Atlanta Abilities Expo Event
Events and Activities 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, expand your interests and find out how you can become involved in the local Atlanta area.

More events added each week. Check back for details!

  • Try a host of different adaptive sports
  • Transform your face at the face painters
  • Learn how to work with assistance dogs
  • Experience the future of assistive technology today
  • See the newest features available for manual and power wheelchairs

* Please note dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Please check the schedule at the show for final times and events.

Abilities Expo is not responsible for the materials or opinions of the speakers.

Friday, February 17, 2012

12:00pm – 12:30pm
Wheelchair BasketballWheelchair Basketball

BlazeSports
At the beginning wheelchair basketball was only played by men with spinal cord injuries. Today, both men and women, with a variety of disabilities, compete in the sport. Many of the same rules from able-bodied basketball apply in the wheelchair game. The plays and strategies are similar. In addition there are special rules in place to adapt to disability. The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) governs all aspects of the game in the United States. Learn more at www.blazesports.org.

12:45pm – 1:00pm
Adaptive Bike Demonstration

Freedom Concepts
Discover bikes that are available for people with disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Angelman's Syndrome, impaired vision, and more! Learn how cycling can provide recreation, therapy and most of all ... fun and freedom! The folks from Freedom Concepts will demonstrate some of their adaptive bicycles. Bikes will be available for attendees to check out. Information on how you can get a bike will also be provided. Learn more at www.freedomconcepts.com

1:15pm - 1:45pm
Wheelchair Dancing Demo and Workshop

Wheelchair Dance DemonstrationAuti Angel, Abilities Expo "Dancebassador"
Dancing is fast becoming a popular activity for wheelchair users. Auti Angel, the Abilities Expo "Dancebassador" will share a dance demonstration with attendees. Then it's your turn to try some steps as Auti leads you in a dance workshop. Auti is founder of the Colous~N~Motion wheelchair Hip-Hop dance crew, star of the film Musical Chairs, and star of the upcoming TV series Push Girls. Attendees of all ages and mobility levels are welcome to learn basic dance steps. Dancing crosses the boundaries of age, gender, and physical ability; it includes individuals using both manual and power wheelchairs. You won't want to miss this unique demonstration and a chance to dance on your wheels!

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2:00pm – 2:30pm
Assistance Dogs Demonstration

Sitting VolleyballCanine Assistants
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. Learn more at www.canineassistants.org.

2:45pm – 3:15pm
Boccia

Sitting VolleyballBlazeSports
Local athletes will demonstrate Boccia, where athletes throw, kick or use an assistive device to propel leather balls as close as possible to a white target ball (call the jack). Boccia is a test of muscle control, concentration and accuracy, and the game helps to increase hand-eye coordination. Learn more at www.blazesports.org.

3:30pm – 4:00pm
Horse Boy Method Presentation

Horse Boy WorldCatherine Buttski, Horse Boy World
Horse Boy Method is the ongoing work that began with "The Horse Boy" author Rupert Isaacson as he worked with his son Rowan, who has autism. Learn about the method and how it can benefit people on the Autism Spectrum and with other neuro-psychiatric conditions. The approach is a simple 3-stage process that creates the right environment for the individual, addresses sensory issues, and allows perspective-taking and academics to be taught from the saddle. No experience with horses is needed to learn and benefit from this method. Discover more at www.horseboyworld.com..

4:00pm – 4:30pm
Meet and Greet with Horse Boy World

Horse BoyHorse Boy World Staff
Following the 3:30pm demonstration Catherine Buttski of Horse Boy World will be available to talk with individual attendees about the method. Horse Boy World items will be available for purchase, including the book "The Horse Boy," DVD’s, t-shirts and more.

** Please note this event has changed. We regret that due to unforeseen circumstances Rupert Isaacson is not able to present at Abilities Expo Atlanta. Instead of a live horse demo, the presentation will feature video of horses and Horse Boy Method.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

11:45am – 12:15pm
Assistance Dogs Demonstration

Sitting VolleyballCanine Assistants
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. Learn more at www.canineassistants.org.

12:30pm - 1:00pm
Track and Road Racing

BlazeSports
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.

1:00pm – 3:00pm
Face Painting

FacepaintingMystical Faces
Kids will delight at the opportunity to transform their face into a beautiful butterfly, a swashbuckling pirate, or a sweet kitten! Stop by the face painter’s stand for a complimentary face painting. Select designs only. Paints are FDA approved professional face paints and wash off with water. Just for kids, ages 18 and under.

1:15pm - 1:45pm
Goal Ball and Beep Baseball

Beep BaseballBlazeSports
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.

2:00pm – 2:30pm
Wheelchair Dancing Demo and Workshop

Wheelchair Dance DemonstrationAuti Angel, Abilities Expo "Dancebassador"
Dancing is fast becoming a popular activity for wheelchair users. Auti Angel, the Abilities Expo "Dancebassador" will share a dance demonstration with attendees. Then it's your turn to try some steps as Auti leads you in a dance workshop. Auti is founder of the Colous~N~Motion wheelchair Hip-Hop dance crew, star of the film Musical Chairs, and star of the upcoming TV series Push Girls. Attendees of all ages and mobility levels are welcome to learn basic dance steps. Dancing crosses the boundaries of age, gender, and physical ability; it includes individuals using both manual and power wheelchairs. You won't want to miss this unique demonstration and a chance to dance on your wheels!

Read More.

