Houston

AUGUST 5-7. 2022

NRG Center, Hall E

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

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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 6, 2021

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Hierarchy of Power Wheelchair Drive Controls: Maximizing Access and Independence

Presented by: Alex Chesney, OTR, ATP/SMS, Quantum Rehab

Room 108

Hierarchy of Power Wheelchair Drive Controls: Maximizing Access and Independence

There are many considerations to make when assessing an individual for power mobility use. The decisions made will impact not only the individual's mobility, but also how they reposition themselves, interact socially, and access their environment. With so many options for drive controls on the market today, how does the assistive technology professional choose a device when the standard joystick is not an option?

This course is designed to introduce the participants to the wide array of specialty controls available on the market and provide insight on the clinical decision-making process of drive control choice. The course will include case studies and a hands-on component for participants to assess the various alternative drive control options.

The session is complimentary, but registration is required. Attendees can earn .4 CEUs. For more information, click here.

 

11:45 – 12:45

Accessible Home Design

Presented by: Mark Thompson, Paralyzed Veterans of America

Accessible Home Design

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: http://www.pva.org/
Twitter: @PVA1946
Facebook: @ParalyzedVeterans
Instagram: @pva1946

1:00 – 2:00

Protecting Your Work Place Rights

Presented by: Karen Hyman, Houston District Director, Office of Federal Contract and Compliance Programs (OFCCP)

Location: Workshop

Work Place Rights

The presentation will introduce the audience to the agency, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs or OFCCP, and provide an overview of employee's workplace rights under the laws that OFCCP enforces. We will also discuss how to recognize discrimination including disability as well what you can do if you believe that you or someone you know is a victim of workplace discrimination.

2:30 – 3:30

Autism and Transition Services From High School to College

Presented by: Rhonda Parker

Location: Workshop

Autism and Transition Services From High School to College

The focus will be on preparing students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder for college and career readiness. The second training will identify resources and strategies to prepare for transition to college or career readiness programs.

3:45 – 4:45

Disability & Special Needs Planning Made Easy

Presented by: Andre Sam, Special Needs Education & Advocacy Project

Location: Workshop

Disability & 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. The topics covered in this workshop include Guardianship & Alternatives to Guardianship, Microboards, Wills, Family Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, SSI, Social Security Retirement/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.

Saturday, August 7, 2021

11:45am - 12:45pm

How to get the most out of your next Equipment Evaluation

Presented by: Jennith Bernstein, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS

Location: Workshops

Equipment Evaluation

In this workshop we will look at:

  • How to navigate the system to get CRT – encourage self-advocacy (what the person wants, what they don't want).
  • How do you get the most out of your seating evaluation. What to think about ahead of time, pointing people in the right direction, how to recognize if you don't have the team you need.
  • Explore options before making decisions
  • Get curious - Identify gaps
  • Presenting the information to collaborate as a part of the team – and why?
  • Suppliers limited to certain products – parents don't feel like they are getting all of the options – how to know what options are out there?

**Takeaway worksheet or web form that a person could fill out and bring to the evaluation**


 

1:00 – 2:00

Making Mindfulness Meaningful

Presented by: Jay Gupta, RPh, MTM Consultant, C-IAYT & Terry Gupta, MSW, C-IAYT, YACEP, E-RYT500

Location: Workshops

Making Mindfulness Meaningful

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

Using mindfulness, science says we have the power to effect beneficial brain changes, gene expression and chemical cascades that can affect our blood pressure, heart rate, blood glucose, and cholesterol, as well our experience of stress, anxiety, depression, pain, sleep quality and PTSD. We will review the mindfulness  research, including research specific to persons with paralysis, discuss how to use mindfulness capsules to enhance health-related quality of life for persons with paralysis, their caregivers and healthcare professionals, as well as provide an experiential mindfulness capsule to add to your daily routines.

2:30 – 3:30

Accessible Memories: Defying Limits One Destination at a Time

Presented by: Kristy Durso, Owner, Incredible Memories Travel

Location: Workshop

Accessible Memories: Defying Limits One Destination at a Time

Join me as we discuss different areas of special needs travel: physical disabilities, cognitive disabilities, food allergies, hearing and visual disabilities. Having developed both a resort accessibility evaluation and a special needs education program for the 6,000+ agents in one of America's top host agencies, I am dedicated to finding and working with partners in the industry willing to defy limitations to create a more accessible world. Whether near and far, adventurous or relaxed, I believe travel is empowering, and should be experienced by all, not just the able-bodied. Join me as we defy limits and open up the world of travel to all.

Sunday, August 8, 2021

11:45am - 12:45pm

How to get the most out of your next Equipment Evaluation

Presented by: Jennith Bernstein, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS

Location: Workshops

Equipment Evaluation

In this workshop we will look at:

  • How to navigate the system to get CRT – encourage self-advocacy (what the person wants, what they don't want).
  • How do you get the most out of your seating evaluation. What to think about ahead of time, pointing people in the right direction, how to recognize if you don't have the team you need.
  • Explore options before making decisions
  • Get curious - Identify gaps
  • Presenting the information to collaborate as a part of the team – and why?
  • Suppliers limited to certain products – parents don't feel like they are getting all of the options – how to know what options are out there?

**Takeaway worksheet or web form that a person could fill out and bring to the evaluation**


 

1:00 – 2:00

Magical Marihuana

Presented by: Dr. Oga Obie, MD, Co-founder The Hemp Works(.)™, ACHEM President

Picture of medical marijuana

This workshop is an opportunity to learn about cannabis and its potential benefits for all of us.
Learn more: https://www.achemed.org

2:30 - 3:30pm

Converted Vans & Vehicle Modifications

Presented by: Mike Murphy, VP of Sales, GM Adaptive Driving Access, Inc. Houston & Brent Key, Certified Mobility Sales Consultant

Location: Workshops

Van Conversion

What are vehicle modifications? How can they help me drive? What options are available?

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