Atlanta Abilities Expo Event
FREE Workshops! Plan your Abilities Expo experience today!

Take advantage of fun and informative that focus on everything from tips for traveling with a disability and home modifications to the steps to getting the best accessible vehicle.

  • Learn about the benefits of having an assistance dog. You’ll even see a canine companion in action!
  • Meet Gary Karp, author of the popular book Disability and the Art of Kissing!
  • Ask questions about the ADA and its implementation, and learn how to be sure you are prepared for an emergency.
  • And much more!

 Workshops are FREE and there’s no need to register. Just arrive early to get your seat!

Professionals: Certificates of participation are available. Please see the conference registration desk following each workshop.

Please note sessions are subject to change without notice.

Workshop Schedule At A Glance
Click the title of the session for a full description and information about the presenters. Our convenient planning tool will help you make the most of your workshop experience.

Friday, November 6, 2009
12:00pm - 1:00pm            
Making Your Home More Accessible
Interviewing and When to Disclose

1:30pm - 2:30pm              
Sex on Wheels, Disability and the Art of Kissing
Separating Fact from Fiction – ADA Myth Busters

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Exercise for Anyone with a Disability
Emergency Preparedness

Saturday, November 7, 2009
11:00am - 12:00pm           
Comprehensive Vehicle Solution

12:00pm - 1:00pm            
Interviewing and When to Disclose

12:30pm - 1:30pm            
Travel Made Easy - Tips for People with Disabilities

1:30pm - 2:30pm              
Separating Fact from Fiction – ADA Myth Busters

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Fun and Games: Sports and Recreation for Persons with Physical Disabilities

3:00pm - 4:00pm              
Emergency Preparedness

3:30pm - 4:30pm
What to Wear

Sunday, November 8, 2009

11:30am - 12:30pm
All About Assistance Dogs

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Never Underestimate a Child: Using Intensive Physical Therapy to Teach New Skills

Friday, November 6, 2009
12:00pm - 1:00pm:
Making Your Home More Accessible


Learn how to modify your home to make it more accessible and user-friendly. This session includes a brief overview of the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. The speakers will also talk about the most important areas of the home and frequently asked questions relating to doors, bathrooms. kitchens and ramps. Finally a panel of local presenters will review the costs and the ways that you can obtain funds to complete your modifications.  The session concludes a question and answer period.

Meet the presenters:
Jack Noa, President, Handicap Solutions
Ruth Rust, Home Modification Coordinator, FODAC
Ronald Pounds, Disability Housing Coordinator, Department of Community Affairs
Lynnette Bragg, President, B and B Care Services
Hillary Elliot, Home Modification Coordinator, disABILITY LINK

12:00pm - 1:00pm:
Interviewing and When to Disclose

Attendees at this session will gain guidance on applying for employment as a person with a disability. The session will review topics such as preparing for the interview and professional image and communications. The presenter will also discuss various concerns related to disclosing your disability including the benefits and risks of disclosing as well as when and how to disclose. Your rights as an applicant with a disability will also be shared.

About the speaker Nancy Duncan:
As executive director of Disability Resource Group for more than fourteen years, Nancy Duncan conducts workshops across Georgia and consults with many businesses on disability issues. She serves as member of the state-wide “Transition from School to Work” task force and is on the advisory board for “Jobs for All.” A person with a disability, Ms. Duncan has worked in the disability field for almost thirty years in a variety of contexts.

1:30pm - 2:30pm:
Sex on Wheels, Disability and the Art of Kissing
True intimacy, growthful relationships and deep sensual experience are absolutely available to people with disabilities, regardless of impairment. In this workshop, we will affirm the innate need and ability to love and be loved in the context of disability. Learn to separate what is about disability and what is about human relationships and their inevitable complexities. Recognize the natural components of adjustment and grief which follow a traumatic loss which impacts sexuality. This informative and frank look at sexuality in the context of disability will shed light on the real nature of pleasure, personal connection and partnership between people who trust and love one another.

