New York Metro

May 1 - 3, 2020

New Jersey Convention & Expo Center

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

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Make Independence Happen at Abilities Expo

New products and tech. High-impact workshops. Fun, inclusive recreation including at all-inclusive climbing wall. Abilities Expo New York Metro has it all so register for free today! Here's what attendees are saying:

“We go every year. Can’t wait to go again and see all the new amazing things!”

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

 

Dating with Disability Playbook

Tackle the challenges of dating armed with do’s, don’ts and A-game strategies from this peer-led interactive workshop. You’ll also get tips on creating healthy boundaries as well as a variety of approaches to flirting and landing a date.

Meet Micah Fowler

He's the star of the hit ABC television show, Speechless, and a long-time Abilities Expo attendee. On May 4 at 2:00 pm, Micah will talk with fans about his role as "JJ" on the groundbreaking sitcom, as well as his refusal to allow cerebral palsy to define him.

Adaptive Climbing Wall

Conquer "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.

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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 #503 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

 

View the 2019 New York Metro Show Directory

All Day, Every Day

All Day Abilities Expo Exhibits Exhibits
All Day Adaptive Climbing Wall Booth #327
All Day Acupressure for Stress Release Booth #140
All Day Assistive Technology Showcase Booth #143, 247
All Day Free Loaner Scooters Service
All Day Sign Language Interpreter Service
11:00am – 4:00pm Free Wheelchair Repair Service

Friday, May 3, 2019

10:00am – 2:00pm The Case for Wheels: Selecting the Clinically Appropriate Base Junior Ballroom, 1st Floor
11:45am – 12:45pm Home Modifications Workshop
12:00pm – 12:45pm All About Service Dogs Events Arena
2:00pm – 2:30pm Fulfilling My Passion to Sing Events Arena
2:30pm – 3:30pm Pain Management Workshop
3:00pm – 3:30pm Every Body Dance! Events Arena
3:45pm – 4:45pm Adaptive Golf Demonstration Events Arena

Saturday, May 4, 2019

11:15am – 11:45am Wheelchair Basketball Demonstration Events Arena
12:00pm-12:45pm All About Service Dogs Events Arena
11:30am – 4:30pm Face Painting Next to Events Arena
11:45am – 12:45pm Disability Rights New York Workshop
1:00pm – 1:45pm Fast Feet NYC Events Arena
1:00pm – 2:00pm Critical Situations for People with SCI Workshop
2:00pm – 2:30pm Micah Fowler Events Arena
2:30pm – 3:30pm Cannabis 101 TBD
3:00pm – 3:45pm Quad Rugby Demonstration Events Arena
4:00pm - 4:45pm Special Needs Yoga Events Arena

Sunday, May 5, 2019

11:30am – 3:30pm Face Painting Next to Events Arena
11:45am – 12:30pm Breaking Barriers Through Dance Events Arena
11:45am – 12:45pm Accessible Travel-You can do it! Workshop
1:00pm-1:45pm Power Wheelchair Hockey Events Arena
2:00pm – 2:30pm Envision Dance Exchange Performance Event
3:00pm – 3:30pm All About Service Dogs Events Arena

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

All About Service Dogs

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

Friday, May 3: 12:00 – 12:45 pm
Saturday, May 4: 12:00 – 12:45 pm

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

 

Breaking Barriers Through Dance
Envision Dance Exchange Performance
Every Body Dance!

Breaking Barriers Through Dance

Presented by: ZCO Dance Project

Breaking Barriers Through Dance

Sunday, May 5: 11:45 am – 12:30 pm

ZCO Dance Project is a dance company that showcases the talent of dancers demonstrating "Dancing beyond disability" with grace, charm, perseverance, soul and power. Dancers of all ages and abilities will present several short performances followed by a movement workshop for attendees. Discover all kinds of fun ways to move through movement exercises and drills. Learn how the repetition of movement allows participants to absorb the dance techniques, encourages creativity and provides an opportunity to learn various dance styles.

