Houston

August 2 -4, 2019

NRG Center, Hall E

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

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FREE workshops!

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Here's what we did in 2018. Stay tuned for 2019!

Please check back three months
before the Expo for the new schedule.

Take advantage of Free Workshops that focus on everything from tips for traveling with a disability and the benefits of standing to how you can get the best accessible vehicle.

Workshops are FREE! All attendees are welcome – you don’t need to register or sign up in advance. Just arrive early to the workshop to make sure you can get a seat!

There is so much more happening at Abilities Expo! Be sure to check out the FREE Events for demonstrations of adaptive sports, dancing, assistance dogs, horse therapy – and more. Most events include time for attendees to participate!

Professionals:

  • Certificates of participation are available for all workshops. Please see the Accessibility Help Desk following each workshop for your certificate. (Please note there are no CEU approved courses at this year’s Abilities Expo).

* 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, August 3, 2018

10:00am – 2:00pm

The Application of Power Seating Functions: Beyond the Basics

Presented by: Jay Doherty, OTR, ATP/SMS; Director of Clinical Education, Quantum Rehab

Location: Room 109

Accessible Home Design: The Basics

This course will include case studies and a hands-on component for participants to  assess the various power seat functions. Learning objectives are:

  • Name at least ten considerations involved in the selection of seating and power positioning options.
  • State at least two clinical benefits of tilt and recline related to pressure management.
  • Discuss and utilize evidence-based research and apply to clinical decisions in the selection of power positioning systems.

Registration is required. Attendees can earn .4 CEUs. For more information, click here.

11:45am – 12:45pm

Accessible Home Design: The Basics

Presented by: Wayne W. Broadfield, III, AIA, Associate Director Architecture, Paralyzed Veterans of America

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: www.pva.org

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Living Well with Chronic Pain

Presented by: Casey Cashman, U.S. Pain Foundation

Location: Workshop

Living Well with Chronic Pain

In America pain affects 100 million adults - more people than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined. This presentation will offer tips for those living with chronic pain, including ways to work through pain on your own. Discover steps you can take on your own, today, to gain some of your life back from pain. From traditional approaches to alternative therapies, much is available with the potential to lower your pain. 
For resources, programs and publications: www.uspainfoundation.org

2:30pm – 3:30pm

The State of Medical Cannabis in Texas

Presented by: AmyLou Fawell, President, MAMMA and Bonnie Jensen, Education/Research Analyst, MAMMA

Location: Workshop

How Medical Cannabis Can Help People with Disabilities

Join us to learn about the current state of affairs regarding medical cannabis in Texas. Find out what is accessible right now in Texas that would be helpful to a variety of conditions. In addition we will discuss ideas on how to  expand the Texas Compassionate Use Program (TCUP) to create a more comprehensive medical cannabis program. This workshop is designed to be interactive and will include time for questions and answers.
Learn more: www.mammausa.org

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Mindfulness and Meditation

Presented by: Kristina Rhoades, Life Coach, Well with Kristina and Flower of Life Wellness Retreat

Location: Workshop

How Medical Cannabis Can Help People with Disabilities

In this session, Life Coach Kristina Rhoades will talk about the numerous benefits of mindfulness and meditation, as well as tips on getting started and incorporating these ancient practices into daily life. Attendees will learn breathing techniques, how to bust common meditation fears, the basic concepts of the law of attraction, and the session will wrap up with a short, guided meditation. 
Learn more: www.kristinarhoades.com

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

11:45am – 12:45pm

How to Select the Right Accessible Vehicle for You

Presented by: Steve Krone, Area Sales Manager, South Central Region, BraunAbility

Location: Workshop

How to Select the Right Accessible Vehicle for You

Does the process of purchasing adaptive equipment for a vehicle leave you feeling challenged and frustrated? Consumers and related healthcare professionals alike are invited to join us to learn the tips to successfully navigating the purchase of vans and accessible modifications. This workshop will cover such topics as what solutions are available and where to find them, key terminology, the shopping and evaluation process, funding options and much more. Following the session attendees are invited for a hands-on van demo at BraunAbility's Booth #509.
Learn more: www.nmeda.com

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Dealing With Practical Issues Due to Paralysis or Spinal Cord Injury

