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.
Scale Actual Walls and Break Down Symbolic Ones at Abilities Expo
New products and tech. High-impact workshops.
Fun, inclusive recreation including an all-inclusive climbing wall. Abilities Expo Los Angeles has it all so register for free today! Here's what attendees are saying:
“I love this expo. Have gone the past five years. There’s always something new, exciting, innovative and informative there.”
"The connections we have made at the expos have been life changing…We now look forward to our future with the boys knowing they have resources available for them to live the BEST life!"
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.
Wheeling singer/songwriter Ali McManus will perform her original music from her album, Unbreakable, and lead a sing-along. Her music video, Roll This Way, adapted from Aerosmith's Walk This Way, features rock star Steven Tyler.
Test your skills at a variety of different adaptive sports and find out where you can play year-round. And for the bonus…you get to meet actual Paralympians and learn the difference that adaptive sports have made in their lives!
Scale "Mini El Capitan," our completely inclusive adaptive climbing wall! Using specially designed climbing equipment, Paralympian Mark Wellman will help attendees of all abilities reach the top. Sponsored by Liberator Medical Supply.
Jazzy® Zero Turn
The Jazzy® Zero Turn features panted-pending iTurn Technology™ for the ultimate in maneuverability, along with CTS suspension, LED lights, under-seat storage, and feather-touch disassembly for a truly innovative travel scooter.
Come see us at Booth #603 and test ride!
Plan Your Visit to Abilities Expo
Don’t miss our life-enhancing exhibits, dynamic workshops and fun events for kids of all ages!
All Day, Every Day
Friday, February 22, 2018
Saturday, February 23, 2018
Sunday, February 24, 2018
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 loaner scooters are available during show hours on a first come, first served basis. Is your wheelchair in need of a tune-up? Look to the Free Wheelchair Repair Pavilion for minor maintenance.
American Sign Language interpretation services will be available for those need translation. Workshops will also offer CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) services where everything spoken by the presenter will be captioned on a large screen.
Braille and large print versions of the exhibitor list and the events/workshops schedule will be available by request at the registration counters.
Assistance Animals Play Critical Role in Disability Community
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.
Service Dogs Demonstration
Presented by: Abigayil Tamara, MA, MSW, and Nathan, service dog from Canine Partners for Life
Friday, February 22: 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Abby Tamara and Nathan, her successor dog from Canine Partners for Life (CPL), will demonstrate and talk about what it is like to have a service dog. Service dogs have changed Abby's life by allowing her to gain greater independence, advocating for herself and others about assistance animals, promoting issues related to the ADA and accessibility, meeting and having amazing experiences on a daily basis, and creating opportunities to speak in front of large groups about service dogs, and ways to make one's life more meaningful.
All About Service Dogs
Presented by: Kristin Hartness, Executive Director, Canines for Disabled Kids
Friday, February 23: 11:15 – 11:45 am
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.
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.
#InfiniteInclusion Dance Performance, Workshop, and Party
Presented by: Infinite Flow, An Inclusive Dance Company
Saturday, February 23: 12:00 – 12:45 pm
#InfiniteInclusion is the concept that although we are all different … we can unite as one. Join us for a short performance by Infinite Flow's professional dance troupe and Infinite Flow Kids, followed by a short interactive dance workshop and dance jam. Open to all abilities and all ages. Come out and dance!
The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!
Presented by: The Rollettes
Friday, February 22: 3:00 – 3:30 pm
Saturday, February 23: 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Sunday, February 24: 2:00 – 2:30 pm
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 country 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! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance floor and learn some moves.
Unlock Imagination with Face Painting
Treat your kids to a little magic at Abilities Expo! Let them indulge in the fantasy of transforming into a graceful fairy, a mysterious wildcat, a delicate butterfly, a swaggering pirate or choose from another inspired design.
Don't miss this wonderful opportunity for your little one to build self-esteem, develop a sense of self-importance and showcase their individuality. If your child has sensitive skin, don't worry. Only high-quality, non-toxic, professional, FDA-approved theatrical make-ups will be used to capture your son or daughter's fancy. And when you can convince them to transform back into their real selves, some good old-fashioned soap and water will do the trick.
Get in the Game with Adaptive Sports
The sidelines are no place for you so take your pick from a variety of interactive, adaptive sports. Not only will you get the blood pumping, improve fitness and build confidence, the fun factor is off the charts!
Adaptive Climbing Wall
Presented by: Mark Wellman, Adventure Athlete, Paralympian
Sponsored by: Liberator Medical Supply, Inc.
All Day, Every Day
Adaptive climbing is a sport that is open to people of all abilities! It's not just for experienced athletes. There is no better person to learn adaptive climbing from than Mark Wellman of No Limits. Mark has SCI and is an adventure athlete, speaker and author. Come climb the wall using Mark's innovative adaptive climbing techniques and adaptive sports gear!
Angel City Sports Zone
Presented by: Angel City Sports
All Day, Every Day
Don’t miss this chance to test your skills at a variety of different adaptive sports. Once you discover your new favorite pastime, you can find out where you can play year-round. And for the bonus…you get to meet actual Paralympians and learn the difference that adaptive sports have made in their lives!
Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience
Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America
All Day, Every Day
Test drive the Ainsley's Angels athletic ride-along experience! Created for anyone who would otherwise not be able to experience endurance events, Ainsley's Angels creates "Angel Teams" by pairing Athlete-riders with runners to compete in endurance events and road races. The Athlete rider is the core of the team and pulls the runner across the finish line with smiles, cheers and immeasurable inspirational spirit.
Presented by: The Skate Connection
Saturday, February 23: 1:00 – 1:45 pm
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.
AT Showcase: Interact with Tomorrow’s Technology Today
Explore how assistive technology can help you or your loved
ones bridge the gap between ability and disability!
Explore how assistive technology (AT) can help you or your loved ones bridge the gap between ability and disability! Discover an array of AT for people of all disabilities to experience hands-on. Staff will offer suggestions and share their extensive knowledge to help determine the most appropriate technology match for your abilities and situations. Ability Tools, formerly the AT Network, provides a variety of services for Californians of all ages with disabilities including: AT exchange marketplace, device lending libraries, financial loan program for AT and information and referrals.
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.
National Parent Ambassador
Karen Kain—a parent of a medically fragile, vaccine-injured child named Lorrin for fifteen years—teaches parents how to enjoy their children no matter their abilities. She shares how she bridged the gap from special needs to mainstream experiences in all arenas of life: best friends, slumber parties, concerts, camping, beauty pageants, Girl Scouts, school dances, musicals and endless travels.
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.
The Rossiter Family: Ainsley, Briley, Kamden, Rooster and Lori
As the first ever National Ambassador Family, the Rossiters are truly honored to represent Abilities Expo across the nation. Ten-year-old Ainsley is an amazing young girl living with INAD, an extremely rare, terminal, progressive disorder of the nervous system. Years ago, Ainsley participated in a marathon where her father, U.S. Marine Major Kim "Rooster" Rossiter, pushed her in her stroller. Ainsley's elation over the experience was the inspiration for Ainsley's Angels of America, an organization which helps people with disabilities participate in long distance events as a team.
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.