Envision Dance Exchange Performance

Presented by: Envision Dance Exchange of Dance Innovations

Envision Dance Exchange Performance

Sunday, May 5: 2:00– 2:30 pm

Join us for a live performance by the Envision Dance Exchange of Chatham, NJ, an integrated dance and creative movement company for dancers of all abilities. This company of young artists performs dances that bring together individuals with and without disabilities, embracing everyone's ability to and passion for dance. Dancers create friendships, learn from one another, and have fun through movement. Following the performance, there will be a brief opportunity for questions regarding the company, opportunities to get involved, and a chance to join in the fun!

Every Body Dance!

Presented by: Center for Modern Dance

Every Body Dance!

Friday, May 3: 3:00 – 3:30 pm

Join the Center for Modern Dance Education (CMDE) for a short performance featuring a physically integrated cast, followed by an interactive dance workshop for all ages and abilities! Stretch your body and your imagination through the language of dance. Founded in 1962, CMDE is an award-winning nonprofit organization with the mission to make dance available to everyone.

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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, May 4: 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday, May 5: 11:30 am – 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. Not only will you get the blood pumping, improve fitness and build confidence, the fun factor is off the charts!

Adaptive Sports

 

ABANJ Blind Athletes
Adaptive Climbing Wall
Adaptive Golf Demonstration
Fast Feet NYC
Power Wheelchair Hockey
Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience
Quad Rugby Demonstration
Special Needs Yoga
Wheelchair Basketball Demonstration

ABANJ Blind Athletes Demonstrate Goalball, Soccer, Beep Baseball, Golf and more!

ABANJ Blind Athletes Demonstrate Goalball, Soccer, Beep Baseball, Golf and more!

Presented by: Association of Blind Athletes of New Jersey

Friday, May 3: 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Sunday, May 5: 2:45 – 3:30 pm

Join the Association of Blind Athletes of New Jersey for demonstrations and opportunities to try blind sports! Goalball, soccer (5-a-side), beep baseball, and golf will be available! Join us for the fun!

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!

Adaptive Golf Demonstration

Adaptive Golf Demonstration

Presented by: Gianna Rojas, The One Handed Lady Golfer, Founder of Adaptive Golfers

Friday, May 3: 3:45 – 4:45 pm

Golf is one of the most adaptable sports. Just about anyone, regardless of age or ability level, can play! Golf is adapted to various disabilities using the existing handicap system and adaptive devices. Discover the adaptive nature of sport at this demo. Enjoy hitting some balls, see adaptive equipment, and learn about golf's many benefits. Find out where you can play more in the region.

Fast Feet NYC

Fast Feet NYC

Presented by: Fast Feet NYC

Saturday, May 4: 1:00 – 1:45 pm

Fast Feet NYC is committed to serving the special needs community by providing adaptive and inclusive running programs! Our event will include a 30 minute active session led by Fast Feet NYC's Suzie Clinchy, followed by a brief description and Q&A of our programming. Our active session will be designed to teach participants about a proper warm up, biomechanic drills to support coordination development, agility, and endurance training. We encourage all individuals and families to come join us for a fun and social adaptive running session!

Power Wheelchair Hockey

Power Wheelchair Hockey

Presented by: The Philadelphia Flyers

Sunday, May 5: 1:00 -1:45 pm

The Philadelphia Flyers PowerPlay is a power wheelchair floor hockey team based in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. We follow the rules and regulations of the United States Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association. We believe that competition and challenge are healthy and necessary for all people, regardless of ability. The Flyers PowerPlay provide a quality, well-organized recreational and social program within the community. Our emphasis is on teamwork, skill development, and fun. The team is open to all persons who are competent power wheelchair users.

Quad Rugby Demonstration

Quad Rugby Demonstration

Presented by: The New York Warriors Wheelchair Rugby Team

Saturday, May 4: 3:00 – 3:45 pm

Competitive wheelchair rugby is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world. The New York Warriors will join us to demonstrate this exciting game—a cross between wheelchair basketball, ice hockey and soccer. The main message of quad rugby is "Smashing Stereotypes One Hit at a Time" and the sport has proven to be a life changer for those who start playing it. Find out more at this demo and learn about opportunities to get involved for yourself.

