• Los Angeles Abilities Expo
    March 6 - 8, 2015
    Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall A
    Fri. 11am-5pm | Sat. 11am-5pm | Sun 11am-4pm

FREE workshops!
Plan your Abilities Expo experience today!

CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) services will be available at all of the workshops.

Take advantage of Free Workshops that focus on everything from tips for traveling with a disability and getting the best accessible vehicle to knowing your rights in the workplace. Broaden your nutrition and wellness knowledge with Tiphany Adams from Push Girls. Interested in a service dog but not sure where to start? Check out Saturday's "Service Dogs 101" for all the basic information you need to know. Plus be sure to check out the workshops on new therapies and getting the wheelchair that's right for you.

Workshops are FREE and there’s no need to register. Just arrive early to get your seat!
Check out our FREE Events for more information and activities.


  • Certificates of participation are available for all workshops. Please see the Accessibility Help Desk following each workshop for your certificate. (Please note there are no CEU approved courses at this year’s Abilities Expo).

* Please note dates and times of workshops are subject to change without notice. Abilities Expo is not responsible for the materials or opinions of the speakers.

Here's what we did in 2014. Stay tuned for 2015! 

Friday, February 28, 2014

11:45am – 12:45pm

Wheelchair Standers: Stand for Function!

Standing with a wheelchair

Presented by Magdalena Love, OTR, Clinical Education Specialist, Permobil Inc. with Tiphany Adams, Star, Sundance Channel's Push Girls

Standing is an intervention that has been gaining attention recently. In addition to the physiological benefits of weight bearing (standing), the increase in functional performance that standing provides makes it a desirable feature on a wheelchair base. This session will look at the research supporting standing wheelchairs and will discuss how to use this research to support a consumer's need for a standing wheelchair. Several successful case studies of people using standing wheelchairs (both manual and power) will also be shared

11:45am – 12:45pm

Working with Disabilities: Know Your Rights to Reasonable Accommodations and the Interactive Process in the Workplace

Presented by Jonathan Delshad, Attorney, Law Offices of Jonathan J. Delshad

When you require a reasonable accommodation in the workplace, do you know your rights and the process to follow? What happens if your needs are not met? At this workshop you'll learn about both your rights and responsibilities in this process. Discover how the ADA, FEHA, and CFRA work together to create a web of protection for people with disabilities. Understand the laws that require an employer to provide reasonable accommodations for a disability so that an employee who has a disability can continue to perform their basic job functions. If an employer is not able to provide a requested accommodation, you'll learn that the employer is required to engage in an interactive process in order to find an accommodation that would be fitting. Employees need to know their rights in the workplace and how to ask for these accommodations in order to be protected should there be any adverse actions taken against them.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Intermittent Catheters Your Choice

Presented by Tom Remmel, Product Manager, Coloplast and Amy Dannels-McClure, RN, ND

Join us for a discussion of the choices facing intermittent catheter users, their caregivers and clinicians when they choose the right catheter for the users individual needs. Considerations will focus on the features and clinical benefits of different intermittent catheters, as well as how catheters are covered and reimbursed by the user's insurance plan. Attendees will learn what is required to ensure coverage for their catheters and strategies to ensure they will get the catheter of their choice.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Using Technology to Maximize Your Life!

Boy testing assistive technology at the Expo

Presented by Carmen Jones, Founder, Solutions Marketing Group (SMG)

We live in a world where technology changes very rapidly. It can be quite challenging to keep up! As a person with a disability, you want to access the latest Apps, websites and tools to maximize your life. At this workshop, discover new and innovative ways to improve your daily life using technology. Discuss the challenges of staying current with the ever-changing technology environment. Plus you'll learn about the newest lifestyle apps available that can increase your independence and support those around you as well.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Tiphany Adams Tips for Living Well

Healthy Lifestyle by Tiphany AdamsPresented by Tiphany Adams, Star, Sundance Channel's Push Girls

Following her accident and rehab, Tiphany Adams, star of Sundance Channel's critically acclaimed docu-series "Push Girls," found herself weak, tired, taking a lot of medications, and feeling sick most of the time. Through self-research and perseverance she discovered how nutrition, fitness, meditation and more could bring her to a place of wellness and independence. Spend an hour with Tiphany to learn some of her tips for finding your own healthy lifestyle. Some simple changes in nutrition and fitness can improve your wellness, independence and state of mind. Tiphany will share her personal tips as well as suggestions on how to start your own journey of wellness. Includes examples of simple stretching and yoga exercises plus time for questions and answers.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Image of exotic destination.  Tips for traveling with a disability.

