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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Activities and demos make the total Abilities experience

Want to add some exciting new activities to your life? Abilities Expo showcases a wide range of events that not only entertain you - they also give you the opportunity to try new things, expand your interests and discover ways to be more involved in the local Los Angeles area.

More events added each week. Check back for details!

  • Try a variety of adaptive sports
  • Transform your face at the face painters
  • Learn how to work with assistance dogs
  • Break out your dancing wheels
  • Find out what horses can do for people with disabilities

There’s a lot going on at Abilities Expo! Be sure to also check out the Free Workshops.

* Please note dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Please check the schedule at the show for final times and events. Abilities Expo is not responsible for the materials or opinions of the speakers.

All Day, Every Day

Angel City Sports Zone

Presented by: Angel City Sports

Location: Booth #813

Basketball with Angel City Sports Zone

Angel City Sports invites you to come and try out adaptive sports! The Angel City Sports Zone will have open play hours available to all Expo attendees during all hours the show is open. Stop by and try out: wheelchair basketball, badminton, table tennis, and fencing! The Angel City Sports Zone will offer interactive demos all throughout the weekend:

Friday, February 22, 11am-1pm: Table Tennis
Saturday, February 23, 11am-12:30pm: Wheelchair Basketball and 1pm-3pm: Fencing
Sunday, February 24, 1pm-3pm: Badminton


All Expo attendees will have opportunities to as meet (and get autographs from) the following Paralympians:
Saturday, February 23 from 11:00am-1:00pm: Megan Blunk, Wheelchair Basketball
Saturday, February 23 from 1:00pm-3:00pm: Mario Rodriguez, Wheelchair Fencing
Sunday, February 24 from 11:00am-1:00pm: Cody Jones, Javelin



Learn more: http://angelcitysports.org 

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Booth #349

Roll with the Wind

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. Be sure to visit the Ainsley's Angels of America booth to sign up to experience the thrill TODAY! First-person-first-served. A limited number of race experience times are available on each day of the Expo. 
Learn more: www.AinsleysAngels.org

Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth

Presented by: Earthquake, Fire, and Disability Preparedness Experts from Earthquake Country Alliance, Government Agencies, and Non-Profit Organizations

Location: Booth #339

Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth

Gain vital personal preparedness tips to help you create realistic plans to meet your needs, maintain your independence, and recover from emergency and disaster situations. Share your questions and concerns! Pick up free information and resources!

Adaptive Climbing Wall

Presented by: Mark Wellman, Adventure Athlete, Paralympian, No Limits Tahoe

Sponsored by: Liberator Medical Supply, Inc.

Location: Booth #645

Adaptive Climbing Wall

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! Climbing has tremendous benefits - building confidence, developing goal-setting skills, increasing strength, and improving flexibility. And it's fun! Mark is a former Paralympian and Park Ranger, and he is the first paraplegic to summit El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. He dedicates his time to improving the quality of life for adults and children with disabilities including disabled war veterans. 
Learn more: www.nolimitstahoe.com

Artist Market

Presented by: LA Goal

Location: Booth #142

Artist Market

The area's most celebrated artists with disabilities will feature an eclectic mix of original, unforgettable artistry. From photographs and paintings to graphic design, their amazing works will be available for appreciation and purchase. Artist Market sponsor L.A. Goal is a nonprofit agency that provides Inside Out Productions, that teaches visual arts: drawing, painting, ceramics, sewing, quilting, weaving, embroidery, photography, woodblock prints and multi-media. Through ongoing art exhibitions, Inside Out Production artists are able to share with the world the talents of people with developmental disabilities. The act of creating something beautiful that the outside world can connect with becomes an effective tool for fostering communication, acceptance and inclusion.
Learn more: www.lagoal.org

Assistive Technology Showcase

Presented by: Ability Tools

Location: Booth #633

Assistive Technology Showcase

Explore how assistive technology can help you or your loved ones bridge the gap between ability and disability! The Showcase will feature an array of assistive technology for people of all disabilities to experience hands-on. In addition, the 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. 
Learn more: www.abilitytools.org

