• New York Abilities Expo
    New York Metro
    May 3-5, 2019
    New Jersey Convention & Expo Center
    Fri. 11am-5pm | Sat. 11am-5pm | Sun 11am-4pm

Activities and demos make the total Abilities experience

Here's what we did in 2018. Stay tuned for 2019!

Please check back three months
before the Expo for the new schedule.

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.

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 #136

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

Adaptive Climbing Wall

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

Sponsored by: Liberator Medical Supply, Inc.

Location: Booth #1029 (Next to Workshop)

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

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

Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth

Presented by: EAD & Associates, NYC Emergency Management, NJ Office of Emergency Preparedness

Location: Booth #109

Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth

Meet representatives of disability and emergency management organizations who are
active in emergency planning and are working to ensure the NY Metro region will be
more resilient when disaster strikes. 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!
Learn more: www.ready.gov

Health and Wellness Resource Area - Eat Well, Live Well, Be Well!

Presented by: NJ Division of Disability Services

Location: Booth #229

Health and Wellness Resource Area - Eat Well, Live Well, Be Well!

Featuring a schedule of wellness activities each day and nutritious food samples daily, while supplies last. Visit the booth for one-on-one nutrition and fitness consultations. Health and wellness experts will be available to talk with you about nutrition, meal planning and preparation, accommodations for disability, healthy eating habits and lifestyle changes. Wellness Guides I and II will be available together with recipe cards.
Learn more and download Wellness Guides I and II: http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dds

Manual Wheelchair Skills for Everyone

Presented by: Empower Spinal Cord Injury

Location: Booth #1013

Manual Wheelchair Skills

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

Martial Arts Therapy

Presented by Rabbi Sensei Gary Moskowitz, Martial Arts Therapy

Location: Booth #735

Martial Arts Therapy

Discover how martial arts therapy can offer children with disabilities and medical conditions a chance to learn to use their inner powers and abilities whereby they become heroes to themselves and us, and gain a chance to play, laugh, make friends, and enjoy life. Students learn pain management, physical rehabilitation skills, and deep relaxation techniques. Learn about the many benefits, try it for yourself or your child, and find out how you can be involved.

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Booth #126

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

Service Dog Demonstration

Presented by: Canine Partners for Life

Location: Events Arena

Canine Partners for Life Service Dog Demonstration

Discover how service dogs are meeting the needs of people with many different types of disabilities. A service dog will be on hand to demonstrate how dogs work to achieve independence in various areas of people's lives – from picking up a cell phone to providing physical stability, even counting money! Find out how these dogs can help people with physical disabilities, vision and hearing loss, autism, seizure/allergy alert, and more. Learn how funding works to acquire a dog and what to expect from your service dog provider organization. Bring your questions!
Learn more: www.k94life.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 Modern Dance performance featuring a mixed-ability cast, followed by an interactive dance workshop. The movement activities will be appropriate for all ages and abilities! Founded in 1962, CMDE is an award-winning non-profit organization with the mission to make dance available to everyone.
Learn more: www.cmde.org

Martial Arts Therapy Demonstration

Presented by Rabbi Sensei Gary Moskowitz, Martial Arts Therapy

Location: Events Arena

Martial Arts Therapy Demonstration

Martial Arts Therapy offers emotional and spiritual support to children with disabilities or battling illness, and helps them to take an active role and become a partner in their own healing process. Students learn pain management, physical rehabilitation skills, and deep relaxation techniques. The program offers children a chance to play, laugh, make friends and enjoy life.

Adaptive Golf

Presented by: Gianna Rojas, The One Handed Lady Golfer, Founder, Adaptivegolfers.org

Location: Events Arena

Adaptive Golf

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. 
Learn more: www.adaptivegolfers.org 

Meet ABC's Speechless Star Micah Fowler

Location: Events Arena

Meet ABC's Speechless Star Micah Fowler

Meet actor Micah Fowler, star of ABC's Speechless. 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 headshot photos will also be available for purchase. 
Follow Micah at www.micahfowler.com and on Twitter and Instagram: @micahdfowler.

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. Just for kids age 18 and under. 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.masqueradefacepainting.com

Quad Rugby Demonstration

Presented by: The New York Warriors Wheelchair Rugby Team

Location: Events Arena

Quad Rugby

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.
Learn more: Follow the team at www.facebook.com/New-York-Warriors-Wheelchair-Rugby-270018769793100/

Power Wheelchair Floor Hockey

Presented by: Philadelphia Flyers Powerplay

Location: Events Arena

Power Wheelchair Floor Hockey

Power Hockey is essentially floor hockey for power wheelchair users. The sport follows the rules and regulations of the United States Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association (USEWHA) and is open to all competent power wheelchair users. The Philadelphia Flyers Powerplay team is made up of about 30 players with various disabilities including Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, and Spinal Chord Injuries. There are no age restrictions and both male and female participants are welcome! Come watch a demo game, meet the players, families and see how they play!
Learn more: www.philadelphiapowerplay.com

Breaking Barriers Through Dance

Presented by: ZCO Dance Project

Location: Events Arena

Dancing Beyond Disability

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.
Learn more: www.zcodanceproject.com

Adapted Wheelchair Basketball

Presented by: Joseph Slaninka, Henry Viscardi School Wheelchair Basketball Program

Location: Events Arena

Adapted Wheelchair Basketball

Children of all physical disabilities and ages are encouraged to enjoy this chance to have fun and learn new skills at this inclusive program. Both manual and powered wheelchair users are welcome to play and hoops of modified heights are used. Try skills and drills, shooting, and some competitive play. The program builds good sportsmanship and teamwork, heightens self-esteem and encourages individuality.
Learn more at www.henryviscardischool.org/for-students/clubs-and-activities/

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.

Ballroom Dancing with Cheryl Angelelli and Tamerlan Gadirov

Presented by: Cheryl Angelelli and Tamerlan Gadirov, Dance Mobility

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Ballroom Dancing with Cheryl Angelelli!

Cheryl Angelelli is a 4-time Paralympic Medalist and World Record Holder in Swimming. After retiring from swimming in 2014, she began competitive wheelchair ballroom dancing. Cheryl and her partner, Tamerlan Gadirov, are ranked #1 in the United States in Para Dance Sport/Combi Class 1, and are top 10 in the world rankings. Cheryl is the co-founder of Dance Mobility, an adapted ballroom dance program. Don't miss this special opportunity to see them perform and learn at a mini master class!

This appearance made possible by FCA Automobility Program, www.fcausautomobility.com.

Service Dog Demonstration

Presented by: Jessica Reiss, MSW, Canine Companions for Independence

CCI Service Dog

Discover how service dogs are meeting the needs of people with many different disabilities. See how dogs work to achieve independence in various areas of people's lives – from picking up a cell phone to providing physical stability, even counting money! Find out how these dogs can help with 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. Bring your questions!
Learn more: www.cci.org

Dance Workshop: The Art of Leading From A Chair

Presented by: Roll Call Wheelchair Dance

Location: Events Arena

Dance for Everyone Event

This is a fun, informative workshop which will teach the art of leading a lady from a chair. The focus of the workshop will be to learn and adapt individual hand connections, positioning of the chair when dancing with a standing partner, and implementing the mechanisms needed to create movement while partner dancing. These basic skills and technique will empower the seated partner with confidence when dancing at a future wedding, social, or night club venue.
Learn more: www.rollcallwheelchairdance.org

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