Boston Abilities Expo Event

Events and Activities make the total Abilities experience

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

Adaptive Rowing Demonstrations

Manual Wheelchair Skills

Presented by Concept2 CTS Rowing

Discover the world of adaptive rowing! This sport is accessible to people with many different types of disabilities through the use of adaptive seating and other modifications. And you don't need water to row – Indoor Rowing machines make the sport possible no matter where you live. Learn about the many benefits of rowing, including exercise and fitness, improved self-esteem, goal setting, and a sense of accomplishment and community. Try an Indoor Rowing machine for yourself and learn more about rowing in the Chicago area. Learn more about this sport at concept2.com/indoor-rowers/adaptive-rowing.

Hand Cycling

Manual Wheelchair Skills

Presented by Invacare Top End

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.

Manual Wheelchair Skills for Everyone

Manual Wheelchair Skills

Presented by Empower Spinal Cord

Presented by Empower Spinal Cord What is your favorite way to hop a curb? What tricks do you use to get yourself off the ground? Never sat in a manual wheelchair and have always wanted to try a wheelie? Stop by the Empower SCI table at the expo and we will help you brush up on old skills and learn new skills from others. The booth will be staffed with both manual wheelchair-users and able-bodied staff to offer education and opportunities to learn new wheelchair skills. Skills will include curb-hopping, fall recovery, wheelie management, wheelchair maintenance, and challenging transfers. Open to both wheelchair-users and able-bodied individuals, there will be several wheelchairs present for able-bodied individuals to try out these skills. Visit us for a personal "Learn New Skills" time where you can spend 15 dedicated minutes getting one-on-one assistance with a skill you'd like to master. Based on availability. Attendees can reserve specific times at the booth. Learn more at empowersci.org.

The ADA Legacy Tour

Manual Wheelchair Skills

Presented by the ADA Legacy Project

The ADA Legacy Tour is a traveling exhibit designed to raise public awareness and excitement about ADA25, the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 2015. Produced by The ADA Legacy Project, the ADA Legacy Tour will include historical artifacts from the disability rights movement, including the Road to Freedom RV; information on current issues in disability policy; and video interviews with the next generation of advocates. The Tour will kick off in Houston, Texas July 25, 2014 and travel across the country, making its final stop in Washington, DC July 26, 2015. Learn more at adalegacy.com.

Friday, September 5, 2014

1:00pm – 2:30pm

Meet Josh Dueck, Professional Skier, Paralympic Gold Medalist

Paralympic Gold Medalist skis

Presented by Bodypoint, Booth #518

Josh Dueck is a T11 complete paraplegic and one of the best skiers of his time. He won gold in the men's super combined as well as a silver in the sit-ski downhill at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games. He's also the first person in the world to do a backflip in a sit ski. Josh has dedicated his life to freedom, adventure and helping others to follow the same path. As a spokesperson for Bodypoint Josh shares how their positioning products improved his skiing performance and how overall the products allow all types of wheelchair users to maximize their independence and live with greater freedom. Meet and talk with Josh at Bodypoint booth #518. Learn more at bodypoint.com.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Wheelchair Dancing Demo and Workshop

Manual Wheelchair Skills

Presented by Auti 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 the pioneer of wheelchair Hip-Hop dancing, the founder of the Colours~N~Motion Dance Crew, and star of the film Musical Chairs and the TV series Push Girls. Attendees of all ages and mobility levels are welcome to learn fun 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! Learn more at autiangel.net.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

12:00pm - 3:00pm

Face Painting

Manual Wheelchair Skills

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 – 2:30pm

Meet Josh Dueck, Professional Skier, Paralympic Gold Medalist

Paralympic Gold Medalist skis

Presented by Bodypoint, Booth #518

Josh Dueck is a T11 complete paraplegic and one of the best skiers of his time. He won gold in the men's super combined as well as a silver in the sit-ski downhill at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games. He's also the first person in the world to do a backflip in a sit ski. Josh has dedicated his life to freedom, adventure and helping others to follow the same path. As a spokesperson for Bodypoint Josh shares how their positioning products improved his skiing performance and how overall the products allow all types of wheelchair users to maximize their independence and live with greater freedom. Meet and talk with Josh at Bodypoint booth #518. Learn more at bodypoint.com.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Wheelchair Dancing Demo and Workshop

Manual Wheelchair Skills

Presented by Auti 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 the pioneer of wheelchair Hip-Hop dancing, the founder of the Colours~N~Motion Dance Crew, and star of the film Musical Chairs and the TV series Push Girls. Attendees of all ages and mobility levels are welcome to learn fun 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! Learn more at autiangel.net.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

12:00pm - 3:00pm

Face Painting

Manual Wheelchair Skills

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

Wheelchair Dancing Demo and Workshop

Manual Wheelchair Skills

Presented by Auti 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 the pioneer of wheelchair Hip-Hop dancing, the founder of the Colours~N~Motion Dance Crew, and star of the film Musical Chairs and the TV series Push Girls. Attendees of all ages and mobility levels are welcome to learn fun 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! Learn more at autiangel.net.

1:00pm – 2:30pm

Meet Josh Dueck, Professional Skier, Paralympic Gold Medalist

Paralympic Gold Medalist skis

Presented by Bodypoint, Booth #518

Josh Dueck is a T11 complete paraplegic and one of the best skiers of his time. He won gold in the men's super combined as well as a silver in the sit-ski downhill at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games. He's also the first person in the world to do a backflip in a sit ski. Josh has dedicated his life to freedom, adventure and helping others to follow the same path. As a spokesperson for Bodypoint Josh shares how their positioning products improved his skiing performance and how overall the products allow all types of wheelchair users to maximize their independence and live with greater freedom. Meet and talk with Josh at Bodypoint booth #518. Learn more at bodypoint.com.

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