Los Angeles

February 22 - 24, 2019

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.”

"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!"

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

 

Unbreakable Ali McManus

Wheeling singer/songwriter Ali McManus will perform her original music from her critically acclaimed debut album, Unbreakable, and lead a sing-along. Her new music video, Roll This Way, adapted from Aerosmith’s Walk This Way, actually features rock star Steven Tyler who joined Ali to empower people to live life without limits.

Angel City Sports Zone

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!

Climbing Wall

Scale "Mini El Capitan," our completely inclusive adaptive climbing wall, sponsored by Liberator Medical Supply! Using his specially designed adaptive equipment, adventure athlete and Paralympian Mark Wellman will help attendees of ALL abilities reach the top. He should know, he's the first paraplegic to summit the real El Capitan!

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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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Plan Your Visit to Abilities Expo

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

Calendar

 

All Day, Every Day

All Day Abilities Expo Exhibits Exhibits
All Day Adaptive Climbing Wall Booth #645
All Day Artist Market Booth #142
All Day Assistive Technology Showcase Booth #633
All Day Donna On The Go Web Series Booth #106
All Day Free Loaner Scooters Service
All Day Sign Language Interpreter Service
11:00am – 4:00pm Free Wheelchair Repair Service

Friday, February 22, 2018

12:00pm - 12:30pm Wheelchair Tennis Events Arena
1:00pm – 2:00pm Accessible Home Design Workshop
2:15pm-2:45pm All About Service Dogs Events Arena
2:30pm – 3:30pm Cannabis 101: A Beginner's Guide Workshop
3:00pm – 3:30pm The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents! Events Area

Saturday, February 23, 2018

11:30am – 4:30pm Face Painting Next to Events Arena
12:15pm-12:45pm Micah Fowler TBD
1:00pm – 2:00pm Critical Situations for People with SCI Workshop
1:00pm – 1:45pm Skateboarding Events Arena
3:45pm – 4:45pm Legal Issues for People with Disabilities Workshop
2:00pm – 2:30pm The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents! Events Arena
2:45pm – 3:15pm Roll This Way! Be Unbreakable. Events Arena
3:45pm-4:45pm Sitting Volleyball Events Arena

Sunday, February 24, 2018

11:30am – 3:30pm Face Painting Next to Events Area
1:00pm – 1:30pm The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents! Events Area
2:00pm – 2:30pm All About Service Dogs Events Area
3:00pm - 3:30pm Dance Performance TBD

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

 

Service Dogs Demonstration

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

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.

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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

 

#InfiniteInclusion Dance Performance, Workshop, and Party
The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

#InfiniteInclusion Dance Performance, Workshop, and Party

Presented by: Infinite Flow, An Inclusive Dance Company

#InfiniteInclusion Dance Performance, Workshop, and Party

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

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

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.

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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 23: 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday, February 24: 11:30 am – 4:30 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. Not only will you get the blood pumping, improve fitness and build confidence, the fun factor is off the charts!

Adaptive Sports

 

Adaptive Climbing Wall
Angel City Sports Zone
Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience
Skateboarding

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!

Angel City Sports Zone

Angel City Sports Zone at Abilities Expo

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

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.

Skateboarding

Skateboarding at Abilities Expo

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.

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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

 

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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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.

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.

Her everlasting passion of encouraging individuals with disabilities of all ages to further their education, be self- advocates, and inspire others through the pursuit of their individual dreams despite their challenges is demonstrated through her involvement in numerous organizations, and volunteerism.

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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. 

According to the reports, I needed to be resuscitated twice and, due to my internal and external injuries, I only had enough blood to keep my heart pumping. I remained in ICU for 6 weeks on life support. After I was taken out of ICU, I was transferred to several hospitals.  During that time, I had 9 surgeries and remained in the hospitals for 6 months.

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Karen Kain

Karen Kain

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.