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.

Special Needs Yoga

Special Needs Yoga

Presented by: The Connection

Saturday, May 4: 4:00 - 4:45 pm

Fun stretches and poses inspired by our favorite animals. Poses are designed to engage the body, mind and spirit, while focusing on strength, balance, coordination, fine and gross motor skills, and body awareness. Modifications provided as needed.

Wheelchair Basketball Demonstration

Wheelchair Basketball Demonstration

Presented by: The Henry Viscardi School

Saturday, May 4: 11:15 – 11:45 am

The Adapted Wheelchair Basketball Program was created to allow children of all levels of physical abilities the opportunity to play together as a team and to reach their highest potential as athletes. The game is designed to allow each child to be as independent as possible while on the basketball court. The program gives the children a chance to have fun, to learn how to respect the abilities of their fellow teammates as well as fostering good sportsmanship and fair team play. The goal of this program is to encourage individuality, heighten self-esteem and to provide a safe environment for each member of the team.

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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 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. Advancing Opportunities provides services and support to individuals with disabilities and their families so they can lead fuller lives at work, home, school and play. Their team of technology specialists will be available for free hands-on demonstrations of technology and tools. From low-tech tips to advice about sophisticated software, we can help you find solutions.

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Getting to Abilities Expo

New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center
97 Sunfield Avenue,
Edison, NJ 08837

Directions, Parking and Transpo

 

Get Directions to the Expo from any Location


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From Route 1& 9 Southbound:

Exit at “Bonhamtown” onto Main Street, continue for ½ mile to the traffic light. Turn left at the traffic light onto Route 514 East (Woodbridge Avenue). Turn right at the Sheraton Hotel into Raritan Center. Follow signs, which are posted throughout the Industrial Park for the EXPO HALL.

From Route 1 Northbound:

After crossing the Raritan River Bridge, get into the right lane. After passing, “Open Road Honda”, take the 3rd right hand exit for Route 514/Woodbridge Avenue. Follow Woodbridge Avenue for 3-4 miles. Make a right at the Sheraton Hotel into Raritan Center and Follow signs, which are posted throughout the Industrial Park for the EXPO HALL.

From Route 287 South:

Follow 287 South to Route 514 West labeled “Raritan Center”. Follow jug handle on the right hand side to traffic light and then follow signs, which are posted throughout the Industrial Park for the EXPO HALL.

From the NJ Turnpike (NORTH AND SOUTH)

Follow the NJ Turnpike to Exit 10. Bear right after you go through the tollbooth, following Route 514 West to Raritan Center. Take the first exit marked Raritan Center and Follow signs, which are posted throughout the Industrial Park for the EXPO HALL.

From the Garden State Parkway Southbound:

Follow the Parkway to Exit 129. Take Route 287 North to Route 514 West. Follow Route 514 West to the first exit marked Raritan Center and Follow signs, which are posted throughout the Industrial Park for the EXPO HALL.

From the Garden State Parkway Northbound:

Follow the Parkway to Exit 127. Follow Highways 287N/440S to Route 514 West. Route 514 West is the first exit from this route.  Follow Route 514 West to the first exit marked Raritan Center. Follow signs, which are posted throughout the Industrial Park for the EXPO HALL.

From Route 35 & Route 9 North:

Follow Routes 35 & 9 over the Driscoll Bridge, bear right at the end of the bridge. Take the second exit labeled “Raritan Center/ Riverview Drive”. Get into the far right lane and take the Raritan Center Exit. Follow this route all the way down to the second light. Make a right onto Parkway Place. At then, make a left onto Raritan Center Parkway. Follow signs from here which are posted throughout the Industrial Park for the EXPO HALL.

From Route 278 Westbound:

Take the Goethals Bridge onto the New Jersey Turnpike South. Follow the Turnpike to Exit 10. Bear right after you go through the tollbooth, following Route 514 West to Raritan Center. Take the first exit marked Raritan Center and Follow signs, which are posted throughout the Industrial Park for the EXPO HALL.

