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

FREE workshops! Plan your Abilities Expo experience today!

Sommers Roth & ElmalehAbilities Expo presents a program of carefully selected free workshops to connect attendees with community experts. The Workshop Area is sponsored by Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, a prestigious law firm with more than four decades of experience in helping the victims of medical malpractice. All sessions:

- Focus on a wide range of topics including travel, home access, therapies, research, and practical how-to content. 
- Are broad in nature with applicable content for people with many different types of disabilities.
- Are educational and objective. They are not intended to promote a specific product, resource, or service.

There's no need to register - just arrive early to get your seat!

There is so much more happening at Abilities Expo! Check out the FREE Events for demonstrations of adaptive sports, dancing, assistance dogs, face painting – 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, January 19, 2018

11:45am – 12:45pm

Accessible Travel: A World of Possibilities

Advancing Accessible Design

Presented by: Keith Rashid, National Manager - Recreation, Assistive Travel and Transportation, March of Dimes Canada

Location: Workshop #1

Would you like to travel the country or the world, but believe you cannot because of your disability? At this workshop you will learn that travel by air, sea and car is a real option for you. Discover how to plan your trip as a person with a disability, including what to expect form hotels, rental car companies, cruise lines and the airlines. Learn about the common challenges people with disabilities face while traveling, methods for addressing them and what the law requires. Attendees will receive recommendations for disability-friendly destinations and accessible travel resources. Be sure to bring your pressing questions and a list of places you'd like to visit.

Learn more: www.marchofdimes.ca/EN/programs/recreation

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Advancing Accessible Design

Presented by: Samantha Proulx, C.E.T., Accessibility Consultant, Jensen Hughes Consulting Canada Ltd.

Location: Workshop #1

Advancing Accessible Design

This session will shed light on the advancement of accessible design in Ontario and among other Provinces across Canada, as well discuss the upcoming release of the proposed Canadians with Disabilities Act, and what that document may entail with regards to the built environment. As this seminar takes place in the Province of Ontario, there will be a focus on the Accessibility for Ontarian with Disabilities Act (AODA) and how it relates back to the Ontario Building Code (OBC). Furthermore, this session will touch upon some of the major barrier-free design requirements currently outlined in the 2012 Ontario Building Code, the intent of such design requirements, and how we as Province can easily continue to remove barriers from the built environment. Learn more at: www.jensenhughes.com/canada.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Service Dog 101

Presented by: Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides

Location: Workshop #2

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

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Chronic Pain: Resources, Services and Support

Presented by: Tiffany Kummer, CEO and Founder, CRPS/RSD Foundation

Location: Workshop #1

Chronic Pain: Resources, Services and Support

This presentation will offer tips for those living with chronic pain. Discover steps you can take on your own, today, to gain some of your life back from pain. Find out how you can connect with others in the chronic pain community and how to access resources and services. From traditional approaches to alternative therapies, much is available with the potential to lower your pain. Learn more at crpsrsdfoundation.ca.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Hearing Loss: Signs, Causes, and Solutions

Presented by: Rex Banks, Au.D., Reg. CASLPO, Doctor of Audiology

Location: Workshop #2

Hearing Loss: Signs, Causes, and Solutions

Hearing loss frequently goes unnoticed. Because it happens gradually, many people are in denial. When people have hearing loss they often stop communicating and withdraw from family, friends and social situations because they can't understand what is being said. Hearing loss can also lead to illness and physical issues. Discover how you can recognize the signs of hearing loss. Learn about the causes and find out how assistive technology and available services can provide support. Learn more at http://hearinghealthcare.chs.ca/about-hearing-loss.

