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 San Jose area.

  • 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.

Here's what we did in 2013. Stay tuned for 2014! 

All Day, Every Day

Adaptive Sailing – Booth #322

Presented by the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors (BAADS)

Adaptive Sailing: Picture of bright dingies in bay.

Think sailing is not for you because of your disability? Be prepared to be surprised! Adaptive sailing is a remarkably accessible sport. Meet members of the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors as they showcase the sport of adaptive sailing which can accommodate people with mental, physical and developmental disabilities. Two dingy boats (small sail boats) and an array of adaptive equipment will be on display. Learn about the sailing programs and how special rigging and other adaptive features make solo sailing possible for people with most disabilities. Jennifer French, 2012 London Paralympics Silver Medalist in Sailing, will be at the booth at select times to meet and talk with attendees. Learn more at www.baads.org.

Hand Cycling

Presented by Mary Carol Peterson, OT, Invacare Top End

Hand Cycling Event at Abilities Expo.  Form of Adaptive Cycling.

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.

Friday, November 22, 2013

11:00pm – 5:00pm

Meet Paralympian Jennifer French – Booth #322

Jennifer French, Silver Medalist in Sailing at the 2012 London Paralympics will be meeting and talking with attendees at the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors Booth #322. Copies of her memoir “On My Feet Again” will be available for purchase.

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Showboaters Hip Hop Ensemble

Presented by College of Adaptive Arts

Showboaters Hip Hop Ensemble

Meet the talented, excited and inspired students who make up the "Showboaters" and the Hip Hop Performing Touring Troupe from the College of Adaptive Arts. We'll treat you to their newest performances. Then its your turn to learn a little Latizmo, a new hip hop style created by one of the College of Adaptive Arts' own instructors. The College of Adaptive Arts offers programs in the performing and visual arts to adults with differing abilities. Learn more at Learn more at www.collegeofadaptivearts.org.

1:00pm –1:45pm

Dance Performance and InMotion Workshop

Presented by AXIS Dance Company as seen on FOX's So You Think You Can Dance

Dance Performance and InMotion Workshop

Join us for a very special dance performance by AXIS Dance Company, one of the world's most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities. They will change the way you think about dance and the possibilities of the human body! Following the performance members of the company invite attendees to join them for a dance workshop. AXIS Dance offers studio dance classes for adults with and without disabilities regardless of experience. A similar program also exists for youth of all abilities. Come learn more at this live event or visit www.axisdance.org.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Dance Demo and Workshop

Presented by the Walk and Roll Dance Team

Image of Walk and Roll Dance Team

See a live performance by the Walk and Roll Foundation's inspirational wheelchair dance team. The dance team not only performs unique and captivating routines across the country, they also share 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 – 4:00pm

Meet Tiphany Adams! - Permobil Booth #501

Star, Sundance Channel's Push Girls

Tiphany Adams

Tiphany Adams is one of the stars of Sundance Channel's "Push Girls," an award-winning docu-series chronicling the lives of four dynamic women who have been paralyzed by illness or accident. She is a model, actress and motivational speaker who brings awareness to numerous topics including drunk driving, health and wellness, and overall acceptance. Tiphany uses a Permobil Helium Manual Standing Wheelchair.

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Meet the Author – Jennifer French, Author of "On My Feet Again"

Near Workshop #2

On My Feet Again by Jennifer French.  Book Cover.

Meet Jennifer French, author of "On My Feet Again," and purchase copies of the book. "On My Feet Again" is the heartwarming and intellectually stimulating story of how a determined and resourceful young woman overcame many of the obstacles that came her way after being paralyzed in a snowboarding accident. Although told she would never get out of a wheelchair, Jennifer French refused to accept that fate and sought out experimental new technologies for people with spinal code injuries. She became a participant in a clinical trial of an implanted neuroprosthetic system that enables her to stand up out of her wheelchair and move around on her own two feet.

