Atlanta Abilities Expo Event

Events and Activities make the total Abilities experience

Want to add some exciting new activities to your life? Abilities Expo showcases a wide range of events that not only entertain you - they also give you the opportunity to try new things, expand your interests and discover ways to be more involved in the local Atlanta area.

More events added each week. Check back for details!

  • Try a variety of adaptive sports
  • Transform your face at the face painters
  • Learn how to work with assistance dogs
  • Break out your dancing wheels
  • Find out what horses can do for people with disabilities

There’s a lot going on at Abilities Expo! Be sure to also check out the Free Workshops.

* 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.

All Day Every Day

Hand Cycling

Presented by Mary Carol Peterson, OT, Invacare Top End

Auti Angel's Wheelchair Dance Workshop with DJ Skretch Boogie

Hand cycling is a form of adaptive cycling that enables athletes of all abilities to ride a "bike" exclusively using the upper body. Unlike many other adaptive sports handcycling works to create integrated cycling opportunities for wheelchair users and athletes with lower-mobility impairments. Enjoy this opportunity to try a hand cycle for yourself! Friday's session will specifically focus on what clinicians need to know to confidently prescribe the right handcycle for their patients and Sat. and Sunday will be targeted to consumers of all levels from beginner to elite levels.

Learn more at topendwheelchair.com.

Adaptive Art Experience

Presented by Marquetta Johnson, Artist, Atikaart.com, and Abilities Expo Ambassador

Adaptive ARt Experience, presented by Marquetta Johnson

Attendees of ALL abilities are invited to be a part of a new adaptive art experience at Abilities Expo Atlanta. Join the artist any day of the show for the creation of a large mural. You can also create a small piece of art to take home. On Friday (March 14) attendees will be painting, printing and stenciling on a ready-to-hang canvas background. On Saturday and Sunday (March 15 and 16) it will be time to create decorative cardboard collage tiles to adhere to the background or take home. This activity will be an ongoing creative experience with many different components! Other artists will also be on hand throughout the weekend to demonstrate their work. Learn more at www.atikaart.com.

Friday, March 14, 2014

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Beep Kickball

Presented by Athens Inclusive Recreation and Sports

Beep kickball is a new sport for all people with vision loss. Simply explained, it is played with a ten-inch soft-foam beeping ball. There are just 2 buzzing bases, no second base, no throwing the ball, no pitcher or catcher, one sighted field spotter, and 6 players per team. Blindfolds allow partially sighted players to compete on an equal footing with blind players. Attendees will have an opportunity to watch a demo of the game as well as try it out for themselves. Learn more at www.airs-ga.org, an organization that encourages inclusive sports.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Paralympic Fencing Demonstration

Demonstration on paralympic fencing.

Presented by Fencing Star Academy

Be a part of this FIRST at Abilities Expo! Fencers will demonstrate paralympic fencing, showing the equipment used and explaining the options and elements of the sport. Yes, there will be an opportunity for attendees to try it for themselves! Fencing for athletes in wheelchairs was first introduced by Sir Ludwig Guttmann in 1953 and has been a part of the Paralympic program since the Rome 1960 Paralympic Games. Men and women with amputations, spinal-cord injuries and cerebral palsy are eligible to compete in foil epee (men and women) and saber (men) events. Their wheelchairs are fastened to the floor during competition. Learn more at fencingstaracademy.com and paralympic.org/wheelchair-fencing.

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Walk and Roll Dance Team Presents!

Presented by the Walk and Roll Dance Team

Image of Walk and Roll Dance Team

We're kicking off each day with a high-energy, live performance by the Walk and Roll Foundation's inspirational wheelchair dance team. The dance team performs unique and captivating routines across the country as well as sharing their stories of adversity and how through determination and high spirits they've gone on with their lives to fulfill their dreams to dance. Following the performance it's your turn! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance floor and learn some moves. Follow the Team and learn more about them at www.walkandrollfoundation.org.