3:45pm – 4:45pm

How Medical Cannabis Can Help People with Disabilities

Presented by: Marko Ivancicevic, Vice President, Green Valley Wellness
Location: Workshop #2

How Medical Cannabis Can Help People with Disabilities

Discover medical cannabis and how it can be an important option for people with disabilities. Attendees at this session will learn more about the health benefits, dosing options, legal considerations and how you can access medical cannabis where you live. This workshop is designed to be interactive and will include time for questions and answers. Learn more at www.gvwellness.ca.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

11:45am – 12:45pm

How to Select the Right Accessible Vehicle for You

Presented by: Lloyd Updike, National Sales Manager-Canada, BraunAbility

Location: Workshop #1

How to Select the Right Accessible Vehicle for You

Does the process of purchasing adaptive equipment for a vehicle leave you feeling challenged and frustrated? Consumers and related healthcare professionals alike are invited to join us to learn the tips to successfully navigating the purchase of vans and accessible modifications. This workshop will cover such topics as what solutions are available and where to find them, key terminology, the shopping and evaluation process, funding options and much more. Following the session attendees are invited for a hands-on van demo at BraunAbility's Booth #303.

11:45am – 12:45pm

Respite Care to Support the Entire Family

Presented by: Debbie Sutherland and Shelley Neal, M.Ed, Co-Founders, rEcess Kingsway

Location: Workshop #2

Respite Care

Learn more about respite care, what it is and why it is important to families experiencing disability. Respite care fosters communities of belonging and normalcy. The presenters will share how respite impacts the lives of children with disabilities, their siblings, their parents, and the volunteers providing care. Discover how you can find respite care and the many benefits this type of break can bring to the entire family. 
Learn more: http://www.kingswaybaptist.ca/home/connecting/children/recess

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Open Your World with Accessible Travel

Presented by: John Morris, Founder, WheelchairTravel.org

Location: Workshop #1

Open Your World with Accessible Travel

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 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 nearly one million miles flown with a wheelchair. You will leave this workshop with inspiration for your next vacation and tips to make accessible travel enjoyable for all, including your friends, family members and caregivers. Read more about traveling with a disability at www.wheelchairtravel.org.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

How Medical Cannabis Can Help People with Disabilities

Presented by: Marko Ivancicevic, Vice President, Green Valley Wellness
Location: Workshop #2

How Medical Cannabis Can Help People with Disabilities

Discover medical cannabis and how it can be an important option for people with disabilities. Attendees at this session will learn more about the health benefits, dosing options, legal considerations and how you can access medical cannabis where you live. This workshop is designed to be interactive and will include time for questions and answers. Learn more at www.gvwellness.ca.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Exoskeletons Update: Medical Benefits and What's New in the Industry

Presented by: Mitch Brogan, Founder, Able Bionics Foundation and Chairman, Board of Directors, Bridging Bionics

Location: Workshop #1

Exoskeletons Update: Medical Benefits and What's New in the Industry

Industry expert Mitch Brogan joins us to discuss the medical benefits of walking in an exoskeleton and the current state of the exoskeleton industry. Discover the profound impact these technologies have had on the lives of individuals with mobility impairments. Find out what is happening in the industry with the various exoskeleton manufacturers, products, features, developments. Learn more at www.ablebionics.com and http://bridgingbionics.org.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Pediatric Therapies, Activities and Resources

Presented by: Michelle Haney, PT, MSPT, Director, Euro-Peds National Center for Intensive Pediatric Physical Therapy

Location: Workshop #2

Pediatric Therapies, Activities and Resources

This workshop is about promoting optimal physical function and mobility, which enables children with neuromuscular disorders to reach their full potential! Explore several specialized pediatric therapy programs, activities and resources that can benefit children with gross motor challenges such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, genetic syndromes and other developmental delays. Euro-Peds Intensive physical therapy, conductive education, and therapeutic bike riding along with their health, emotional and psychological benefits will be some of the topics covered during this enlightening workshop. Many videos, case studies and research, and take-home materials for further exploration will also be shared. Presented by the Director of Euro-Peds National Center - America's pioneer of intensive pediatric physical therapy. Learn more at www.euro-peds.org.

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Service Dog 101

Presented by: Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides

Location: Workshop #1

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

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Home Access Decisions: Modify Or Move?

Presented by: Jeffrey Kerr, Broker, Barrier Free Real Estate Specialist, RE/MAX Unique Inc., Brokerage

Location: Workshop #2

Home Access Decisions: Modify Or Move?