From Brooklyn & Staten Island Via Outerbridge:

Take the Staten Island Expressway (RTE 278) to Outerbridge Crossing into New Jersey. Three miles from the bridge are signs for Route 514, Raritan Center. Be in the right lane so you can exit at 514 West Bonhamtown. Follow signs to Raritan Center, exit there and follow jug handle to light. Follow signs for EXPO HALL located throughout the Industrial Park.

From Brooklyn & Staten Island Via Goethals Bridge:

Take the Staten Island Expressway (RTE 278) to the Goethals Bridge. This will bring you into New Jersey. Follow signs to the New Jersey Turnpike South to Exit 10. After Toll Plaza, Bear right and follow signs to 514 West/Raritan Center. Stay in two right lanes and follow jug handle to light. Follow signs posted throughout the Industrial Park for EXPO HALL.

From New York City, Philadelphia, or anywhere in New Jersey by train or bus:

Please visit www.njtransit.com to plan your itinerary. The closest train station to the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center is Metuchen Station. For example, if you are coming from Manhattan, log onto www.njtransit.com and find the Trip Planner at the top of the home page. Enter Penn Station New York in "Travel From," enter Metuchen Station in "Travel To," indicate your preferred day and time of travel, and click the Accessible option if appropriate. The travel planner will do the rest!

For maps and directions, please visit here.

Parking and Drop-off:

Parking is free and located all around the convention center property. If you would like to drop off any passengers before you park, please do so at the flag pole in front of the EXPO HALL.

Transpo to the Expo

Free Shuttle from Metuchen Station

Provided by Abilities Expo

Accessible, round-trip transportation from Metuchen Train Station to Abilities Expo will be provided free-of-charge to expo-goers travelling to the event by train.

Please note due to high demand you will need to sign up for return trip to the station at drop off. This is to ensure we are able to accommodate all returns in a timely manner.

Hours of shuttle operation will be as follows:

  • Friday, May 3: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 4: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, May 5: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Metuchen Station Shuttle

Two large, commercial vans each holding 2 wheelchairs plus 7 seated will do laps between Metuchen Station and the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center during the hours of operation. The ride will take approximately 20 minutes, one way.

The shuttle will feature an Abilities Expo sign prominently on the side door panel. Those travelling southbound from New York City should exit the rear of the train to meet the shuttle at the wheelchair accessible ramp at Pennsylvania Avenue and Station Place, pictured blow:

Expo Hall Doors

Passengers returning to Metuchen Station will be dropped off at Woodbridge Avenue and Main Street, pictured here:

Woodbridge and Main

 

NJ Transit’s Access Link:

Access Link is the public, paratransit service for people with disabilities who are unable to use the NJ Transit local fixed route bus systems. In order to use Access Link, you must first apply for eligibility. Click here for more information.

Access Link service is comparable to the bus in that it is available during the same days and hours as the regularly scheduled local fixed route bus service, including weekends and holidays.

Eligible individuals may make transportation appointments to the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center for Abilities Expo any day between the hours of 7:30 am and 4:30 pm by calling (800) 955-2321 [TTY (800) 955-6765]. Same day reservations can not be accommodated. Click here for more information on Access Link’s riding policies.

NJ Transit:

From New York City, Philadelphia, or Anywhere in New Jersey by Train or Bus:

NJ Transit provides accessible travel via rail and bus from all over New Jersey, New York City and Philadelphia. Please visit www.njtransit.com to plan your itinerary. The closest train station to the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center is Metuchen Station. For example, if you are coming from Manhattan, log onto www.njtransit.com and find the Trip Planner at the top of the home page. Enter Penn Station New York in "Travel From," enter Metuchen Station in "Travel To," indicate your preferred day and time of travel, and click the Accessible option if appropriate. The travel planner will do the rest!