Accessing the World: Tips for Traveling with a Disability

Presented by Debra Kerper, Easy Access Travel

Would you like to travel the country or the world, but believe you cannot because of your disability? At this workshop you will learn that travel by air, sea and car is a real option for you. The presenter, a professional travel agent who has a disability and has travelled extensively, will share with you how to plan a trip, including what to expect form hotels, rental car companies, cruise lines and the airlines. Learn about the common challenges, methods for addressing them and what the law requires. Attendees will receive recommendations for disability-friendly destinations and accessible travel resources. Be sure to bring your pressing questions and a list of places you'd like to visit. Learn more at www.easyaccesstravel.com.

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Women with Disabilities: Your Education, Empowerment, & Self-Advocacy

Women with Disability Empowerment

Presented by Bethany A. Hoppe, MACS, Auhor and Owner/Founder, Bethany Productions

What are the best ways for women with disabilities to secure their safety, social status, health care, occupational progress, and self-representation? What do the statistics tell us about the progress and future for women with disabilities? These and other questions will be discussed in this lively, poignant, and interactive presentation. The presenter brings the statistics and research together to offer solutions, the historical picture, and tips to promote the status of women with disabilities in today's fast-paced world. Find out how to get women to the money, jobs, status, and education they deserve. You will leave inspired to take personal proactive action in your future as women, loved ones, and/or caretakers of women with disabilities. Discover the current status of women with disabilities; specific tools necessary for women with disabilities to achieve financial, social, and occupational success; and keys to successfully utilizing technology for their personal advancement.

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Day Trips: The Benefits of Travel without Leaving Home

Presented by Tammy I. Glenn, Founder, HomeBoundResources.com

As many as 80% of Abilities Expo attendees are faced with challenging disabilities; many are in family care situations. Maintaining a stimulating, interesting atmosphere, particularly when a loved one is home or bed-bound, can pose tremendous challenges. Day Tripping Around the World offers creative travel ideas for families and couples without ever leaving your house. Join Tammy Glenn on journeys to far and interesting parts of the world and learn how to use some handy local resources to explore remote parts of the world from the comfort of your own home. Creativity is the ticket! Where in the world do you want to go? Fasten your seatbelt…we're on our way! Who knows…you might become inspired enough to take a real trip!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

11:45pm – 12:45pm

How to Select the Right Accessible Vehicle for You

Choosing the right adaptive equipment vehicle for you.Presented by Justin White, Area Sales Manager, BraunAbility

Does the process of purchasing adaptive equipment for a vehicle leave you feeling challenged and frustrated? Consumers and related healthcare professionals alike are invited to join us to learn the tips to successfully navigating the purchase of vans and accessible modifications. This workshop will cover such topics as what solutions are available and where to find them, key terminology, the shopping and evaluation process, funding options and much more. Following the session attendees are invited for a hands-on van demo at BraunAbility's Booth #101

11:45am – 12:45pm

The Parent's Journey: Ideas for Celebrating Life with Your Child

Karen Kain and LorrinPresented by Karen Kain, Author, Abilities Expo Parent Ambassador

Karen Kain's daughter Lorrin was medically fragile with significant disabilities from the age of 2 months until her death at 15. Without the Internet or parent connections that exist today, Karen made her own way and created a lifetime of loving memories for herself and her daughter. Lorrin lived a full life surrounded by friendships, travel and typical childhood activities. Karen will share her story of the ideas given to her by other parents, of what she and Lorrin discovered together, and how she found a way past societal assumptions to get creative and enjoy her daughter no matter her perceived abilities. This is a must-attend workshop if you are a parent of a unique child and whether you are new to this journey or more experienced. Caregivers, healthcare providers and all others are welcome also. Learn more about Karen at www.lorrinsworld.com and www.karenkain.com. Lorrin and Karen's story is the subject of a new book, "Living A Unique Life Experience: The Lorrin Kain Story", available for purchase at the Expo. See the events schedule for times and location.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

The World of Accessible Travel

Accessible travel does not need to be hard.Presented by Ashley Lyn Olson, CEO & Founder, wheelchairtraveling.com

Take a journey and explore all the travel that is possible for people with limited physical mobility from the Galapagos Islands to the hills of San Francisco. Discover the joys of seeing new things, hunting, fishing, hot air ballooning, hiking and camping, skydiving, sailing and more with a limited mobility. Learn about the challenges you may face when flying, cruising and booking a hotel room and tips for overcoming those barriers. Whether you are thinking of a day-trip or an overseas excursion, looking to unwind or have an adventure, you can be inspired because the world is beautiful and has much to offer everyone. Supported by personal experiences and photos, this workshop will provide you with many ideas and tips - all from a presenter whose wheelchair has seen many travels.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Image of smiling kids.  New treatment for children with Cerebral Palsy.

