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, April 29, 2022

11:45am – 12:45pm

Disability and Special Needs Planning Made Easy

Presented by: Andre Sam, Disability & Special Needs Project

Location: Workshop

Family planning for families with disabilities

Join us for an informative and educational workshop for family members with loved ones of all ages with physical and/or intellectual disabilities or special needs. The topics covered in this workshop include Guardianship & Alternatives to Guardianship, Microboards, Wills, Family Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, SSI, Social Security Retirement/Survivor Benefits, Social Security Disability, Medicaid/Medicare, ABLE Accounts, Budget Planning and Transition Planning. This workshop will explain why these disability and special needs planning documents are important to have and how they complement each other in an estate plan designed to protect yourself, your family and/or your loved one's current and future quality of life and care. Don't be afraid to plan, be afraid if you don't plan.

Learn more: https://projectdsnp.com

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Accessible Home Design: The Basics

Presented by: Wayne W. Broadfield, AIA, Associated Director of Architecture, 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

2:15pm – 3:15pm

Travel for the Wheelchair User? Yes, You Can!

Presented by: Kristy Lacroix, Wheelchair Escapes

Location: Workshop

Group Travel

Join Kristy Lacroix of Wheelchair Escapes as she shares from her 28 years of hands-on experience planning wheelchair travel for herself and travelers with disabilities. She will share travel tips, ideas, and advice to help you say, “I can do it!” so you can get out there and explore! Please bring your travel questions and concerns. Kristy wants you to leave this workshop knowing, that yes, you can travel the world!

Learn more: https://wheelchairescapes.com/

Saturday, April 30, 2022

11:45am – 12:45pm

Cannabis for Well Being

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

Location: Workshop

Cannabis Workshop

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 micro dosing 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

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Making Mindfulness Meaningful

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

Location: Workshop Area

Mindfulness Workshop

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.

2:15pm – 3:15pm

Strong Disabled and Independent

Presented by: Lauren “Lolo” Spencer, Actress, Model, Public Speaker, and Social Media Content Creator

Location: Workshop

Let's talk about women’s empowerment and independent living! Join Lauren "Lolo" Spencer for an in-depth discussion about the topics that matter to women. We'll talk about social life balance, dating and sex, parties, and extra-curricular activities, as well as accessible fashion. Finally we'll take a look at the importance of empowerment when it comes to independent living, covering the following topics - housing, finances, and transportation for women with disabilities.

Learn more: https://www.sittingprettylolo.com/
Spencer is a Film Independent Nominated Actress for her role as Tracy Holmes in the critically acclaimed and John Cassavetes Award Winning film Give Me Liberty. Watch the film’s trailer at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4169146/.

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Dating and Healthy Relationships for People with Disabilities

Presented by: Kathy O’Connell, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Director, Radiant Abilities, LLC

Location: Workshop Area

Dating and healthy relationships

Living in a society where people with disabilities are treated equally and fairly is the goal of any good organization. Dating and healthy relationships are rarely addressed in many groups – and can stifle the equality of people with disabilities as a result. If we want to see holistic success, we must address these elements. Many uncomfortable and harmful circumstances, stemming from people not having relationship skills, can arise. Sometimes in not knowing how to address such issues, they get swept under the rug. Imagine if you were told these feelings were wrong and should be avoided? There is a way to address the social and emotional challenges of dating and relationships for people with disabilities so they can expertly navigate them. This not only enhances relationship skills but also helps develop better boundaries, increases self-esteem and confidence, and improves mental health for pursuing goals.

Learn more: https://radiantabilities.com/

Sunday, May 1, 2022

1:00pm – 2:00pm

To Be Announced

Location: Workshop Area

 

2:15pm – 3:15pm

Adaptive and Accessible Yoga

Presented by: Jackie Gadd, Accessible Yoga Ambassador and Owner, BYOM Yoga

Location: Workshop Area

Adaptive and Accessible Yoga

This Adaptive and Accessible Yoga class will focus on mindfulness for those with developmental and physical disabilities. We will talk about developing good breathing habits, improving mind-body awareness, and encouraging movement for better circulation, improved metabolism, range of motion, and overall vitality. This practice is also beneficial for caregivers, family members, and friends of the “traditional” consumers for these classes, and all are welcome to participate. We have mostly seated instruction, but may do some standing poses, and address limited mobility challenges, but everyone should feel comfortable participating to their own challenge level.

Learn more: https://byomyoga.blogspot.com/

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