FREE workshops!
Plan your Abilities Expo experience today! CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) services will be available at all of the workshops.

Take advantage of Free Workshops that focus on everything from tips for traveling with a disability and finding clinical trials to the steps for getting the best accessible vehicle. Hear tips on living well from Tiphany Adams, star of Sundance Channel's critically acclaimed docu-series Push Girls. Discover the best local accessible trails and learn how to advocate for the right wheelchair.

Workshops are FREE! All attendees are welcome – you don’t need to register or sign up in advance. Just arrive early to the workshop to make sure you can get a seat!

There is so much more happening at Abilities Expo! Be sure to check out the FREE Events for demonstrations of adaptive sports, dancing, assistance dogs, horse therapy – and more. Most events include time for attendees to participate!

Professionals:

  • Certificates of participation are available for all workshops. Please see the Accessibility Help Desk following each workshop for your certificate. (Please note there are no CEU approved courses at this year’s Abilities Expo).

* 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.

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

Friday, November 22, 2013

11:45am – 12:45pm

How to Select the Right Accessible Vehicle for You

Presented by Justin White, Area Sales Manager for Consumer Vehicles, BraunAbility

Choosing the right adaptive equipment vehicle for you.

Are you feeling challenged by the process of purchasing adaptive equipment for a vehicle? Consumers and related healthcare professionals alike are invited to join us to learn the tips to successfully navigating the purchase of vans and accessible modifications. This workshop will cover such topics as what solutions are available and where to find them, key terminology, the shopping and evaluation process, funding options and much more. Following the session attendees are invited for a hands-on van demo at BraunAbility's Booth #601.

11:45am – 12:45pm

Fitness for All Abilities

Presented by Nick Scott, President and Founder, Wheelchair Athletics Foundation; Abilities Expo National Ambassador

Nick Scott is a paraplegic who went from being overweight and discouraged to becoming a professional bodybuilder, a wheelchair ballroom dancer and a personal trainer. Discover at this session how you can to gaining the skills to improve your fitness and overall wellbeing. There is no one nutrition or exercise regimen that is exactly right for everyone. We all start with different abilities, limitations and capabilities. Nick will discuss the process of adapting exercises to meet your unique situation. You'll also learn about mindset, stretching, setting goals, the importance of rest, food choices, and developing your self-motivation. Learn more at www.nickfitness.com.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Wheelchair Standers: Stand for Function!

Presented by Magdalena Love, OTR, Clinical Education Specialist, Permobil Inc. with Tiphany Adams, Star, Sundance Channel's Push Girls

Standing is an intervention that has been gaining attention recently. 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.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Planning Accessible Travel

Presented by Mary Peterson, CTC, ABLE to Travel, a program of United Spinal Association

Accessible travel does not need to be hard.

Does the perceived challenge of planning accessible travel keep you from going places? It may not be easy, but it does not need to be that hard. ABLE to Travel, an agency that specializes in the types of issues a person with a disability may encounter, is here to help make your trip accessible from start to finish and alleviate the headache for you! In this workshop the presenter 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). Learn more at www.abletotravel.org.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Clinical Trials: How to Find Them, What You Need To Know

Presented by Jennifer French, MBA, Executive Director Neurotech Network, 2012 Paralympic Silver Medalist and Rolex Yachtwoman of the Year

Jennifer French at the Olympics.

In 1999 Jennifer French, a C6/7 quadriplegic, received a functional electric stimulation system as part of a clinical trial. The system, which includes implants directly on her muscles, allows her to stand many times each day and helped her "walk" down the aisle at her wedding with the aid of a walker. Clinical trials can offer great possibilities for people with disabilities. There are many different types, focusing on everything from the simple to the complex, including short surveys, pharmaceutical trials, and complex surgeries. Jen joins us to discuss the experiences of trial participants, including her own. She will highlight the need-to-know issues and discuss the many considerations to review before joining a clinical trial. Get the tools to help you in the decision-making process and the resources to learn about clinical trials. Learn more at www.neurotechnetwork.org.

** Buy the book! Jennifer is the author of the recently published book, "On My Feet Again." An author book signing follows her workshop from 3:30pm to 4:30pm at her workshop space. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Push for More! Getting the Wheelchair that Works for You

Presented by Ann Eubank, LMSW, OTR/L, ATP, VP of Community Initiatives, UsersFirst, a program of United Spinal Association

Choosing the right wheelchair.  Image of a wheelchair drawing.

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. Learn more at www.usersfirst.org.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Sitting Pretty: Understanding Your Child’s Seating Needs

Presented by Lee Johnson, Manager Planning, Production and Control, Kids UP by Quantum

The world of seating and positioning is full of “clinical” language and concepts that can be difficult. This session is designed to help bring clarity through a fast-paced hour of real-time, rubber-meets-the-road information and training for you, the front line players caring for a person with mobility challenges. Bridging the gap between the intentions of clinicians and the day-to-day challenges faced by caregivers, this workshop will bring you a new perspective and practical tools to help achieve both comfort and therapeutic outcomes. Learn the basics of how the body actually “sits” properly, the most common “positioning” enemies of healthy sitting, strategies and creative ways to address specific challenges. You will leave with a framework for how you can partner together with your care team to give your loved ones some of the best of both worlds!

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Ramping Up To The Outdoors: Outdoor Recreation for Everyone

Presented by Bob aka "4 WheelBob" Coomber, East Bay Regional Park District, Abilities Expo Ambassador

Choosing the right wheelchair.  Image of a wheelchair drawing.

