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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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 2, 2019

11:45am – 12:45pm

Protecting your Workplace Rights

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

Location: Workshop

Protecting your Workplace 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 employment discrimination based on disability, and what you can do if you believe that you or someone you know is a victim of workplace discrimination.
Learn More: www.dol.gov/ofccp

1:00pm- 2:00pm

Home Modifications

Presented by: Mark Thompson, Paralyzed Veterans of America

Location: Workshop

Home Modifications

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/

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Metro's Introduction to Travel Training

Presented by: Brandy Arojo & Jamie Williams

Location: Workshop

Metro's Introduction to Travel Training

Travel Training is a free program that shows you "How to Ride" METRO and get the most out of our bus and light-rail services. Group and specialized trainings are also available.
Learn More: https://www.ridemetro.org

3:45pm – 4:45pm

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Location: Workshop

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

11:45am – 12:45pm

Access the World: Tips for Traveling with a Disability

Presented by: Debra Kerper, Easy Access Travel

Location: Workshop

11:45am – 12:45pm

Access the World: Tips for Traveling with a Disability

Would you like to travel the country or the world, but believe you cannot because of your disability? At this workshop you will learn that travel by air, sea and car is a real option for you. The presenter, a professional travel agent who has a disability and has travelled extensively, will share with you how to plan a trip, including what to expect form hotels, rental car companies, cruise lines and the airlines. Learn about the common challenges, methods for addressing them and what the law requires. Attendees will receive recommendations for disability-friendly destinations and accessible travel resources. Be sure to bring your pressing questions and a list of places you'd like to visit.
Learn more: www.easyaccesstravel.com

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Critical Situations for People with SCI

Presented by: Nurse Linda, 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

Critical Situations for People with SCI

It can be difficult to know when to call for assistance while dealing with paralysis or spinal cord injury. Messages from the body to the brain can be misdirected or misinterpreted. Recognizing a disguised significant healthcare problem can be challenging. Issues with taking medication properly, cardiac issues or infection can start as small concerns but can quickly escalate to emergently needed care. How to know when a small problem becomes huge is critical information for your health and well-being. Areas of focus include correctly taking medication, irregular heartbeats, blood clots, Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD), pneumonia, Urinary Tract Infection and sepsis. In addition, your questions will be discussed.
Learn More: https://www.christopherreeve.org
Twitter/Facebook/Instagram: @ReeveFoundation

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Adapted Fashion Show

Presented by: Lori Thompson, Texas Children's Hospital

Location: Workshop

Join us for a fashion show! We'll be looking at different adapted fashion brands and talking about how adapted fashion can meet the need of every body. You'll have a chance to see how different brands adapt their clothing and discover where and how you can purchase items for yourself!

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Medical Marijuana: Making an Informed Decision

Presented by: Bonnie Jensen, MAMMA

Location: Workshop

Informed Decisions on Marijuana

We'll be giving a brief overview of the endocannabinoid system, how CBD/low-THC cannabis (what's legal in Texas) helps the body, choosing quality CBD products, the Texas Compassionate Use Program (TCUP, which is our medical marijuana program) and its recent expansion, and how to research and advocate for your condition.
Learn more: http://www.mammausa.org 

Sunday, August 4, 2019

11:45am – 12:45pm

Talking to Your Landlord about Reasonable Accommodations and Accessible Parking

Presented by: Diego Demaya, J.D., ADA Legal Specialist for the Southwest ADA Center, a program of TIRR Memorial Hermann

Location: Workshop

Talking to Your Landlord about Reasonable Accommodations and Accessible Parking

This workshop focuses on how to approach tough housing providers, landlords, homeowner associations, or property management resistant to facilitating Fair Housing Act reasonable accommodations or structural modifications needed by a tenant or owner with disabilities. Attendees will learn about submitting written requests and what language to use for requesting any type of accommodation or modification. Examples include requesting accessible parking, access ramps, or getting permission to have a service or emotional support animal.
Learn More: https://www.facebook.com/swdbtac.ilru/

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Living Well with Chronic Pain

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

Location: Workshop

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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

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

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