Houston 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.We are starting to announce events for Abilities Expo Houston 2013. Please check back as we will be adding new events on a regular basis.

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

Friday, August 2, 2013

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Wheelchair Tennis

USTA Texas Section and Houston Tennis Association

Zumba

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.

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Zumba for Special Populations - Come one Come ALL!

Presented by Corina Gutierrez

Zumba

Zumba provides the chance for you to improve your fitness while having fun! With moves taken from latin dances - Salsa, Merengue Cumbia and Reggaton. Zumba is a work-out that feels more like a party! You don’t need to know how to dance to enjoy Zumba and its benefits. As the presenter will tell you, just move your body and follow her lead. Corina is licensed to teach Zumba, Zumba Gold and Zumbatonic. As a wheelchair user herself she is working to spread the word about the importance of fitness to wheelchair users and the Zumba’s benefits. Zumba is something everybody - as in every body - can enjoy. To lear more follow Corina on Facebook (search Angel on a Mission) or at www.corinag.zumba.com.

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Book Signing for "Born an Angel" with Briley Rossiter

Briley Reading an Inspirational Story

Briley Rossiter

"Born an Angel" captures the inspirational story of two sisters, Briley and Ainsley who are determined to overcome the obstacles associated with learning of Ainsley's extremely rare progressive genetic nerve condition~Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (INAD). Purchase a copy of the book and meet the author Briley!

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Wheelchair Dancing Demo and Workshop

Presented by Auti Angel, Abilities Expo "Dancebassador"

Auti: Wheelchair Dancing Demo and Workshop

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

Presented by My Service Dog, Inc.

Assistance Dogs: Photo of 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. Learn more at www.myservicedog.com.

3:45pm - 4:45pm

Adaptive Judo

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.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

11:10am – 11:40am

Kazoo Band Concert and Learn-To-Play Workshop

Presented by Kazoo Ensemble of the Hampton Post Oak

Join in for some light-hearted fun! The ensemble members, ages 53 to 91 years young, will entertain you with their repertoire of children's, oldies, patriotic, and even classical tunes. Their motto is you can never be too old to have fun and make a different in the world. They believe the arts play a vital role to help people age creatively. After the concert it's your turn to learn to kazoo! (Kazoos will be provided.)

11:45am - 12:30pm

Power Soccer Demo

Presented by the U.S. Power Soccer Association

Face Painting at the Abilities Expo in Houston

Watch and learn as US Power Soccer Association Team USA members 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 Houston area. Learn more about power soccer at www.powersoccerusa.net..

12:00pm - 3:00pm

Face Painting

Presented by Houston Face Painting and Balloon Art

Face Painting at the Abilities Expo in Houston

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. Learn more at www.houstonfacepainting.net.

12:45pm - 1:45pm

Adaptive Line Dancing

Houston Parks and Recreation - Adaptive Recreation Department

Line dancing is just one of many dance options that have opened up for wheelchair users in recent years. Wheelchair dancing continues to grow in popularity around the globe - more and more dance centers are offering wheelchair dance all the time. Enjoy a demo of wheelchair line dancing by local Houston dancers and then join the group to try it out for yourself. Wheelchair dancing is open to all attendees regardless of the type of wheelchair you use.

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Meet and Greet with Rupert Isaacson, author of "The Horse Boy"

Horse Boy and Dad

Rupert Isaacson, author of "The Horse Boy" and founder of Horse Boy Method will be available to talk with individual attendees. Horse Boy World items will be available for purchase, including the book "The Horse Boy," the movie The Horse Boy, DVD's about Horse Boy Method, t-shirts and more..

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Book Signing for "Born an Angel" with Briley Rossiter

Briley Reading an Inspirational Story

Briley Rossiter

"Born an Angel" captures the inspirational story of two sisters, Briley and Ainsley who are determined to overcome the obstacles associated with learning of Ainsley's extremely rare progressive genetic nerve condition~Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (INAD). Purchase a copy of the book and meet the author Briley!

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Wheelchair Dancing Demo and Workshop

Presented by Auti Angel, Abilities Expo "Dancebassador"

Auti: Wheelchair Dancing Demo and Workshop

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

Indoor Wheelchair Soccer

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.

3:45pm – 4:30pm

Horse Boy Method Demonstration

Presented by Rupert Isaacson, Co-Founder, Horse Boy World

Horse Boy Method and Demonstration

Horse Boy Method is a group of techniques used with and without horses to bring about better verbal communication from autistic children. While no method is right for 100% of people, Horse Boy World has found that a high percentage of children on the spectrum benefit in significant ways from this approach. See a demonstration of of what Horse Boy Method is - with horses - and hear from Rupert Isaacson about his family's journey and how the method was developed. Attendees will see portions of the simple 6-stage Horse Boy Method process, learn how they can be beneficial along with what is what is currently understood about why the Method is effective. The method can be used with and without horses. No experience with horses is needed to learn and benefit from the approach. Learn more at www.horseboyworld.com.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Face Painting!

Presented by Houston Face Painting and Balloon Art

Face Painting at the Abilities Expo in Houston

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. Learn more at www.houstonfacepainting.net.

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Zumba for Special Populations - Come one Come ALL!

Presented by Corina Gutierrez

Zumba

Zumba provides the chance for you to improve your fitness while having fun! With moves taken from latin dances - Salsa, Merengue Cumbia and Reggaton. Zumba is a work-out that feels more like a party! You don’t need to know how to dance to enjoy Zumba and its benefits. As the presenter will tell you, just move your body and follow her lead. Corina is licensed to teach Zumba, Zumba Gold and Zumbatonic. As a wheelchair user herself she is working to spread the word about the importance of fitness to wheelchair users and the Zumba’s benefits. Zumba is something everybody - as in every body - can enjoy. To lear more follow Corina on Facebook (search Angel on a Mission) or at www.corinag.zumba.com.

1:00pm - 1:30pm

Wheelchair Dancing Demo and Workshop

Presented by Auti Angel, Abilities Expo "Dancebassador"

Auti: Wheelchair Dancing Demo and Workshop

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!

1:45pm – 2:15pm

Assistance Dogs Demonstration

Presented by My Service Dog, Inc.

Assistance Dogs: Photo of 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. Learn more at www.myservicedog.com.

2:45pm – 3:30pm

Sled Hockey Demonstration

Presented by STARskaters and Texas Sled Hockey

Sled Hockey

Sled Hockey (also known as Sledge Hockey) was invented in Sweden in the early 1960s by a group of people with disabilities. 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.

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