Taxi Service:

The following taxi services are also available to transport from Metuchen Station to the Expo:

  • Independent/Metuchen Taxi: (732) 549-7777

Other Transportation:

  • Available Care Medical Transportation (800) 219-4310
  • Gold Medal Transport (732) 994-9929
  • Helping Hands Service LLC  (855_ 969-3527

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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.

Ian James Brown

Ian James Brown Bio

Ian James Brown graduated from the United States Air Force Academy. Extremely active, he played football, rugby and volleyball as well competed in boxing, power lifting and martial arts.

Ian became a paralyzed veteran during his service in the United States Air Force.

Undaunted, Ian began a post-baccalaureate program to finish the pre-requisite courses in preparation for medical school.

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Sarah Best

Sarah Best

A native New Yorker with Cerebral Palsy, Sarah resides in Westchester County, just outside of New York City. She is determined and driven to go places and do things that she is passionate about. She says, "I get things done because I have learned that nothing in life comes easy. Everything requires work. Sometimes the work is very, very hard, like physical therapy. It is difficult for me to walk because of my CP, but I try.  I work on my muscles and coordination." Sarah currently works in the Marketing Department for Convaid Products, a pediatric mobility equipment manufacturer. She loves to spend time with her family and friends and her service dog, Edison. 

"I am so thrilled to be part of Abilities Expo and love the strong sense of community it creates," she said. "I truly enjoy meeting all the people who attend the expo and have made great friends along the way!"

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.

Karen was forced to overcome massive rejection and isolation as she hurdled obstacles and adapted her life to find success as a parent of a unique child. What Karen did not expect on this journey was that she herself would learn, grow and even heal from her experiences. It turned out that Lorrin was always the teacher. She taught Karen that life is full of magic, how to love herself, not to pass judgment, to be present in the moment whether it be at the hospital or Disneyland, beauty comes from within, and that we are all one and each soul is important no matter their ability. Lorrin was totally comfortable with who she was, even though she was cortically blind, nonverbal and a quadriplegic who lived with uncontrolled seizures for her entire life.

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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.

Amanda Sullivan

Amanda Sullivan

After receiving degrees in Sociology and Spanish (with concentrations in Latin American Studies and Peace & Justice) from Villanova University, Amanda Sullivan pursued her life-long dream of working with the less fortunate. Amanda was an aid worker & missionary for the better part of ten years. She worked with orphans, refugees and abused women and children, mainly in Latin America and The Caribbean. She has lived in Costa Rica, Chile, Panama, Jamaica and Mexico. She's worked with indigenous refugees in the foothills of Guatemala and with people with Hansen’s Disease (also known as "Leprosy") in Ecuador. She was a first responder during Hurricane Katrina & planned a wedding between two beautiful evacuees from The 9th Ward of New Orleans. She was taught how to shine in the face of adversity by some of the most spiritually-wealthy & courageous souls on the planet. Amanda left her heart with the people of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. During her three and a half years there, she ran an orphanage for little girls, ages 6-14, and taught Spanish classes to children who speak Mayan. She loves the outdoors, sports, meeting inspired people, camping, animals & discovering new places.

Amanda came home to New York City from setting up another shelter in Mexico, for Christmas of 2008. While home, she was involved in two major car accidents within a six-week period. Despite suffering traumatic brain injuries & fracturing/breaking/injuring her entire body from head to toe, Ms. Sullivan's smile was left unscathed in her accidents. She took this as a clear sign to NEVER STOP SMILING NO MATTER WHAT. An athlete her entire life, Amanda has never been one to shy away from a challenge. The last few years have proven to be her biggest challenge yet. Amanda is mobile thanks to her forearm crutches and wheelchair.

Since her accidents, Amanda has met a plethora of incredible people with disabilities. Connecting with other positive people in this beautiful community has helped keep the fire burning inside of her soul. Ms. Sullivan has recently decided to become a wheelchair athlete, thanks to these new friendships, and just purchased her first handcycle! She's keeping her heart and mind opened to all of the lessons that can be learned through adversity. Inspiration is Amanda's motivation!!

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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.

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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