Presented by: Nurse Linda PhD, CRRN (Linda M. Schultz, PhD, CRRN)
The following 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 and their loved ones. Learn more at www.christopherreeve.org

Location: Workshop

Dealing With Practical Issues Due to Paralysis or Spinal Cord Injury

Immobility due to paralysis or limited function can affect every aspect of living. Discussing practical adaptations to daily living and personal care can help reduce restrictions and complications as well as to improve overall health. The session will open with specific activities to avoid the complications of immobility from paralysis. The emphasis of the session is about ways to improve health and deal with common problems using readily available resources and how to request additional support. A professional rehabilitation registered nurse will discuss your individual questions about mobility, bowel and bladder function, skin care, wellness and other healthcare issues. This will include ways to improve complications of aging with paralysis. Nurse Linda writes a weekly blog for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Foundation. Her discussions are based on current research evidence and guidelines that are translated into easy to understand language. Questions from the audience are welcome.
Learn more: www.christopherreeve.org

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Open Your World With Accessible Travel

Presented by: John Morris, Founder, WheelchairTravel.org

Sponsored by Texas Central

Location: Workshop

Accessible Travel with John Morris

The world is more accessible than ever, and the travel industry is beginning to recognize that wheelchair users and people with disabilities want to explore it too! This workshop will provide you with information and tools to plan an accessible vacation, opening your world to new experiences and possibilities. Come prepared to participate in an accessible travel Q&A with the presenter, who will bring firsthand knowledge from nearly one million miles flown with a wheelchair. You will leave this workshop with inspiration for your next vacation and tips to make accessible travel enjoyable for all, including your friends, family members and caregivers.
Learn more: www.wheelchairtravel.org

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Detox Basics: Understanding Toxicity and Your Detox Options

Presented by: Tyler Dahm, HHP, Founder, Rogue Recovery

Location: Workshop

We live in what many believe is the most toxic environment in Earth's known history. Learn what is known about toxicity, what these toxins are, and how they can impact the body. Discover methods to safely and effectively cleanse the body of toxins. This session is research-based with information tailored specifically for the needs of people with disabilities. Learn more: www.amajordifference.com

Sunday, August 5, 2018

11:45am – 12:45pm

Open Your World With Accessible Travel

Presented by: John Morris, Founder, WheelchairTravel.org

Location: Workshop

Open Your World With Accessible Travel

The world is more accessible than ever, and the travel industry is beginning to recognize that wheelchair users and people with disabilities want to explore it too! This workshop will provide you with information and tools to plan an accessible vacation, opening your world to new experiences and possibilities. Come prepared to participate in an accessible travel Q&A with the presenter, who will bring firsthand knowledge from nearly one million miles flown with a wheelchair. You will leave this workshop with inspiration for your next vacation and tips to make accessible travel enjoyable for all, including your friends, family members and caregivers.
Learn more: www.wheelchairtravel.org

1:00pm – 2:00pm

ABLE Accounts: What You Need to Know About Achieving a Better Life Accounts in Texas

Presented by: Chris Rodriguez, Director of Public Policy, National Disability Institute (NDI) and Anna Mallett, Outreach Specialist, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Location: Workshop

Open Your World With Accessible Travel

Come learn all about ABLE Accounts - a new way for individuals with disabilities and their families to save for the future.  An ABLE account provides an opportunity to save money for disability-related expenses in a tax advantaged account without losing eligibility for certain public benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Medicaid. The presentation will cover all the basics of ABLE and give you details on how to open an ABLE account in Texas.
Learn more and enroll online: www.texasable.org

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality: A New Era of Accessibility Products: New to the Expo!

Presented by: Andrew Smerek, CEO, EyeFlite

Location: Workshop

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality

Imagine being placed at the top of Mount Everest, being able to perform computer tasks handsfree, or even the ability to control smart devices with your eyes, all in the comfort and safety of your living room. These are only a few of the possibilities virtual and augmented reality offer. Being such a new and disruptive technology, the applications can seem daunting and endless. This workshop will help you navigate the world of augmented and virtual reality while discovering how these technologies are transforming the accessibility space.
Learn more: www.eyeflite.io

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