• New York Abilities Expo
    New York Metro
    May 1 - 3, 2015
    New Jersey Convention & Expo Center
    Fri. 11am-5pm | Sat. 11am-5pm | Sun 11am-4pm

Events and Activities make the total Abilities experience

Want to add an exciting new activity to your life? Abilities Expo showcases a wide range of special events that not only entertain, they also give you the opportunity to test your own skill, expand your interests and find out how you can become involved in your local area.

  • Try a variety of different adaptive sports
  • Discover how assistance dogs can support you
  • Break out your dancing wheels
  • Transform your face at the face painters

There’s a lot going on at Abilities Expo! Be sure to also check out the Free Workshops.

Here’s a few of the events we have planned. More will be added so check back for details!

* PLEASE NOTE dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Abilities Expo is not responsible for the materials or opinions of the speakers.

All Day, Every Day

Assistive Technology Showcase: Interact with Tomorrow's Technology Today

Sponsored by the New Jersey Assistive Technology Center

Assistive Technology at the New York Abilities Expo.

The Abilities Expo AT Showcase, sponsored by the New Jersey Assistive Technology Center, is your chance to explore how assistive technology can help you or your loved ones bridge the gap between ability and disability! The Showcase will feature an array of assistive technology for people of all disabilities to experience hands-on. In addition, the RESNA-certified staff will offer suggestions and share their extensive knowledge to help determine the most appropriate technology match for your abilities and situations. See a complete list of featured technology by clicking here.

Hand Cycling

Presented by Invacare Top End

Hand Cycling Image: Woman enjoying a day hand cycling.

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.

Manual Wheelchair Skills for Everyone

Presented by Empower Spinal Cord Injury

Manual Wheelchair Skills

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. Learn more at empowersci.org.

Friday, May 2, 2014

12:45pm – 1:30pm

Martial Arts Therapy Demonstration

Presented by Rabbi Sensei Gary Moskowitz

Martial Arts Therapy offers emotional and spiritual support to children with disabilities or battling illness, and helps them to take an active role and become a partner in their own healing process. Students learn pain management, physical rehabilitation skills, and deep relaxation techniques. An eclectic approach is used, combining several forms of martial arts, modern medicine, religion, and psychology. The program offers children a chance to play, laugh, make friends and enjoy life. Learn more at martialartstherapy.org.

1:00pm – 2:30pm

Meet Tiphany Adams, Star, Push Girls

Permobil Booth #401

Meet Tiphany Adams, one of the stars of the Sundance Channel's critically acclaimed series Push Girls. Tiphany will be signing photos and autographs for fans.

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Walk and Roll Dance Team Presents!

Presented by the Walk and Roll Dance Team

Walk and Roll Dance Team assembled for photo.

We're kicking off each day with a high-energy, live performance by the Walk and Roll Foundation's inspirational wheelchair dance team. The dance team performs unique and captivating routines across the country as well as sharing their stories of adversity and how through determination and high spirits they've gone on with their lives to fulfill their dreams to dance. Following the performance it's your turn! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance floor and learn some moves. Follow the Team and learn more about them at walkandrollfoundation.org.

Special Giveaway!
Push Girl Book Giveaway Chelsie Hill of the Walk and Roll Dance Team will be giving away three copies of her new book Push Girl: A Novel. Stop by for your chance to be one of the very first people to receive a copy of the book which goes on sale June 3. Push Girl, based on Chelsie's own life, is an inspiring, real and fresh young adult novel about how everything can change in an instant. In addition to co-founding the Walk and Roll Foundation, Chelsie is also one of the stars of Sundance Channel's unscripted series Push Girls.

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Walk and Roll Dance Team Autograph Session

Meet the members of the Walk and Roll Dance Team! The team will be signing posters and autographs for fans.

2:30pm – 4:00pm

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

Walk and Roll Dance Team assembled for photo.

