• Toronto Abilities Expo
    Toronto
    April 5-7, 2019
    The International Centre, Hall 5
    Fri. 11am-5pm | Sat. 11am-5pm | Sun 11am-4pm

Activities and demos make the total Abilities experience

Here's what we did in 2018. Stay tuned for 2019!

Please check back three months
before the Expo for the new schedule.

Sommers Roth & ElmalehWant to add some exciting new activities to your life? Abilities Expo showcases a wide range of events that not only entertain you - they also give you the opportunity to try new things, expand your interests and discover ways to be more involved in the Greater Toronto Area. The Events Arena is sponsored by Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, a prestigious law firm with more than four decades of experience in helping the victims of medical malpractice.

  • Try a variety of adaptive sports
  • Transform your face at the face painters
  • Learn how to work with assistance dogs
  • Break out your dancing wheels

There's a lot going on at Abilities Expo! Be sure to also check out the Free Workshops.

* Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. The opinions presented are those of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Abilities Expo. 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 events.

Friday, January 19, 2018

11:00am – 5:00pm

ParaSport Ontario Try Me Area

Presented by: ParaSport Ontario

Location: Booth #167-169

ParaSport® Ontario runs programs with the belief that sport can make a difference in the everyday lives of people and that those with physical disabilities should have the opportunity to access those benefits. At the Try Me Activity Area attendees can explore adaptive sport-specific equipment, try adaptive sports, discover more about the athlete development program and meet Paralympic athletes. A schedule of athlete meet and greet times is available here.
Learn more: www.parasportontario.ca

12:00pm – 12:15pm

Auti Angel Opens Abilities Expo Toronto, Live with CTV Toronto!

Location: Events Arena

Auti Angel Dancing

Dynamic dancer Auti Angel, star of Sundance Channel's "Push Girls" and Abilities Expo Dancebassador will open 2018 Abilities Expo Toronto live with CTV Toronto! Auti, the pioneer of wheelchair Hip-Hop dancing, has danced with "Straight Outta Compton's" Eazy-E & N.W.A. along with LL Cool J and Ludacris … just to name a few. Her biggest joy comes from dancing with others who also have awesome unique abilities. Be there to dance with Auti for the cameras!! Learn more: Follow her journey on social media! @autiangel

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Wheelchair Basketball

Presented by: Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, exciting, physically demanding, and strategic sport. It is highly developed in Ontario, boasting more participation than any other wheelchair sport. Not surprisingly, wheelchair basketball is one of the most popular spectator sports at the Paralympic Games. this sport is designed for athletes who have a physical disability that prevents running, jumping and pivoting. Many of the same rules from able-bodied basketball apply in the wheelchair game and the plays and strategies are similar. Not all athletes who play wheelchair basketball require the use of a wheelchair for daily life.
Learn more: www.owsa.ca

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Auti Angel's FreeStyle Dance Workshop

Presented by: Auti Angel, Abilities Expo "Dancebassador", star of Sundance Channel's Push Girls

Location: Events Arena

Auti Angel's FreeStyle Dance Workshop

Dance with Auti Angel - star of Sundance Channel's Push Girls, Abilities Expo Dancebassador and Chairles Angel! Auti, the pioneer of wheelchair Hip-Hop dancing, has danced with "Straight Outta Compton's" Eazy-E & N.W.A. along with LL Cool J and Ludacris … just to name a few. Her biggest job comes from dancing with others who also have awesome unique abilities. Join her for the dance party of the show.
Learn more: www.autiangel.net, www.autiangel.com, @autiangel and @chairlies_angels

2:45pm – 3:15pm

Sitting Volleyball

Presented by: ParaSport Ontario

Location: Events Arena

Sitting volleyball is played by men and women who typically have leg amputations on a court that is smaller and a net that is smaller than traditional volleyball courts. In addition, all players must have contact with the floor whenever they are on the defensive side of the ball. This event includes both demonstration and attendee participation.
Learn more: www.parasportontario.ca

