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Friday, October 29, 2021
11:45am – 12:45pm
Estate Planning for Families of Special Needs Children
Presented by: Jeremiah Raxter, Esq, Principal Attorney, Raxter Law
Families with special needs children must exercise care in making their estate plans. Whether their special needs child is still a minor or is an adult and particularly when the child is or may be in the future receive needs-based public benefits such as SSI or Medicaid. While planning considerations for such a child will vary depending upon the child's age, competency, and other family considerations the goal is to maximize independence and the ability to receive needs-based public benefits. An explanation of the different estate planning tools for parents, grandparents, or relatives of special needs children will be presented.
Learn more: www.raxterlaw.com
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Accessible Home Design
Presented by: Mark Thompson, Paralyzed Veterans of America
Can I retrofit my master bathroom to include a spacious roll-in shower? What must I do to install an elevator in my two-story home? How can my flower garden be made more accessible? Who should I hire to make sure my home renovation project will fit my needs? Accessible Home Design: The Basics will address improving the accessibility in each specific area of a home, as well as what you need to know before taking on a renovation project. Whether it's a new accessible residence or retrofitting your existing home, information will be presented with real examples and case studies. Subject matter will include entering your home; residential elevators and lifts, kitchen design, bathrooms and plumbing fixtures, doors, windows, outdoor areas and gardens, and much more.
Learn More: http://www.pva.org/
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Music Therapy - Empowering and Transforming Lives of Individuals With All Abilities
Presented by: John Mews, Music Therapist Associate Marriage and Family Therapist & Founder of Mewsic Moves
Since conception and even in utero, we are wired for music! From the way we breath, to the strides of our walk, the rhythmic patterns of our heart beats as well as our neurological synapsis, it is all music - Vibration & Rhythm! Music therapists have extensive training and experience in assess and engaging our natural body's music elements into a music therapy program to help excel overall goals from speech and communication, fine and gross motor, to overall mental health and wellness. Music truly is healing and a way for us to connect, heal and transform our lives and relationships. Plus music at the core is engaging and FUN! Music plays an important role in all of our lives and has a therapeutic underlying value whether we're conscious of it or not. In this workshop John will explore the science and the value of music therapy with various individuals such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Parkin's Disease, Cerebral Palsy and many more.
3:45 – 4:45
4 Keys to Maintain Sexual Intimacy after an Injury*
*This workshop is intended for attendees over the age of 18*
Presented by: Kendra Garcia, @TheOTStrategist
Sex is an important and meaningful part of a relationship. There are many myths and misconceptions when it comes to sex and disability.
Sex and Disability tends to be a taboo area for many able-bodied people and is rarely discussed in the same sentence. As a result, more than 50% of disabled people do not have any form of a regular sex life.
Let's talk about sex!
Saturday, October 30, 2021
11:45 – 12:45
Manage Your Mind: Building Executive Function Skills to Help you Manage at Work and Home
Presented by: Sarah Kesty, The Executive Function Podcast
Executive Function skills are a broad, interconnected network of skills we use to positively impact our futures, like organizing, planning, and emotional regulation. They are nuanced, layered, and often areas of need for individuals with disabilities. They are also in high demand by employers! Join executive function coach and educator, Sarah Kesty, in exploring strategies to learn—and use—the executive functions that will help you or your loved one live and work more efficiently and with less stress. Learn things like: how to backwards plan so you're never late; how to use prompting systems to keep track of appointments and medications; strategies for memorizing multi-step procedures on the job.