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 – 3:30pm

Assistance Dogs Demonstration

Presented by Caitlin Case and her service dog Forest, Canine Partners for Life

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 k94life.org.

3:00pm – 4:30pm

Meet Tiphany Adams, Star, Push Girls

Mobility SVM Booth #109

Assistance Dogs Demonstration

Meet Tiphany Adams, one of the stars of the Sundance Channel's critically acclaimed series Push Girls. Tiphany will be signing photos and autographs for fans.

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Therapeutic Movement Workshop: Dancing Beyond Disability

Presented by Zazel-Chavah O'Garra, MSW, Performer, Motivational Speaker, and VSA National Teaching Artist Fellow

"Dancing Beyond Disability" is the therapeutic use of movement to improve the mental and physical well being of a person. It focuses on the connection between the mind and body to promote health and healing. Attendees will have fun executing movement to different rhythms which showcases the exploration of motion and the freedom of expressions. Zazel will be available for 30 minutes following her event to sell copies of her DVD. Learn more at zazelchavah.net.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Quad Rugby Demonstration

Presented by the New York Warriors

Quad Rugby Demonstration

Competitive wheelchair rugby is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world. The New York Warriors 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. Follow the team at Facebook - search New York Warriors Wheelchair Rugby.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Face Painting

Presented by Masquerade Face Painting

Sisters with face paint.

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 masqueradefacepainting.com.

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Meet Tiphany Adams, Star, Push Girls

Mobility SVM Booth #109

Tiphany Adams, Star, Push Girls.

Meet Tiphany Adams, one of the stars of the Sundance Channel's critically acclaimed series Push Girls. Tiphany will be signing photos and autographs for fans.

1:00pm - 2:00pm

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

Quantum Booth # 501

Cover of Wheels of Change book.

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.

1:30pm – 3:00pm

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

Walk and Roll Dance Team assembled for photo.

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.

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Walk and Roll Dance Team Presents!

Presented by the Walk and Roll Dance Team

Walk and Roll Dance Team

We're kicking off each day with a high-energy, live performance by the Walk and Roll Foundation's inspirational wheelchair dance team. The dance team performs unique and captivating routines across the country as well as sharing their stories of adversity and how through determination and high spirits they've gone on with their lives to fulfill their dreams to dance. Following the performance it's your turn! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance floor and learn some moves. Follow the Team and learn more about them at walkandrollfoundation.org.

Special Giveaway!
Push Girl Book Giveaway Chelsie Hill of the Walk and Roll Dance Team will be giving away three copies of her new book Push Girl: A Novel. Stop by for your chance to be one of the very first people to receive a copy of the book which goes on sale June 3. Push Girl, based on Chelsie's own life, is an inspiring, real and fresh young adult novel about how everything can change in an instant. In addition to co-founding the Walk and Roll Foundation, Chelsie is also one of the stars of Sundance Channel's unscripted series Push Girls.

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Walk and Roll Dance Team Autograph Session

Meet the members of the Walk and Roll Dance Team! The team will be signing posters and autographs for fans.

2:30pm – 4:00pm

Meet Tiphany Adams, Star, Push Girls

Tiphany Adams Bio Photo: Star from Push Girls

Permobil Booth #401

Meet Tiphany Adams, one of the stars of the Sundance Channel's critically acclaimed series Push Girls. Tiphany will be signing photos and autographs for fans.

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Assistance Dogs Demonstration

Presented by Caitlin Case and her service dog Forest, Canine Partners for Life

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 k94life.org.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

11:30am - 12:00pm

Integrated Dance Performance and Workshop by marked dance project

Presented by marked dance project

Integrated Dance Performance in action.

Join us for a special performance by the marked dance project - an integrated contemporary-modern based dance company that includes dancers with and without disabilities. Their mission is to expose the art of dance to all individuals. Created in March of 2009 by Artistic Director Mark Travis Rivera, the project provides professional opportunities for disabled dancers and aims to expand the definition of dance. Learn more at markeddanceproject.com.

