Houston Abilities Expo Event

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Adaptive Sports Image: Disabled Athletes Racing

It’s no secret that physical activity is essential to over good health regardless of whether or not you have a disability. Adaptive sports are focused on cultivating a person’s ability and provide enjoyable, yet therapeutic, activities in a non-treatment setting.

Abilities Expo is honored to present a variety of interactive, health-enhancing, confidence-building adaptive sports. Come and test your skills and expand your experiences at the following fun events.

All Day, Every Day Activities

Hand Cycling

Presented by Invacare Top End

Hand-cycling at the Abilities Expo in Houston.

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.

Friday, July 25, 2014

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by Ainsley's Angels of America

Roll with the Wind.  Test Drive the Ainsley's Angels Ride-Along Experience!

Test drive the Ainsley's Angels athletic ride-along experience! These programs are created for children, teens, adults and veterans with disABILITIES who normally would not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races. To sum it up, the organization is a volunteer-based service that provides jogger chairs, bike trailers and rafts for anyone who is "disAbled" (Known as Captains) and runners (Known as Angels) to push them in endurance events. When possible visit Booth #148 to sign up for a race experience time. First person first served. A limited number of race experience times are available. This is an Abilities Expo first! Learn more at ainsleysangels.org.

3:00pm – 3:45pm

Quad Rugby Demonstration

Karen Kain Book Signing at the Abilities Expo in Houston.

Wheelchair rugby has often been described as a combination of football, hockey and basketball in a wheelchair. Any individual with impairments in three or more extremities may be eligible to play. This may include, but not limited to: spinal cord injury, post polio and cerebral palsy. Wheelchair rugby is played with four players on a team on a basketball court. 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. Learn more at houstontx.gov/parks/adaptivesports.html.

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Wheelchair Ultimate Frisbee

Karen Kain Book Signing at the Abilities Expo in Houston.

New this year! Wheelchair Ultimate Frisbee is a newer adaptive sport that is fast paced and a lot of fun. Good hand movement is a must and the sport can be rough, with crashes not unlike Quad Rugby. It's for disabled and able-bodied players a lot (able-bodies must use a wheelchair). Learn more at www.houstontx.gov/parks/adaptivesports.html. Get a sense for the sport at www.spinalpedia.com//videodetails.php?vid=104467.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by Ainsley's Angels of America

Roll with the Wind.  Test Drive the Ainsley's Angels Ride-Along Experience!

Test drive the Ainsley's Angels athletic ride-along experience! These programs are created for children, teens, adults and veterans with disABILITIES who normally would not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races. To sum it up, the organization is a volunteer-based service that provides jogger chairs, bike trailers and rafts for anyone who is "disAbled" (Known as Captains) and runners (Known as Angels) to push them in endurance events. When possible visit Booth #148 to sign up for a race experience time. First person first served. A limited number of race experience times are available. This is an Abilities Expo first! Learn more at ainsleysangels.org.

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Wheelchair Tennis

Presented by USTA Texas Section and Houston Tennis Association and Houston Parks and Recreation Department

Paralympic Sled Hockey in action.

Local Houston players 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. Adaptive sports like wheelchair tennis offer people with all types of disabilities an outlet to play sports competitively and in recreational programs. Learn more at www.texas.usta.com.

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Meet Gold Medal Players from the USA Olympic Sled Hockey Team: Andy Yohe (captain), Taylor Lipsett, Rico Roman and Jen Lee

STARskaters Booth #510

Presented by STARskaters

Paralympic Sled Hockey in action.

Meet Gold Medal players from the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games! Learn more about the team at olympics.usahockey.com/page/show/844357-paralympics.

2:45pm – 3:30pm

Sled Hockey Demonstration

Presented by STARskaters and Texas Sled Hockey

Face Painting at the Abilities Expo in Houston

Sled Hockey was invented in Sweden in the early 1960s by a group of people with disabilities. The sport is known as Ice Sledge Hockey outside of the United States. Members of Team Texas will be on hand to demonstrate the sport and give attendees a chance to play. Come learn about this sport which follows most of the typical ice hockey rules with the exception of modifications to the equipment and the use of the sleds. The sport is normally played on ice but sleds with wheels will be used for this demo. Learn more at www.texassledhockey.org and www.starskaters.org.

3:45pm – 4:30pm

Adaptive Judo

Presented by Houston Parks and Recreation - Adaptive Recreation Department

Judo has been part of the Paralympic Games since the 1988 Games in Seoul and it's growing in popularity. In strict Judo competition only athletes who are blind or have vision impairments complete. Adaptive Judo opens the sport up to people with all types of disabilities. See local athletes demonstrate the sport and learn how you can get involved. Learn more at houstontx.gov/parks/adaptivesports.html.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

11:45am - 12:30pm

Power Soccer Demonstration

Presented by the U.S. Power Soccer Association

Power Soccer Demonstration

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

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race Experience

Presented by Ainsley's Angels of America

Roll with the Wind.  Test Drive the Ainsley's Angels Ride-Along Experience!

Test drive the Ainsley's Angels athletic ride-along experience! These programs are created for children, teens, adults and veterans with disABILITIES who normally would not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races. To sum it up, the organization is a volunteer-based service that provides jogger chairs, bike trailers and rafts for anyone who is "disAbled" (Known as Captains) and runners (Known as Angels) to push them in endurance events. When possible visit Booth #148 to sign up for a race experience time. First person first served. A limited number of race experience times are available. This is an Abilities Expo first! Learn more at ainsleysangels.org.

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Indoor Wheelchair Soccer

Presented by Houston Parks and Recreation - Adaptive Recreation Department

Indoor Wheelchair Soccer is a fast-pasted game that combines elements of basketball, soccer, and European team handball. Both power chair and manual chair uses are allowed to play. This sport is very popular in Houston. See a demonstration and then have a chance to try it for yourself. Learn more at houstontx.gov/parks/adaptivesports.html.

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