2:30pm – 4:30pm

Book Signing with Karen Kain, Author, "A Unique Life Fully Lived"

Booth #247

A Unique Life Book Cover

This book is about Karen's daughter Lorrin's unique life. Lorrin was born in Newport Beach, California, March 15, 1994. At six weeks, Lorrin had an adverse reaction to her one and only DPT vaccination. The vaccine attacked her brain, leaving her with severe brain damage. The doctors never had hope for Lorrin's future. They suggested Karen get on with her life. Feeling abandoned by modern medicine, Karen turned to alternative treatments and spiritual guidance. Despite all of Karen's best efforts, Lorrin continued to have horrible episodes of uncontrolled seizures that would land them in the hospital for days. To her very last breath, Lorrin was brave and showed a sense of humor and courage that was unmatched. There is only love. For more information visit lorrinsworld.com and karenkain.com

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Service Dog Demonstration

Presented by Deborah G. Krotenberg, Esq., Canine Assistants

Service Dogs Presentation by Deborah G. Krotenberg, Esq., Canine Assistants

More than ever service dogs are meeting the needs of people with various disabilities. At this demonstration you'll see a few of the tasks dogs can perform as they work with their human partners to achieve independence. The presenter will also share the many ways that service dogs can support people with disabilities and share with you the process for obtaining a dog for yourself or someone you love. The presenting organization, Canine Assistants, is a not-for-profit program that trains and provides service dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs. Jennifer Arnold founded Canine Assistants in 1991 after she had been diagnosed with MS and required the help of a wheelchair. She is uniquely familiar with the value of service dogs. Learn more at canineassistants.org.

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Miniature Horse Therapy Demo

Presented by Special Equestrians of Georgia

Mini Horse Therapy: Image of two happy Mini-horses at Abilities Expo.

Miniature horses have been gaining attention for their strengths as therapy animals. This is your chance to meet some "mini's"! Learn why they are called horses (and not ponies) as well as the types of tasks they can perform as service and therapy animals. The presenter will also review some of the key benefits of working with horses. This session will include time for questions and answers, as well as an opportunity to meet the horses. Learn more at www.specialequestriansofgeorgia.org.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Wheelchair Basketball

Presented by Athens Inclusive Recreation and Sports, a BlazeSports Affiliate

Wheelchair Basketball at Abilities Expo.

In the early days of the sport wheelchair basketball was only played by men with spinal cord injuries. Today it's changed significantly with both men and women and a variety of disabilities, competing 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 airs-ga.org and blazesports.org.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Face Painting

Presented by Mystical Parties

Adaptive Climbing Wall

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 age 18 and under.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Service Dog Demonstration

Presented by Madge Williams and Tahoe, Canine Assistants

Service Dogs presentation by Madge Williams and Tahoe

More than ever service dogs are meeting the needs of people with various disabilities. At this demonstration you'll see a few of the tasks dogs can perform as they work with their human partners to achieve independence. The presenter will also share the many ways that service dogs can support people with disabilities and share with you the process for obtaining a dog for yourself or someone you love. The presenting organization, Canine Assistants, is a not-for-profit program that trains and provides service dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs. Jennifer Arnold founded Canine Assistants in 1991 after she had been diagnosed with MS and required the help of a wheelchair. She is uniquely familiar with the value of service dogs. Learn more at canineassistants.org.

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Book Signing with Karen Kain, Author, "A Unique Life Fully Lived"

Booth #247

A Unique Life Book Cover

This book is about Karen's daughter Lorrin's unique life. Lorrin was born in Newport Beach, California, March 15, 1994. At six weeks, Lorrin had an adverse reaction to her one and only DPT vaccination. The vaccine attacked her brain, leaving her with severe brain damage. The doctors never had hope for Lorrin's future. They suggested Karen get on with her life. Feeling abandoned by modern medicine, Karen turned to alternative treatments and spiritual guidance. Despite all of Karen's best efforts, Lorrin continued to have horrible episodes of uncontrolled seizures that would land them in the hospital for days. To her very last breath, Lorrin was brave and showed a sense of humor and courage that was unmatched. There is only love. For more information visit lorrinsworld.com and karenkain.com

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Walk and Roll Dance Team Presents!

