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

Take advantage of Free Workshops 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 innovative new therapies and clinical trials plus find out how standing is benefitting people with spinal cord injuries. Kids – there’s a special workshop just for you!

Workshops are FREE and there’s no need to register. Just arrive early to get your seat!
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Certificates of participation are available for all workshops. Please see the Information Desk following each workshop for your certificate.

* Please note dates and times of workshops are subject to change without notice.
Abilities Expo is not responsible for the materials or opinions of the speakers.



12:00pm – 1:00pm
WorkshopsAccommodations in the Workplace
Presented by Raj Pagadala, ATP, RET, Program Director, Assistive Technology, Georgia Department of Labor - VR Services
People with disabilities or those who have developed work related disabilities need accommodations in the workplace to obtain or retain employment. In this workshop audience will be presented with examples of successful job accommodations provided by the assistive work technology team of the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

12:00pm – 1:00pm
How to Select the Right Vehicle for You

WorkshopsPresented by Greg Kiser, Regional Sales Manager, BraunAbility
Join us for an educational guide for consumers and related healthcare professionals who are in the process of purchasing adaptive equipment or advising someone in the process. This workshop will cover suchtopics as what solutions are available and where to find them, key terminology, the shopping and evaluation process, funding options and much more.

1:15pm – 2:15pm
Travel the World: Tips for Travelers with Disabilities and Seniors

WorkshopsPresented by Debra Kerper, Easy Access Travel
Would you like to travel the country or the world, but believe you cannot because of your disability? At this workshop you will learn that travel by air, sea and car is a real option for you. The presenter, a professional travel agent who has a disability and has travelled extensively, will share with you how to plan a trip, including what to expect form hotels, rental car companies, cruise lines and the airlines. Learn about the common challenges, methods for addressing them and what the law requires. Attendees will receive recommendations for disability-friendly destinations and accessible travel resources. Be sure to bring your pressing questions and a list of places you'd like to visit. Learn more at

1:15pm – 2:15pm
Push for More! Getting the Wheelchair that Works for You

Presented by Ann Eubank, LMSW, OTR/L, ATP Executive Director, Users First Alliance, a program of United Spinal Association; VP of Community Initiatives
Finding the right wheelchair can be frustrating as there is often conflicting information at every turn. This interactive seminar will offer strategies and resources to help navigate this process.  Subjects including: finding the most appropriate doctor, how to work with your local equipment supplier, what to do if you are denied the equipment you want, locating resources specific to your needs and consumer rights will be discussed. The seminar will include video and on-line access to resource sites.

2:30pm – 3:30pm
Wired: Experiences in a Clinical Trial and Using FES Technology to Impact People Living With Paralysis
Presented by Jennifer French, Executive Director, Neurotech Network
Neurotechnology and FES (Functional Electronic Stimulation) are technologies that are used to increase function for people with many types of disabilities. This interactive session will provide an overview of neurotechnology and FES applications specifically for paralysis. You will see examples of people living with disabilities who use FES technology and the daily improvements to their lives and ADLs. Areas of impact include cough assistance, hand function, trunk stability, standing, and walking. Learn first hand about the experiences as a participant in a clinical trial to develop the technology. Resources will be provided to learn more about this emerging field of technology.

2:30pm – 3:30pm
Wheelchair Standers: Stand for Function!

Wheelchair StandersPresented by Amy Morgan, PT, ATP, Pediatric & Standing Specialist, Permobil, Inc.
Standing is an intervention that has been gaining attention in recent months. In addition to the physiological benefits of weight bearing (standing), the increase in functional performance that standing provides makes it a desirable feature on a wheelchair base. This session will look at the research supporting standing wheelchairs and will discuss how to use this research to support a consumer's need for a standing wheelchair. Several successful case studies of people using standing wheelchairs (both manual and power) will also be shared.

3:45pm – 4:45pm
Shut Out, Priced Out and Segregated: the Need for Fair Housing for People with Disabilities

Presented by Kristen Vincent, SOPOS Coalition
Learn about the development of a public policy report on the issue of fair housing for people with disabilities. The report is one result of a settlement between the National Fair Housing Alliance and other partners v. AG Spanos, a large construction company found to be in violation of the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988. AG Spanos supported Metro Fair Housing Services, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, to have the lead role in convening a panel of housing experts and advocates to complete the paper. The final paper, titled "Shut Out, Priced Out and Segregated: the Need for Fair Housing for People with Disabilities" (SOPOS), includes ten recommendations for making housing accessible, affordable and integrated, which are currently being implemented throughout the state of Georgia. Attendees will take away ways to implement the SOPOS recommendations in their local communities.

3:45pm – 4:45pm
A Good Night’s Sleep: What Is It, What Gets in the Way, and Solutions

Good Night's SleepPresented by Jill Girard, Sleep Specialist, Thevo by Ri-LLC 
Most people spend 1/3 of their lives in sleep. But how much do we know about sleep, how it affects us, and solutions for people with disabilities? This presentation will provide an overview of sleep, including the different phases of rest and activity. Attendees will learn the importance of deep, restorative sleep and the importance of mobility during sleep. Issues that interfere with quality sleep will be reviewed together with a selection of solutions ranging from low-cost to high-cost. Attendees will gain knowledge about sleep supporting measures for people with neurologic disorders, pain, dementia and who are aging.


