Phoenix

SEPTEMBER 9-11, 2022

Westworld of Scottsdale

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

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FREE workshops!

Plan your Abilities Expo experience today!

Take advantage of Free Workshops that focus on everything from tips for traveling with a disability and the accessible homes to how you can get the best accessible vehicle. Discover how both dogs and monkeys help people be more independent. Parents – take a break and enjoy two great sessions for parents of kids with special needs – both filled with laughs and ideas for thriving, not just surviving, as the parent of a child with special needs. Plus there’s information about assistive devices, clinical trials, and emergency preparedness.

Workshops are FREE! All attendees are welcome – you don’t need to register or sign up in advance. Just arrive early to the workshop to make sure you can get a seat!

There is so much more happening at Abilities Expo! Be sure to check out the FREE Events for demonstrations of adaptive sports, dancing, assistance dogs, horse therapy – and more. Most events include time for attendees to participate!

Professionals:

  • Certificates of participation are available for all workshops. Please see the Accessibility Help Desk following each workshop for your certificate. (Please note there are no CEU approved courses at this year’s Abilities Expo).

* Dates and times of workshops are subject to change without notice. The opinions presented at the workshops are those of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Abilities Expo. Workshop content should not be considered as a replacement or substitute for the services of trained professionals in any field, including, but not limited to, financial, medical or legal matters. We encourage you to seek the advice of professionals, as appropriate, regarding the evaluation of any specific information presented in these workshops.

Friday, September 10, 2021

11:45 – 12:45

Accessible Home Design

Presented by: Mark Thompson, Paralyzed Veterans of America

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

1:00 - 2:00

City Limitless - Accessible travel in Mesa, Arizona

Presented by: Alison Brooks, Director of Destination Experience & Advocacy, for Visit Mesa

Location: Workshop

Accessible travel in Arizona

Our goal of becoming the most accessible city for tourism - becoming the first Autism Certified City in the world! In this workshop we will give an autism travel overview in Mesa (offerings, what to expect), an overview of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program, and look at planning your trip (landing page & feature a few offerings at specific attractions/hotels). We'll also look to the future for Mesa and other cities with time for Q&A at the end!

2:30 – 3:30

Driving Freedom: "Roadmap to the Mobility Process"

Presented by: Lenny M. Ovadia, Ability Center of Phoenix

Location: Workshop

Driving Freedom: "Roadmap to the Mobility Process"

For people who use wheelchairs, for caregivers and people who just need some assistance. From hand controls, lifts and adaptive equipment to lowered floor conversions and more… this workshop will be an overview of products and processes designed to make your life easier along with answering some common questions: "How much do they cost?", "Are there any forms of financial assistance?", "Can they convert my vehicle?" "How can I get hand controls?"…etc.

3:45 – 4:45

4 Keys to Maintain Sexual Intimacy after an Injury*

*This workshop is intended for attendees over the age of 18*

Presented by: Kendra Garcia, @TheOTStrategist
Location: Workshop

4 Keys to Maintain Sexual Intimacy after an Injury

Sex is an important and meaningful part of a relationship.  There are many myths and misconceptions when it comes to sex and disability.

Sex and Disability tends to be a taboo area for many able-bodied people and is rarely discussed in the same sentence.  As a result, more than 50% of disabled people do not have any form of a regular sex life.

Let's talk about sex!

Saturday, September 11, 2021

11:45 – 12:45

Accessible Travel Adventures with Sylvia Longmire

Accessible Travel Adventures with Sylvia Longmire

Location: Workshop

Accessible Travel Adventures with Sylvia Longmire

Join Sylvia Longmire as she shares accessible travel tips and tricks to make your next adventure as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. She will also share fun and engaging stories as a solo wheelchair traveler, taken from her new book, What Happened to You. Sylvia will sign copies of her book at the expo.
Learn more: http://www.spintheglobe.net 

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: Workshops

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.

3:45 – 4:45

Cannabis for Well Being

Presented by: Mskindness B. Ramirez, 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

Sunday, September 12, 2021

11:45 – 12:45

Open Your World with Accessible Travel: Tales from the Road with Disabled Globetrotter John Morris

Presented by: John Morris, Founder, WheelchairTravel.org

Location: Workshop

Open Your World with Accessible Travel: Tales from the Road with Disabled Globetrotter John Morris

The world is more accessible than ever, and the travel industry is beginning to recognize that wheelchair users and people with disabilities want to explore it too! This workshop will provide you with information and tools to plan and prepare for an accessible vacation, opening your world to new experiences and possibilities. Come prepared to participate in an accessible travel Q&A with the presenter, who will bring firsthand knowledge from more than one million miles flown with his power wheelchair. You will leave this workshop with inspiration for your next vacation and tips to make accessible travel enjoyable for everyone, including your friends, family members and caregivers.
Learn more: www.wheelchairtravel.org

1:00 – 2:00

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

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

Come Fundraise with Help Hope Live!

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 

2:30 – 3:30

Dealing with Difficulties Getting the Equipment You Need

Presented by: Mickae Lee, NCART

Location: Workshop

Dealing with Difficulties Getting the Equipment You Need

Getting the assistive equipment you or a loved one needs can be challenging. This can be especially true for individuals who depend on Complex Rehab Technology (CRT). Join Mickae Lee, Associate Director at NCART, to discuss common obstacles faced when searching and submitting for needed medical equipment, learn about resources available to support you in ensuring access to what you need, and ask any questions you may have about the process involved. 
Learn more: https://www.ncart.us

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