Atlanta Abilities Expo Event
Special Events make the total Abilities experience

Want to add an exciting new activity to your life? Abilities Expo showcases a wide range of special events that not only entertain, they also give you the opportunity to test your own skill and find out how you can become involved in the local Atlanta area.

  • Try a host of different adaptive sports
  • Discover some basic dance moves
  • Enjoy a fashion show with the latest adaptive styles
  • Learn to command assistance dogs
  • Experience the future of assistive technology today

Please note schedule and events are subject to change.

Special Events At-A-Glance
Click the title of the special event for a full description. Hands-on events which encourage attendee participation are marked with an asterisk (*). Our convenient planning tool will help you make the most of your experience.

Friday, November 6, 2009
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Adaptive Sports – Boccia*

1:30pm - 2:00pm              
Fashion Showcase

2:30pm - 3:00pm
David Lega presents "It's All About Being Better - Not the Best!"

3:30pm - 4:30pm              
Adaptive Sports – Track and Road Racing*

Saturday, November 7, 2009
10:30am - 11:00am           
Adaptive Aerobics*

11:00am - 12:00pm           
Assistance Dogs*

11:30am - 12:00pm           
The Right Wheels

12:30pm - 1:15pm             
Technology Showcase

12:30pm - 1:30pm             
Wheelchair Basketball*

1:30pm - 2:00pm              
Fashion Showcase

2:00pm - 3:00pm              
Dance Presentation and Basic Instruction by Full Radius Dance*

3:00pm - 3:30pm
Mary Anne Ehlert presents “The Gift I Was Given: The Journey of a Caregiver Through the Stages of What Now?, Why Me? & Ah Ha!”

3:00pm - 3:30pm
Table Tennis Demo with Swedish Champion David Lega*

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Power Soccer

Sunday, November 8, 2009
11:30am - 12:00pm           
Adaptive Aerobics*

12:00pm - 2:00pm            
Kids Activities*

12:30pm - 1:15pm             
Technology Showcase

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Origami Craft Time*

1:30pm - 2:00pm
Fashion Showcase

2:30pm - 3:00pm
Meet Ms. Wheelchair Georgia!


2:30pm - 3:30pm
Goal Ball and Beep Baseball*

Friday, November 6, 2009

12:30pm - 1:30pm:
Adaptive Sports – Boccia*

Local athletes will demonstrate Boccia, a sport specially designed for players with a severe degree of disability. It was refined from an ancient Greek ball tossing game by the Italians in the 16th century. Boccia is a test of muscle control, concentration and accuracy, and the game helps to increase hand-eye coordination. After the demo, try it out for yourself and learn more about how you can start playing on a regular basis.
Presented by BlazeSports

1:30pm - 2:00pm:
Dare to Change the World Fashion Showcase

Catch the latest fashion trends in adapted clothing from local and international designers! You’ll see beautiful and funky fashion trends from USA Jeans, AgApparel, Legawear and others—all worn by models with disabilities. Want to be a model? Apply online at www.chloemagazine.com.
Presented by Chloe Magazine

2:30pm - 3:00pm
David Lega presents "It's All About Being Better - Not the Best!"
David Lega shares his unique story of pushing boundaries to become a Paralympian, a speaker and an entrepreneur. Learn from David how you can develop and achieve more than you think is possible, according to your own abilities. 
Presented by David Lega, author "Hands Free", speaker and entrepreneur

3:30pm - 4:30pm:
Adaptive Sports – Track and Road Racing*

Track and field events are among the most popular and widely practiced events in disabled sports. Events at competitions range from the 100 meters through marathon, javelin, discuss and shot. Atlanta region athletes will demonstrate elements of track and road racing. Afterwards, attendees are invited to speak with athletes and try the activities for themselves.
Presented by BlazeSports

Saturday, November 7, 2009

10:30am - 11:00am:
Adaptive Aerobics

Come and join a fun and energetic aerobics class! This 30 minute demo is for individuals of all abilities and can be done either seated or standing. The class will feature a warm-up, cardiovascular/strength training portion and cool down and will be accompanied by upbeat music. Bring your work out shoes!
Presented by Pam Ferris, Adaptive Fitness Specialist, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

11:00am - 12:00pm:
Assistance Dogs Demo*

More than ever assistance dogs are meeting the needs of people with different disabilities. Meet several assistance dogs and their human partners. Watch them demonstrate the many ways they work together to achieve independence in various areas of their lives. Following the demo, join us to learn some of the basic commands for the dogs.
Presented by Georgia Canines for Independence

11:30am - 12:00pm:
The Right Wheels

Modern wheelchairs are highly advanced anf equipped with a huge array of options to meet your needs! Gary Karp, author of Life on Wheels will showcase some of the exciting products on display at Abilities Expo. Learn some core principles to be an effective partner with your therapist and dealer to be sure you get “The Right Wheels.” Find out what questions to ask so you can identify the best solution for you.
Presented by Gary Karp, author of Life on Wheels

12:30pm - 1:15pm:
Technology Showcase

Don't miss the Technology Showcase! This session features a wide array of assistive technologies that are currently available and those being developed. Get up close to the technology and see what it can do to improve daily living for people with disabilities.
Presented by Neurtechnology Network

