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, Every Day

Adaptive Climbing Wall

Presented by: Coloplast and Mark Wellman, No Limits

Location: Booth #745

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 #143

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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

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/

Friday, April 29, 2022

12:00pm – 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 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

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Qigong Can Change Your Life!

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

Location: Events Arena

Qigong

Qigong (pronounced "chee gone", hear it pronounced at on Youtube, is a healthy practice that is easy to learn. Practicing qigong is simple and fun. 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 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: https://www.sihingfrank.com/

2:00pm – 2:30pm

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/

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Adaptive Fitness Workout

Presented by: The Garrison Redd Project (GRP) and Move United

Location: Events Arena

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. Try banded exercises, such as band pull-a-parts, tricep extensions, banded curls, and banded rows. Discover how adaptive fitness can create opportunities to improve your independence.

Learn more: https://www.thegarrisonreddproject.org/ and https://www.moveunitedsport.org/

Saturday, April 30, 2022

12:00pm – 12:30pm

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

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

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/, Facebook

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Wheelchair Basketball with Katie's Komets

Presented by Beth Cooke, Katie's Komets

Location: Events Arena

Katies Komets Wheelchair Basketball

Come watch and try wheelchair basketball. Members of the Katie's Komets wheelchair basketball team will demonstrate basic wheelchair basketball skills, play a small scrimmage game, and give you a chance to try out wheelchair basketball for yourself!

Learn more: http://www.katieskomets.org/

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Drums Alive!

Presented by Ashley Field

Location: Events Arena

Drums Alive! Adaptive Drumming

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

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Event to be announced

Location: Events Arena

12:00pm - 12:30pm

Episodes of the Soul by ZCO Dance

Presented by Zazel O’Garra and ZCO Dance Project

Location: Events Arena

Episodes of the Soul by ZCO Dance

Join us for a live performance of “Episodes of the Soul” by ZCO Dance. ZCO Dance Project is a physically integrated dance company dedicated to the ​integration and inclusion of people with disabilities in dance and society. Founded by Zazel-Chavah O’Garra, the goal of these dancers is to create performances that are witty, soulful, intelligent, powerful, and intriguing. An exciting opportunity to watch a contemporary dance performance and try some dance moves for yourself!

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

Sunday, May 1, 2022

1:00pm - 1:30pm

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/.

2:00pm - 2:30pm

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 – featuring members of Envision Dance Exchange (EDE) 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 & EDE is proud to once again be a part of the Abilities Expo and look forward to seeing you all there!

Learn more: Youtube

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