Abilities Expo brings you thousands of game-changing products, services and technologies all under one roof. Regardless of the type and level of your disability, we strive to provide the resources you need to exceed your own expectations and thrive.
Abilities Expo is Coming to Phoenix!
We are thrilled to bring Abilities Expo to the disability community in the southwest. First, we’ll show you all the latest products, tech and game-changing opportunities. Next, you can attend informative workshops on issues that matter to you. Then you can try your hand at a host of different adaptive sports, dancing and fun. Abilities Expo is free, so join us and register today.
Attend free, info-packed workshops on issues that matter to you. Get tips on financial planning, making your home more accessible, traveling with a disability and how medical cannabis can help a variety of conditions. There's more, check it out!
Find your new favorite pastime at Abilities Expo! Try such inclusive activities as adaptive sports, dance, assistance animals and so much more for the kids of all ages! If something sparks your interest, you can find out how to engage year-round.
Must-See and Can't-Miss Expo Experiences
There is just so much to see and do at Abilities Expo. Here are a few opportunities you don't want to let pass you by.
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 AT for people of all abilities to experience hands-on.
Cheer on the eight wheelchair football teams from across the nation who will compete in the USA Wheelchair Football League inaugural tournament right on the show floor of the Expo.
On Saturday, September 11, you can create your own CD Coaster with recycled art instructor Samantha Feigenbaum! Samantha will be there all day, or as long as their supplies last.
Plan Your Visit to Abilities Expo
Don’t miss our life-enhancing exhibits, dynamic workshops and fun events for kids of all ages!
All Day, Every Day
Friday, September 10, 2021
Saturday, September 11, 2021
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Disability Services for Expo-goers
In our efforts to ensure a positive show experience, Abilities Expo endeavors to accommodate the disability community with a host of special show services including loaner scooters, sign language interpretation, free wheelchair, captioning services for the workshop and so much more!
For those who would like assistance in getting around the show, free loaner scooters are available during show hours on a first come, first served basis. Is your wheelchair in need of a tune-up? Look to the Free Wheelchair Repair Pavilion for minor maintenance.
American Sign Language interpretation services will be available for those need translation. Workshops will also offer CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) services where everything spoken by the presenter will be captioned on a large screen.
Large print versions of the exhibitor list and the events/workshops schedule will be available by request at the registration counters.
Assistance Animals Play Critical Role
Animals have become an intrinsic part of the disability community. Some are essential to the healing process, while others help their human partners become more independent.
All About Service Dogs
Presented by: Kristin Hartness, Canines for Disabled Kids
Friday, September 10: 12:00 - 12:45 pm Saturday, September 11: 11:15am - 12:00 pm
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.
Get in the Game with Adaptive Sports
The sidelines are no place for you so take your pick from a variety of interactive, adaptive sports. Not only will you get the blood pumping, improve fitness and build confidence, the fun factor is off the charts!
Adaptive Cheer/ParaCheer: Spirit Wolves
Presented by: Spirit Wolves: the 2021 US National Adaptive Abilities Team
Saturday, September 11: 4:15 – 4:45 pm Sunday, September 12: 1:00 – 1:45 pm
Discover the new sport of Adaptive Cheer/ParaCheer! Adaptive Cheer/ParaCheer brings two kinds of athletes together: those with disabilities—or "with limitations," according to USA Cheer—and those without. Cheerleading, by nature, pushes boundaries and questions limitations, and these athletes are doing just that, modifying stunts and adjusting routines to create something new. ParaCheer Spirit Wolves will showcase their skills with a demonstration, then it's your turn.
Presented by Steph Hammerman
Saturday, September 11: 12:15 – 12:45 pm Saturday, September 11: 3:00 – 4:00 pm Sunday, September 12: 11:45 am – 12:30 pm Sunday, September 12: 3:15 – 3:45 pm
The Staying Driven Fitness program is unique in the way we choose to cater to the specific needs of the adaptive and aging population. Our program merges top notch coaching with a supportive community to help everyday people achieve a greater fitness potential. This educational, interactive experience is available to the public regardless of age, location, abilities or skill level.
