New York Metro

APRIL 29-May 1, 2022

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

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.

All Day Activities

Adaptive Climbing Wall

Presented by: Coloplast

Location: Booth #745

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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

Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth

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

Location: Booth #701

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

Assistive Technology Showcase

Presented by: Advancing Opportunities

Location: Booth #143, 153

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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

Friday, October 1, 2021

12:00 – 12:45

Qigong Can Change Your Life!

Presented by: Frank Hanley, Owner of Sihing Frank, National Qigong Association (NQA) certified qigong instructor

Location: Events Arena

Qigong Can Change Your Life!

Qigong (pronounced chee gong) is a healthy practice that is easy to learn. Practicing qigong is simple, fun, and the benefits and results will amaze you.  If you're ready to find out how "Qigong Can Change Your Life!", join this interactive demonstration. Challenged by facioscapulohumeral (FSHD) Muscular Dystrophy all of his adult life, "Sihing" Frank Hanley will demonstrate the daily qigong routine that he uses to help combat the disease. He will demonstrate some simple qigong exercises that ANYONE can practice.  Come and learn how to strengthen your immune system, reduce stress, increase focus and concentration, improve breathing, balance and coordination.  Frank will share the qigong exercises that he uses to 'fight back' against the constant physical, mental and spiritual challenges of FSHD.
Learn more: www.sihingfrank.com

1:00 – 1:30

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 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

2:00 – 2:30

Drums Alive

Presented by: Ashley Field

Location: Events Arena

Drums Alive

Inclusive Cardio fitness drumming with fun music and movements adapted for ALL ABILITIES!!

3:00 – 3:30

GRP Adaptive Fitness workout

Presented by: The Garrison Redd Project and Move United
Location: Events Arena

GRP Adaptive Fitness workout

This workout is designed for individuals with limited mobility that may require a wheelchair or assistive device. We will focus on building core stability and upper body strength. We will do some banded exercise, such as band pull aparts, tricep extensions, banded curls, and banded rows.

Learn more: Thegarrisonreddproject.org or on Instagram @Thegarrisonreddproject

Saturday, October 2, 2021

11:15am – 11:45am

Drums Alive

Presented by: Ashley Field

Location: Events Arena

Drums Alive

Inclusive Cardio fitness drumming with fun music and movements adapted for ALL ABILITIES!!

12:15pm – 12:45pm

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 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

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Adapted Wheelchair Basketball

Presented by: Henry Viscardi School Wheelchair Basketball Program

Location: Events Arena

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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.

2:00pm – 2:45pm

Dancing Wheels Company Performance

Presented by: Dancing Wheels Company

Locations: Events Arena

Dancing Wheels Company Performance

If dance is an expression of the human spirit, then it is best expressed by people of all abilities. The Dancing Wheels Company will present works from our diverse repertory that unites the talents of dancers both with and without disabilities on stage. With a message of inclusion and accessibility, the Company will display the reach of artistic possibilities while celebrating the universal spirit of dance.
Learn more: https://dancingwheels.org

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Mary Six Rupert's Tap Dancing Hands Down®

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

Location: Events Arena

Mary Rupert tap dancing

TAP DANCING HANDS DOWN® is a trademarked system of teaching, choreographing and performing traditional tap dance technique using special gloves, with regulation taps attached, and tapping on a wooden board placed in the dancer's lap (or placed on a table.) The TAP DANCING HANDS DOWN® method uses generally accepted tap dance terminology. The class is structured like a standing tap dance class starting with warm-up exercises; single sounds progressing to multiple sounds; and, tap combinations that lead to fully choreographed dances. A wide variety of music is used including Broadway, pop, big band, 50's and more. When possible, a TAP DANCING HANDS DOWN® workshop culminates in a performance.

4:15pm – 4:45pm

Ability Fitness

Presented by: Ability Fitness

Location: Events Arena

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TBD

Sunday, October 3, 2021


11:45 – 12:30

Katie's Komets Wheelchair Basketball

Presented by: Beth Cooke, Katie's Komets

Location: Events Arena

Qigong Can Change Your Life!

Several of Katie's Komets basketball team will be coming to demonstrate wheelchair basketball skills, have a small scrimmage, and give you a chance to try out wheelchair basketball for yourself!

1:00 – 1:45

Qigong Can Change Your Life!

Presented by: Frank Hanley, Owner of Sihing Frank, National Qigong Association (NQA) certified qigong instructor

Location: Events Arena

Qigong Can Change Your Life!

Qigong (pronounced chee gong) is a healthy practice that is easy to learn. Practicing qigong is simple, fun, and the benefits and results will amaze you.  If you're ready to find out how "Qigong Can Change Your Life!", join this interactive demonstration.  
Challenged by facioscapulohumeral (FSHD) Muscular Dystrophy all of his adult life, "Sihing" Frank Hanley will demonstrate the daily qigong routine that he uses to help combat the disease. He will demonstrate some simple qigong exercises that ANYONE can practice.  Come and learn how to strengthen your immune system, reduce stress, increase focus and concentration, improve breathing, balance and coordination.  Frank will share the qigong exercises that he uses to 'fight back' against the constant physical, mental and spiritual challenges of FSHD.
Learn more: www.sihingfrank.com

2:00 – 2:30

Never Miss a Chance to Dance

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

Location: Events Arena

Never Miss a Chance to Dance

This event will start with a live performance choreographed by Artistic Director Susan M. Coutts and featuring the members of Envision Dance Exchange (EDE). After the show audience participation and interaction with the dancers will be offered (& encouraged) so that EVERYONE has a chance to join in the fun. Join EDE as it awakens the spirit of dance in everyone! Dance Innovations & EDE is proud to once again be a part of the Abilities Expo and look forward to seeing you all there!
See us here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvTInYBLWqs

2:45pm - 3:30pm

Drums Alive

Presented by: Ashley Field

Location: Events Arena

Drums Alive

Inclusive Cardio fitness drumming with fun music and movements adapted for ALL ABILITIES!!

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