Each Other Along
  • Dave's biography, A Diamond in the Rough.

Purchase copies, talk with the authors and get your books signed!

Tennis for All!

Tennis for All!

Presented by: USTA Florida

Saturday, November 5: 3:00 – 3:45 pm
Come discover the most inclusive wheelchair sport, tennis! Join us to try the sport and learn about opportunities for recreational and competitive play. Meet local USTA Florida tennis service representatives and find out how you can play tennis in your area! All ages and abilities are welcome!

WOW Wheelchair Fitness Class

WOW Wheelchair Fitness Class

Presented by: Justin Graham, Certified Personal Trainer, Creator, W.O.W. Wonders on Wheels

Friday, November 4: 1:00 – 1:30 pm
Sunday, November 6: 12:00 – 12:30 pm

Ready to have a lot of fun and work out at the same time? Come experience a WOW Wheelchair Fitness Class! The class features movements for seated students and is taught by a seated instructor; however, standing participants are also welcome. Featuring elements of weight training, Zumba and pom-pom dance.

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Experience Creativity with Zot Artz

Help your kids discover their inner artist with innovative adaptive art tools.

Inclusive Art

Come paint with Zot Artz! Kids love making art and so do we! Everyone can stamp and print to make their mark. Each participant will take home an original work of art and a joyful moment. Please plan 5-15 minutes for the painting activity.

WOW Wheelchair Fitness Class

 

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Getting to Abilities Expo

DoubleTree Miami Airport & Convention Center
711 NW 72nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33126

Directions, Parking and Transpo

 

 

Directions | From North via Interstate 95

  • Take I-95 South to 836 West (Dolphin Expressway)
  • Follow 836 West to Milam Dairy Rd (NW 72nd Ave.) and exit
  • Turn left on Milam Dairy Rd
  • Turn left at the third light then immediate left and follow the sign to the hotel

Directions | From South

  • Take Hwy 826 North (Palmetto Expressway) to 836 East (Dolphin Expressway)
  • Exit on Milam Dairy Rd (NW 72nd Ave)
  • Turn right on Milam Dairy Rd
  • Turn left at the second light then immediate left & follow the sign to the hotel

Directions | From East

  • Take Hwy 826 North (Palmetto Expressway) to 836 East (Dolphin Expressway)
  • Exit on Milam Dairy Rd (NW 72nd Ave)
  • Turn right on Milam Dairy Rd
  • Turn left at the second light then immediate left & follow the sign to the hotel

Directions | From West

  • Take Hwy 836 East (Dolphin Expressway) to Milam Dairy Road (NW 72nd Ave) and exit
  • Turn right on Milam Dairy Rd
  • Turn left at the second light then take an immediate left and follow the sign to the hotel


Parking

Parking is a flat daily rate of $7. The cost is $10 per day for in-and-out service.

Transpo to the Expo

Visit miamidade.gov to plan your trip to Abilities Expo.

 

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Meet the Ambassadors

Local disability activists spearhead Abilities Expo's community outreach initiatives.

Ambassador Program

 

Meet the impressive individuals who have chosen to represent Abilities Expo to the Community.

Ryan Gebauer

Ryan Gebauer Bio Photo

Ryan Gebauer has led a very interesting life. In June 1995, when he was only 16 years old, Ryan and his friends were climbing a tree in his neighborhood, as teenagers often do. When Ryan jumped out of that tree into the lake below, his world was changed forever. Ryan lost balance, landed in the water breaking his neck at the C3-4 level and leaving him paralyzed. He was hospitalized for six months following his injury. During that time, he had numerous surgeries, went through rehabilitation, and generally learned how to live as a quadriplegic.

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