Access Disability Resources Virtually
The Abilities Virtual Experience is back to connect you with the disability-focused resources your need from the comfort of your living room. Thanks to all for the great feedback from the first virtual show. We kept everything you loved and improved on everything you didn't. So settle in for more engagement, more interactivity and more accessibility! Are you registered yet? It's free.
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Just like our in-person events, this virtual experience brings the inclusive FUN! Engage from home with wheelchair dance tutorials, adaptive fitness, yoga, service dog demos and more.
Must-See and Can't-Miss Virtual Experiences
There is just so much to see at the Virtual Experience. Here are a few opportunities you don't want to let pass you by.
Host Paul Amadeus Lane will conduct live interviews with CEOs, celebs and other movers and shakers in the disability community. There's entertainment, too, with hilarious comedians and jaw-dropping dance performances.
Ali Stroker, the first wheelchair user to win a Tony Award, and Chelsie Hill, founder of the world-famous Rollettes will talk about their experiences, challenges and how they are making their dreams happen.
Turning 30 is the perfect time to reflect on where we've been and where we are going. Meet one of the ADA's architects, disability activists, directors of the critically acclaimed film, Crip Camp, and more!
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Don't miss our life-enhancing exhibits, dynamic workshops and fun events for kids of all ages!
Who's Who at #AbilitiesVE
You asked more interactivity and more engagement. Your wish, our command! We jam-packed our line-up with live interviews and Q&As with actual stars from the disability community.
Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham
Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham is an extreme wheelchair athlete who performs tricks adapted from skateboarding and BMX. If you haven't seen him flipping and twisting through the air in his wheelchair, you have some YouTubing to do! Aaron will be interviewed to talk about his path to extreme sports and his passion to take his wheelchair to the next level performing backflips and many other tricks. Just click into the FCA Driveability virtual booth at 12:30 Pacific time on Friday, November 20.
This international disability rights champion, author and professional badass started fighting tooth and nail for the disability community back in the 70s and has not let up since. Her contribution to the passage and enforcement of disability rights legislation is highlighted in the critically acclaimed documentary, Crip Camp.
And speaking of badass, Imani is a disability rights and inclusion activist who uses her voice and social media platforms to create conversations engaging the disability community. You have probably used her popular hashtags: #PatientsAreNotFaking, #AbledsAreWeird and #ThingsDisabledPeopleKnow. Born with cerebral palsy, Imani often writes and uses her popular platform to speak from the perspective of a black woman with disabilities. Translation: She is bigotry's worst enemy.
A strong voice for the disability community, Alice is the Founder and Director of the Disability Visibility Project, an online community dedicated to creating, sharing and amplifying disability media and culture. In 2020, Alice was named by Time Magazine as one of 16 people fighting for equality in America. Her activism also landed her on the cover of the September issue of Vogue.
Paul Amadeus Lane
A radio personality, tech and entertainment vlogger, Abilities Expo ambassador and now host of #AbilitiesVE, Paul will take his audience on an online adventure through live interviews with activists, CEOs, celebs and more.
Ali's no stranger to making history. Her Broadway performance as 'Ado Annie' in Oklahoma! earned her a Tony Award, the first for a wheelchair user. She also starred in 12 episodes of the talent competition, The Glee Project, winning a guest role on Fox's Glee. Now she's sharing her journey at #AbilitiesVE as well as some secrets to her success.
One of the chief architects of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Lex will share his unique insights into crafting the legislation designed to open doors and level the playing field for the disability community.
Nic is a stand-up comedian known on six continents with a zillion TV and film credits to him name. He has also paved the way for aspiring filmmakers with disabilities the opportunity to showcase their work through the EasterSeals Disability Film Challenge. But you at #AbilitiesVE, it’s comedy and laughs all the way!
Santina Muha is a writer, actress, improviser, storyteller, comic and Jersey girl currently living and performing in Los Angeles. And now her comedy stylings are coming to #AbilitiesVE!
She’s an activist, disability advocate, inclusion specialist, and impact producer for the critically acclaimed documentary, Crip Camp. As the ADA has reach its milestone 30th year, she will share her expertise on where we can go from here.
This young woman is just crushing it. As the founder of the world-famous Rollettes dance team, she’s dedicated her life to dance and empowering women everywhere to to pursue their passions despite the obstacles in there way. Find out how she does it!
The CEO of Quantum Rehab and Pride Mobility leads the cutting-edge organizations responsible for everything from iLevel powerchairs to fold-and-go travel scooters. He’ll weigh in on the mobility industry and how he sees the technology developing for the future.
No Barriers to Abilities Virtual Experience 2
The Experience is WCAG compliant and accessible to all with built in accommodations for a wide range of disabilities. Likewise, attendees can engage with the platform through their desktop, laptop, tablet or phone.
All three #AbilitiesVE channels—Live Host, Workshops and Events—are all captioned and ASL-interpreted to ensure full accessibility for those with hearing disabilities.
From registration to virtual booths to live content, the Abilities Virtual Experience platform is screen reader friendly for our attendees who are blind or have low vision.
For the many attendees with upper limb dexterity issues that have difficulty operating a mouse, the platform is easily navigated with keyboard shortcuts.
Abilities Virtual Experience 2 How-to's
In case you have a few questions about how to make the most of your Abilities Virtual Experience, we will post helpful tips soon.
VE2 is accessible November 20-22, 24 hours a day on Friday at 9:00 am Pacific time. The live host, workshops and adaptive activities will be open from 9 am to 5 pm.
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