Ft. Lauderdale

October 13-15, 2023

Broward County Convention Center

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

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Meet the Workshop Speakers!

Here are 2022 Abilities Expo presenters.

Check back 3 months out to find out what's in store for 2023.

Meet the presenters for the Abilities Expo workshops! They are people whose individual lives are as relevant to the Community as the issues they are addressing. Our speakers have years of experience and are highly knowledgeable in their fields. Many are recognized nationally and within their state for their ongoing work with people with disabilities. All our speakers have apparent and non-apparent disabilities, work in the disability field, or are the sibling or parent of a person with disabilities.

Kelly L. Green

Executive Director, Help Hope Live

Kelly L. Green

Kelly has been executive director of Help Hope Live since November 2017. The daughter of a transplant recipient, Kelly not only believes in the mission of Help Hope Live, but she also once used the service and it "completely changed her life." She feels honored and proud to lead an organization that provided hope and help to her family during her mother's journey to transplant in 2007.  Kelly describes herself as a mother, a daughter of her hero, a battle-tested unifier, and a thought leader. She has more than 20 years' experience working in and leading nonprofit organizations and has dedicated her life to civic engagement. Kelly has proudly served as the CEO of Variety – The Children's Charity; director of Montgomery County, PA Voters Services; and deputy director for the Institute for the Study of Civic Values in Philadelphia. In 2018, Kelly was recognized with Main Line Today's Women on the Move Award for redefining success around Philadelphia's Main Line and western suburbs. Kelly is a connector, a person who needs to infuse each day with a lesson and inspire others to be the one makes someone else's day just a little brighter. She places value in small acts of kindness. She is a self-proclaimed activist, but most people just see her as someone who believes everyone deserves dignity and respect. She knows firsthand how broken our healthcare system is and is determined to help place medical needs in reach to those in need!

Workshop: Discover How to Pay for Everything You See Today

Jay Gupta, RPh, MTM Consultant, C-IAYT

Jay Gupta, RPh, MTM Consultant, C-IAYT

Jay Gupta is the Director of Pharmacy & Integrative Health at a health center in New Hampshire. He is also the President of YogaCaps, Inc. and RXRelax. Jay is a pharmacist, medication expert, DePrescription leader and international speaker. He has been recognized by Cardinal Health, by the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) and by Next Generation Pharmacists/Pharmacy Times for excellence in integrative therapies. His clinical trial in 2020 studied the effects of therapeutic telehealth yoga for healthcare professionals during a pandemic and indicated significant reduction in anxiety, depression, insomnia, and PTSD symptoms.

Workshop: Finding Solutions for Multiple Medication Overload
Presented by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

Ali Ingersoll

Disability Strategist and Consultant, Writer, Public Speaker, Ms. Wheelchair America 2023

Ali Ingersoll

Ali Ingersoll is a disability strategy consultant, Ms. Wheelchair America 2023, writer, and public speaker. She started her advocacy mission after being repeatedly denied medically necessary equipment by insurance companies over the last 12 years since becoming a C6 quadriplegic and full-time wheelchair user after a shallow water diving accident. Ali's passion lies in coaching people with disabilities on how to improve their quality of life by teaching them to self-advocate to live a life of independence, dignity, and grace. Disability inclusion in our society is a priority Ali focuses on improving every day. Ali has a firm philosophy of paying it forward by giving back to the community through working with stakeholders in the government, non-profit world, and partnering with organizations to create a more inclusive society and disability employment environment.

Workshop: How to Navigate the Health Insurance Appeals Process for Medically Necessary Equipment

Mark Lichter, AIA

Director of Architecture, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)

Mark Lichter, AIA

Mark has been with PVA since 2002, prior to which he had over 15 years of design and construction experience as a project architect in the private sector. With PVA, Mr. Lichter has successfully ensured maximum accessibility consulting on countless major facilities including many National Memorials, large medical centers, high profile professional and college sports arenas, numerous Federal buildings, as well as residential projects. As a member of the National ANSI A117.1 Committee, Mr. Lichter helps write the most widely used building code on accessibility in the country. He was also selected to serve on the Federal Courthouse Access Advisory Committee where he chaired a task group that developed new accessible courthouse design standards for the Federal Government. Mr. Lichter has written many articles on the topics of both accessibility and medical center design. He was the technical advisor for PVA's popular book: Accessible Home Design: Solutions for the Wheelchair User, Second Edition. Mr. Lichter is a licensed architect. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Maryland and a Master of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech).

Workshop: Accessible Home Design: The Basics

Sylvia Longmire

Accessible Travel Writer and Disability Rights Activist, Spin the Globe

Sylvia Longmire

Spin the Globe creator Sylvia Longmire is a service-disabled veteran, mother, author, consultant, entrepreneur, world traveler, and Ms. Wheelchair USA 2016. She traveled extensively from an early age and during her time as an Air Force officer and Special Agent. After she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2005, her ability to walk started to deteriorate. Sylvia learned how to travel with a walker, and eventually with an electric scooter. Her work as a consultant has taken her across the United States, and her addiction to leisure travel has taken her (and her scooter) as far as the deserts of Dubai and the glaciers of Alaska. She often travels alone and is continually invigorated by the kindness and offers of help from strangers in every corner of this beautiful world. As long as her wallet allows, Sylvia is knocking both domestic and international destinations off her bucket list as quickly as she can! She chooses her destinations based on their levels of wheelchair accessibility, as well as whether she'll be able to travel there alone or need a companion. Her goals are twofold: to educate people at home and abroad about the needs - and capabilities - of disabled travelers, and to encourage people with disabilities to leave their fears behind and seek adventure!

Workshop: Accessible Travel Adventures with Sylvia Longmire

Andre Sam

Disability & Special Needs Project

Andre Sam

Andre Sam is a comprehensive Disability & Special Needs Planner with SilverTree Special Needs Planning. Upon earning a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Arizona, Andre began a career in comprehensive disability and special needs planning.  Andre has been in the industry for seven years working with individuals and families with special needs and disabilities. Andre is currently part of a non-profit organization called the Special Needs Education & Advocacy Project.  Through this non-profit organization, Andre gives back by donating his time during evenings and on the weekends sharing his knowledge by providing complimentary educational presentations to organizations and groups who have loved ones that are part of the special needs and disability community. Learn more about the Disability & Special Needs Project.

Workshop: Disability and Special Needs Planning Made Easy

Sarah Schuster

Editor At Large, The Mighty

Sarah ShusterSarah Schuster is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor who specializes in helping people living with health conditions tell their stories. She spent 6 years serving as Editorial Director and Mental Health Editor of The Mighty, the world's largest online health community, where she also frequently contributed her own stories and led storytelling and patient advocacy workshops. A graduate of Syracuse University, Sarah continues to contribute to The Mighty and is currently building upon her experience in mental health advocacy, seeking an added level of real-world impact by pursuing a Master's in Social Work at California State University-Los Angeles. 

Workshop: Writing Your Own Health Story with The Mighty

Nick Skov

Operations Director, OxyLife Hyperbarics

Nick Skov is the Operations Director for OxyLife Hyperbarics, a company that is dedicated to redefining health and wellness through the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and associated products. Nick oversees installation of chambers in clinics and residential settings. He can speak to the physical mechanics of the different types of chambers and how they function as well as reviewing HBOT research. He is Level 1 Safety Director Training certified with IBUM (International Board of Undersea Medicine) and also holds the Hyperbaric Training Certification from Hyperbaric Excellence.

Workshop: Introduction to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

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