Atlanta Abilities Expo Event
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People with disabilities experience their possibilities
at Abilities Expo in Atlanta, Georgia

Abilities Expo is on October 15-17, 2010 at Cobb Galleria Convention Center

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Atlanta, GA – Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals are expected to attend Abilities Expo on Friday, October 15, through Sunday, October 17, 2010 at the Cobb Galleria Convention Center. Admission is free and show hours will be Friday 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm.

Abilities Expo has put together an impressive line-up of exhibits, celebrities, workshops, events and activities to appeal to the full spectrum of people with disabilities, from children to seniors and everyone in between. Visitors will also get on board the AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour and receive six essential health screenings (cholesterol, BMI, blood pressure and more) for free. Complimentary rental scooters and wheelchair repair will also be available onsite during show hours and there will be free shuttle rides to and from the CCT Cumberland Mall bus stop.

"Abilities Expo's distinguished 31-year track record of enhancing the lives of people with disabilities through technology, education and networking will continue in the Atlanta area," said David Korse, president and CEO of Abilities Expo. "Between the adaptive sports demonstrations, the interactive assistive technology pavilion, the dynamic workshops and the thousands of products and services on display…this is a must-attend for everyone in the Community."

Adaptive Sports, Comedy, Dancing and More!
Abilities Expo does not merely inform, it engages and it entertains. Attendees can test their skills in a number of interactive, adaptive sports. They'll also enjoy canine assistance demos and get to hone their dance moves. To round it out, there will be music, comedy, a technology showcase, face painting for kids and an Artist Market showcasing the works of local artists with disabilities.

Celebrity Encounters (Saturday, October 16)
Famed actor, television icon and best-selling author Henry Winkler will share his personal story about his mother's struggle with upper limb spasticity in a compelling workshop sponsored by the "Open Arms: Raising Awareness of Upper Limb Spasticity" educational campaign.

Fans will also enjoy the original hip hop jams and motivational speaking of 4 Wheel City, a band whose artists leverage their musical talents and life experience to inspire others with disabilities not to abandon their dreams.

Give Back to the Community
Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, Too (FODAC) will be accepting tax-deductable donations of mobility aids, daily living devices and medical equipment which they will refurbish and recycle for others with disabilities who are in need. Attendees may drop their donations off at the loading dock before they proceed into the Expo.

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No Ladder Smoke AlarmTM by SafetyWise LLC Selected by HANDY as a Nominee for the 2010 Innovation Awards.

Chicago, IL –
SafetyWise LLC, the manufacturer of the Alarm Arm® No Ladder Smoke AlarmTM, is proud to announce that the Alarm Arm® has been selected as a HANDY Magazine Innovation Award Nominee for 2010.  HANDY, the Handyman Club of America Magazine, will honor companies with annual HANDY Innovation Awards in its December 2010/January 2011 issue.  The editorial staff will name the winning products whose designs demonstrated outstanding problem-solving ingenuity.

The Alarm Arm® No Ladder Smoke AlarmTM also has an opportunity to win another award, the Members' Choice 2010 HANDY Innovation Award.  The public is invited to vote for their favorite at, and the three innovations with the most votes will win a Members' Choice 2010 HANDY Innovation Award.  The Alarm Arm® No Ladder Smoke AlarmTM had the privilege to receive an award in Nasa/Emhart’s “Create the future” Contest and was honored as a Top Nominee in The Chicago Innovation Awards.

The Alarm Arm® No Ladder Smoke AlarmTM is revolutionary because it allows users to install smoke alarms and change batteries without a ladder.  The Alarm Arm® provides many advantages over ladders.  The design allows for a quick and easy installation of smoke alarms while standing on the floor and can even be used while sitting in a wheelchair.  The patented Alarm Arm® uses proprietary MagMount® magnetic technology that makes the Alarm Arm® so easy to use that it can be installed and operated with one hand.  No more dangerous falls off ladders, no more cumbersome ladders to drag around the house, and no mess to clean up.  With the Alarm Arm®, installing smoke alarms takes just a few minutes, and changing batteries takes only seconds.

“I installed a smoke alarm using the Alarm Arm® in five minutes while standing,” says John Williams. Williams has a neuromuscular disorder and has difficulty using his left hand. He adds, “I nearly put the smoke alarm up using one hand.”