Donna On The Go Web Series

Presented by: Peggy Lane, Producer and Director and Donna Russo, Star

Location: Booth #106

Donna on the Go

Donna On The Go is a Web Series designed to raise awareness for people with challenges. While many venues have made progress having ramps, and scooters etc, there are still many obstacles to overcome. Donna On The Go is a light hearted look at some of them. Starring Donna Russo. Produced and Directed by Peggy Lane. Meet Donna Russo and Peggy Lane, view episodes and learn more about their work to expand opportunities for people with disabilities in entertainment.
View episodes and learn more: www.donna-on-the-go.com 

Friday, February 22, 2019

12:00pm - 12:30pm

Wheelchair Tennis Experience

Presented by: Angel City Sports

Location: Events Arena

#InfiniteInclusion Dance Performance, Workshop, and Party

Join 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.
Learn more: www.wcwta.orgAngelcitysports.orghttps://www.facebook.com/1MorePush

1:00pm-1:30pm

Anyone can dance!

Presented by: Margarita Elizondo & Gema Rodriguez

Location: Events Arena

#InfiniteInclusion Dance Performance, Workshop, and Party

Join Margarita Elizondo and guest performer Gema Rodriguez of Dance Ability Tijuana, as they shares their love of dance. Margarita's tear jerking emotional storytelling style performances are sure to move you. She has a special vision to prove that dance is therapeutic and anyone can dance regardless of age, experience, or ability. Together they will teach you to explore and develop individuals creativity. Activities are designed to meet the needs of everyone. Margarita, strives to celebrate diversity, promote positive expression, and show that we can create beautiful things through music and movement regardless of ability. 
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1248230765  and https://m.facebook.com/Margarita-Elizondo-176600623091444/ 

2:15pm-2:45pm

All About Service Dogs

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

Location: Events Arena

All About Service Dogs

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 more: www.caninesforkids.org

3:00pm – 3:30pm

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Presented by: The Rollettes

Location: Events Arena

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

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 fuldll their dreams to dance. Following the performance it's your turn! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance eoor and learn some moves. 
Learn more: www.rollettesdance.com 

3:45pm-4:45pm

Sitting Volleyball Experience

Presented by: Angel City Sports

Location: Events Arena

Ali McManus with Guitar

Join Angel City Sports for an interactive sitting volleyball practice. Advanced players will introduce you to the specifics of the sitting game. You will learn fundamentals with fun techniques and competitive drills; grasping key concepts and rules of the game along the way. Paralympic Bronze Medalist Allison Compton will be in the building, eager to help you improve your game!  Friends and families can also join in this exciting event!

Learn more: https://www.teamusa.org/usa-volleyball/usa-teams/sitting-volleyballAngelcitysports.org

Saturday, February 23, 2019

11:30am - 12:00pm

#InfiniteInclusion Dance Performance, Workshop, and Party

Presented by: Infinite Flow, An Inclusive Dance Company

Location: Events Arena

#InfiniteInclusion Dance Performance, Workshop, and Party

#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!
Learn more: www.infiniteflowdance.org

11:30am – 4:30pm

Face Painting

Presented by: Elise Massa, We Adorn You

Location: Next to Events Arena

Face Painting

Face, arm, and hand painting are great ways for children to dress up - no costume required! Kids delight in this opportunity to transform their appearance! Painting is complimentary, and paints are approved professional face paints that will wash off with soap and water. Based on availability – face painting is a popular activity and we recommend you arrive early to ensure a spot. Please note the line for face painting closes 30 minutes prior to the close of face painting for each day.
Learn more: www.facepaintinglosangeles.net

12:15pm-12:45pm

Micah Fowler

Presented by: Micah Fowler

Location: Events Arena

Face Painting

Meet actor Micah Fowler, star of ABC's Speechless, now in it's 3rd season, airing Friday nights at 8:30/7:30c. A veteran Abilities Expo attendee, Micah will talk with fans and host a Q&A about his role as "JJ" on the groundbreaking sitcom, as well as his refusal to allow cerebral palsy to define him. A meet and greet follows! Autographed head shot photos will also be available for purchase, $5.00, cash only.
Follow Micah at www.micahfowler.com and on Twitter and Instagram: @micahdfowler