Karen is committed to helping children who are living a unique life experience by supporting their parents. In 1994, Lorrin was severely vaccine injured and at that time Karen’s world fell apart. Life as she knew it was put “on hold” as she tried everything that she could to “heal” Lorrin and give her the best life possible.

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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.

In 2007, he landed his first paid radio gig at CBS Radio KFWB-AM as a News Production Assistant. while working at CBS he landed an additional radio job in which Paul earned the title of Bureau Chief for NBC News Radio, KCAA 1050-AM, in Southern California's Inland Empire. He also served as a Host for their weekday morning show until 2014. By 2015, he became the Bureau Chief of ABC News Radio, KMET 1490-AM. Here, he hosted the morning show.

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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.

In 2001, Bobby heard that Disabled Dealer Magazine of Southern California was for sale and told his parents they should buy it—and they did! Chris put her heart, soul and impressive knowledge of resources, services and products available to the disability community into every issue of the magazine. Her endless energy and desire to bring the best articles, resources and equipment to people with disabilities and their families made Disabled Dealer Magazine of CA, NV & AZ an outstanding book each month as well as a must-read.

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The Rossiter Family: Ainsley, Briley, Kamden, Rooster and Lori

The Rossiter Family, National AmbassadorsAs 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. They are the "captains" in the wheelchairs pushed by "angels" through the races. Many of you might have met the Rossiter family during the 2014 Houston Abilities Expo, where they offered expo guests the unique opportunity to test drive the Ainsley's Angels athletic ride-along experience created for children, teens, adults and veterans with disabilities who normally would not be able to experience endurance events. 

Rooster, currently in his 20th year of active duty service, serves as the President of Ainsley's Angels of America, the Vice President or Executive Director for more than a dozen independent Ainsley's Angels public charities, and as the Chairman of the Board for Team Hoyt New England.  He and Lori, his wife of 16 years, hail from Lake Charles, Louisiana and are parents to Briley, Kamden and Ainsley. After serving tours in North Carolina, Washington DC, California, Okinawa, Africa, Korea, Norway and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, the Marine Corps currently has the family stationed in Virginia. Over the last four years, 13-year-old Briley has pushed Ainsley in more than 30 road races as a way to ensure the two sisters share special moments together. When she was 11-years-old, Briley wrote the children's book Born an Angel to share their inspiring true story and to spread the message of inclusion in all walks of life. Published in 2013, the story of sibling love will warm your heart and encourage any reader to change someone's world for the better.  For more information about the family and their efforts, visit www.AinsleysAngels.org.

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.

She graduated from Mercyhurst University with a BA in Dance. Donna had her heart set on joining a ballet company, but she found out that for many companies she was considered too short. She was still determined to dance, and found a place in the dance world performing as elves, aliens, dolls and monsters in Television, Film and Music Videos. She was on the National Tour of Alvin and the Chipmunks and the Magic Camera as Alvin, performed in Lord of the Rings, Passions, Power Rangers and in many other roles.

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.

Prior to joining CDR Stephanie worked as a litigator in Miami, Florida focusing on Disability Rights. Stephanie attended Syracuse University College of Law where she earned her J.D. with a certificate in Disability Law and Policy and her M.S.Ed. in Disability Studies. Stephanie previously worked for Senator Tom Harkin (IA) and assisted his Disability Counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions by researching, drafting legislation, and making recommendations for legislative action in regards to disability rights issues. Most recently, Stephanie, along with fellow members of ADAPT, assisted in drafting the Disability Integration Act (DIA) – a piece of legislation that, if passed, would affirm the rights of people with disabilities to receive long-term services in their homes, rather than nursing facilities and other institutions.

While Stephanie’s work spans across all areas of Disability Rights, she is particularly interested in deinstitutionalization, community living, ending violence against people with disabilities, and improving access in the community. She loves talking about legislation that will impact the Disability Community and helping others to become activists for Disability Rights. When Stephanie is not doing Disability Rights work, she can be found playing with her adorable nieces, taking care of her four cats, and eating copious amounts of cheeseburgers and onion rings.

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