Houston

August 2 -4, 2019

NRG Center, Hall E

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

Register for Free

Activities and demos make the total Abilities experience

All Day, Every Day

Adaptive Climbing Wall

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

Sponsored by: Liberator Medical Supply, Inc.

Location: Booth #541

Adaptive Climbing Wall

Adaptive climbing is a sport that is open to people of all abilities! It's not just for experienced athletes. There is no better person to learn adaptive climbing from than Mark Wellman of No Limits. Mark has SCI and is an adventure athlete, speaker and author. 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. And it's fun! 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. He dedicates his time to improving the quality of life for adults and children with disabilities including disabled war veterans.
Learn more: www.nolimitstahoe.com

Artist Market

Presented by: VSA Texas

Location: Booth #226

Artist Market

Meet the region's artists with disabilities! Shop their original, unforgettable artistry: photographs, paintings, graphic design and more. Their amazing works will be available for appreciation and purchase. Artist Market sponsor VSA Texas challenges perceptions of how people contribute by creating an arts-inspired, inclusive community of individuals with diverse abilities. They are an expert resource on inclusive arts – creating and maintaining an accessible and open community where everyone can participate. Their goal is to provide support and training to the public, enhance personal growth, and offer Texans access to the creative work of people with diverse abilities.
Learn more: www.vsatx.org

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Booth #656

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Test-drive the Ainsley's Angels athletic ride-along experience! For anyone who would otherwise be unable to experience endurance events - Ainsley's Angels creates "Angel Teams" by pairing Athlete riders with runners to compete in endurance events and road races. The Athlete rider is the core of the team and pulls the runner across the finish line with smiles, cheers and immeasurable inspirational spirit. Be sure to visit the Ainsley's Angels of America booth to sign up to experience the thrill TODAY! First-person-first-served. A limited number of race experience times are available on each day of the Expo.
Learn more: www.ainsleysangels.org

Assistive Technology Showcase

Sponsored by: Texas Technology Access Program

Location: Booth #835

Assistive Technology Showcase

Explore how assistive technology (AT) can help you or your loved ones bridge the gap between ability and disability! Discover an array of AT for people of all disabilities to experience hands-on. Staff will offer suggestions and share their extensive knowledge to help determine the most appropriate technology match for your abilities and situations. TTAP is dedicated to increasing the access for people with disabilities to AT that provides them more control over their surroundings and an enhanced ability to function independently. They develop programs to improve access, advocacy and awareness of assistive technology to meet the needs of Texans with disabilities.
Learn more: http://techaccess.edb.utexas.edu

Friday, August 2, 2019

12:00pm - 12:45pm

Adaptive Fitness - Tabata Workout

Presented by: Hannah Walker, Houston Parks and Recreation

Location: Events Arena

Tabata Workout

Tabata is a timed interval training program.  From rowing machines to battle ropes, the workout is tailored to the individual and to the individual disability.  Short on time?  We have 4 minute Tabata workouts for the beginner all the way to advanced circuit training for the professional athlete.  Bring your friends and family, get a workout in!  Check out different ways to adapt!! 
Learn more: https://www.houstontx.gov/parks/adaptivesports.html 

1:00pm- 1:30pm

All About Service Dogs

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

Location: Events Arena

All About Service Dogs

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.
Learn more: www.caninesforkids.org

2:00pm – 2:30pm

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Presented by: The Rollettes

Location: Events Arena

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Join us for a high-energy, live performance by The Rollettes Los Angeles, an incredible wheelchair dance team. The dance team performs unique and captivating routines across the country as well as sharing their stories of adversity and how through determination and high spirits they've gone on with their lives to fulfill their dreams to dance. Following the performance, it's your turn! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance floor and learn some moves.
Learn more: www.rollettesdance.com

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Adapted Tennis

Presented by: Jeff Bourns

Adapted Tennis with Jeff Bourns

Come out to both watch and try adapted tennis! Lead by Jeff Bourns, Adaptive Touring Tennis Professional, we will take an in-depth look at adapted standing tennis.

3:45pm – 4:15pm

Pantomime Performing Troupe of the Down Syndrome Association of Houston

Presented by: Julithe Garrett, Artistic Director, Down Syndrome Association of Houston

Location: Events Arena

Pantomime Performing Troupe of the Down Syndrome Association of Houston

The Down Syndrome Association of Houston (DSAH) Pantomime Troupe has been entertaining the Houston community since 2010. The Troupe consists entirely of adults with Down syndrome who share a love of music, creative movement, and performing for others. Under the Artistic Direction of Julithe Garrett, the Troupe has performed at Jones Hall, Goodwill corporate outings, the Houston Buddy Walk, and various other events. Mr. Garrett has over 20 years of experience working with special-needs performers and enjoys giving them an opportunity to shine in their own way. He believes that learning to use gestures to communicate actions and emotions is particularly beneficial to individuals with Down syndrome, who often have some degree of speech impairment. Mr. Garrett has seen his students thrive and develop greater self-confidence as they learn and demonstrate Pantomime techniques and discover the depth of their inner creativity.
Learn more: dsah.org/pantomome-troupe/

Saturday, August 3, 2019

11:15am – 11:45am

All About Service Dogs

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

Location: Events Arena

All About Service Dogs

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.
Learn more: www.caninesforkids.org

12:00-12:45pm

TIRR Memorial Hermann Adapted Sports

Presented by: Peggy Turner, CTRS-Adapted Sports Coordinator & Callie Martin, CTRS-Recreation Therapist, TIRR Memorial Hermann

