Abilities Expo brings you thousands of game-changing products, services and technologies all under one roof. Regardless of the type and level of your disability, we strive to provide the resources you need to exceed your own expectations and thrive.
Abilities Expo Welcomes
Attendees In Person
We can't wait to show you all of products, tech and resources to help you up your game! Buckle up for an all-inclusive climbing wall, a slew of adaptive sports, fun dance opportunities, info-packed workshops and more. It's all free so get registered today.
Attend free, info-packed workshops on issues that matter to you. Get tips on financial planning, making your home more accessible, traveling with a disability and how medical cannabis can help a variety of conditions. There's more, check it out!
Find your new favorite pastime at Abilities Expo! Try such inclusive activities as adaptive sports, dance, assistance animals, an adaptive climbing wall and so much more for the kids of all ages! If something sparks your interest, you can find out how to engage year-round.
Must-See and Can't-Miss Expo Experiences
There is just so much to see and do at Abilities Expo. Here are a few opportunities you don't want to let pass you by.
Tons of adaptive sports in one high-energy Angel City Sports Zone. There will equipment and experts on hand so come and try a new sport for the first time. It could be your new favorite pastime.
Regardless of your level of ability, YOU can conquer the completely inclusive climbing wall! With adaptive equipment and some coaching from Paralympian Mark Wellman, the summit will be within your reach.
Join the world-famous Rollettes for some hip-hoppin’ dance fun! Get a front row seat for their dynamic performances, then you get to learn their signature dance moves and how they make it look so effortless.
Plan Your Visit to Abilities Expo
Don’t miss our life-enhancing exhibits, dynamic workshops and fun events for kids of all ages!
Check back 3 months before the Expo for our exciting 2023 line-up.
Disability Services for Expo-goers
In our efforts to ensure a positive show experience, Abilities Expo endeavors to accommodate the disability community with a host of special show services including loaner scooters, sign language interpretation, free wheelchair, captioning services for the workshop and so much more!
For those who would like assistance in getting around the show, free Pride Mobility loaner scooters are available during show hours on a first come, first served basis. Please bring a government-issued picture ID.
American Sign Language interpretation services will be available for those need translation. Workshops will also offer CART services where everything spoken by the presenter will be captioned on a large screen.
Is your wheelchair in need of a tune-up? Look to the Frog Legs-sponsored Free Wheelchair Repair Pavilion or the Permobil Pit Stop for minor maintenance on both manual and power wheelchairs.
Assistance Animals Play Critical Role
Animals have become an intrinsic part of the disability community. Some are essential to the healing process, while others help their human partners become more independent.
All About Service Dogs
Presented by: Kristin Hartness, Executive Director, Canines for Disabled Kids
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.
Is a Service Dog Right for You?
Presented by: Molly Neher, Director of Operations and Programs, Atlas Assistance Dogs & Jennifer Kolar, Atlas Assistance Dogs
Service dogs can change and even save lives. Many people could benefit from a service dog, but it can be a complicated and stressful journey. Many just don't know where to start or if a service dog is the right avenue for them. Come learn about what these incredible canines can do, the different options to obtaining or training one, and determine if this is the right path for you. We at Atlas Assistance Dogs believe that disability is not something to hide or "overcome." We do not thrive despite our disabilities; we thrive with them. And for some, a service dog is the perfect four-legged partner to thrive with!
Learn the Latest Adaptive Dance Moves
Dancing is great for the body, and even better for spirit! Don't miss your change to get in the groove.
Dance It Out Adaptive Fitness
Presented by: Wheelchair Dancers Organization
Dance It Out (DIO) Adaptive was created by Billy Blanks Jr and adapted by Michele Jones. DIO Adaptive is an inclusive dance fitness class that will get you moving. Come exercise and have fun while dancing to over 20 styles of dance from around the world. Whether you are a walker (able-bodied) or a roller (using a wheelchair) ou DIO Adaptive Program offers dance fitness for all levels of mobility, all ages and all levels of experience.
Dancing with the Rollettes Los Angeles
Presented by: The Rollettes
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 globe 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!
It's Nice To Be Nice Performance and Line Dancing
Presented by: Straight Up Abilities
The SUPA high energy Straight Up Abilities AllStar Group and the SUPA awesome WizStars from the JSPACC are going to show off some of their dope moves as well as lead the audience in some easy to learn line dances. Straight Up Abilities' Director Robin Olive and Teacher Gaby Alcazar will also teach some simple sign language to song. Loads of fun for ALL!
Get in the Game with Adaptive Sports & Fitness
The sidelines are no place for you so take your pick from a variety of interactive, adaptive sports. You’ll get the blood pumping, improve fitness and build confidence…and the fun factor is off the charts!