The idea for creating the Alarm Arm® came to Professional Fire Protection Engineer Tim McGreal eight years ago, shortly after he began pursuing an advanced degree in Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. “Through the course of my Fire Protection Engineering studies, I became keenly aware of how critical it is to have an adequate quantity of functioning smoke alarms installed. I also noticed that my own home was under-protected. In the process of installing new smoke alarms, I realized that the installation process was time-consuming, tedious, and dangerous – and that was with a typical ceiling height. A more significant problem surfaced when I went to install a smoke alarm on a ceiling that was out of the reach of my ladder,” says McGreal. 
Since using the Alarm Arm® takes a fraction of time as previously needed, users can efficiently and safely install and maintain smoke alarms throughout their home or workplace, providing the ultimate in fire protection, convenience, and safety.

The Alarm Arm® No Ladder Smoke AlarmTM has been designed to accept all battery-powered smoke alarms and is ideal for all buildings in need of battery-powered smoke alarms. It can be used in homes or apartment buildings with existing battery-powered alarms, as well as those in need of additional smoke alarms.

The Master kit consists of a ceiling disk, alarm disk, smoke alarm, installation tool, and pole. Installing smoke alarms on even the tallest ceilings as easy as 1,2,3.  
1) Attach the tool to the pole, 2) screw the ceiling disk into the ceiling with the installation tool, and 3), simply raise the alarm to the ceiling disk with the installation tool.  Done!
The Alarm Arm® allows users to perform smoke alarm maintenance as required by all smoke alarm manufacturers. Battery replacement takes only 30 seconds, and testing is accomplished in 10 seconds.

Older adults (those over 65 years of age) and those with mobility impairments represent population segments with the highest risks of dying in a fire.  Many older adults and those with mobility impairments are incapable of installing and maintaining smoke alarms using a ladder, and as a result may have less protection than recommended by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  Those that can use ladders face another risk:  Every hour an older adult dies as a result of a fall.  Additionally, falls are the leading cause of unintentional non-fatal injury for all adults 25-years and older in the United States.
The Alarm Arm® allows for a quick and easy installation of smoke alarms while standing on the floor or even sitting in a wheelchair.  The Alarm Arm® will reduce the number deaths, injuries, and property loss resulting from fire, and reduce the number of deaths and injuries from falls.

FODAC Holds Huge Recycling Event for Wheelchairs and
other Home Care Items at Abilities Expo!


Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, Too! (FODAC) is proud to be an organizational sponsor of the southeast Abilities Expo which will be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 15-17, at the Cobb Galleria Convention Center in Marietta, GA.

FODAC is also working with the Expo to hold an equipment drive each day at the event.

FODAC staff we be on hand to direct vehicles to the unloading area at the rear of the building. Items accepted include any durable medical equipment (DME) such as home hospital beds, wheelchairs, powerchairs, mobility items, bathroom items, etc.

The Expo is designed for people with disabilities along with the companies and professionals who work with the disabled community. Attendees will be able to see new products, attend classes, demonstrations, and network with others in the disability community.


For more information or to register, go to or or call 770 491-9014 or 866-977-1204.

Be sure to drop by the FODAC booth and meet members of the FODAC staff.
FODAC is a 501c3 faith based not-for-profit and remains the pioneer and primary provider of recycled DME in Georgia. This is a nationally recognized best practice program for the Re-Use of DME as recognized by the Visionary Award (received from the National Pass It On Center) and a recent Federal Demonstration grant. These items have been provided at no/low cost to children and adults with illnesses and disabilities, the elderly, and the injured since 1986. Over 20,000 wheelchairs and 6,000 hospital beds have been issued since that time. Over 300 DME items and 45 repairs a month are issued from Stone Mountain and a dozen partnerships around the state. This totals over $9 million in retail value of medical equipment distributed each year. Our capacity has doubled in the last few years, while the need for our services continues to grow. It took 17 years to build the capacity to deliver the first 10,000 wheelchairs, but only 5 years to provide the next 10,000. In 2008 alone, FODAC provided equipment to over 4,100 children and adults in 64 counties of Georgia and across the country. FODAC does not have direct funding from Medicare/Medicaid for the services offered.

FODAC's other programs include Ramps for Champs (home modifications), ReMount (vehicle adaptations), DME Equipment Repair, and Disposable Medical Supplies.

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