Atlanta Abilities Expo Event

Mark your calendar! We’ll be back at the Georgia World Congress Center on February 17-19, 2011!

Abilities Expo Wows Attendees in Atlanta

Henry Winkler

Nearly 2,000 people from the community of people with disabilities were on hand October 15-17 to take advantage of all that the Atlanta Abilities Expo had to offer. There were people of all ages with a wide range of physical, sensory and developmental disabilities. Some had lifelong disabilities; others were new to the community. There were family, friends, caregivers and healthcare professionals. There were seniors and wounded vets—all in search of the products and services that can improve their lives or the lives of those for whom they care.

One young man who was there with a group from the Shepherd Center was especially moved. He said that before an accident a mere three weeks earlier left him a quadriplegic, he never knew any of this existed. Since then, he had thought his life was over. At Abilities Expo, he was excited to discover a golf cart with the capability to get him standing and continuing the sport he loves.

Another family piled their three kids into the car and traveled four hours to attend the show. They were thrilled to find and purchase the equipment that they felt their nine-year-old daughter with special needs would need for the next five years. (She, of course, was thrilled about the new bike.)

On the other side of the booth, exhibitors said, “The Expo was loads of fun and very rewarding.”

But it wouldn’t be Abilities Expo if the show floor was only full of exhibits. Rounding out a compelling display of products and services were dynamic workshops and popular, family-oriented events and activities.

“There was something for everybody,” said Lew Shomer, co-owner of Abilities Expo. “Products for all ages and types of disabilities, workshops on a variety of subjects including travel and fair housing, face painting for kids, dancing and sporting events for everybody. We are thrilled to bring such an fun and live-changing event to the community of people with disabilities in Atlanta.”

Abilities Expo will be back in Atlanta, just at a new, more central venue—the Georgia World Congress Center. The date will be February 17-19, 2012 and we look forward to seeing you there!

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TV Icon Henry Winkler Weighs In on Abilities Expo Workshops

Henry Winkler

One of the show highlights was a workshop entitled Understanding Upper Limb Spasticity which featured film and television star Henry Winkler. Winkler and an expert physician addressed this debilitating condition which is characterized by an uncomfortable muscle stiffness or tightness in the elbow, wrist or fingers and impacts a person’s life and their ability to perform even simple, daily activities. The audience was riveted as Winkler shared his own experience with his mother’s battle with upper limb spasticity, saying how he wished today’s advanced treatments would have been available back then. Winkler’s engaging personality was also a huge hit out of the limelight as he stayed on to sign autographs and talk to attendees.

Events + Activities = Fun for the Whole Family

Henry Winkler

The rapid fire of events and activities were also fantastic. There were assistance dog demos, adaptive dance, face painting and interactive sports including table tennis, billiards, power soccer and wheelchair football. One attendee was especially impressed with how the wheelchair football coaches included and encouraged athletes with such varying ages and abilities. For example, if the receiver was not physically able to catch the ball, a pass would be complete as long as it touched him. They more than achieved their goal of providing a competitive and recreational outlet for people with disabilities who cannot participate on typical sports teams.


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