Jiu Jitsu Without Limitations
Kidz! Chair Yoga (ages 5-13)
The Long Beach Beauties Cheer Performance
Wheelchair Tennis Experience
Adaptive Climbing Wall
Presented by: Mark Wellman, Adventure Athlete, Paralympian, No Limits Tahoe
Sponsored by: Coloplast
Jiu Jitsu Without Limitations
Presented by: Maximiliano Ullork, The International Jiu Jitsu Without Limitations Federation (IJJWLF)Jiu jitsu is a martial art that uses leverage to control an attacker. The techniques taught are designed for a smaller person to control and even submit a larger opponent by using chokes, manipulating joints or just holding them until help arrives. Having a limitation may limit some techniques but the beauty of Jiu Jitsu is versatility of the positions, transitions, and submissions.
Kidz! Chair Yoga (ages 5-13)
Presented by: Jackie Gadd, BYOMYOGAIn the children's class we'll use our imagination and music to inspire yoga-oriented play. We will energize, then calm, bringing awareness to our actions, and teaching love and respect for ourselves and others.
The Long Beach Beauties Cheer Performance
Presented by: The Long Beach BeautiesThe Long Beach Beauties is a cheer program for differently-abled children and young adults ages 8 and up. They have cheered at several events including: Jamz Nationals in Las Vegas, Dodgers Stadium Cheer Day, the Southern California Special Olympics (SOSC) Summer Games and the LA Abilities Expo. The pandemic did not stop us, we have been practicing and socializing virtually for over a year now and look forward to performing for the public once again!
Presented by: The Skate Connection
The Skate Connection is committed to providing opportunities for people with and without disabilities to skateboard together and cultivate an integrated community deeply rooted in the love for skateboarding. Founded in 2011 by Adam Grijalva, The Skate Connection is a simple, dynamic organization that has sprouted from a small crew of skateboarders to a movement that is reaching communities all across California and connecting the hearts of skateboarders worldwide.
Presented by: RISE Adaptive Sports
Come on out for your chance to try out all sorts of adaptive sports! Sit volleyball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, indoor soccer, handcycling, and more.
Wheelchair Tennis Experience
Presented by: Angel City Sports and West Coast Wheelchair Tennis AssociationJoin Angel City Sports for an interactive demonstration of the exciting sport of Wheelchair Tennis. Work on technique and receive tips from some stellar local coaches! All ages and ability levels are welcome to participate in this demonstration. Sports wheelchairs and tennis racquets will be provided.
Get Directions to the Expo from any Location
From the South:
From 110 North, transition to the 10 West and exit immediately from the left lane to Pico Blvd. The Pico offramp becomes L.A. Live Way. Turn right into the West Hall parking garage.
Alternate from the South:
From 110 North, exit at 9th Street. Turn right on Flower Street, right on 11th Street and left on L.A. Live Way. Turn left into the West Hall parking garage.
From the North:
From 110 South, exit at Olympic Blvd. Turn left at bottom of ramp onto Blaine and left on 11th Street. Make an immediate right on L.A. Live Way and left into the West Hall garage.
From the East:
From 10 West, transition to the 110 North (Downtown) and exit at Pico Blvd. The Pico off-ramp becomes L.A. Live Way. Turn right into the West Hall parking garage.
From the West:
From 10 East, exit at Grand Ave. Turn left on Olive Street and left on Pico Blvd. Turn right on L.A. Live Way and right into the West Hall parking garage.
Alternate from the West:
From 10 East, transition to the 110 North and exit at 9th Street. Turn right on Flower Street, right on 11th Street and left on L.A. Live Way. Turn left into the West Hall parking garage.
From Union Station:
By Metrolink Rail: Take the Metro Red Line. Exit at 7th Street then transfer to the Metro Blue Line (Long Beach). Exit at Pico Boulevard Station. Then walk one block west to Figueroa Street.
Commuter Express from Downtown Los Angeles:
Take route 413 - From Temple/Hill (Civic Center) to 11th /Figueroa Street (LACC).
Parking and Drop-off:
Passenger drop-off/Parking: If your passenger requires an elevator, enter the gates of the West Hall Parking Garage of the LACC at the traffic light on Pico Blvd. between Figueroa Blvd. and L.A. Live Way. Turn right and proceed to the attendant who will direct your passenger to the elevator and you to parking.
If you do not require an elevator, you may also enter the gates of the West Hall Parking Garage of the LACC from L.A. Live Way at the West 12th Street traffic light, which is between Chick Hearn Court and Pico Blvd. Proceed to the attendant who will direct your passenger to the drop-off location and you to parking.
Parking at the LACC is $20/entry and subject to change. However, please note, that the Professional Bull Riding series will be at Staples on the 22nd and 23rd, which falls under special parking in West Hall Garage, meaning that starting at 4:30pm on those 2 days the rates will increase to $25. Currently, there is no special event Staples on the calendar for Sunday so parking rates will remain $20.00 throughout the day.
If you will be driving a conversion van taller than 7', special parking arrangements have been made. Please drive to the loading dock ramp on L.A. Live Way for accessible parking. The LACC is not able to accept motor homes in their parking lot.
Transpo to the Expo
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is unique among the nation’s transportation agencies. It serves as transportation planner and coordinator, designer, builder and operator for one of the country’s largest, most populous counties. More than 9.6 million people – nearly one-third of California’s residents – live, work, and play within Metro’s 1,433-square-mile transportation service area.
