Ft. Lauderdale

October 13-15, 2023

Broward County Convention Center

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

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FREE workshops!

Plan your Abilities Expo experience today!

Take advantage of Free Workshops that focus on everything from tips for traveling with a disability and home modifications to methods for funding and ways to use common, everyday toys as therapy tools.

There's no need to register - just arrive early to get your seat!

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Certificates of participation are available for all workshops. Please see the Accessibility Help Desk during the show for information on how to obtain a certificate.

There's a lot going on at Abilities Expo! Be sure to also check out the Exhibitors and Events.

* Dates and times of workshops are subject to change without notice. The opinions presented at the workshops are those of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Abilities Expo. Workshop content should not be considered as a replacement or substitute for the services of trained professionals in any field, including, but not limited to, financial, medical, or legal matters. We encourage you to seek the advice of professionals, as appropriate, regarding the evaluation of any specific information presented in these workshops.

Friday, November 4, 2022

11:45am – 12:45pm

Accessible Home Design: The Basics

Presented by: Mark Lichter, AIA, Director of Architecture, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)

Location: Workshop

Accessible Home Design: The Basics

Can I retrofit my master bathroom to include a spacious roll-in shower? What must I do to install an elevator in my two-story home? How can my flower garden be made more accessible? Who should I hire to make sure my home renovation project will fit my needs? Accessible Home Design: The Basics will address improving the accessibility in each specific area of a home, as well as what you need to know before taking on a renovation project. Whether it's a new accessible residence or retrofitting your existing home, information will be presented with real examples and case studies. Subject matter will include entering your home, residential elevators and lifts, kitchen design, bathrooms and plumbing fixtures, doors, windows, outdoor areas, and gardens, and much more.

Learn More! Visit https://pva.org/research-resources/accessible-design.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Disability and Special Needs Planning Made Easy

Presented by: Andre Sam, Disability & Special Needs Project

Location: Workshop

Disability and Special Needs Planning Made Easy

Join us for an informative and educational workshop for family members with loved ones of all ages with physical and/or intellectual disabilities or special needs. Topics covered in this workshop include guardianship, alternatives to guardianship, micro boards, wills, family trusts, special needs trusts, SSI (Supplemental Security Income), Social Security Retirement and Survivor Benefits, Social Security Disability, Medicaid/Medicare, ABLE Accounts, budget planning, and transition planning. This workshop will explain why these disability and special needs planning documents are important to have and how they complement each other in an estate plan designed to protect yourself, your family, and/or your loved one's current and future quality of life and care. Don't be afraid to plan, be afraid if you don't plan.

Learn More! Visit https://projectdsnp.com.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Introduction to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Presented by: Nick Skov, Operations Director, OxyLife Hyperbarics

Location: Workshop

Introduction to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, commonly called HBOT, is a therapy that is FDA-Approved for 14 conditions. IHBOT is also used off-label to treat additional conditions. At this workshop learn what HBOT is and how it works in the body. Find out which conditions benefit from HBOT and how you can access this therapy for yourself. The different types of HBOT chambers will be discussed, along with how HBOT can be used in combination with other therapies. After this workshop you'll gain a better understanding of when this therapy is appropriate and how it can help certain individuals.

Saturday, November 5, 2022

11:45am – 12:45pm

Discover How to Pay for Everything You See Today

Presented by:Kelly L. Green, Help Hope Live

Location: Workshop Area

Discover How to Pay for Everything You See Today

Did you know that you can fundraise to cover the costs of everything you see at Abilities Expo? From power wheelchairs to accessible vehicles, from adaptive bikes to home modifications. And more! Help Hope Live wants to help make this happen! Come find out how the Help Hope Live non-profit organization works closely with Abilities Expo exhibitors and others – to get our clients on their way to independence!

Learn More! Visit https://helphopelive.org.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Finding Solutions for Multiple Medication Overload

Presented by: Jay Gupta, RPh, MTM Consultant, C-IAYT

Location: Workshop Area

Polypharmacy: What Is It and Are You at Risk?