Learn more: sarahkesty.com or @executivefunctionpodcast Facebook
1:00 – 2:00
Making Mindfulness Meaningful
Presented by: Jay Gupta, RPh, MTM Consultant, C-IAYT & Terry Gupta, MSW, C-IAYT, YACEP, E-RYT500
The following workshop is presented by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and is geared toward anyone who lives with paralysis from disease, injury or birth condition and their loved ones. Learn more at www.christopherreeve.org
Using mindfulness, science says we have the power to effect beneficial brain changes, gene expression and chemical cascades that that can affect our blood pressure, heart rate, blood glucose, and cholesterol, as well our experience of stress, anxiety, depression, pain, sleep quality and PTSD. We will review the mindfulness research, including research specific to persons with paralysis, discuss how to use mindfulness capsules to enhance health-related quality of life for persons with paralysis, their caregivers and healthcare professionals, as well as provide an experiential mindfulness capsule to add to your daily routines.
2:30 – 3:30
Cannabis for Well Being
Presented by: Felicia Carbajal, The Social Impact Center
Recent studies have affirmed that humans have been exploring ways of balancing the bodies for millennia. Homeostasis has always been our body's goal. Through the advancement of science and research of the cannabis plant, we have learned that homeostasis is easily achieved with the support of cannabis. From physical and mental exercise to maintaining a healthy diet, we've all explored ways of elevating our well-being. What if a plant could help your body achieve homeostasis naturally? Did you know your body has a vast pain alleviating network known as the endocannabinoid system? What if your diet and exercise routine could be amplified with microdosing cannabis?
We invite you to join us, the Social Impact Center, as we explore an ancient medicine rooted in the present in this 1 hour informational workshop that explores the benefits of cannabinoid medicine.
Learn more: https://www.thesocialimpactcenter.org
3:45 – 4:45
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America the beautiful! The United States is vastly diverse both in topography and geology as well as theology and culture. Having driven the country North to South and East to West has really been eye-opening, revealing how each and every state has unique treasures, whether man-made or natural. Tourists from around the globe come to this country to experience wild and wacky Americana, but what about you? Have you taken a bite of that apple pie or is it collecting dust on the windowsill? Time to make plans to hit the road, even if it's just a day-trip. Get out there in the sunshine and breath fresh air. Just going for a scenic drive with the windows down fuels the soul. Being in nature is incredibly invigorating, which is one reason why I always recommend visiting regional, state and national parks, as well as gardens, monuments, forests, wetlands, wildlife preserves, and so-on. So, what's to explore in the great outdoors? Lots to discuss here. What are the most scenic drives in America? What weird, kooky, funky, cheesy, controversial, or out of the ordinary attractions are there to see? Let's take the American backroads to explore the unexpected and the outdoor spaces we've long to see.
Sunday, October 31, 2021
11:45 – 12:45
A Day in the Life with 24 Hour Positioning
Presented by: Linda Bollinger PT, DPT, ATP, Sunrise Medical.
24-Hour postural management is a planned program that considers all relevant positions a child uses throughout the day and intervenes to improve or maintain body shape while promoting the child's function and development. Positioning can be incorporated into the child's everyday life at home, school, and social activities. This course will discuss the three core postural orientations and how to use positioning equipment to incorporate postural management strategies during a child's daily activities.
1:00 – 2:00
How to Pay for Everything You See Today. Come Fundraise with Help Hope Live!
Help Hope Live wants to help you fundraise for everything you see at the Chicago Abilities Expo, from power chairs to adaptive bikes. Come to our workshop to hear more about how we work closely with our Abilities Expo partners to get our clients on their way to independence!
Learn more: www.helphopelive.org
2:30 – 3:30
Is a Service Dog Right for You?
Presented by: Molly Neher, Director of Operations and Programs, Atlas Assistance Dogs & Jennifer Kolar, Atlas Assistance Dogs
Service dogs can change and even save lives. Many people could benefit from a service dog, but it can be a complicated and stressful journey. Many just don't know where to start or if a service dog is the right avenue for them. Come learn about what these incredible canines can do, the different options to obtaining or training one, and determine if this is the right path for you. We at Atlas Assistance Dogs believe that disability is not something to hide or "overcome". We do not thrive despite our disabilities; we thrive with them. And for some, a service dog is the perfect four-legged partner to thrive with!
Learn more: https://www.atlasdog.org
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