New Treatment Avenue for Children with CP and Related Disorders

Presented by Annie Lachaud, President, ABR Center A.L. Ltd.

Advanced Biomechanical Rehabilitation (ABR) is a new rehabilitation approach for children with Cerebral Palsy. The program is based on recent evidence-based research and new strategies developed throughout the world over the last 10-15 years. The focus of the treatment is placed on the "global development" of the brain-injured child. This home-based program, called "Thrive and Flourish" brings significant improvements at metabolic, mechanic and sensory levels. Patients see improvements in respiration, digestion and food absorption, balance, weight-bearing performance, sleep, alertness and most importantly, happiness. This workshop will give parents and others a clear overview of the therapy which focuses on strengthening the fascia to improve a child's structure and functions. Before and after photos and video will be shared. Learn more at www.abrcanada.com.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Service Dogs 101

Bring a dog into your life!  Photo of boy with service dog.Presented by Kristin Hartness, Executive Director, Canines for Disabled Kids

Have you considered getting a service dog for you or a loved one? Not sure of the process or if a service dog can assist you? Did the ADA Amendments Act change the definition of a legal service dog? At this session you'll find the answers to those questions and more. Learn the legal definition of a service dog, the wide range of skills they can be trained to provide to people with disabilities, where you can obtain a dog, how to select a training program, along with a solid understanding of what to expect from a service dog team working in public places. Limitations of service dogs will also be discussed along with other consideration to be aware of, especially related to schools. The session is presented by an organization focused on public awareness and education about service dogs. A brief demonstration of skills will be shared if time allows. Learn more at www.caninesforkids.org.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

APPtastic Adventures: Educational Apps for Special Needs Students

AppTastic Apps for children with special needs.

Presented by Laura Simmons-Martinez, Technology Project Director and Elizabeth Ortega, Assistive

In this workshop, we will introduce some wonderful applications that can be used on iDevices for children with special needs. Some of the applications discussed and demonstrated will include early learning, social skills, life skills, interactive books, reading, visual schedules and much more. Joing us for a fun, fast-paced workshop! Please note - prior technology and iDevice knowledge is recommended but not required. Learn more at www.taskca.org.

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Neurofeedback in Treatment of Autism, ADHD and Depression

Presented by Cristina Wood, MA, MFT, Founder, Los Angeles Neurofeedback

Studies over the past two decades have lead to a greater understanding of how brain function plays a role in depression, trauma, and ADHD. These disorders lead to numerous psychological and emotional problems impairing people to have a functional life. Neurofeedback, also known as EEG Biofeedback, enables people's brains to change unproductive or stagnate wave patterns to more productive and constructive ones. Neurofeedback has been used to help people with problems like attention deficit disorder, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, brain injuries, sleep problems, chronic pain. It has also been used in the treatment of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, low self-esteem, anger, lack of impulse control. In this workshop you will learn how Neurofeedback can be used as an alternative treatment to these disorders bringing to the individual a more balanced and functional life without drugs and the side effects it causes.

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Ramping Up To The Outdoors: Outdoor Recreation for Everyone

Choosing the right wheelchair.  Image of a wheelchair drawing.

Presented by Bob aka "4 WheelBob" Coomber, East Bay Regional Park District, Abilities Expo Ambassador

There are many ways to get outside, enjoy nature and benefit from it as well. Spend an hour with Bob, aka 4 WheelBob, Coomber to discover all that is available, from fully ADA accessible trails to the more extreme, with something for each person's ability level and choice. See a sample day pack and learn what essentials to always include, regardless of your disability. For those of you who are looking for more of a workout Bob will also discuss trail fitness and building endurance. Getting outside and on the trail is easier than ever before with trails that include ADA standard restrooms and paved portions. Along the way enjoy Bob's spectacular photos of California trails.

There are no workshops on Sunday, March 16.

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