This workshop is presented by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and is geared toward anyone who lives with paralysis from disease, injury, or birth condition as well as their loved ones.

Medications are intended to improve our health and well-being. Some medications present more risks and adverse reactions than others. Persons who live with disabilities often take multiple medications to treat secondary/other chronic conditions which may escalate risks and reactions. This session will:

  • Outline the incidence of polypharmacy and discuss who is at most risk.
  • Explore the implications of polypharmacy and changing impact of COVID-19.
  • Provide inspiration and strategies to minimize the risks and reduce polypharmacy where possible to enhance health and resilience.

Learn More! Visit christopherreeve.org.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Accessible Travel Adventures with Sylvia Longmire

Presented by: Sylvia Longmire, Accessible Travel Writer and Disability Rights Activist, Spin the Globe

Accessible Travel Adventures with Sylvia Longmire

Join Sylvia Longmire, award-winning accessible travel blogger, as she shares accessible travel tips and tricks to make your next adventure as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. She will also share fun and engaging stories as a solo wheelchair traveler, taken from her new book, What Happened to You. The book will be available at the Expo, and Sylvia will be signing copies for attendees.

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Writing Your Own Health Story with The Mighty

Presented by Sarah Schuster, Editor At Large, The Mighty

Location: Workshop

Writing Your Own Health Story with The Mighty

Journaling can be a powerful health tool. It helps people process their feelings and get everything out of their head in a "free-from-judgment" way. It allows people to track personal goals and progress. And it builds self-reflection and communication skills. While journaling is such a popular self-care exercise, one thing often keeps people away - it can be so difficult to know where to start. Are you interested in keeping a journal, but unsure how to begin? This workshop is for you! As one of the leading publishers in health, The Mighty has helped tens of thousands of people publish their unique health stories. Whether you're seeking an audience of millions or an audience of one, the ability to write one's story starts with the exact same skills. Led by a longtime Mighty editor, this journaling workshop will provide prompts and tips that can produce a more confident you, with a sharpened talent for self-expression and a greater sense of self-honesty. Anyone with a little time and a writing instrument is welcome to join and further develop this valuable life skill.

Learn more! Visit TheMighty.com.

Sunday, November 6, 2022

1:00pm – 2:00pm

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

Presented by: Ali Ingersoll, Disability Strategist and Consultant, Writer, Public Speaker, Ms. Wheelchair America 2023

Location: Workshop Area

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

It's no secret that most health insurance companies, whether private or public, usually have a deny-first policy. Making it frustrating to know where to start with respect to being your own self-advocate and getting the medically necessary equipment you need to not only survive, but to thrive. When you are denied the services you need, navigating the health insurance appeals process is one that is very complicated. It is possible to navigate with success when you have the right medical professionals, tools, and know-how in place to take your health insurance into your own hands through targeted appeals process strategies. As a C6 quadriplegic, I have spent years getting medically necessary equipment approved. I teach others how to achieve the same results by writing their own letters of medical necessity, working cohesively with their medical professionals, and strategically creating a plan of attack to eliminate months of painstaking denials.

Learn more! Visit https://quirkyquad.com/.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Writing Your Own Health Story with The Mighty

Presented by Sarah Schuster, Editor At Large, The Mighty

Location: Workshop

Writing Your Own Health Story with The Mighty

Journaling can be a powerful health tool. It helps people process their feelings and get everything out of their head in a "free-from-judgment" way. It allows people to track personal goals and progress. And it builds self-reflection and communication skills. While journaling is such a popular self-care exercise, one thing often keeps people away - it can be so difficult to know where to start. Are you interested in keeping a journal, but unsure how to begin? This workshop is for you! As one of the leading publishers in health, The Mighty has helped tens of thousands of people publish their unique health stories. Whether you're seeking an audience of millions or an audience of one, the ability to write one's story starts with the exact same skills. Led by a longtime Mighty editor, this journaling workshop will provide prompts and tips that can produce a more confident you, with a sharpened talent for self-expression and a greater sense of self-honesty. Anyone with a little time and a writing instrument is welcome to join and further develop this valuable life skill.

Learn more! Visit TheMighty.com.

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