New York Metro

May 5-7, 2023

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 the 2022 Abilities Expo line-up.

Check back 3 months out to find out what's in store for 2023.

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!

All events take place in the Auti Angel Events Arena unless otherwise noted.

* 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: Coloplast and Mark Wellman, No Limits

Location: Booth #645

Adaptive Climbing Wall

Discover adaptive climbing! This sport is open to people of ALL abilities! There is no better person to learn adaptive climbing from than Mark Wellman of No Limits. Mark has a spinal cord injury (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. Plus, 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: https://www.nolimitstahoe.com/

Assistive Technology Showcase

Presented by: Advancing Opportunities

Location: Booth #133

Advancing Opportunities

Explore how assistive technology can help you or your loved ones bridge the gap between ability and disability! The AT Showcase features an array of assistive technology for people of all disabilities to try. Staff are available to offer suggestions and share their extensive knowledge to help determine the most appropriate technology match for your abilities and needs. 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 offer free hands-on demonstrations of technology and tools throughout the show. From low-tech tips to advice about sophisticated software, we can help you find solutions!

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

Free COVID-19 Vaccines

Free COVID-19 Vaccines

Administered by: Ambulnz / MD1 Medicalcare PC, NJ

Sponsored by: New Jersey Department of Health and New Jersey Office of Emergency Management

Location: Booth #1303

Advancing Opportunities

Free COVID-19 vaccines are sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management and will be administered in booth #1303. Interested attendees will have the opportunity to select from Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines to receive their initial or booster COVID shots. Attendees are recommended to bring their current vaccine cards, but it is not mandatory. There will also ample information about the vaccines themselves as well as where individuals can receive follow-up shots locally.

Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth

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

Location: Booth #331

Adaptive Climbing Wall

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

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Booth #953

Ainsley's Angels

Test drive the Ainsley's Angels athletic ride-along experience! This experience is 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: https://www.ainsleysangels.org/

TheStrokeChannel.TV Support Group Sessions

Presented by: The StrokeChannel.TV

Location: Booth #721

Adaptive Climbing Wall

Hosted by Emmy Award winning TV host, motivational speaker & stroke survivor, Christopher Ewing, these daily support groups are designed to provide helpful information, as well as an opportunity to connect with others who may have a physical or mental challenge. To register for these sessions, visit  http://www.thestrokechannel.tv/.

Stroke Support Group
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 am
Strokes can happen at any age, sometimes without warning. This support group session is for stroke survivors to be able to discuss
with other stroke survivors some of the challenges, as well as the breakthroughs, they have experienced on their path towards
recovery. This session is also open to those who would like to learn more about the signs and risks of stroke.

Caregivers Support Group
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 1:30pm
Caregivers need support, too. This support group session is open to all caregivers, so if you are a caregiver for someone who suffers
from stroke, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's, Autism, a spinal cord injury, or any physical or mental challenge, then this support
group is for you!

Open Support Group
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 3:00pm
This support group session is for anyone dealing with a physical or mental challenge who would like to have an open forum and discuss any of the challenges they may be facing, share any of their triumphs, or offer words of encouragement and advice to others!

All About Service Dogs

Presented by: Kristin Hartness, Canines for Disabled Kids

Location: Events Arena

All About Service Dogs

Discover how service dogs are meeting the needs of people with different disabilities. Learn how 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 people with different disabilities, 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

Adaptive Drums Alive

Presented by: Ashley Field, Adaptive Drums Alive

Location: Events Arena

Drums Alive

Drums Alive uses music and movement to create a fitness experience that is accessible to everyone! This class is designed to fit everyone, no matter your ability, level, or age. All Adaptive Drums Alive classes are designed as a safe space for any human to be 100% themselves and have a blast with those around them! Presenter Ashley Field will provide tips and tricks to help you adapt the class to be successful for you. Bring a water bottle and be prepared to maybe sweat a little. Most important - get ready to have some fun!
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/ashley.field.79

Every Body Dance!

Presented by: Center for Modern Dance

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: https://cmde.org/

Dance-Based Exercise for Self-Care and Mindfulness

Presented by: ZCO/Dance Project

Location: Events Arena

Dance-Based Exercise for Self-Care and Mindfulness

The ZCO/Dance Project Self-Care Dancing Mindfulness Workshop will connect you to dance-based exercises which work on cognitive and physical skills to replenish the body. Class participants will be guided to break old habits, find new pathways, and discover their own movement conceptions.