Besides operating over 2,200 peak-hour buses on an average weekday, Metro also designed, built and now operates 73.1 miles of Metro Rail service. The Metro Rail system consists of the Metro Red Line and Purple Line subways, and the Metro Blue, Green Line, and Gold Lines. In total, the Metro Rail system serves 70 rail stations stretching from Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Universal City and North Hollywood in the San Fernando Valley, from downtown Los Angeles to Pasadena and East Los Angeles, and Norwalk to El Segundo, and all points in between.
With 200 bus lines and five rail lines, Metro can take you just about anywhere in LA County. To get more detailed information, please turn on your computer and click on Metro.net, then “Rider’s Guide”.
Attending the Abilities Expo using public transportation is easy and convenient. If you live near a Metro Rail line, you can take the rail to the Blue Line, exit at Pico Station and head west. Pico Station is one block from the LA Convention Center. Several Metro bus lines service the Convention Center: Express Lines 439 and 442, Rapid Line 730, and Local Lines 30, 31 and 81. Additionally, eight other transit agencies pick up and drop off near the Center.
Walking/rolling directions from the Pico Station/Blue Line:
- Proceed north on Flower toward 12th Street (away from Pico)
- Turn left on 12th Street
- Cross Figueroa
- Proceed on accessible walkway that will take you near the Staples Center and to the West Hall A entrance, which is a straight shot from the 12th/Figueroa intersection.
Reduced Fare Passes
Metro's Reduced Fare Programs enable eligible applicants to obtain special TAP cards for reduced-rate fares and passes. For more information about eligibility and applications, visit metro.net.
TAP is a fare payment system used by Metro and many other regional transit agencies. TAP is a durable plastic card with an electronic chip inside that you can use again and again.
You can load your TAP card at TAP vending machines at all Metro Rail and Metro Orange Line stations, Metro Customer Centers, and approximately 400 pass sales outlets.
Meet the Ambassadors
Local disability activists spearhead Abilities Expo's community outreach initiatives.
Meet the impressive individuals who have chosen to represent Abilities Expo to the Community.
Margarita Elizondo, Ms. Wheelchair California 2013, is a Spinal Cord Injury survivor who sustained a gunshot wound to the neck, leaving her paralyzed from the chest down after an intruder broke into her home in 2006. Now a single mother of three, and proud grandmother of two, she attends Grossmont Community College in pursuit of a bachelor's degree in Communication. She is employed by Axia Management where she holds the position of Director of Social Initiative Strategies, marketing wireless telecommunication services by True Wireless and Heart Mobile.
Anthony R. Orefice III
I was 19 years old and thought I had the world at my fingertips. I loved to ride dirt bikes, surf, snow board, wake board, fish and work out. On November 27, 1993 just after Thanksgiving, my parents and brother joined some of our family in Laughlin, Nevada, while I stayed home since I had to work. Believe it or not, this was the first time my parents left me home for an extended period of time. Since they were gone, I thought what better time to have some friends over. A good friend came over with his street bike—which I loved to ride—and I later took another friend for a ride on the back of the bike late that night. While I was driving the motorcycle with my friend, he fell off. With the balance was thrown off, I was not able to keep the bike on the street. The bike swerved off the road and I hit a telephone poll. I would soon learn that my life would not be the same.
Paul Amadeus Lane
Accessibility Consultant | TV & Radio Personality | Brand Ambassador | Keynote Speaker
Over 20 years ago, after being involved in a multi car collision that left him a C-6 Quadriplegic and confined to a wheelchair, Paul's life was nowhere near where it is today. In fact, there was a time when he and his doctors believed that he only had 72 hours left in his life. Paul ended up spending 8 months in a hospital recovering. Undeterred and inspired to live his dreams, Paul attended the Academy of Radio and Television Broadcasting in 2006. He went on to graduate from the school with honors.
Chris Rohan served as publisher of Disabled Dealer Magazine of CA, NV & AZ from August 2001 until the last issue August 2013. Chris and her husband of 43 years, Jim, have been actively involved with the disability community since 1989, when their oldest son, Bobby, became a quadriplegic after when he was seriously injured in an auto accident. Their youngest son, Matt, became a physical therapist in order to better understand and help his brother.
Donna Russo is proud to be an Ambassador for the Abilities Expo for the last 4 years.
Donna was born with Turners Syndrome, a chromosomal disorder in which a female is born with only one X chromosome, and now has adult onset FSH Muscular Dystrophy, a condition that slowly robs the muscles of movement. The two conditions are unrelated. She is 4' 5"tall, many women with Turners Syndrome are of small stature. Donna started dancing at the age of 10 with ballet and tap and later adding jazz, modern and acting classes.
National Disability Law Ambassador
Stephanie Woodward is a passionate Disability Rights activist and proud disabled person. She is the Director of Advocacy at the Center for Disability Rights, Inc. (CDR) a disability led, not-for-profit Corporation that works for national, state, and local systemic change to advance the rights of people with disabilities. Stephanie is also a member of ADAPT, a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom. Stephanie has been arrested multiple times while advocating for Disability Rights.