3:30pm – 4:15pm

Curling

Presented by: ParaSport Ontario

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair curling is a unique sport that can be played by a wide range of ability levels and ages. Unlike many traditional adapted sports that require a substantial amount of physical ability, strength and endurance, wheelchair curling is a stationary sport that requires less physical exertion. The World Curling Federation has established classification guidelines and eligibility criteria with focus on individuals who are non-ambulant or can only walk short distances. This includes athletes with significant impairments in lower leg/gait function, such as spinal injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis or double leg amputation, who use a wheelchair for daily mobility. While classification rules are in place to promote a level field of play at World Championship and Paralympic play, the sport can be played recreationally by athletes of varying ability levels.
Learn more: www.parasportontario.ca

4:15pm – 4:45pm

Boccia

Presented by: ParaSport Ontario

Location: Events Arena

Boccia

Discover Boccia - a game of skill and strategy that is extremely versatile and inclusive. The sport is played by throwing a ball towards a target. It can be played indoors or outdoors on a hard, flat surface, in either individual or team play, recreationally or competitively, and up to the Paralympic level. With assistive devices, boccia can be played by anyone, with any ability. This event includes both demonstration and attendee participation.
Learn more: www.parasportontario.ca

Saturday, January 20, 2018

11:00am – 5:00pm

ParaSport Ontario Try Me Area

Presented by: ParaSport Ontario

Location: Booth #167-169

ParaSport® Ontario runs programs with the belief that sport can make a difference in the everyday lives of people and that those with physical disabilities should have the opportunity to access those benefits. At the Try Me Activity Area attendees can explore adaptive sport-specific equipment, try adaptive sports, discover more about the athlete development program and meet Paralympic athletes. A schedule of athlete meet and greet times is available here.
Learn more: www.parasportontario.ca

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Wheelchair Rugby

Presented by: Quadzillas Wheelchair Rugby Team

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair rugby has often been described as a combination of football, hockey and basketball in a wheelchair. Any individual with impairments in three or more extremities may be eligible to play. This may include, but not limited to: spinal cord injury, post polio and cerebral palsy. Wheelchair rugby is played with four players on a team on a basketball court. The main message of quad rugby is "Smashing Stereotypes One Hit at a Time" and the sport has proven to be a life changer for those who start playing it.
Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/Quadzillas

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Face Painting

Provided by: Clowns at Party California

Location: Near Events Arena

Face Painting

Face, arm and hand painting are fun ways for children to dress up - no costume required! Kids delight in this opportunity to transform. Painting is complimentary and paints are approved professional face paints that will wash off with water. The line for face painting closes 30 minutes prior to the 3:00pm.
Learn more: www.clownsatpartycalifornia.com

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Electric Wheelchair Hockey

Presented by: Canadian Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association

Location: Events Arena

Electric Wheelchair Hockey

Wheelchair Hockey provides the opportunity for individuals with physical disabilities to play recreational floor hockey. The sport is open to men and women who use power wheelchairs and have limited upper body strength and/or mobility. In addition to enjoyment of the sport and playing on a competitive level, the sport fosters a social environment and new friendships.
Learn more: http://toronto.cewha.ca

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Auti Angel's FreeStyle Dance Workshop

Presented by: Auti Angel, Abilities Expo "Dancebassador", star of Sundance Channel's Push Girls

Location: Events Arena

Auti Angel's FreeStyle Dance Workshop

Dance with Auti Angel - star of Sundance Channel's Push Girls, Abilities Expo Dancebassador and Chairles Angel! Auti, the pioneer of wheelchair Hip-Hop dancing, has danced with "Straight Outta Compton's" Eazy-E & N.W.A. along with LL Cool J and Ludacris … just to name a few. Her biggest job comes from dancing with others who also have awesome unique abilities. Join her for the dance party of the show.
Learn more: www.autiangel.net, www.autiangel.com, @autiangel and @chairlies_angels

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Wheelchair Tennis

Presented by: Limitless Guelph

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Tennis

The beauty of wheelchair tennis is that you can play with your able-bodied family and friends as well as other wheelchair players. Under the rules of tennis the wheelchair players are permitted two bounces and the able bodied players one but when you are practicing you can play to your own rules to suit the standard of the players on the court. People of any age, environment, condition or ability are invited to enjoy the game, recreationally and competitively. Wheelchair Tennis is one of the world's most popular wheelchair sports!
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/GuelphLimitless

