Ft. Lauderdale

October 13-15, 2023

Broward County Convention Center

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

Register for Free

Activities, Demonstrations, and Special Events!

Abilities Expo showcases a wide range of special events to give you the opportunity to test your skills, expand your interests, and connect you to programs in the local area.

All events take place in the Auti Angel Events Arena unless otherwise noted.

There's a lot to explore at Abilities Expo! Also check out the Exhibitors and Workshops.

* PLEASE NOTE dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Abilities Expo is not responsible for the materials or opinions of the speakers.

All Day, Every Day

Adaptive Climbing Wall

Presented by: Coloplast and Mark Wellman, No Limits

Location: Booth #438

Adaptive Climbing Wall

Discover adaptive climbing! A sport that's open to people of ALL abilities! Plus, meet the best person to learn adaptive climbing from - Mark Wellman of No Limits! Mark has a spinal cord injury (SCI) and is an adventure athlete, speaker, and author. Come climb the wall using Mark's innovative adaptive climbing techniques and gear! Learn about climbing's benefits: building confidence, developing goal-setting skills, increasing strength, and improving flexibility. It's fun! Mark is a former Paralympian and Park Ranger. 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! Visit Mark's Website nolimitstahoe.com.

Face Painting

Presented by: Schulman Travel

Location: Booth #112

Face Painting

Enjoy your whimsical side with artistry that transforms your look—it's all about imagination! Visit the face painter for a fun design! For younger expo attendees under the age of 18. All products used are water-based and tested for use on skin.

TheStrokeChannel.TV Support Group Sessions

Presented by: The StrokeChannel.TV

Location: Booth #523

Adaptive Climbing Wall

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. To register for these sessions, visit  http://www.thestrokechannel.tv/.

Stroke Support Group
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 am
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.

Caregivers Support Group
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 1:30pm
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, Alzheimer's, Autism, a spinal cord injury, or any physical or mental challenge, then this support
group is for you!

Open Support Group
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 3:00pm
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!

Zot Artz Experience

Presented by: Zot Artz

Location: Booth #134

Zot Artz Experience

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.

Learn more! Visit ZotArtz.com.

Friday, November 4, 2022

12:00pm – 12:45pm

All About Service Dogs

Presented by: Kristin Hartness, Executive Director, CDK

Location: Events Arena

All About Service Dogs

Discover how service dogs are meeting the needs of people with different disabilities. Service dogs can help you achieve more independence in your life – assisting with tasks like picking up a cell phone, providing physical stability, counting money, and more! Service dogs are available for people with different disabilities, including vision and hearing loss, mobility, Autism, and seizure/allergy alert. Learn about the process to acquire a dog, support for covering the costs, and what to expect from your service dog provider organization.

Learn More! Visit CDK's website.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

WOW Wheelchair Fitness Class

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

Location: Events Arena

WOW Wheelchair Fitness Class

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.

Learn more! Visit WOW Wheelchair Fitness.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Dance with The Rollettes Los Angeles!

Presented by: The Rollettes Los Angeles

Location: Events Arena

Dance with The Rollettes Los Angeles!

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 barriers out of their way. Following their performance, it's your turn to get out on the dance floor and learn some moves. Come fulfill your dreams to dance!

Learn more! Visit rollettesdance.com and follow The Rollettes on Instagram and TikTok @Rollettes_LA.

3:00pm – 3:45pm

Adaptive Standing Tennis

* This event is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
Presented by: Jeff Bourns, American Amputee Tennis Player, JeffBourns.com and Babolat

Location: Events Arena

Adaptive Standing Tennis

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.

Learn more! Visit the Adaptive Standing Tennis Wikipedia page.

Saturday, November 5, 2022

12:00pm – 12:45pm

All About Service Dogs

Presented by: Kristin Hartness, Executive Director, CDK

Location: Events Arena

Service Dogs

Discover how service dogs are meeting the needs of people with different disabilities. Service dogs can help you achieve more independence in your life – assisting with tasks like picking up a cell phone, providing physical stability, counting money, and more! Service dogs are available for people with different disabilities, including vision and hearing loss, mobility, Autism, and seizure/allergy alert. Learn about the process to acquire a dog, support for covering the costs, and what to expect from your service dog provider organization.

Learn More! Visit CDK's website.

1:00pm - 1:30pm

Baseball!

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

Location: Events Arena

Adaptive Baseball

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!

Learn more! Visit https://www.d3day.com/.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Dance with The Rollettes Los Angeles!

Presented by: The Rollettes Los Angeles

Location: Events Arena

Dance with The Rollettes Los Angeles!

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 barriers out of their way. Following their performance, it's your turn to get out on the dance floor and learn some moves. Come fulfill your dreams to dance!

Learn more! Visit rollettesdance.com and follow The Rollettes on Instagram and TikTok @Rollettes_LA.

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Book Signing with Disability Dream & Do

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

Location: Next to Events Arena

Dave Clark and Doug Cornfield join us to share their books:

Dave Clark and Doug Cornfield join us to share their books:

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

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

 Learn more! Visit https://pullingeachotheralong.com/ and https://apoundofkindness.com/.

3:00pm – 3:45pm

Tennis for All!

Presented by: USTA Florida

Location: Events Arena

Tennis for All!

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!

Learn more at https://www.ustaflorida.com/wheelchair-tennis/.

4:00pm - 4:30pm

WOW Wheelchair Fitness Class

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

Location: Events Arena

WOW Wheelchair Fitness Class

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.

Learn more! Visit WOW Wheelchair Fitness.

Sunday, November 6, 2022

12:00pm – 12:30pm

WOW Wheelchair Fitness Class

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

Location: Events Arena

WOW Wheelchair Fitness Class

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.

Learn more! Visit WOW Wheelchair Fitness.

1:00pm – 1:45pm

All About Service Dogs

Presented by: Kristin Hartness, Executive Director, CDK

Location: Events Arena

All About Service Dogs

Discover how service dogs are meeting the needs of people with different disabilities. Service dogs can help you achieve more independence in your life – assisting with tasks like picking up a cell phone, providing physical stability, counting money, and more! Service dogs are available for people with different disabilities, including vision and hearing loss, mobility, Autism, and seizure/allergy alert. Learn about the process to acquire a dog, support for covering the costs, and what to expect from your service dog provider organization.

Learn More! Visit CDK's website.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Dance with The Rollettes Los Angeles!

Presented by: The Rollettes Los Angeles

Location: Events Arena

Dance with The Rollettes Los Angeles!

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 barriers out of their way. Following their performance, it's your turn to get out on the dance floor and learn some moves. Come fulfill your dreams to dance!

Learn more! Visit rollettesdance.com and follow The Rollettes on Instagram and TikTok @Rollettes_LA.

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