New York Metro

May 1 - 3, 2020

New Jersey Convention & Expo Center

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

Register for Free

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, Every Day

Adaptive Climbing Wall

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

Sponsored by: Liberator Medical Supply, Inc.

Location: Booth #327

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

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 #140

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, 247

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 #111

Emergency Preparedness

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

Manual Wheelchair Skills for Everyone

Presented by: Empower Spinal Cord Injury

Location: Booth #753

Manual Wheelchair Skills Practice

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

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by: Ainsley's Angels of America

Location: Booth #963

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

Friday, May 3, 2019

12:00pm – 12:45pm

All About Service Dogs

Presented by: Kristin Hartness, Executive Director, Canines for Disabled Kids

Location: Events Arena

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- 1:30pm

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: www.freeplayersensemble.wixsite.com/website

2:00pm – 2:30pm

ABANJ Blind Athletes Demonstrate Goalball, Soccer, Beep Baseball, Golf and more!

Presented by: Association of Blind Athletes of New Jersey

Blind Athletes of New Jersey Sport Demonstration

Join the Association of Blind Athletes of New Jersey for demonstrations and opportunities to try blind sports!  Goalball, Soccer (5-a-side), Beep Baseball, and Golf will be available!  Join us for the fun!
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/BlindAthletesNJ/

3:00pm – 3:30pm

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, 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/

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Adaptive Golf Demonstration

Presented by: Gianna Rojas, The One Handed Lady Golfer, Founder of Adaptive Golfers

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: http://www.adaptivegolfers.org/

Saturday, May 4, 2019

11:15am – 11:45am

Wheelchair Basketball Demonstration

Presented by: The Henry Viscardi School

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Basketball

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

11:30am - 4:30pm

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.

12:00pm-12:45pm

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 

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Fast Feet NYC

Presented by: Fast Feet NYC

Location: Events Arena

Fast Feet NYC

Fast Feet NYC is committed to serving the special needs community by providing adaptive and inclusive running programs! Our event will include a 30 minute active session led by Fast Feet NYC's Suzie Clinchy, followed by a brief description and Q&A of our programming. Our active session will be designed to teach participants about a proper warm up, biomechanic drills to support coordination development, agility, and endurance training. We encourage all individuals and families to come join us for a fun and social adaptive running session!
Learn more: https://www.fastfeetnyc.com/our-vision/

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Micah Fowler

Presented by: Micah Fowler

Location: Events Arena

Micah Fowler

Meet actor Micah Fowler, star of ABC's Speechless, now in it's 3rd season, airing Friday nights at 8:30/7:30c. 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 head shot photos will also be available for purchase, $5.00, cash only.
Follow Micah at www.micahfowler.com and on Twitter and Instagram: @micahdfowler

3:00pm – 3:45pm

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

4:00pm-4:45pm

Special Needs Yoga

Presented by: The Connection

Location: Events Arena

Quad Rugby

Fun stretches and poses inspired by our favorite animals.  Poses are designed to engage the body, mind and spirit, while focusing on strength, balance, coordination, fine and gross motor skills, and body awareness. Modifications provided as needed.
More information: https://www.theconnectiononline.org 

Sunday, May 5, 2019

11:30am - 3:30pm

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.

11:45am – 12:30pm

Breaking Barriers Through Dance

Presented by: ZCO Dance Project

Location: Events Arena

ZCO Dance Project

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: http://www.zcodanceproject.com/

1:00pm-1:45pm

Power Wheelchair Hockey

Presented by: The Philadelphia Flyers

Power Wheelchair Hockey

The Philadelphia Flyers PowerPlay, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, is a power wheelchair floor hockey team based in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. We follow the rules and regulations of the United States Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association. We believe that competition and challenge are healthy and necessary for all people, regardless of ability. The Flyers PowerPlay provide a quality, well-organized recreational and social program within the community. Our emphasis is on teamwork, skill development, and fun. The team is open to all persons who are competent power wheelchair users. Learn more about the Philadelphia Flyers Powerplay on the About page.

2:00pm-2:30pm

Envision Dance Exchange Performance

Presented by: Envision Dance Exchange of Dance Innovations

Location: Events Arena

Envision Dance

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. Dancers create friendships, learn from one another, and have fun through movement. Following the performance, there will be a brief opportunity for questions regarding the company, opportunities to get involved, and a chance to join in the fun!

Learn more at www.danceinnovations.org/dipf or call 973-635-1205

2:45pm-3:30pm

ABANJ Blind Athletes Demonstrate Goalball, Soccer, Beep Baseball, Golf and more!

Presented by: Association of Blind Athletes of New Jersey

Blind Athletes of New Jersey Sport Demonstration

Join the Association of Blind Athletes of New Jersey for demonstrations and opportunities to try blind sports!  Goalball, Soccer (5-a-side), Beep Baseball, and Golf will be available!  Join us for the fun!
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/BlindAthletesNJ/

Pre-Register for Abilities Expo Today...It's Free!

Sign up for the Buzz stay in the know on disability news and info