12:00pm – 1:00pm
Tips for Parents of Children with Disabilities: Living a Unique Life Experience
Living a Unique Life ExperiencePresented by Karen Kain, CEO, Lorrin's World and a Family Advocate
Children with special needs are here to be enjoyed, celebrated and loved. This workshop will lift up parents, caregivers and teachers by sharing tips and tools to create a life filled with enrichment, successes, and positive energy. Karen teaches parents how to keep their spirits high while managing the chaos that often comes with raising unique children. When her daughter Lorrin was just two months old, she was severely injured by a vaccination. Doctors told Karen to prepare for the worst and gave no hope of Lorrin surviving beyond six years. Against many odds, Karen made it her mission to give Lorrin the best life experience possible. Lorrin enjoyed a full and wonderful life for sixteen years even though her body was challenged by significant brain injury and neurological damage. Karen will share tips for families living this unique life experience and hopes they will be useful to other parents. Come gain ideas to help create the best life possible for you and your family. Learn more at

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Planning Accessible Travel
Presented by Mary Peterson, CTC, Accessible Travel Consultant, ABLE to Travel, a program of United Spinal Association
Let ABLE to Travel guide you thru the often-difficult task of planning accessible travel.  No one said it would be easy, but it doesn’t have to be hard! ABLE to Travel is here to help make your trip accessible from start to finish and alleviate the headache for you!  In this workshop we will discuss the Air Carrier Access, the 2010 ADA Standards that have mandated increased accessibility to hotels and other travel destinations, tips for travelers, maneuvering through airport security and the mandates from TSA, and cruises (one of the most accessible ways to travel).

1:15pm – 2:15pm
Kids Workshop: Wendy on Wheels Takes a Stand
Wendy Takes a StandPresented by Angela Ruzicka, author of the popular Wendy on Wheels series
In this hour-long workshop author Angela Ruzicka will delight the participants by reading her latest book in the popular Wendy on Wheel series, Wendy on Wheels Takes A Stand. In this exciting new adventure, Wendy finds herself in the middle of an encounter between two classmates. Always ready to do the right thing, Wendy takes a stand against bullying and creates positive solutions to this prevalent social problem.  Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the book, answer questions and talk about how to overcome adversity in their own lives.  This impactful and uplifting workshop is sure to be a favorite, producing Wendy fans of all ages!  Learn more at

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1:15pm – 2:15pm
More is More: Taking Children with Motor Disorders to the Next Level
WorkshopsPresented by Ashley Dungan, PT, DPT, Euro-Peds National Center for Intensive Pediatric PT
Our goals for treating children who have gross motor disorders, such as cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injuries, should be to teach new and lasting functional skills that lead to more independence. Yet, most children do not have enough time in the traditional therapy setting to accumulate the strength to carry out new skills.  Over the last decade, a more intensive approach to therapy has been evolving in North America inspired by Eastern European methods and tools. Through a review of research on intensive therapy, video, and experience the presenter will show how this emerging intensive model of therapy is creating better outcomes and more function. Attendees will learn to identify the differences between Intensive Physical Therapy and Traditional Therapy, and how the two approaches are complementary.

2:30pm – 3:30pm
The "Access"-able Home

WorkshopsPresented by Jack Noa, Owner, Disability Solutions
Disability Solutions is a construction company that specializes in residential handicap construction.
Would you like to make your current home more accessible? This workshop will provide tips for starting that process. Learn about HUD “Fair Housing Accessibility First” and the ADA Standards for Accessible Design which provide requirements for design and modification. Find out what building codes may apply, ways to fund the changes, and more. The presenter will highlight areas where you can increase access, starting with the bathroom and moving through your house room by room. He will even share tips for your yard and driveway. The session concludes with time for questions and answers.

2:30pm – 3:30pm
It's My Turn! Games That All Children Can Play

Presented by Erie Ade MA CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist This interactive workshop will provide parents, teachers, and educators with innovative ways to include all children in educational games. Revisit classic games you played as a child, and learn some new ones too! Share the fun and excitement with a special child in your life.

3:45pm – 4:45pm
It's Not Just IDEA: Assistive Technology Need-to-Knows
WorkshopsPresented by Sandy Hanebrink, OTR/L, South Carolina Branch Director, Touch the Future, Inc.
Many individuals are familiar with the legal requirements under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). But how much do you know about the requirements of other laws hat also cover people with disabilities in educational arenas? This session will discuss the laws that impact assistive technology in school settings and successful strategies for getting the AT students need. Participants will gain a general understanding of laws, knowledge of how these laws interrelate, and strategies for successful AT acquisition. In addition, possible funding resources will be provided.

3:45pm – 4:45pm
Stevie Hopkins Talks Life: College, Work and More

Stevie Hopkins, Co-Founder/Annie's Brother, Director of Awesome, 3E Love
WorkshopsNow that you've finished high school, you're ready to venture out on your own. There's a lot of excitement about these changes but also a lot of challenges too. Hiring and firing PA's, living on your own, dating and relationships, and getting a job. Stevie Hopkins, co-founder of 3E Love, will share his thoughts on making the jump to life after school. Stevie is a a serial entrepreneur. After many ventures he found his life's work in 3E Love, his sister Annie's dream. Calling on his experiences in the financial industry, music business, and web startups, Stevie was able to turned the dream into a reality. The experiences he has had traveling thousands of miles, meeting people all over the country and speaking to groups telling his story, has changed his life forever. Learn more at





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