Los Angeles

February 21 - 23, 2020

Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall A

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

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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.”

Latest Tech & Disability Products

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.

Informative Workshops

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!

Interactive Events and Features

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.

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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.

Cool Show Features

 

Sports Zone

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.

Scale the Wall

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.

We Love How They Roll

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.

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Easter Seals Logo

For 100 years, Easterseals has been an indispensable resource for individuals with developmental disabilities or other special needs and their families. The services provided by Easterseals Southern California make profound and positive differences in people's lives every day so that they can live, learn, work and play in our communities. 

Swing by booth #444 and join us in changing the way the world defines and views disabilities.

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Plan Your Visit to Abilities Expo

Don’t miss our life-enhancing exhibits, dynamic workshops and fun events for kids of all ages!

Calendar

 

View the 2019 Los Angeles Show Directory

All Day, Every Day

All Day Abilities Expo Exhibits Exhibits
All Day Assistive Technology Showcase Booth #227
All Day Adaptive Climbing Wall Booth #645
All Day Artist Market Booth #154
All Day Angel City Sports Booth #1013
All Day Donna On The Go Web Series Booth #254
All Day Free Loaner Scooters Service
All Day Sign Language Interpreter Service
11:00am – 4:00pm Free Wheelchair Repair Service

Friday, February 21, 2020

11:45am – 12:45pm Accessible Home Design Workshop
12:00pm – 12:45pm All About Service Dogs Events Area
1:00pm – 1:30pm Mini Fitness Clinic Events Area
2:00pm – 2:30pm The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents! Events Area
2:30pm – 3:30pm Employment Panel Discussion Workshop
2:30pm – 3:30pm Boccia: A Sport for All Angel City Sports Zone
3:00pm – 3:30pm Therapy Horse Demonstration Events Area
3:45pm – 4:45pm Therapeutic Value of Toys Workshop
3:45pm – 4:45pm Wheelchair Tennis Experience Events Area

Saturday, February 22, 2020

11:00am - 12:30pm Badminton Angel City Sports Zone
11:15am – 11:30am Book Reading with Margarita Elizondo Workshop
11:15am – 11:45am All About Service Dogs Events Arena
11:30am – 4:30pm Face Painting Next to Events Arena
12:15pm – 12:45pm Therapy Horse Demonstration Events Area
1:00pm – 1:30pm Auti Angel’s Freestyle Dance Workshop Events Arena
1:00pm – 2:00pm Maintaining Health with Spinal Cord Injury Workshop
1:00pm – 2:00pm Adaptive Fitness Angel City Sports Zone
2:00pm – 2:45pm Skateboarding Events Arena
2:30pm – 3:30pm Cannabis 101: What You Need To Know! Workshop
2:30pm – 3:30pm Wheelchair Basketball Angel City Sports Zone
3:00pm – 3:30pm The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!t Workshop
3:45pm – 4:45pm Fundraising for Medical Care and Equipment Workshop
4:00pm – 4:30pm Seated Fitness and Stretching Events Arena

Sunday, February 23, 2020

11:00am - 1:00pm Archery Angel City Sports Zone
11:00am - 12:30pm Table Tennis Angel City Sports Zone
11:30am – 12:15pm All About Service Dogs Events Area
11:30am – 3:30pm Face Painting Next to Events Area
12:30pm – 12:45pm Cheerleading Demonstration Events Area
1:00pm – 1:45pm Seated Fitness and Stretching Events Arena
1:00pm – 2:00pm Adaptive Fitness Angel City Sports Zone
1:00pm –2:00pm Cannabis Panel Discussion Workshop
2:00pm – 2:30pm The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents! Events Arena
2:00pm - 3:30pm Archery Angel City Sports Zone
2:45pm – 3:30pm Accessible Yoga for Everyone Events Area

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!

Special Show Services for People with Disabilities

 

Loaner Scooters and Wheelchair Repair

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.

Sign Language and CART Services

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 Accommodations

Braille and large print versions of the exhibitor list and the events/workshops schedule will be available by request at the registration counters.

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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

 

All About Service Dogs
Therapy Horse Demonstration

All About Service Dogs

All About Service Dogs

Presented by: Kristin Hartness, Executive Director, Canines for Disabled Kids

Friday, February 21: 12:00 – 12:45 pm
Saturday, February 22: 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday, February 23: 11:30 am – 12:15 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.

Therapy Horse Demonstration

All About Service Dogs

Presented by: Joan Blank, Dream Catcher of Los Angeles

Friday, February 21: 3:00 – 3:30 pm
Saturday, February 22: 12:15 – 12:45 pm

The mission of Dream Catcher of Los Angeles Therapeutic Riding Center's is to improve the lives of children, adults, and veterans with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and other equine-assisted activities, while serving the therapeutic riding profession through training and education.

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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.

Inclusive Dance Performances

 

Auti Angel’s Freestyle Dance Workshop
#InfiniteInclusion Dance Performance, Workshop and Party
The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Auti Angel’s Freestyle Dance Workshop

Presented by: Auti Angel

Anyone can dance!

