New York Metro

May 3-5, 2024

New Jersey Convention & Expo Center

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

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Activities, Demonstrations, and Special Events!

Abilities Expo showcases a wide range of events so you can try sports and dance, discover ways to be fit, and connect to programs in the local area.

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

There's a lot to explore at Abilities Expo New York Metro! Check out the Exhibitors and Workshops!

* The dates, times, topics, and speakers for these events are subject to change without notice. The opinions presented at the events are those of the speakers and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Abilities Expo. Event content should not be considered as a replacement or substitute for the services of trained professionals in any field, including, but not limited to, financial, medical, or legal matters. We encourage you to seek the advice of professionals, as appropriate, regarding the evaluation of any specific information presented in these events.

All Day, Every Day

Assistive Technology Showcase

Presented by: Advancing Opportunities

Location: Booth # To Be Announced

Assistive Technology Showcase

Explore how assistive technology can help you or your loved ones bridge the gap between ability and disability! See and try a selection of assistive technology, with options for all disabilities. Ask questions and discuss recommendations to find the most appropriate technology for your abilities and needs. The AT Network at Ability Tools expands the accessibility of tools, resources and technology that will help increase independence, improve personal productivity, and enhance the quality of life for all Californians.

Learn more at abilitytools.org.

Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth

Presented by: Emergency Preparedness NYC and NJ and EAD & Associates

Location: Booth # To Be Announced

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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 at ready.gov/disability (federal resources) and eadassociates.com (regional resources).

Manual Wheelchair Skills for Everyone

Presented by: Empower Spinal Cord Injury

Location: Booth #753

Manual Wheelchair Skills for Everyone

What tricks do you use to get yourself off the ground? How are your curb-hopping skills? Are you able-bodied and want to learn some manual wheelchair skills? We can help! Brush up on old skills and learn new ones from others. The Manual Wheelchair Skills 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 at empowersci.org.

Friday, May 3, 2024

12:00pm – 12:45pm

All About Service Dogs

Presented by: Kristin Hartness, Executive Director, CDK

Location: Events Arena

All About Service Dogs

Service dogs can help you achieve more independence in your life. Assisting with all types of tasks, from picking up a cell phone to providing physical stability to counting money, and more! Service dogs are available for people with many different disabilities, including vision and hearing loss, mobility, Autism, and seizure/allergy alert. Learn about how one acquires a service dog, the support available to assist with covering the costs, and what to expect from your service dog provider organization.

Learn more at CDK's website.

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Adaptive Golf

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

Location: Events Arena

Adaptive Golf

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 at adaptivegolfers.org and watch a video about the journey of adaptive golf.

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Tennis for All!

Presented by: Presented by: Henry Viscardi School Wheelchair Tennis Program

Location: Events Arena

Tennis for All!

Come discover how tennis offers opportunities for anyone to play and enjoy the sport! Join us to try both wheelchair tennis and adaptive tennis. Learn how you can play wheelchair tennis in the NY metro region. All ages and abilities are welcome!

Learn more at henryviscardischool.org/for-students/clubs-and-activities.

Saturday, May 4, 2024

12:00pm – 12:30pm

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 of dancers, 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 at cmde.org.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

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

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 at http://www.danceinnovations.org/dipf and this video.

2:00pm - 2:30pm

To Be Announced!

Location: Events Arena

2:45pm – 3:45pm

Adapted Wheelchair Basketball

Presented by: Henry Viscardi School Wheelchair Basketball Program

Location: Events Arena

Adapted Wheelchair Basketball

Try adapted wheelchair basketball - a game 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 at henryviscardischool.org/for-students/clubs-and-activities.

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Dance-Based Exercise for Self-Care and Mindfulness

Presented by: ZCO/Dance Project

Location: Events Arena

Dance-Based Exercise for Self-Care and Mindfulness

Explore dance-based exercises that work on both cognitive and physical skills to replenish the body. Class participants will be guided on ways to break old habits, find new pathways, and discover their own movement conceptions. Open to people of all ability levels and presented by Zazel Chavah O'Garra, a professional dancer who has also experienced disability as a result of a benign brain tumor.

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

Sunday, May 5, 2024

12:00pm - 12:30pm

To Be Announced!

Location: Events Arena

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Tap-Dancing Hands Down

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

Location: Events Arena

Tap-Dancing Hands Down

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 at tapontap.org.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Michael Jackson Dance Program for Special Needs

Presented by: MJXpressions and Stefan Hercel, CEO and DDD NJ Provider

Location: Events Arena

Michael Jackson Dance Program for Special Needs

Students of all ages and all abilities will perform the most famous Michael Jackson dances from the Moonwalk to Thriller. All original choreography is taught by a professional Michael Jackson Tribute Artist. Come enjoy the performance and learn some of the most popular Michael Jackson dances of all time.

Learn more at mjxpressions.com/#programs.

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