Abilities ambassadors hale from all corners of the disability community. They are leaders, writers, artists, entrepreneurs, veterans, athletes, celebrities, advocates and parents to special needs kids, and they may have just the answers you are looking for.
If you have a story to tell to the disability community, then we want to hear it! It could be an informative article on the range of subjects featured to the left. It could be meaningful advice base on your wealth of experience. It could be serious or entertaining and conveyed through words, video or images. It just has to be your story.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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!
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
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.
Help your kids discover their inner artist with innovative adaptive art tools.
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.
Local disability activists spearhead Abilities Expo's community outreach initiatives.
Meet the impressive individuals who have chosen to represent Abilities Expo to the Community.
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.