Presented by Brielle Carter, Ability360
Friday, September 10: 2:00 – 2:45 pm Saturday, September 11: 2:00 – 2:45 pm
The class incorporates both the Krankcycle and indoor cycling bike into one class. Kranking is an upper body and cardio workout. Indoor cycling is a lower body and cardio workout. Join us for the one of a kind class!
Presented by Kaitlyn Verfuerth and Miranda Vaughn, Ability360
Friday, September 10: 1:00 – 1:45 pm Friday, September 10: 4:00 – 4:45 pm Sunday, September 12: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Learn a new adaptive sport! A paddleball sport that combines elements of badminton, table tennis and tennis. Check out this fast-growing sport.
Presented by The Skate Connection
Saturday, September 11: 1:00 – 1:45 pm
The Skate Connection is committed to providing opportunities for people with and without disabilities to skateboard together and cultivate an integrated community deeply rooted in the love for skateboarding. At The Skate Connection, we don't create skateboarders or make friendships rather we just receive new members into our community and provide an authentic skateboarding experience so they may encounter the transforming love of skateboarding.
Presented by Christina Chambers, Ability360
Friday, September 10: 3:00 – 3:45 pm
This high intensity interval training type of work aims to yield the most benefits in a short amount of time. Join us for an adaptive workout of 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest in an interval format.
Presented by Move United
Friday, September 10: TBD
Saturday, September 11: TBD
Sunday, September 12: TBD
For the first time in history, the eight teams of the USA Wheelchair Football League will come together for an epic competition right on the show floor of Abilities Expo Phoenix. Since 2020, these passionate athletes have been building their skills in anticipation of this legendary contest. Join us on the sidelines to witness this high-energy, fast-paced tournament and learn how you, too, can get involved and empower others to excel both on and off the field through teamwork, dedication and resilience.
Directions | from the north (Flagstaff)
I-17 South to SR-101 Loop – Eastbound into Scottsdale. Take the Pima/Princess exit. Make a left at Bell Road (second light) Continue east on Bell Road. Turn right on 94 Street. Travel south to the WestWorld entrance.
Directions | from the south (Tucson)
I-10 to to Mesa, take exit 161 to AZ 202 East. Take exit 50 onto AZ 101North, stay to the left and take Exit 38. Continue straight, turn right on Westworld Road and follow it to the WestWorld entrance at the horse sculpture.
Directions | from the east (Globe)
US-60 (Superstition Freeway) West to SR-101 Loop, SR-101 North to Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. exit. Exit at Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.. Move to far right lane. Continue straight, crossing the Frank Lloyd Wright intersection; move to right lane. The entrance is ½ block from interssection. Turn right at large horse statue.
Directions | from the west (California)
I-10 East to SR-101 North (near Tolleson). Remain on SR 101 into Scottsdale. Take the Pima/Princess exit. Make a left at Bell Road (second light) Continue east on Bell Road. Turn right on 94 Street. Travel south to the WestWorld entrance. Follow signs to RV Check-In.
Parking is $10 per day.
Please note that WestWorld has 3 entrances. The Main entrance is located just north of Frank Lloyd Wright on the north bound access road of SR-101. The north entrance is at 94th Street and Bell Road. The McDowell Mountain Ranch entrance is only open during show season and special events. Call in advance if you have any questions.
Transpo to the Expo
Accessible, round-trip transportation from Ability360 to Abilities Expo will be provided free of charge to expo-goers.
Due to high demand and to ensure we can accommodate all passengers, please sign up for both departing and returning trips as soon as possible. The ride will take approximately 20 to 25 minutes each way.
Please arrive at Ability360 at 5025 E. Washington Street; Phoenix, AZ 85034 10 to 15 minutes in advance of your scheduled departure time.
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