• Abilities Expo Houston Event
    HOUSTON
    August 3 - 5, 2018
    NRG Center, Hall E
    Fri. 11am-5pm | Sat. 11am-5pm | Sun 11am-4pm

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 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

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

How Medical Cannabis Can Help People with Disabilities

Presented by: Jahan Marcu, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer and Director, Patient Focused Certification Program, Americans for Safe Access

Location: Workshop

How Medical Cannabis Can Help People with Disabilities

Join us to learn more about medical cannabis and how it can be an option for a variety of conditions and symptoms. Discover how you can access medical cannabis where you live. Find out what is being done to ensure safe access to this important medicine for people with disabilities. This workshop is designed to be interactive and will include time for questions and answers.
Learn more: www.safeaccessnow.org, www.safeaccessnow.org/conditions

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

Read more about meditation and conscious living.

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

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy 101

Presented by: Shannon Kenitz, Executive Director, International Hyperbarics Association; Physician Co-Presented To Be Announced

Location: Workshop

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy 101

Learn basic information about hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), what it is, how it can help, and how to access this treatment. Extensive research supports that HBOT can benefit numerous conditions including: cerebral palsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, cancer, chronic inflammation, spinal cord injury, sports-related injuries, Autism and more. While this therapy is a standard of care in some developed nations, its use in the United States is sporadic. This session will discuss FDA approved uses as well as additional uses to be considered. Hear from Shannon Kenitz who will share her own personal story about how HBOT saved her special needs daughter's life (Grace has a rare mitochondrial condition). A physician co-presenter will detail key research findings, what individuals can expect from treatments, and will answer questions from the audience.
Learn more: www.ihausa.org and www.shannonandgrace.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

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

Please check back for the full workshop description!

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality: A New Era of Accessibility Products

Presented by: Andrew Smerek, CEO, EyeFlite

Location: Workshop

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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