Learn more: https://www.zcodanceproject.com/

All About Service Dogs

Presented by: Kristin Hartness, Canines for Disabled Kids

Location: Events Area

All About Service Dogs

Discover how service dogs are meeting the needs of people with different disabilities. Learn how 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 people with different disabilities, 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

Tap-Dancing Hands Down

Presented by Mary Six Rupert and Tap: On Tap - An All Abilities Tap Ensemble

Location: Events Arena

Tap Dancing

Experience all-abilities tap dancing! Learn how Tap-Dancing Hands Down works. Join in by tapping with the performers using your own abilities. Next, divide into groups to learn and have fun with “follow-ups” and “call and response” (standard tap-dancing skills). There will be a challenge between a tap dancer and a dancer using Tap Dancing Hands Down. The Tap: On Tap Dance Company conclude with a performance combining Tap-Dancing Hands Down with traditional tap dancing.

Learn more: https://www.tapontap.org

Adaptive Golf

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

Location: Events Arena

Katies Komets Wheelchair Basketball

The game of Golf provides a wonderful recreation opportunity for all. But Golf is so much more than just a leisure game or a sport. It can be a therapeutic activity for individuals with different (not dis-) ABILITIES. Adaptive Golf means understanding how to apply one's own ABILITIES to enjoy Golf by making modifications (big or small) to how the game is learned, swing techniques, equipment used, and the delivery of instruction to allow an individual to play golf to their fullest potential. Come try the sport at this interactive demo!

Learn more! Visit adaptivegolfers.org and watch a video about Gianna's journey in adaptive golf.

Adaptive Drums Alive

Presented by: Ashley Field, Adaptive Drums Alive

Location: Events Arena

Drums Alive! Adaptive Drumming

Drums Alive uses music and movement to create a fitness experience that is accessible to everyone! This class is designed to fit everyone, no matter your ability, level, or age. All Adaptive Drums Alive classes are designed as a safe space for any human to be 100% themselves and have a blast with those around them! Presenter Ashley Field will provide tips and tricks to help you adapt the class to be successful for you. Bring a water bottle and be prepared to maybe sweat a little. Most important - get ready to have some fun!
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/ashley.field.79

Introduction to Adaptive Track and Field

Presented by: Matthew Kelly, Coach, North Jersey Navigators, USATF Coach - Level 1 and Move United

Location: Events Arena

Introduction to Adaptive Track and Field

Discover how adaptive athletes compete in Track and Field, including the equipment used for seated athletes such as a racing wheelchair and seated field chair. Attendees will be able to try equipment and learn about the sport's classification process as well as local training and competition opportunities.

Learn more! Visit navigatorsadaptivesports.com.

Meet Two-Time Paralympian and Wheelchair Curler Steve Emt!

Presented by: Move United and USA Curling

Location: Events Arena

Meet Two-Time Paralympian and Wheelchair Curler Steve Emt!

Two-time Paralympian Steve Emt, who has represented Team USA at the past two Winter Paralympic Games as part of the wheelchair curling team, will talk about the sport, his Paralympic experience, and "You D.E.C.I.D.E.", the 6-step plan that he uses (and that anyone can use) to excel in their life and become their own hero. Steve will inspire you to become a better version of yourself using these steps: Determine, Educate, Create, Implement, Don't Ever Give Up, and Evaluate.

Learn more! Visit moveunitedsport.org/, steveemt.com/, and usacurling.org/.

Adapted Wheelchair Basketball

Presented by: Henry Viscardi School Wheelchair Basketball Program

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Basketball

Come try out some adapted wheelchair basketball! The game is built so anyone can play! The Adapted Wheelchair Basketball Program was created to afford 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 structured to allow each child to be as independent as possible while playing wheelchair basketball. The program allows children with disabilities to have fun and enjoy themselves. The program teaches the players to respect each other's individual needs and limitations as well as providing guidance for learning individual skills, team skills and good sportsmanship. Our goal is to encourage individuality, heighten self-esteem and provide a safe environment for each basketball player involved.

Learn more: https://www.henryviscardischool.org/for-students/clubs-and-activities/.

Never Miss a Chance to Dance

Presented by: Envision Dance Exchange (EDE) and Artistic Director, Susan M. Coutts

Location: Events Arena

Envision Dance

Enjoy a live dance performance by the members of Envision Dance Exchange and choreographed by Artistic Director Susan M. Coutts. Then it's your chance to participate! Join the dancers and discover their spirit of dance! Dance Innovations and Envision Dance Exchange is proud to once again be a part of the Abilities Expo and look forward to seeing you all there! Get a sneak peak of the dancers in this video.

Learn more: Dance Innovations Performance Foundation

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