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Skateboarding

Presented by: The Skate Connection

Location: Events Arena

Skateboarding

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 The Skate Connection, we don't create skateboarders or make friendships rather we just receive new members into our community and provide an authentic skateboarding experience so they may encounter the transforming love of skateboarding.
Learn More: http://www.theskateconnection.org

2:00pm – 2:30pm

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Presented by: The Rollettes

Location: Events Arena

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

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 fuldll their dreams to dance. Following the performance it's your turn! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance eoor and learn some moves. 
Learn more: www.rollettesdance.com  

2:45pm – 3:15pm

Roll This Way! Be Unbreakable.

Presented by Ali McManus

Location: Events Arena. Meet Ali in Booth #446.

Ali McManus with Guitar

Join Singer, Songwriter & Motivational Speaker Ali McManus for a musical performance and sing-along! In a wheelchair since she was 7 years old, Ali writes songs that reflect her life and inspire with her joyful message of resilience and positivity. Legendary producer, Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, John Lennon), produced Ali's highly acclaimed debut album, "Unbreakable." In her exuberant new music video, "Roll This Way," Ali joins rock star Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), along with skaters, dancers & friends to "roll your own way." We're all here to live life without limits. Join Ali for her live show and fun sing-along!
Ali would love to meet you! Please drop by Booth #446 for a chat!
Learn More: www.alimcmanus.com

3:30pm-4:30pm

Boccia: A Sport For All

Presented by: Angel City Sports

Ali McManus with Guitar

Join Angel City Sports for an interactive demonstration of boccia! Whether you are new to the game or have played before, you will have the opportunity to improve your skills and strategy. All ages and ability levels are welcome to participate in this demonstration. Boccia is the most inclusive adaptive sport as boccia balls are leather, and can be thrown or put in play with a ramp. Friends and families can also join in this fun-filled event!
Learn more: https://usaboccia.orgAngelcitysports.org

Sunday, February 24, 2019

11:30am – 3:30pm

Face Painting

Presented by: Elise Massa, We Adorn You

Location: Next to Events Arena

Face Painting

Face, arm, and hand painting are great ways for children to dress up - no costume required! Kids delight in this opportunity to transform their appearance! Painting is complimentary, and paints are approved professional face paints that will wash off with soap and water. Based on availability – face painting is a popular activity and we recommend you arrive early to ensure a spot. Please note the line for face painting closes 30 minutes prior to the close of face painting for each day.
Learn more: www.facepaintinglosangeles.net

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Meet Little Women: LA's Terra Jole

Presented by Terra Jole

Location: Events Arena

Terra Jole

Terra Jole of Dancing with the Stars and Little Women: LA fame will host a Q&A about her experiences with TV, business and the challenges she faces as a little person.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!

Presented by: The Rollettes

Location: Events Arena

The Rollettes Los Angeles

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 fuldll their dreams to dance. Following the performance it's your turn! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance eoor and learn some moves. 
Learn more: www.rollettesdance.com  

2:00pm – 2:30pm

All About Service Dogs

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

Location: Events Arena

All About Service Dogs

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 picking up money! Service dogs are available for many different types of disability, including vision and hearing loss, mobility, autism and seizure alert or response. Learn about funding support, the process to acquire a dog, picking a training programs and what to expect from your service dog provider organization.
Learn more: www.caninesforkids.org

3:00pm-3:30pm

Dance Performance

Presented by: Donna Russo & Tam Warner

Location: Events Arena

All About Service Dogs

In our 30 minutes I will be presenting a quick "How To" approach to choreographing for dancers of all abilities. I have asked Cheryl Baxter of UCLA invite some of her dance students to participate in this event. This way we can emphasize the need for education as well as the boundless possibilities of working in this field. By using volunteers, the UCLA dancers and featuring Donna Russo I will create a short piece as the audience watches how the puzzle comes together. If time permits we will ask our audience members to contribute ideas and will implement them using our dancers. To end with some fun we will invite everyone to join us onstage for a "Follow Dance".

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