There are many ways to get outside, enjoy nature and benefit from it as well. Spend an hour with Bob, aka 4 WheelBob, Coomber to discover all that is available, from fully ADA accessible trails to the more extreme, with something for each person's ability level and choice. See a sample day pack and learn what essentials to always include, regardless of your disability. For those of you who are looking for more of a workout Bob will also discuss trail fitness and building endurance. Getting outside and on the trail is easier than ever before with trails that include ADA standard restrooms and paved portions. Along the way enjoy Bob's spectacular photos of the local Bay area trails

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Accessible and Affordable Home Ownership for People with Disabilities and Their Families

Presented by Stephen Beard, ABR, e-PRO, Real Estate Consultant and Accessibility Specialist, Better Homes and Gardens Mason McDuffie Real Estate

Accessible Home for People with Disabilities and their families

Have you ever felt home ownership was out of bounds because of your disability and/or lack of income or cash? Are you tired of living at home or paying someone else's mortgage? Have you ever felt that real estate agents just don't understand disability and the impact it has on a home search? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then this is a presentation you will not want to miss. Stephen Beard is an Accessibility Specialist Realtor from Berkeley. He will speak about the Buy Vs. Rent decision; Working with an Accessibility Specialist, Financing, Down Payment Assistance Programs, Section 8 Home Ownership, current market conditions, and many other topics. By the end of this presentation, you will know whether buying your own home is the right move for you!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

11:45am – 12:45pm

How to Select the Right Accessible Vehicle for You

Presented by Justin White, Area Sales Manager for Consumer Vehicles, BraunAbility

Choosing the right adaptive equipment vehicle for you.

Are you feeling challenged by the process of purchasing adaptive equipment for a vehicle? Consumers and related healthcare professionals alike are invited to join us to learn the tips to successfully navigating the purchase of vans and accessible modifications. This workshop will cover such topics as what solutions are available and where to find them, key terminology, the shopping and evaluation process, funding options and much more. Following the session attendees are invited for a hands-on van demo at BraunAbility's Booth #601.

11:45am – 12:45pm

An Educational Approach using Horse Boy Method: No Horses Required

Presented by Joell Dunlap, Executive Director, Square Peg Rand, a HorseBoy™ Center

Horseboy and Dad: Educational Approach to Horse Boy Method

Discover how this method, designed primarily for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) but with benefits for nearly everyone, offers options to families for whom traditional classroom learning is proving to be ineffective. Joell Dunlap will discuss the child-led approach to teaching everything from language to science using the environment, movement and most of all - fun. Learn how you can create a "yes" (rather than a "no") environment for children with sensory and ASD. Breakthrough principles such as "communication not compliance" and "start where the child is, not where you wish him to be" will also be illustrated. The method offers parents choices and success for children who find disappointment and "failure" in other approaches. It gives permission to choose alternate ways of education and brings fun and enjoyment back to learning and parenting. Learn more at www.horseboyworld.com and www.squarepegfoundatin.org.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Travel the World! Tips for People with Disabilities or Who Are Aging

Presented by Debra Kerper, Easy Access Travel

World travel for People with Disabilities.  Image of man in wheelchair preparing for voyage.

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 www.easyaccesstravel.com.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Tiphany Adams Tips for Living Well

Presented by Tiphany Adams, Star, Sundance Channel's Push Girls

Healthy Lifestyle by Tiphany Adams

Following her accident and rehab, Tiphany Adams, star of Sundance Channel's critically acclaimed docu-series "Push Girls," found herself weak, tired, taking a lot of medications, and feeling sick most of the time. Through self-research and perseverance she discovered how nutrition, fitness, meditation and more could bring her to a place of wellness and independence. Spend an hour with Tiphany to learn some of her tips for finding your own healthy lifestyle. Some simple changes in nutrition and fitness can improve your wellness, independence and state of mind. Tiphany will share her personal tips as well as suggestions on how to start your own journey of wellness. Includes examples of simple stretching and yoga exercises plus time for questions and answers.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Thriving, Not Just Surviving, as the Parent of a Special Needs Child

Presented by Karen Kain, Founder, Lorrin's World and Abilities Expo Ambassador

Karen Kain and Lorrin

Karen Kain, mother of Lorrin who was grievously vaccine injured in 1994, shares her story of how she went from being a broken-hearted, desperate mother who was isolated and alone to accepting, enjoying and even thriving as the parent of a unique child. Karen will tell the process that led her to a loving and fulfilling parenting experience, as she learned life lessons from Lorrin. Karen will describe how she found success in getting from despair to discovery to love of self. She brings you tips she learned from others along the way – parents, health-care workers, and more – along with discoveries of her own. If you are new to this journey, join Karen for this workshop to gain support and ideas for thriving in your new life. Learn more about Karen at www.lorrinsworld.com and www.karenkain.com.

3:45pm – 4:45pm

How to Make the World Listen: Sharpen Your Advocacy Skills

Presented by Ann Eubank, LMSW, OTR/L, ATP, VP of Community Initiatives, UsersFirst, a program of United Spinal Association

Advocacy is a skill you use in every area of your life –with your family, in your hometown, with the insurance company and/or in Washington, D.C. From community access to employment to getting the right wheelchair, this workshop will break down the steps of the advocacy process. Bring your questions for a healthy discussion on advocacy on specific issues as well as in the typical political process.

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Accessible Dance Class

Presented by Kerry DiLeonardo, Artistic Director, Changeling Dance Theatre

Participants will experience an accessible dance class, including warm-up, traveling sequences, and dance combination. Using the “Language of Dance” approach, attendees will learn concepts such as “travel”, “flex”, “extend”, and “turn” to explore and enjoy their own movement style. While participating in the workshop, attendees will become more aware of their own movement and ability to make movement choices. Learn how each dancer’s performance of the dance moves is unique and yet unified in concept, resulting in an experience celebrating individuality as well as the joy of dancing. Attendees will leave with increased body awareness and body-mind connection, as well as appreciation of their own dance skills and artistic ability.

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