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Wheelchair Basketball

Presented by: ParaSport Ontario

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, exciting, physically demanding, and strategic sport. It is highly developed in Ontario, boasting more participation than any other wheelchair sport. Not surprisingly, wheelchair basketball is one of the most popular spectator sports at the Paralympic Games. this sport is designed for athletes who have a physical disability that prevents running, jumping and pivoting. Many of the same rules from able-bodied basketball apply in the wheelchair game and the plays and strategies are similar. Not all athletes who play wheelchair basketball require the use of a wheelchair for daily life.
Learn more: to www.parasportontario.ca

Sunday, January 21, 2018

11:00am – 4:00pm

ParaSport Ontario Try Me Area

Presented by: ParaSport Ontario

Location: Booth #167-169

ParaSport® Ontario runs programs with the belief that sport can make a difference in the everyday lives of people and that those with physical disabilities should have the opportunity to access those benefits. At the Try Me Activity Area attendees can explore adaptive sport-specific equipment, try adaptive sports, discover more about the athlete development program and meet Paralympic athletes. A schedule of athlete meet and greet times is available here.
Learn more: www.parasportontario.ca

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Wheelchair Dancing

Presented by: Wheel Dance

Location: Events Arena

Wheelchair Dancing

Wheelchair dancing is a fun, social and therapeutic activity. Wheel Dance, the hub for social and competitive wheelchair ballroom and Latin dance in Canada, will demonstrate the excitement of ballroom dance with several performances. Then it's your turn to join them on the dance floor for a mini lesson. All abilities are welcome! Wheelchair dancing crosses the boundaries of age, gender, and ability, includes manual and power wheelchair users, and conveys many benefits to dancers.
Learn more: www.wheeldance.ca

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Face Painting

Provided by: Clowns at Party California

Location: Next to Events Arena

Face Painting

Face, arm and hand painting are fun ways for children to dress up - no costume required! Kids delight in this opportunity to transform. Painting is complimentary and paints are approved professional face paints that will wash off with water. The line for face painting closes 30 minutes prior to the 3:00pm.
Learn more: www.clownsatpartycalifornia.com

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Sledge Hockey

Presented by: ParaSport Ontario

Location: Events Arena

Sledge Hockey

Sledge Hockey is fast-paced, highly physical sport played by male and female athletes having a physical disability in the lower part of the body including amputees, spina bifida, cerebral palsy and other conditions. It was invented in Sweden in the early 1960s by a group of people with disabilities. The sport is similar to ice hockey with the exception of modifications to the equipment and the use of the sleds. The sport is normally played on ice but sleds with wheels will be used for this demo.
Learn more: www.parasportontario.ca

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Auti Angel's FreeStyle Dance Workshop

Presented by: Auti Angel, Abilities Expo "Dancebassador", star of Sundance Channel's Push Girls

Location: Events Arena

Auti Angel's FreeStyle Dance Workshop

Dance with Auti Angel - star of Sundance Channel's Push Girls, Abilities Expo Dancebassador and Chairles Angel! Auti, the pioneer of wheelchair Hip-Hop dancing, has danced with "Straight Outta Compton's" Eazy-E & N.W.A. along with LL Cool J and Ludacris … just to name a few. Her biggest job comes from dancing with others who also have awesome unique abilities. Join her for the dance party of the show.
Online: www.autiangel.net, www.autiangel.com, @autiangel and @chairlies_angels

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Service Dog Demonstration

Presented by: Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides

Location: Events Arena

Discover how service dogs are meeting the needs of people with many different disabilities. A service dog will be on hand to demonstrate how dogs work to achieve independence in various areas of people's lives – from picking up a cell phone to providing physical stability, even counting money! Find out how these dogs can help with many different types of disability, including vision and hearing loss, mobility, autism and seizure/allergy alert. Learn how funding works to acquire a dog and what to expect from your service dog provider organization. Bring your questions!

Online: www.dogguides.com

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