Saturday, February 22: 1:00 – 1:30 pm

Everyone come and enjoy a dance presentation from Auti Angel! Then it's your turn to show us your moves! Auti will lead everyone in her one-of-a-kind workshop. Auti Angel, the pioneer of wheelchair Hip-Hop dancing, has danced with "Straight Outta Compton's" Eazy-E & N.W.A. along with LL Cool J and Ludacris just to name a few. You won't want to miss this unique demonstration and a chance to express yourself through movement!

#InfiniteInclusion Dance Performance, Workshop, and Party

Presented by: Infinite Flow, An Inclusive Dance Company

#InfiniteInclusion Dance Performance, Workshop, and Party

Saturday, February 22: 3:00 – 3:30 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

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Friday, February 21: 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Sunday, February 23: 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.

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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.

Face Painting for Kids

 

Saturday, February 22: 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday, February 23: 11:30 – 3:30 pm

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. You’ll get the blood pumping, improve fitness and build confidence…and the fun factor is off the charts!

Adaptive Sports

 

 

Accessible Yoga for Everyone
Adaptive Climbing Wall
Badminton
Cheerleading Demonstration
Fencing
Mini Fitness Clinic
Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience
Seated Fitness and Stretching
Skateboarding
Sports Zone
Table Tennis
Wheelchair Basketball

Accessible Yoga for Everyone

Adaptive Climbing

Presented by Sarah Starr, host of TV program "Happy Yoga with Sarah Starr"
Sponsored by: Liberator Medical Supply, Inc.

Sunday, February 23: 2:45 – 3:30 pm

Experience an accessible seated yoga practice modified for a chair along with energetic enhancement methods that are simple and effective. Participants will also learn mindful breathing practices that are calming and energizing and have been shown to help with stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders. Whether you’re new to yoga or an experienced practitioner, everyone can benefit from this amazing supportive yoga practice, taking advantage of yoga’s benefits; relaxing your body and mind, boosting your musculature fitness and flexibility, and improving your overall well-being.

Adaptive Climbing Wall

Adaptive Climbing

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!

Badminton

Badminton

Presented by: Angel City Sports

All Day, Every Day

Badminton is for all abilities and you can test your skills at the Angel City Sport Zone. The sport is gaining popularity around the world and is one of the newest additional to the Paralympics.

Cheerleading Demonstration

Boccia

Presented by: Lynette Ingram & the Long Beach Beauties

Sunday, February 23: 12:30 – 12:45 pm

The Long Beach Beauties are a special needs cheer squad for kids ages 8 and up! Come and see what they can do!

Fencing

Fencing

Presented by: Angel City Sports

All Day, Every Day

En garde! Stop by the Angel City Sports Zone and try this fast-moving game of tactics and techniques. Fencers have complete freedom of the upper body, allowing them to lean, duck, turn, and lunge in their chairs.

Mini Fitness Clinic

Sitting Volleyball

Presented by: Angel City Sports

Friday, February 21: 1:00 – 1:30 pm

Details to follow.

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

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.

Seated Fitness and Stretching

Seated Fitness and Stretching

Presented by: Tiphany Adams, fitness professional and star of Sundance Channel's Push Girls

Saturday, February 22: 4:00 – 4:30 pm

Details to follow.

Skateboarding

Skateboarding

Presented by: The Skate Connection

Saturday, February 22: 2:00 – 2:45 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.

Sports Zone

Sports Zone

Presented by: Angel City Sports

All Day, Every Day

Come on by to try out some parasports! Angel City Sports will have equipment and staff on hand to allow you to try out any number of sports. The zone is open whenever the show is open!

Table Tennis

table tennis

Presented by: Angel City Sports

All Day, Every Day

Ping pong, anyone? The Paralympic sport of table tennis will be in full swing at the Angel City Sports Zone so come and discover what could be your new favorite pastime. The typical table tennis rules are in effect with some slight modifications for wheelchair athletes.

Wheelchair Basketball

wheelchair basketball

Presented by: Angel City Sports

All Day, Every Day

Stop by the Angel City Sport Zone for an interactive wheelchair basketball demo. Not only will you learn tips and techniques of the game, you'll get coached by wheelchair basketball experts.

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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!

Assistive Technology Showcase

 

Assistive Technology

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.

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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!

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Getting to Abilities Expo

Los Angeles Convention Center
West Hall A
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Directions, Parking and Transpo

 

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.

Los Angeles Convention Center Map

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. 

For additional information about Metro’s Reduced Fare Program, visit metro.net; for more information about TAP, visit taptogo.net.

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Meet the Ambassadors

Local disability activists spearhead Abilities Expo's community outreach initiatives.

Ambassador Program

 

Meet the impressive individuals who have chosen to represent Abilities Expo to the Community.

Margarita Elizondo

Margarita ElizondoMargarita 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.

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Anthony R. Orefice III

Anthony 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. 

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Paul Amadeus Lane

Paul Lane Bio PhotoAccessibility 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.

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Chris Rohan

Chris Rohan Bio Photo

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.

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Donna Russo

Donna Russo Photo

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.

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Stephanie Woodward

National Disability Law Ambassador

Stephanie WoodwardStephanie 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.

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