12:30pm - 1:30pm:
Wheelchair Basketball*

Wheelchair basketball is based on basketball but designed for people in wheelchairs. The sport is open to boys and girls, men and women. More than 100,000 people in the U.S. play wheelchair basketball at some level! Watch a demo by local Atlanta team members and get the change to try out this sport for yourself.
Presented by BlazeSports

1:30pm - 2:00pm:
Dare to Change the World Fashion Showcase

Catch the latest fashion trends in adapted clothing from local and international designers! You’ll see beautiful and funky fashion trends from USA Jeans, AgApparel, Legawear and others—all worn by models with disabilities. Want to be a model? Apply online at www.chloemagazine.com.
Presented by Chloe Magazine

2:00pm - 3:00pm:
Dance Presentation and Basic Instruction by Full Radius

Full Radius Dance, one of only a handful of physically-integrated dance companies in the United States, will present several dance pieces. Comprised of dancers with and without physical disabilities, the company illustrates that inclusion in the performing arts creates power, beauty and inspiration. Want to dance yourself? Join us after the presentation for instruction in basic dance moves and partnering!
Presented by Full Radius Dance

3:00pm - 3:30pm
Mary Anne Ehlert presents “The Give I Was Given: The Journey of a Caregiver Through the Stages of What Now?, Why Me? & Ah Ha!”
All human beings possess the potential to make things better simply by passionately caring. Mary Anne Ehlert learned this attitude a long time ago by taking an active interest in the welfare of her younger sister, Marcia. Marcia was born with disabilities due to cerebral palsy, but she had a great sense of humor and love of life. Mary Anne found that her own life was as enriched by their close relationship. This led her to the realization that people need to feel needed, that people need to be independent, and that passion is the life force that has the power to drive us all.
A book signing follows.
Presented by Mary Anne Ehlert, author "The Gift I Was Given"

3:00pm - 3:30pm
Table Tennis Demo with Swedish Champion David Lega*

Swedish Table Tennis Champion David Lega will give lessons and demonstrate adaptive table tennis. This game is one of the most enjoyable sports on the Paralympic Games program. There are 5 wheelchair divisions and 5 standing disabled divisions. Stop by and learn from a champion!

3:30pm - 4:30pm:
Power Soccer

Watch and learn as the best local teams demonstrate and train attendees on the techniques of power wheelchair soccer.
Presented by U.S. Power Soccer Association

Sunday, November 8, 2009
11:30am - 12:00pm:
Adaptive Aerobics

Come and join a fun and energetic aerobics class! This 30 minute demo is for individuals of all abilities and can be done either seated or standing. The class will feature a warm-up, cardiovascular/strength training portion and cool down and will be accompanied by upbeat music. Bring your work out shoes!
Presented by Pam Ferris, Adaptive Fitness Specialist, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

12:00pm - 2:00pm:
Kids Activities*

Kids! Come out for some fun. Try a variety of adaptive sports including basketball, Nerf tennis, boccia and slalom through an obstacle course. There’s also a sports chair demo and a number of sports chairs to try out. Parents, we’ll have information on adaptive sports opportunities in the Atlanta area, too!
Presented by BlazeSports

12:30pm - 1:15pm:
Technology Showcase

Don't miss the Technology Showcase! This session features a wide array of assistive technologies that are currently available and those being developed. Get up close to the technology and see what it can do to improve daily living for people with disabilities.
Presented by Neurotechnology Network

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Origami Craft Time*
Join local artist Sachiko Kogure for fun with Origami, the Japanese art of paper crafting. It’s not as challenging as you may think and is a lot of fun to try. Learn simple mini-projects and discover how a few folds of paper can create a small work of art. Paper and supplies provided.
Presented by VSA Arts Georgia

1:30pm - 2:00pm:
Dare to Change the World Fashion Showcase

Catch the latest fashion trends in adapted clothing from local and international designers! You’ll see beautiful and funky fashion trends from USA Jeans, AgApparel, Legawear and others—all worn by models with disabilities. Want to be a model? Apply online at www.chloemagazine.com.
Presented by Chloe Magazine

2:30pm - 3:00pm
Meet Ms. Wheelchair Georgia!
Hear from and meet Ms. Wheelchair Georgia 2009, Kathleen Rice. Ms. Rice volunteers at various nursing homes and serves as an adult mentor to children with spina bifida. She has attended Brenau University and the University of West Georgia. She uses a wheelchair due to spina bifida and describes herself as sincere, passionate and outgoing.
Presented by Ms. Wheelchair America

2:30pm - 3:30pm:
Goal Ball and Beep Baseball*

Goal ball is a competitive sport played three-against-three, indoors on a gym floor—primarily by blind and visually impaired athletes. Players are blindfolded to make the game fair and its exciting play to watch. Then there’s the fun of beep baseball, the adaptive version of America’s favorite pastime. Also originally developed for athletes with visual impairments, blindfolds make the games fair as players dive onto the ground to stop a beeping ball and run full speed toward the sound of a buzzing base to score a run. Check out both of these cool sports during demos from 2:30 to 3:00pm followed by 30 minutes for attendees to try out the sports!
Presented by BlazeSports

 

 

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