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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Friday, October 1, 2021

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Hierarchy of Power Wheelchair Drive Controls: Maximizing Access and Independence

Presented by: Jay Doherty, OTR, ATP/SMS, Quantum Rehab

Junior ballroom, 1st floor

Hierarchy of Power Wheelchair Drive Controls: Maximizing Access and Independence

There are many considerations to make when assessing an individual for power mobility use. The decisions made will impact not only the individual's mobility, but also how they reposition themselves, interact socially, and access their environment. With so many options for drive controls on the market today, how does the assistive technology professional choose a device when the standard joystick is not an option?

This course is designed to introduce the participants to the wide array of specialty controls available on the market and provide insight on the clinical decision-making process of drive control choice. The course will include case studies and a hands-on component for participants to assess the various alternative drive control options.

The session is complimentary, but registration is required. Attendees can earn .4 CEUs. For more information, click here.

 

11:45 – 12:45

Sharing Your Story: Top Ten Tips

Presented by: Cindy Kolbe, Author of Struggling with Serendipity, Disability Advocate/Mentor

Location: Workshop

Share your Story

Stories can be powerful ways to amplify our voices. Would you like to tell your story to your friends–or with the wider world? Author Cindy Kolbe discusses valuable tips and innovative resources to shine a light on your writing. Cindy's 2019 memoir will soon be a second edition, and a movie version is in the works! She expanded her storytelling skills using different media. Tapping into social media? Starting a blog? Hoping to sell an article? Dreaming of signing your own book at your favorite bookstore? In this workshop, you'll learn about new online resources to support your personal goals. Workshop participants will receive a free Share Your Story Guide. More information: www.strugglingwithserendipity.com

1:00 – 2:00

Accessible Memories: Defying Limits One Destination at a Time

Presented by: Kristy Durso, Owner, Incredible Memories Travel

Location: Workshop

Accessible Memories

Join me as we discuss different areas of special needs travel: physical disabilities, cognitive disabilities, food allergies, hearing and visual disabilities. Having developed both a resort accessibility evaluation and a special needs education program for the 6,000+ agents in one of America's top host agencies, I am dedicated to finding and working with partners in the industry willing to defy limitations to create a more accessible world. Whether near and far, adventurous or relaxed, I believe travel is empowering, and should be experienced by all, not just the able-bodied. Join me as we defy limits and open up the world of travel to all.

2:30 – 3:30

Accessible Home Design

Presented by: Wayne W. Broadfield, Paralyzed Veterans of America

Location: Workshop

Accessible Home Design

Can I retrofit my master bathroom to include a spacious roll-in shower? What must I do to install an elevator in my two-story home? How can my flower garden be made more accessible? Who should I hire to make sure my home renovation project will fit my needs? Accessible Home Design: The Basics will address improving the accessibility in each specific area of a home, as well as what you need to know before taking on a renovation project. Whether it's a new accessible residence or retrofitting your existing home, information will be presented with real examples and case studies. Subject matter will include entering your home; residential elevators and lifts, kitchen design, bathrooms and plumbing fixtures, doors, windows, outdoor areas and gardens, and much more.
Learn More: http://www.pva.org/
Twitter: @PVA1946
Facebook: @ParalyzedVeterans
Instagram: @pva1946

3:45 – 4:45

How to Pay for Everything You See Today. Come Fundraise with Help Hope Live!

Presented by: Sonny Mullen & Kelly Green, Help Hope Live

Location: Workshop

How to Pay for Everything You See Today

Help Hope Live wants to help you fundraise for everything you see at the Abilities Expo, from power chairs to adaptive bikes. Come to our workshop to hear more about how we work closely with our Abilities Expo partners to get our clients on their way to independence!
Learn more: www.helphopelive.org 

Saturday, October 2, 2021

11:45 – 12:45

Let's Get Moving: Closing the Gap for Adults with Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities

Presented by: Gillian Christian, PT, DPT, Chief Operating Officer (COO); Myrna Alcy, MOT, OTR/L, Chief Financial Officer (CFO); Crystal Mendez-Covington, MOT, OTR/L, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)

Location: Workshop

Closing the Gap for Adults with Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities

An estimated 7.37 million people in the US had some form of intellectual or developmental disability in 2016 (Larson et al., 2018). According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children and adults with mobility limitations and intellectual or learning disabilities are at greatest risk for obesity. We will discuss the following: limited access to health and fitness activities, the barriers that affect this population, the importance of exercise/movement, the suggested regimen and provide examples of simple, yet effective activities to improve movement.

