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.

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.

The ADA Legacy Tour

Presented by the ADA Legacy Project

ADA Legacy Tour Photo

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, Disability Rights Center, ADA National Network and the Museum of disABILITY History, the ADA Legacy Tour will include the Road to Freedom RV; information about disability rights history, ADA and ADA25. 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, July 25, 2014

11:00am - 5:00pm

Book Signing with Mark E. Smith, Author, Wheels of Change

Quantum Booth # 301

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

Mark E. Smith will be signing copies of his latest book, Wheels of Change: The Story Behind How Complex Rehab Technology was Born, Evolved, and Fosters the Independence of Americans with Disabilities. Wheels of Change is the ultimate story of how, against all odds, the convergence of inspired individuals, technology, and timing improved the lives of so many with the evolution of mobility technology over a 40-year period, from the garages of the 1970s to the remarkable technology of today.

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.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Assistance Dogs Demonstration

Presented by My Service Dog, Inc.

Assistance Dogs Demonstration

More than ever assistance dogs are meeting the needs of people with many types of 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, meet the dogs, ask questions and talk one-on-one with the presenters about how you can bring an assistance dog into your life. Learn more at myservicedog.com.

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Complimentary Makeup Sessions

Presented by Hydred Makabali, Professional Makeup Artist

Makeup Artist

"Explore, dare and cultivate!" Hydred believes that everyone has creative impulses and imagination yet to be discovered. Her own makeup work and oil paintings are beautiful and unique expressions of human personality. Hydred has been a proud sponsored team member of Colours Wheelchairs for over 10 years and is a former ranked semi-professional pool player. She is a professional makeup artist certified with Shiseido Cosmetics. She is here to share her passion and extensive background in fine arts by offering personalized complimentary makeup looks to our wonderful guests. Sessions last a maximum of 20 minutes. Invite friends and family to join you for tips. Spaces are limited, first come first serve. Certificates for complimentary facial massage or makeup session at local Shisheido counters. See Hydred's makeup and fine art at facebook.com/hydred.makabali.

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Book Signing with Briley Rossiter, Author, "Born an Angel"

Booth #170

Born and Angel Book Signing.  Image of the Born an Angel Bookcover.

"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! Learn more at www.ainsleysangels.org.

1:45pm – 2:30pm

Zumba for Special Populations - Come one Come ALL!

Presented by Corina Gutierrez

Zumba at the Abilities Expo in Houston!

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 corinag.zumba.com.

2:30pm – 4:00pm

Book Signing with Karen Kain, Author, A Unique Life Fully Lived

Karen Kain Book Signing at the Abilities Expo in Houston.

Lorrin Kain was born in Newport Beach, California on March 15, 1994. At six weeks of age she had an adverse reaction to her one and only DPT vaccination. The vaccine attacked her brain, leaving her with severe brain damage. The doctors never had hope for Lorrin's future. They suggested Karen put Lorrin in an institution and get on with her own life. Feeling abandoned by modern medicine, Karen turned to alternative treatments and spiritual guidance. Despite her best efforts, Lorrin continued to have horrible episodes of uncontrolled seizures that would land them in the hospital for days and weeks. To her very last breath Lorrin was brave and showed a sense of humor and courage that was unmatched. A Unique Life Fully Lived is their journey of love, hope and courage. For more information visit lorrinsworld.com and karenkain.com.

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

11:00am - 5:00pm

Book Signing with Mark E. Smith, Author, Wheels of Change

Quantum Booth # 301

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

Mark E. Smith will be signing copies of his latest book, Wheels of Change: The Story Behind How Complex Rehab Technology was Born, Evolved, and Fosters the Independence of Americans with Disabilities. Wheels of Change is the ultimate story of how, against all odds, the convergence of inspired individuals, technology, and timing improved the lives of so many with the evolution of mobility technology over a 40-year period, from the garages of the 1970s to the remarkable technology of today.

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.

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 houstonfacepainting.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.