2:45pm – 3:15pm
Wheelchair Tennis

Wheelchair TennisUSTA Southern Wheelchair Tennis Committee
Players from the Atlanta Area will be on-hand to demonstrate Wheelchair Tennis and teach attendees who would like to learn more. Wheelchair Tennis is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world. It follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis except the wheelchair tennis player is allowed two bounces of the ball. There is a growing demand for Adaptive Sports like Wheelchair Tennis, which offer people of all abilities an outlet to play sports both recreationally and competitively. Resources will be provided for where attendees can play in the Atlanta region.

3:30pm – 4:00pm
Horse Boy Method Presentation

Horse Boy WorldCatherine Buttski, Horse Boy World
Horse Boy Method is the ongoing work that began with "The Horse Boy" author Rupert Isaacson as he worked with his son Rowan, who has autism. Learn about the method and how it can benefit people on the Autism Spectrum and with other neuro-psychiatric conditions. The approach is a simple 3-stage process that creates the right environment for the individual, addresses sensory issues, and allows perspective-taking and academics to be taught from the saddle. No experience with horses is needed to learn and benefit from this method. Discover more at www.horseboyworld.com.

** Please note this event has changed. We regret that due to unforeseen circumstances Rupert Isaacson is not able to present at Abilities Expo Atlanta. Instead of a live horse demo, the presentation will feature video of horses and Horse Boy Method.

4:00pm – 4:30pm
Meet and Greet with Horse Boy World

Horse BoyHorse Boy World Staff
Following the 3:30pm demonstration Catherine Buttski of Horse Boy World will be available to talk with individual attendees about the method. Horse Boy World items will be available for purchase, including the book "The Horse Boy," DVD’s, t-shirts and more.

** Please note this event has changed. We regret that due to unforeseen circumstances Rupert Isaacson is not able to present at Abilities Expo Atlanta. Instead of a live horse demo, the presentation will feature video of horses and Horse Boy Method.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

12:00pm - 12:30pm
Wheelchair Dancing Demo and Workshop

Wheelchair Dance DemonstrationAuti Angel, Abilities Expo "Dancebassador"
Dancing is fast becoming a popular activity for wheelchair users. Auti Angel, the Abilities Expo "Dancebassador" will share a dance demonstration with attendees. Then it's your turn to try some steps as Auti leads you in a dance workshop. Auti is founder of the Colous~N~Motion wheelchair Hip-Hop dance crew, star of the film Musical Chairs, and star of the upcoming TV series Push Girls. Attendees of all ages and mobility levels are welcome to learn basic dance steps. Dancing crosses the boundaries of age, gender, and physical ability; it includes individuals using both manual and power wheelchairs. You won't want to miss this unique demonstration and a chance to dance on your wheels!

Read More.

12:30pm – 2:30pm
FacepaintingFace Painting

Kids will delight at the opportunity to transform their face into a beautiful butterfly, a swashbuckling pirate, or a sweet kitten! Stop by the face painter’s stand for a complimentary face painting. Select designs only. Paints are FDA approved professional face paints and wash off with water. Just for kids, ages 18 and under.

12:45pm – 1:15pm
Adaptive Bike Demonstration

Freedom Concepts
Discover bikes that are available for people with disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Angelman's Syndrome, impaired vision, and more! Learn how cycling can provide recreation, therapy and most of all ... fun and freedom! The folks from Freedom Concepts will demonstrate some of their adaptive bicycles. Bikes will be available for attendees to check out. Information on how you can get a bike will also be provided. Learn more at www.freedomconcepts.com

1:30pm – 2:15pm
Soccer BallPower Soccer

U.S. Power Soccer Association
Watch and learn as the best local teams demonstrate and train attendees on the techniques of power wheelchair soccer. Discover this very active and growing sport that is open to power wheelchair users of all ages. Local players will demonstrate how they combine their skills as wheelchair users with the speed and power of the chair itself, to participate in this extremely challenging game similar to soccer. Then try the sport out for yourself and learn where you can get involved in the Houston area. Learn more about power soccer at www.powersoccerusa.net.

2:30pm – 3:00pm
Horse Boy Method Presentation

Horse Boy WorldCatherine Buttski, Horse Boy World
Horse Boy Method is the ongoing work that began with "The Horse Boy" author Rupert Isaacson as he worked with his son Rowan, who has autism. Learn about the method and how it can benefit people on the Autism Spectrum and with other neuro-psychiatric conditions. The approach is a simple 3-stage process that creates the right environment for the individual, addresses sensory issues, and allows perspective-taking and academics to be taught from the saddle. No experience with horses is needed to learn and benefit from this method. Discover more at www.horseboyworld.com.

** Please note this event has changed. We regret that due to unforeseen circumstances Rupert Isaacson is not able to present at Abilities Expo Atlanta. Instead of a live horse demo, the presentation will feature video of horses and Horse Boy Method.

3:00pm – 3:30pm
Meet and Greet with Horse Boy World
Horse BoyHorse Boy World Staff
Following the 3:30pm demonstration Catherine Buttski of Horse Boy World will be available to talk with individual attendees about the method. Horse Boy World items will be available for purchase, including the book "The Horse Boy," DVD’s, t-shirts and more.

** Please note this event has changed. We regret that due to unforeseen circumstances Rupert Isaacson is not able to present at Abilities Expo Atlanta. Instead of a live horse demo, the presentation will feature video of horses and Horse Boy Method.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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