Location: Events Arena

TIRR Memorial Hermann Adapted Sports

An introduction to Adapted Sports and Recreation opportunities for people with physical disabilities in the Greater Houston Area.  Come experience the basics and learn about TIRR Memorial Hermann's  three Wheelchair Basketball Teams, Wheelchair Rugby Team, two Wheelchair Softball Teams, track & field support, Gateway to Gold event and other adapted sports for youth and adults.
Learn more: http://tirr.memorialhermann.org/patient-resources/adaptive-sports/ 

11:30am - 5:00pm

Face Painting

Presented by: Houston Face Painting

Location: Next to Events Arena

Face Painting

Face, arm, and hand painting are great ways for children to dress up - no costume required! Kids delight in this opportunity to transform their appearance! Painting is complimentary and paints are approved professional face paints that will wash off with soap and water. Just for kids age 18 and under. Based on availability – face painting is a popular activity and we recommend you arrive early to ensure a spot! Please note the line for face painting closes 30 minutes prior to the close of face painting for each day.
Learn more: www.houstonfacepainting.net

1:00pm - 1:45pm

The Stage Awaits! Let's Put On A Play! (Ages 3 and up)

Presented by: LaKeisha Randall, A.D. Players

Location: Events Arena

Putting on a Play

Participants of all ages are welcomed to join A.D. Players in co-writing and performing a play! Based on guided improv, actors will have the opportunity to sing, act and dance and express thenselves without limits. Costume pieces will be provided as we work together to present the Abilities Expo: Play of the Day. If you have always wanted to be on the stage or intrested in seeing what creating a magical play is all about, join us as we bring our characters to life. All you need to bring is your imagination..... we'll take care of the rest! 
Learn more: https://www.adplayers.org/arts-for-all 

2:00pm – 2:30pm

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Presented by: The Rollettes

Location: Events Arena

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Join us for a high-energy, live performance by The Rollettes Los Angeles, an incredible wheelchair dance team. The dance team performs unique and captivating routines across the country as well as sharing their stories of adversity and how through determination and high spirits they've gone on with their lives to fulfill their dreams to dance. Following the performance, it's your turn! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance floor and learn some moves.
Learn more: www.rollettesdance.com

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Mock Cosplay Competition

Presented by: CosAbility

Location: Events Arena

Mock Cosplay Competition

CosAbility is back this year to host another Mock Cosplay Competition. This event was an attendee favorite last year! Dress as your favorite character and show off your best cosplay costumes. If you use a mobility device deck it out as part of your costume! It's not necessary, but it will look great! Meet fellow cosplayers from the disability community and express your style. All ages are welcome and all participants will receive a prize!
Learn more: www.cosability.com, www.facebook.com/CosAbility

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Ayita Wheelchair Dance Presentation and Class

Presented by: Ayita Wheelchair Dance

Location: Events Arena

Ayita Wheelchair Dance Presentation and Class

Meet the young ladies of this amazing Texas-based wheelchair dance troupe! Ayita is a dance class for children who use wheelchairs. Their mission is to inspire, encourage, and build confidence! Abilities Expo is thrilled to welcome these talented young dancers to the show. They will be treating the crowd to thrilling performance. Then it's your chance to join them on the dance floor and learn some new moves at their dance class. Ayita is located in Fort Worth, TX.
Learn more: www.facebook.com/Ayitadance/

Sunday, August 4, 2019

11:45am-12:30pm

Wheelchair Rugby

Presented by: Hannah Walker, Houston Parks and Recreation

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Rugby

Come out and try wheelchair rugby AKA Murderball!  Meet local Houston athletes and learn about the sport of wheelchair rugby.  Wheelchair rugby is for athletes with physical disabilities with impairment in at least three limbs. Although most have spinal cord injuries, players may also qualify through multiple amputations, neurological conditions an other medical conditions. Wheelchair rugby is all over the world and is governed by the United States Quad Rugby Association.  Let us help find a team in your area! We provide the chairs and the instruction, come crash in!!
Learn more: https://www.houstontx.gov/parks/adaptivesports.html 

11:30am - 3:30pm

Face Painting

Presented by: Houston Face Painting

Location: Next to Events Arena

Face Painting

Face, arm, and hand painting are great ways for children to dress up - no costume required! Kids delight in this opportunity to transform their appearance! Painting is complimentary, and paints are approved professional face paints that will wash off with soap and water. Based on availability – face painting is a popular activity and we recommend you arrive early to ensure a spot. Please note the line for face painting closes 30 minutes prior to the close of face painting for each day.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Presented by: The Rollettes

Location: Events Arena

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Join us for a high-energy, live performance by The Rollettes Los Angeles, an incredible wheelchair dance team. The dance team performs unique and captivating routines across the country as well as sharing their stories of adversity and how through determination and high spirits they've gone on with their lives to fulfill their dreams to dance. Following the performance, it's your turn! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance floor and learn some moves.
Learn more: www.rollettesdance.com

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Service Dog Demonstration

Presented by: Allie Keaton, My Service Dog

Location: Events Arena

Service Dog Demonstration

Discover how service dogs are meeting the needs of people with many different disabilities. Allie Keaton and service dog Amelia will demonstrate how service dogs work to achieve people's independence in various areas of their lives. Find out how these dogs can help with many different types of disability: physical disability, vision and hearing loss, mobility, autism and seizure/allergy alert. Learn how funding works to acquire a dog and what to expect from your service dog provider organization. Bring your questions!
Learn more: www.myservicedog.com

2:45pm-3:15pm

Adapted Dance

Presented by: Houston Ballet

Location: Events Arena

Join the Houston Ballet for a dance class!  Classes are adapted to populations with specific needs including but not limited to Parkinson's Disease and Down Syndrome to increase strength, flexibility and balance, while exploring creatively.
Learn more: https://www.houstonballet.org/about/ece/adapted-dance/  

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