Presented by Gary Karp, Internationally Recognized Public Speaker, Corporate Trainer, Author and Journalist, Author of Disability & The Art of Kissing

** Please note this session is geared toward a mature audience.

1:30pm - 2:30pm:
Separating Fact from Fiction – The ADA Myth Busters

You've got a burning question about the Americans with Disabilities Act and don't know where to turn. Many times, it is difficult to separate fact from fiction. Our panel of experts is ready to answer your questions and point you in the right direction.  Come join us for an informative and interactive session shaped by your questions.

About the Speakers:
Shelley Kaplan is the Project Director for the Southeast ADA Resource Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has more than 28 years of rehabilitation experience with a specialty in assistive technology.

Pamela Williamson is the Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the Southeast ADA Resource Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Therapy from Georgia Southern University. Pamela has been associated with people with disabilities both personally and professionally for more than 30 years.

Linda Priest is CEO of ADA Consulting Services and provides a wide range of assistance to those with obligations and protections under the ADA. She also provides ADA technical assistance for the Southeast ADA Center and served as Georgia’s State ADA Coordinator.

Nadine O. Vogel is President of Springboard Consulting LLC. Springboard is dedicated to providing businesses with innovative, revenue-generating marketing strategies as well as internal productivity/retention strategies (Diversity/Work-Life) that both target and support the one third of the U.S. population that either has a disability or has a child or other dependent with special needs.

3:00pm - 4:00pm:
Exercise for Anyone with a Disability

Exercise should be an important part of everyone’s lives, but sometimes it is hard to find a time or a place to do so. Come and find out why it is important to have physical activity in your everyday life and how to overcome certain obstacles that may be in your way. Demonstrations will be held and participation is optional. 

About the speaker Pamela Ferris:
Pam Ferris graduated from East Carolina University in 2006 with a degree as a Health and Fitness Specialist. She has been working in the fitness field for 3 years and is currently an adaptive fitness specialist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in Chicago, IL.

3:00pm - 4:00pm:
Emergency Preparedness

Are you prepared for an emergency, whether a major one or something smaller at your local level? At this session participants will learn how to develop their own plan for an emergency situation, including incidents such as storms, pandemics, and terror attacks. You will also learn how to get involved in your community to help plan overall preparedness and response for people with disabilities at the local level.

About the speaker Nancy Duncan:
As executive director of Disability Resource Group for more than fourteen years, Ms. Duncan conducts workshops across Georgia and is a technical assistance consultant for a National Disabilities Law hotline. She has directed the Emergency Preparedness for all projects in the 13 counties of coastal Georgia. A person with a disability, Ms. Duncan has worked in the disability field for almost thirty years in a variety of contexts.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

11:00am - 12:00pm:
Comprehensive Vehicle Solutions

Are you looking for a solution to your vehicle mobility needs? This presentation will assist individuals in understanding the unique process involved with evaluating their capabilities, and selecting and purchasing an automotive transportation solution. Ideal for first-time buyers, you will learn how to identify the key players in the process and gain valuable resources for available options. The speaker will also review the different solution categories of wheelchair accessible vehicles, seating systems, wheelchair and scooter lift options and steering controls.

About the speaker Dave Hubbard:
Dave Hubbard is the CEO of NMEDA, the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. NMEDA advocates and supports excellence in providing safe, reliable vehicles and modifications to enhance accessibility for people with disabilities.

12:00pm - 1:00pm:
Interviewing and When to Disclose

Attendees at this session will gain guidance on applying for employment as a person with a disability. The session will review topics such as preparing for the interview and professional image and communications. The presenter will also discuss various concerns related to disclosing your disability including the benefits and risks of disclosing as well as when and how to disclose. Your rights as an applicant with a disability will also be shared.

About the speaker Nancy Duncan:
As executive director of Disability Resource Group for more than fourteen years, Nancy Duncan conducts workshops across Georgia and consults with many businesses on disability issues. She serves as member of the state-wide “Transition from School to Work” task force and is on the advisory board for “Jobs for All.” A person with a disability, Ms. Duncan has worked in the disability field for almost thirty years in a variety of contexts.