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Adaptive Dance Performance and Workshop

Presented by Changeling Dance Theatre

Changeling Dance Theater offers classes for students of all ages with special needs. A performing ensemble of their talented dancers with differing abilities will share a piece or two followed by several group dances with any attendees who would like to give it a try. Learn more about their work at
www.changelingdance.org.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

11:00pm – 5:00pm

Meet Paralympian Jennifer French – Booth #322

Jennifer French, Silver Medalist in Sailing at the 2012 London Paralympics will be meeting and talking with attendees at the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors Booth #322. Copies of her memoir “On My Feet Again” will be available for purchase.

11:45am – 12:45pm

Quad Rugby Demonstration

Presented by NorCal Quakes Rugby Team and the Riekes Center for Human Enhancement

Incredible image of Quad Rugby in Action

Competitive wheelchair rugby is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world. The NorCal Quakes will join us to demonstrate this exciting game - a cross between wheelchair basketball, ice hockey, and soccer. The main message of quad rugby is "Smashing Stereotypes One Hit at a Time" and the sport has proven to be a life changer for those who start playing it. Find out more at this demo and learn about opportunities to get involved for yourself. Learn more at www.riekes.org/adaptive-sports-and-fitness.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Face Painting

Kids will delight at the opportunity to transform their faces 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

Assistance Dogs Demonstration

Presented by Canine Angels Service Teams

Assistance Dogs.  Image of an assistance dog.

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. To learn more visit www.canineangels.org.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Dance Demo and Workshop

Presented by the Walk and Roll Dance Team

Walk and Roll Dance Team

See a live performance by the Walk and Roll Foundation's inspirational wheelchair dance team. The dance team not only performs unique and captivating routines across the country, they also share 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 – 4:00pm

Meet Tiphany Adams! - Permobil Booth #501

Star, Sundance Channel's Push Girls

Meet Tiphany Adams

Tiphany Adams is one of the stars of Sundance Channel's "Push Girls," an award-winning docu-series chronicling the lives of four dynamic women who have been paralyzed by illness or accident. She is a model, actress and motivational speaker who brings awareness to numerous topics including drunk driving, health and wellness, and overall acceptance. Tiphany uses a Permobil Helium Manual Standing Wheelchair.

3:00pm – 3:45pm

Power Soccer Demo

Presented by the U.S. Power Soccer Association

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 Bay area. Learn more about power soccer at www.powersoccerusa.net.

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Wheelchair Basketball Demonstration

Presented by the San Jose Spokes Wheelchair Basketball Team

Sponsored by Far West Wheelchair Athletic Association

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 about the SJ Spokes at www.fwwaa.org.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Dance Demo and Workshop

Presented by Walk and Roll Dance Team

Walk and Roll Dance Team

See a live performance by the Walk and Roll Foundation's inspirational wheelchair dance team. The dance team not only performs unique and captivating routines across the country, they also share 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.

12:00pm – 2:00pm

Meet Tiphany Adams! - Permobil Booth #501

Star, Sundance Channel's Push Girls

Tiphany Adams

Tiphany Adams is one of the stars of Sundance Channel's "Push Girls," an award-winning docu-series chronicling the lives of four dynamic women who have been paralyzed by illness or accident. She is a model, actress and motivational speaker who brings awareness to numerous topics including drunk driving, health and wellness, and overall acceptance. Tiphany drives a Mobility SVM truck.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Face Painting

Kids will delight at the opportunity to transform their faces 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.

12:45pm – 2:15pm

Radio Disney Performs for Kids!

Presented by Radio Disney Bay Area

Image of Radio Disney crew.

Join Radio Disney Bay Area for a fun-filled afternoon as the Radio Disney Road Crew brings out non-stop entertainment for all of the kids and families. Join in on fun interactive games and dances, rock out to your favorite Radio Disney songs and win tons of awesome prizes.

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Assistance Dogs Demonstration

Presented by Canine Angels Service Teams

Assistance Dogs.  Image of an assistance dog.

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. To learn more visit www.canineangels.org.

 

 

 

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