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Complimentary Makeup Sessions

Presented by Hydred Makabali, Professional Makeup Artist

Makeup Artist

"Explore, dare and cultivate!" Hydred believes that everyone has creative impulses and imagination yet to be discovered. Her own makeup work and oil paintings are beautiful and unique expressions of human personality. Hydred has been a proud sponsored team member of Colours Wheelchairs for over 10 years and is a former ranked semi-professional pool player. She is a professional makeup artist certified with Shiseido Cosmetics. She is here to share her passion and extensive background in fine arts by offering personalized complimentary makeup looks to our wonderful guests. Sessions last a maximum of 20 minutes. Invite friends and family to join you for tips. Spaces are limited, first come first serve. Certificates for complimentary facial massage or makeup session at local Shisheido counters. See Hydred's makeup and fine art at facebook.com/hydred.makabali.

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Book Signing with Briley Rossiter, Author, "Born an Angel"

Booth #170

Born and Angel Book Signing.  Image of the Born an Angel Bookcover.

"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! Learn more at www.ainsleysangels.org.

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Book Signing with Karen Kain, Author, A Unique Life Fully Lived

Karen Kain Book Signing at the Abilities Expo in Houston.

Lorrin Kain was born in Newport Beach, California on March 15, 1994. At six weeks of age she had an adverse reaction to her one and only DPT vaccination. The vaccine attacked her brain, leaving her with severe brain damage. The doctors never had hope for Lorrin's future. They suggested Karen put Lorrin in an institution and get on with her own life. Feeling abandoned by modern medicine, Karen turned to alternative treatments and spiritual guidance. Despite her best efforts, Lorrin continued to have horrible episodes of uncontrolled seizures that would land them in the hospital for days and weeks. To her very last breath Lorrin was brave and showed a sense of humor and courage that was unmatched. A Unique Life Fully Lived is their journey of love, hope and courage. For more information visit lorrinsworld.com and karenkain.com.

1:45pm – 2:30pm

Zumba for Special Populations - Come one Come ALL!

Presented by Corina Gutierrez

Zumba at the Abilities Expo in Houston!

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 corinag.zumba.com..

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

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 houstonfacepainting.net.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Complimentary Makeup Sessions

Presented by Hydred Makabali, Professional Makeup Artist

Makeup Artist

"Explore, dare and cultivate!" Hydred believes that everyone has creative impulses and imagination yet to be discovered. Her own makeup work and oil paintings are beautiful and unique expressions of human personality. Hydred has been a proud sponsored team member of Colours Wheelchairs for over 10 years and is a former ranked semi-professional pool player. She is a professional makeup artist certified with Shiseido Cosmetics. She is here to share her passion and extensive background in fine arts by offering personalized complimentary makeup looks to our wonderful guests. Sessions last a maximum of 20 minutes. Invite friends and family to join you for tips. Spaces are limited, first come first serve. Certificates for complimentary facial massage or makeup session at local Shisheido counters. See Hydred's makeup and fine art at facebook.com/hydred.makabali.

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.

12:45pm – 1:30pm

Zumba for Special Populations - Come one Come ALL!

Presented by Corina Gutierrez

Zumba at the Abilities Expo in Houston!

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 corinag.zumba.com.

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Book Signing with Karen Kain, Author, A Unique Life Fully Lived

Karen Kain Book Signing at the Abilities Expo in Houston.

Lorrin Kain was born in Newport Beach, California on March 15, 1994. At six weeks of age she had an adverse reaction to her one and only DPT vaccination. The vaccine attacked her brain, leaving her with severe brain damage. The doctors never had hope for Lorrin's future. They suggested Karen put Lorrin in an institution and get on with her own life. Feeling abandoned by modern medicine, Karen turned to alternative treatments and spiritual guidance. Despite her best efforts, Lorrin continued to have horrible episodes of uncontrolled seizures that would land them in the hospital for days and weeks. To her very last breath Lorrin was brave and showed a sense of humor and courage that was unmatched. A Unique Life Fully Lived is their journey of love, hope and courage. For more information visit lorrinsworld.com and karenkain.com.

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Book Signing with Briley Rossiter, Author, "Born an Angel"

Booth #170

Born and Angel Book Signing.  Image of the Born an Angel Bookcover.

"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! Learn more at www.ainsleysangels.org.

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.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Assistance Dogs Demonstration

Presented by My Service Dog, Inc.

Assistance Dogs Demonstration

More than ever assistance dogs are meeting the needs of people with many types of 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, meet the dogs, ask questions and talk one-on-one with the presenters about how you can bring an assistance dog into your life. Learn more at myservicedog.com.

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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