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ALERT: NEW EXPO DATES APRIL 30-MAY 2, 2021

New Jersey Convention & Expo Center

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

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Activities and demos make the total Abilities experience

Here is a past Abilities Expo line-up.

Check back 3 months out to find out what's in store for 2021.

 

Want to add an exciting new activity to your life? Abilities Expo showcases a wide range of special events that not only entertain, they also give you the opportunity to test your own skill, expand your interests and find out how you can become involved in your local area.

  • Try a variety of different adaptive sports
  • Discover how assistance dogs can support you
  • Break out your dancing wheels
  • Transform your face at the face painters

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

Here’s a few of the events we have planned. More will be added so check back for details!

* PLEASE NOTE dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Abilities Expo is not responsible for the materials or opinions of the speakers.

Adaptive Climbing Wall

Presented by: Mark Wellman, Adventure Athlete, Paralympian, No Limits Tahoe Sponsored by: Liberator Medical Supply, Inc.

Location: Booth #745

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

Manual Wheelchair Skills for Everyone

Presented by: Empower Spinal Cord Injury

Location: Booth #353

Manual Wheelchair Skills for Everyone

What tricks do you use to get yourself off the ground? How are your curb-hopping skills? Able-bodied and would like to learn some manual wheelchair skills? Visit the Manual Wheelchair Skills booth presented by Empower Spinal Cord Injury! We will help you brush up on old skills and learn new skills from others. The booth will be staffed with both manual wheelchair-users and able-bodied staff. Skills will include curb-hopping, fall recovery, wheelie management, wheelchair maintenance, and challenging transfers. Open to both wheelchair-users and able-bodied individuals, there will be several wheelchairs present for able-bodied individuals to try out these skills. Visit us for a personal "Learn New Skills" time where you can spend 15 dedicated minutes getting one-on-one assistance with a skill you'd like to master. Based on availability. Attendees can reserve specific times at the booth.
Learn more: www.empowersci.org

Acupressure for Stress Release

Presented by: Regina Rosenthal, PT, MA, Author, The Heart of Healing: Discovering the Secrets of Self-Care, Advanced Certified Process Acupressure Practitioner and Instructor

Location: Booth #TBD

Acupressure for Stress Release

Experience acupressure during complimentary 15-20 minutes sessions. Acupressure is sometimes described as "acupuncture without needles". It promotes wellness and rejuvenation by accessing and addressing the vital energies of the body. Acupressure is often used to complement more traditional methods such as physical therapy, massage, or nursing, and also stands very well on its own. Certified instructors will be available to provide sessions and talk with attendees about this type of therapy. Sessions are conducted while the attendee sits in a chair or own mobility device.
Learn more: www.reginarosenthal.com  , www.soullightening.com

Assistive Technology Showcase

Presented by: Advancing Opportunities

Location: Booth #143

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. 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.
Learn more: https://advopps.org   and www.assistivetechnologycenter.org

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Booth #953

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

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

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

Every Body Dance!

Presented by: Center for Modern Dance Education

Location: Events Arena

Every Body Dance!

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..
Learn More: http://www.cmde.org/

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 globe 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.
Learn more: www.rollettesdance.com

Drums Alive® with Ability Beats

Presented by: Kimberly Ferrara, Inclusive Fitness Coach, Drums Alive®

Location: Events Arena

Drums Alive® with Ability Beats

This drumming activity delivers fun as well as a full brain and body workout! It's ideal for all ages and all abilities! Ability Beats follows a Drums Alive routine and sharpens skills such as auditory processing, coordination, balance, cognition, strength, fine and gross motor control while using music and rhythmical applications. Each activity is done with fun music from around the world as well as today's pop charts to keep students engaged and excited to learn more.
Learn more: www.wigglekids.org

Wheelchair Basketball Demonstration

Presented by: The Henry Viscardi School

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Basketball Demonstration

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.
Learn more: http://www.henryviscardischool.org

Drums Alive® with Ability Beats

Presented by: Kimberly Ferrara, Inclusive Fitness Coach, Drums Alive®

Location: Events Arena

Drums Alive® with Ability Beats

This drumming activity delivers fun as well as a full brain and body workout! It's ideal for all ages and all abilities! Ability Beats follows a Drums Alive routine and sharpens skills such as auditory processing, coordination, balance, cognition, strength, fine and gross motor control while using music and rhythmical applications. Each activity is done with fun music from around the world as well as today's pop charts to keep students engaged and excited to learn more.
Learn more: www.wigglekids.org

Face Painting

Presented by: Masquerade Face Painting

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.

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 globe 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.
Learn more: www.rollettesdance.com

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

Dancing Wheels Company Performance

Presented by: The Dancing Wheels Company

Location: Events Arena

All About Service Dogs

Under the direction of Founding Artistic Director Mary Verdi-Fletcher, The Dancing Wheels Company is recognized as the first and foremost professional physically integrated dance company in America uniting the talents of dancers both with and without disabilities.  Since its inception in 1980, the highly skilled ensemble of stand-up and sit-down (wheelchair) dancers has reached over five million people worldwide with innovative mainstage performances, school assembly programs, guest appearances, masterclasses and numerous outreach activities.  Seeing a need for accessibility to the arts and dance, The School of Dancing Wheels opened in 1990 and became a world-class training center for dancers, choreographers, and educators.  The Dancing Wheels Company & School is proudly hailed as the World Center for Integrated Dance & Arts Access.  
Learn more: www.dancingwheels.org 

Quad Rugby Demonstration

Presented by: The New York Warriors Wheelchair Rugby Team

Location: Events Arena

Quad Rugby Demonstration

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.
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Fulfilling My Passion to Sing

Presented by: Free Players Ensemble

Location: Events Arena

Free Players Ensemble

The Free Players Ensemble is a singing group of adults that are differently abled. These individuals have different challenges that make them unique to the world around them - causing them to shine because of their individuality.
Learn more.

Face Painting

Presented by: Masquerade Face Painting

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.

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

Envision Dance Exchange Performance

Presented by: Envision Dance Exchange of Dance Innovations

Location: Events Arena

Envision Dance Exchange Performance

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. Individuals create friendships, learn from one another, and have fun through movement. Following the performance, there will be time for questions regarding the company and opportunities to get involved. You will also have a chance to dance and join in on the fun!
Learn more at www.danceinnovations.org/dipf  or call 973-635-1205

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 globe 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.
Learn more: www.rollettesdance.com

Tap Dancing Hands Down®

Presented by: Mary Six Rupert, Tap Dancing Hands Down®

Location: Events Arena

Tap Dancing Hands Down® is a tap dancing troupe that is inclusive of those with mobility disabilities.  This includes tap dancers and tap dancers with disabilities tap dancing with their hands.  Join us for a demonstration!
Learn more: http://tapdancinghandsdown.com

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