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.

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

All Day, Every Day

Adaptive Rowing Demonstrations

Presented by Concept2 CTS Rowing

Discover the world of adaptive rowing! This sport is accessible to people with many different types of disabilities. 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 Rower for yourself and learn more about rowing in the Boston area. Learn more about this sport at: www.concept2.com/us/communities/adaptive.

Manual Wheelchair Skills for Everyone

Manual Wheelchair Skills

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.

Friday, September 20, 2013

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Hand Cycling

Presented by Mary Carol Peterson, OT, Invacare Top End

Rowing

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.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Exercise for Persons with Disabilities Program

Presented by Concept2 Rowing and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cambridge

Rowing

The EXPD program specializes in Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) rowing for individuals with Spinal Cord Injury. FES is a technology that allows paralyzed muscles to contribute to whole body exercise. In this way, both the paralyzed legs and innervated arms are under voluntary control and higher exercise intensities can be reached and sustained. In fact, some FES-rowers have achieved unprecedented work rates comparable to those of able-bodied rowers. More information available at www.spauldingrehab.org/research/exercise-persons-disabilities.aspx.

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Wheelchair Dancing Demo and Workshop

Presented by Auti Angel, Abilities Expo "Dancebassador"

Team Hotwheelz

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 founder of the Colous~N~Motion wheelchair Hip-Hop 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 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!

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Assistance Dogs Demonstration

Assistance Dogs Demonstration

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.

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Author Book Signing - "On My Feet Again"

Near Workshop #2

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.

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Horse Therapy Demo

Presented by Jenna Nowosacki, Program Director & Instructor, Windrush Farm

Horse Therapy

Discover the many ways that horse help people with disabilities – from therapeutic horsemanship and hippo therapy to equine assisted learning and psychology. Learn about the tasks they can perform as service and therapy animals. Presenter Jenna Nowosaki 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.windrushfarm.org.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

12:00pm - 12:45pm

Quad Rugby Demonstration

Presented by the Northeast Passage Wildcats

Quad Rugby

Competitive wheelchair rugby is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world. The Northeast Passage Wildcats 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.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Hand Cycling

Presented by Mary Carol Peterson, OT, Invacare Top End

Rowing

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.

12:00pm - 3:00pm

Face Painting

Quad Rugby

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 – 1:45pm

Wheelchair Tennis Demonstration

Presented by Spaulding Adaptive Sports

Players from the Boston area will be on hand to demonstrate Wheelchair Tennis and teach attendees who would like to learn more. 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. It is also one of the few wheelchair sports that is well integrated with the able-bodied community -- our players will be demonstrating UpDown and encouraging participation. 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. To learn more about this amazing sport, visit USTA Wheelchair Tennis.

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Wheelchair Dancing Demo and Workshop

Presented by Auti Angel, Abilities Expo "Dancebassador"

Team Hotwheelz

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 founder of the Colous~N~Motion wheelchair Hip-Hop 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 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!

2:45pm - 3:30pm

Power Soccer Demo

Presented by the U.S. Power Soccer Association

Power Soccer Demo

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

3:45pm – 4:30pm

Wheelchair Basketball

Presented by Spaulding Adaptive Sports

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.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

12:00pm - 12:30pm

Power Soccer Demo

Presented by the U.S. Power Soccer Association

Power Soccer Demo

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

12:00pm – 2:00pm

Hand Cycling

Presented by Mary Carol Peterson, OT, Invacare Top End

Rowing

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.

12:00pm - 3:00pm

Face Painting

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 - 1:15pm

Yoga for Every Body and Mind

Presented by Jay Gupta and Terry Gupta, YogaCaps

Discover what an evidenced-based therapeutic yoga experiences for those with chronic physical and mental health conditions. Jay and Terry will lead attendees through subtle yoga that is simple to do and works for people who are seated or standing. Yoga can be both energizing and calming, and regular practice has been shown to release "happy" hormones in the body. YogaCaps, Inc. is an all volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization that builds a healthy and resilient community by making yoga more available and affordable. Learn more at www.yogacaps.org.

1:30pm - 2:00pm

Wheelchair Dancing Demo and Workshop

Presented by Auti Angel, Abilities Expo "Dancebassador"

Team Hotwheelz

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 founder of the Colous~N~Motion wheelchair Hip-Hop 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 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!

2:15pm - 2:45pm

Assistance Dogs Demonstration

Presented by Jessica Reiss, MSW, Northeast Regional Applicant Coordinator, Canine Companions for Independence

Assistance Dogs Demonstration

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. Learn more at www.cci.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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