1:00 – 2:00

Making Mindfulness Meaningful

Presented by: Jay Gupta, RPh, MTM Consultant, C-IAYT & Terry Gupta, MSW, C-IAYT, YACEP, E-RYT500

Location: Workshop

Making Mindfulness Meaningful

The following workshop is presented by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and is geared toward anyone who lives with paralysis from disease, injury or birth condition and their loved ones. Learn more at www.christopherreeve.org

Using mindfulness, science says we have the power to effect beneficial brain changes, gene expression and chemical cascades that that can affect our blood pressure, heart rate, blood glucose, and cholesterol, as well our experience of stress, anxiety, depression, pain, sleep quality and PTSD. We will review the mindfulness  research, including research specific to persons with paralysis, discuss how to use mindfulness capsules to enhance health-related quality of life for persons with paralysis, their caregivers and healthcare professionals, as well as provide an experiential mindfulness capsule to add to your daily routines.

2:30 – 3:30

Insights from Moms: Support for Our Kids Through Challenges

Presented by: Cindy Kolbe, Author of Struggling with Serendipity, Disability Advocate/Mentor

Location: Workshop

Support for Our Kids Through Challenges

Is parenting easy? Rarely. If you add a disability to the mix, the challenges multiply. Parents navigate caregiving, medical care, supplies, access, finances, and so much more. In this workshop, Cindy Kolbe shares the insights of many moms from across the country who have struggled to find the best way to support their kids with a disability. Cindy is a Reeve peer mentor for other moms, and she writes about what she learned from her teenager with a C6-7 spinal cord injury. Cindy's book will soon be a second edition, and a movie version is in the works. Ellen Ladau, mom of Emily Ladau (author of Demystifying Disability), will join Cindy to share her thoughts on supporting kids with a disability. Do you know about all the great resources for parents of kids with a disability? Don't miss this opportunity to hear valuable insights from veteran moms!

3:45 – 4:45

Travel for the Wheelchair User? Yes You Can!

Presented by: Kristy Lacroix, Wheelchair Escapes

Location: Workshop

Travel for the Wheelchair User? Yes You Can!

Please join Kristy as she shares her 28 years of hands-on wheelchair travel experiences. She will share travel tips, ideas and advice to help you say I can do it! and get out there and explore the world. Please bring your travel questions and concerns. Kristy wants you to leave knowing, yes you can.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

11:45 – 12:45

Cannabis for Well Being

Presented by: Jade Sancho-Duser, The Social Impact Center

Location: Workshop

Cannabis for Well Being

Recent studies have affirmed that humans have been exploring ways of balancing the bodies for millennia. Homeostasis has always been our body's goal. Through the advancement of science and research of the cannabis plant, we have learned that homeostasis is easily achieved with the support of cannabis. From physical and mental exercise to maintaining a healthy diet, we've all explored ways of elevating our well-being. What if a plant could help your body achieve homeostasis naturally? Did you know your body has a vast pain alleviating network known as the endocannabinoid system? What if your diet and exercise routine could be amplified with microdosing cannabis? We invite you to join us, the Social Impact Center, as we explore an ancient medicine rooted in the present in this 1 hour informational workshop that explores the benefits of cannabinoid medicine.
Learn more: https://www.thesocialimpactcenter.org

1:00 – 2:00

How to Navigate through Social Media

Presented by: Conner Lundius, Director of Outreach & Social Media, Rollettes Los Angeles

Location: Workshop

How to Navigate through Social Media

Feeling lost on social media? Don't know how or what to post to promote yourself or your brand? Conner Lundius, Director of Outreach and Social Media for the Rollettes Los Angeles will take you through different social media platforms and ways to leverage those platforms for your brand.

2:30 – 3:30

NJ ABLE: Achieving a Better Life Experience

Presented by: Ursula Baker, Information and Referral Services Unit Supervisor, New Jersey Division of Disability Services

Location: Workshop

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In this presentation, the New Jersey Division of Disability Services (DDS) will provide an overview of NJ ABLE. Attendees will learn valuable information about the benefits of opening an NJ ABLE account. With NJ ABLE, qualified individuals with disabilities can save for disability-related expenses in tax advantaged savings accounts without risking eligibility for critical assistance programs like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. Allowable disability-related expenses are not limited to medical necessity and can include: education, housing, transportation, personal support services, and more. Informational handouts will also be provided.

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