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Meet Tiphany Adams, Star, Push Girls

Permobil Booth #401

Meet Tiphany Adams: Bio Photo of Tiphany

Meet Tiphany Adams, one of the stars of the Sundance Channel's critically acclaimed series Push Girls. Tiphany will be signing photos and autographs for fans.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Face Painting

Presented by Masquerade Face Painting

Face Painting: sisters at the Abilities Expo.

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 masqueradefacepainting.com.

12:15pm - 12:45pm

Therapeutic Movement Workshop: Dancing Beyond Disability

Presented by Zazel-Chavah O'Garra, MSW, Performer, Motivational Speaker, and VSA National Teaching Artist Fellow

"Dancing Beyond Disability" is the therapeutic use of movement to improve the mental and physical well being of a person. It focuses on the connection between the mind and body to promote health and healing. Attendees will have fun executing movement to different rhythms which showcases the exploration of motion and the freedom of expressions. Zazel will be available for 30 minutes following her event to sell copies of her DVD. Learn more at zazelchavah.net.

1:00pm - 1:30pm

Walk and Roll Dance Team Presents!

Presented by the Walk and Roll Dance Team

Walk and Roll Dance Team!

We're kicking off each day with a high-energy, live performance by the Walk and Roll Foundation's inspirational wheelchair dance team. The dance team performs unique and captivating routines across the country as well as sharing their stories of adversity and how through determination and high spirits they've gone on with their lives to fulfill their dreams to dance. Following the performance it's your turn! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance floor and learn some moves. Follow the Team and learn more about them at walkandrollfoundation.org.

Special Giveaway!
Push Girl Book Giveaway Chelsie Hill of the Walk and Roll Dance Team will be giving away three copies of her new book Push Girl: A Novel. Stop by for your chance to be one of the very first people to receive a copy of the book which goes on sale June 3. Push Girl, based on Chelsie's own life, is an inspiring, real and fresh young adult novel about how everything can change in an instant. In addition to co-founding the Walk and Roll Foundation, Chelsie is also one of the stars of Sundance Channel's unscripted series Push Girls.

 

 

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Walk and Roll Dance Team Autograph Session

Meet the members of the Walk and Roll Dance Team! The team will be signing posters and autographs for fans.

1:30pm – 2:30pm

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

Walk and Roll Dance Team assembled for photo.

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.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Wheelchair Ballroom Dancing Demonstration

Presented by Nyemchek's Dance Center Presents Roll Call Wheelchair Dance

Wheelchair dancing is a fun, social and therapeutic activity. See a demonstration by Roll Call Wheelchair Dance and then it's your turn to learn basic partner dance tips in a mini lesson! For wheelchair users and non-users alike. Individuals and couples welcome. All levels of ability are welcome! Wheelchair Dancing crosses the boundaries of age, gender, and physical ability and includes individuals using manual or power chairs with varying levels of ability. To learn more, visit Roll Call Wheelchair Dance on Facebook.

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Meet Tiphany Adams, Star, Push Girls

Permobil Booth #401

Meet Tiphany Adams: Bio Photo of Tiphany

Meet Tiphany Adams, one of the stars of the Sundance Channel's critically acclaimed series Push Girls. Tiphany will be signing photos and autographs for fans.

2:45pm – 3:30pm

Martial Arts Therapy Demonstration

Presented by Rabbi Sensei Gary Moskowitz

Martial Arts Therapy offers emotional and spiritual support to children with disabilities or battling illness, and helps them to take an active role and become a partner in their own healing process. Students learn pain management, physical rehabilitation skills, and deep relaxation techniques. An eclectic approach is used, combining several forms of martial arts, modern medicine, religion, and psychology. The program offers children a chance to play, laugh, make friends and enjoy life. Learn more at martialartstherapy.org.

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