Eventually every homeowner asks the question is it better to modify or move? This question is often asked after a life changing accident, illness or because of a progressive disability. The same question is also asked by older adults facing mobility challenges. Can they stay in the home they love, or do they need to move to another home that is accessible? Jeffrey Kerr is a Barrier Free Real Estate Specialist with RE/MAX Unique in Toronto. He has over 18 years of experience helping clients decide if it's better to modify or move. He will share his experiences and insights into helping individuals and families of all ages. Learn more at www.AccessibleHomeFinder.com.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

11:45am – 12:45pm

How to Select the Right Accessible Vehicle for You

Presented by: Lloyd Updike, National Sales Manager-Canada, BraunAbility

Location: Workshop #1

How to Select the Right Accessible Vehicle for You

Does the process of purchasing adaptive equipment for a vehicle leave you feeling challenged and frustrated? Consumers and related healthcare professionals alike are invited to join us to learn the tips to successfully navigating the purchase of vans and accessible modifications. This workshop will cover such topics as what solutions are available and where to find them, key terminology, the shopping and evaluation process, funding options and much more. Following the session attendees are invited for a hands-on van demo at BraunAbility's Booth #303.

11:45am – 12:45pm

Medical Errors and Disabilities: What You Need To Know

Presented by: Michael Hershkop, Lawyer (Medical Malpractice), Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, P.C., Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Location: Workshop #2

Medical Errors and Disabilities: What You Need To Know

Many Canadians are injured by preventable medical events ranging from cerebral palsy due to birth injury to amputation and brain damage from infection. These lifelong disabilities can be devastating both physically and financially. Unfortunately, many people are never told that their condition was preventable or that they could be entitled to life-changing compensation to afford therapies, equipment, caregivers, home accessibility modifications and accessible vehicles. This presentation will provide information and raise awareness about medical malpractice litigation. Attendees will get an overview of personal injury and medical malpractice lawsuits and will learn about: the basic steps in a typical case; deadlines for starting a lawsuit; the trial and settlement process; and practical tips on choosing the right lawyer. This presentation will be helpful for anyone whose impairments may have been caused by medical negligence, and their families.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Open Your World with Accessible Travel

Presented by: John Morris, Founder, WheelchairTravel.org

Location: Workshop #1

Open Your World with Accessible Travel

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 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 nearly one million miles flown with a wheelchair. You will leave this workshop with inspiration for your next vacation and tips to make accessible travel enjoyable for all, including your friends, family members and caregivers. Read more about traveling with a disability at www.wheelchairtravel.org.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Collaborative Intensive Therapy: Making It Fun and Functional

Presented by: Taylor DeValk, PT, DPT, Director of Development, CI Pediatric Therapy Centers

Location: Workshop #2

Collaborative Intensive Therapy: Making It Fun and Functional

The intensive model of therapy offers great promise for children with certain disabilities to achieve functional gains. This presentation will highlight how the intensive model of therapy can be incorporated into a collaborative, individualized, and play-based approach. Attendees will learn about how occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech and language therapists work together to provide a unique treatment experience for the client, as well as the family. Clients with neuromuscular challenges, undergoing orthopedic rehabilitation, or those who have reached a plateau with traditional therapy models are ideal candidates for this therapy approach. Efficacy and research will be provided behind the rationale and different types of intensive therapy models available. Video demonstrations of treatment methods and case studies with outcomes will be presented. Learn more at www.citherapies.com.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Home Access Decisions: Modify Or Move?

Presented by: Jeffrey Kerr, Broker, Barrier Free Real Estate Specialist, RE/MAX Unique Inc., Brokerage

Location: Workshop #1

Home Access Decisions: Modify Or Move?

Eventually every homeowner asks the question is it better to modify or move? This question is often asked after a life changing accident, illness or because of a progressive disability. The same question is also asked by older adults facing mobility challenges. Can they stay in the home they love, or do they need to move to another home that is accessible? Jeffrey Kerr is a Barrier Free Real Estate Specialist with RE/MAX Unique in Toronto. He has over 18 years of experience helping clients decide if it's better to modify or move. He will share his experiences and insights into helping individuals and families of all ages. Learn more at www.AccessibleHomeFinder.com.

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