Presented by the Walk and Roll Dance Team

Image of Walk and Roll Dance Team

We're kicking off each day with a high-energy, live performance by the Walk and Roll Foundation's inspirational wheelchair dance team. The dance team performs unique and captivating routines across the country as well as sharing their stories of adversity and how through determination and high spirits they've gone on with their lives to fulfill their dreams to dance. Following the performance it's your turn! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance floor and learn some moves. Follow the Team and learn more about them at www.walkandrollfoundation.org.

2:45pm – 3:30pm

Power Soccer Demo

Presented by the U.S. Power Soccer Association

Adaptive Climbing Wall

Watch and learn as US Power Soccer Association players 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. See how players 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 Atlanta area. Learn more about power soccer at www.powersoccerusa.net.

3:45pm – 4:30pm

Wheelchair Tennis

Henry County Wheelchair Sports through Henry County Parks and Recreation

Adaptive Climbing Wall

Players from the Atlanta Area will be on-hand to demonstrate Wheelchair Tennis and teach attendees who would like to learn more. A focus of this year's demonstration will be the inclusiveness of tennis with a Run/Roll Exhibition that pairs a wheelchair user with an able-bodied partner in a doubles format of play. 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. For more information visit hcprd.org.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Goal Ball Demonstration

Presented by Athens Inclusive Recreation and Sports

In the sport of Goal Ball participants compete in teams of three, and try to throw a ball that has bells embedded in it into the opponents' goal. Teams alternate throwing or rolling the ball from one end of the playing area to the other, and players remain in the area of their own goal in both defense and attack. Players must use the sound of the bell to judge the position and movement of the ball. Blindfolds allow partially sighted players to compete on an equal footing with blind players. Attendees will have an opportunity to watch a demo of the game as well as try it out for themselves. Learn more at airs-ga.org, an organization that encourages inclusive sports.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Face Painting

Presented by Mystical Parties

Adaptive Climbing Wall

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 age 18 and under.

1:00pm - 1:30pm

Walk and Roll Dance Team Presents!

Presented by the Walk and Roll Dance Team

Image of Walk and Roll Dance Team

We're kicking off each day with a high-energy, live performance by the Walk and Roll Foundation's inspirational wheelchair dance team. The dance team performs unique and captivating routines across the country as well as sharing their stories of adversity and how through determination and high spirits they've gone on with their lives to fulfill their dreams to dance. Following the performance it's your turn! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance floor and learn some moves. Follow the Team and learn more about them at www.walkandrollfoundation.org.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Service Dog Demonstration

Presented by Melinda Quinn, Canine Assistants

Image of Walk and Roll Dance Team

More than ever service dogs are meeting the needs of people with various disabilities. At this demonstration you'll see a few of the tasks dogs can perform as they work with their human partners to achieve independence. The presenter will also share the many ways that service dogs can support people with disabilities and share with you the process for obtaining a dog for yourself or someone you love. The presenting organization, Canine Assistants, is a not-for-profit program that trains and provides service dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs. Jennifer Arnold founded Canine Assistants in 1991 after she had been diagnosed with MS and required the help of a wheelchair. She is uniquely familiar with the value of service dogs. Learn more at canineassistants.org.

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Book Signing with Karen Kain, Author, "A Unique Life Fully Lived"

Booth #247

A Unique Life Book Cover

This book is about Karen's daughter Lorrin's unique life. Lorrin was born in Newport Beach, California, March 15, 1994. At six weeks, Lorrin had an adverse reaction to her one and only DPT vaccination. The vaccine attacked her brain, leaving her with severe brain damage. The doctors never had hope for Lorrin's future. They suggested Karen get on with her life. Feeling abandoned by modern medicine, Karen turned to alternative treatments and spiritual guidance. Despite all of Karen's best efforts, Lorrin continued to have horrible episodes of uncontrolled seizures that would land them in the hospital for days. To her very last breath, Lorrin was brave and showed a sense of humor and courage that was unmatched. There is only love. For more information visit lorrinsworld.com and karenkain.com

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