12:30pm - 1:30pm:
Travel Made Easy - Tips for People with Disabilities
Discover how to expand your life with travel to new places! This workshop will provide you with specific details and how-to’s to make traveling more successful and enjoyable. Attendees will receive detailed recommendations for accessible travel by air, sea and car. Learn what to expect from hotels, rental car companies, cruise lines and the airlines. We will examine the challenges of traveling, methods for addressing them and the current provisions required by the law. The presentation also includes recommendations for disability-friendly destinations!

Presented by Jani Nayar, The Society of Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH)

1:30pm - 2:30pm:
Separating Fact from Fiction – The ADA Myth Busters

You've got a burning question about the Americans with Disabilities Act and don't know where to turn.  Many times, it is difficult to separate fact from fiction. Our panel of experts is ready to answer your questions and point you in the right direction. Come join us for an informative and interactive session shaped by your questions.

About the Speakers:
Shelley Kaplan is the Project Director for the Southeast ADA Resource Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has more than 28 years of rehabilitation experience with a specialty in assistive technology.

Pamela Williamson is the Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the Southeast ADA Resource Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Therapy from Georgia Southern University. Pamela has been associated with people with disabilities both personally and professionally for more than 30 years.

Linda Priest is CEO of ADA Consulting Services and provides a wide range of assistance to those with obligations and protections under the ADA. She also provides ADA technical assistance for the Southeast ADA Center and served as Georgia’s State ADA Coordinator.

Nadine O. Vogel is President of Springboard Consulting LLC. Springboard is dedicated to providing businesses with innovative, revenue-generating marketing strategies as well as internal productivity/retention strategies (Diversity/Work-Life) that both target and support the one third of the U.S. population that either has a disability or has a child or other dependent with special needs.

2:00pm - 3:00pm    
Fun and Games: Sports and Recreation for Persons with Physical Disabilities

This seassion will introduce you to more than 40 sports and recreation activities offered by park and recreation departments, rehab facilities and not-for-profit organization throughout the United States. Individual sports, team sports, competitive and recreational sports and family activities will be discussed.

Presented by Jeff Jones, MPE, CPRP, Director of Education Training and Technical Assistance, BlazeSports

3:00pm - 4:00pm:
Emergency Preparedness

Are you prepared for an emergency, whether a major one or something smaller at your local level? At this session participants will learn how to develop their own plan for an emergency situation, including incidents such as storms, pandemics, and terror attacks. You will also learn how to get involved in your community to help plan overall preparedness and response for people with disabilities at the local level.

About the speaker Nancy Duncan:
As executive director of Disability Resource Group for more than fourteen years, Nancy Duncan conducts workshops across Georgia and is a technical assistance consultant for a National Disabilities Law hotline. She has directed the Emergency Preparedness for all projects in the 13 counties of coastal Georgia. A person with a disability, Ms. Duncan has worked in the disability field for almost thirty years in a variety of contexts.

3:30pm - 4:30pm:
What to Wear

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

11:30am - 12:30pm
All About Assistance Dogs

The presenter, an Assistance Dog user since 2001, will share with attendees the many ways in which assistance dogs are working with people today. Learn how an assistance dog can help you or your child to overcome disability and gain greater access. Find out how to locate a facility who can train an assistance dog specifically for your needs. The presenter works very closely with children with disabilities and their families to determine if a dog is the right tool for them, learn how to get that special dog, and continue to communicate with the family during the life of the partnership with the assistance dog.

Presented by Kristin Law, MS, Executive Director, Canines for Disabled Kids

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Never Underestimate a Child: Using Intensive Physical Therapy to Teach New Skills

Parents of children with special needs often say, “We were told that my child would never walk, talk, learn etc.” The motivation underlying Intensive Pediatric Physical Therapy is to never underestimate a child. Intensive PT, brought to the United States by Euro-Peds in 1999, is widely recognized as an effective treatment to teach new functional skills to children and young adults with gross motor delays. Come learn about Intensive PT through video examples and research. Discover how specially trained therapists combine intensity with a wide variety of therapeutic modalities to help the patients reach their full potentials. Applications of European-inspired “suit therapy” and the Universal Exercise Unit (UEU) will also be shared.

Presented by Melissa McGinnis, PT, MPT, Euro-Peds National Center for Intensive Pediatric PT

 

 

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