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Abilities Expo—the Nation’s Leading Event for People with Disabilities—Makes Boston Debut September 20-22

Boston, MA ~ New England’s community of people with disabilities—which also includes families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals—welcomes the much-anticipated launch of Abilities Expo Boston on September 20-22, 2013 at The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Admission is free.   Abilities Expo has enjoyed tremendous success in bringing life-enhancing products and services, education, resources and fun to people with disabilities in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta and San Jose each year.   The inaugural Abilities Expo Boston will feature an impressive line-up of exhibits, celebrities, workshops, events and activities to appeal to people of all ages with the full spectrum of disabilities—including physical, learning, developmental and sensory disabilities.

“We are thrilled for the opportunity to bring Abilities Expo to Boston,” said David Korse, president and CEO of Abilities Expo. “We can’t wait help people explore the possibilities and open their eyes to all the things they can do.”

The Latest Products and Services
Attendees will experience cutting-edge products and services for people with a wide range of disabilities. They will find mobility products, devices for people with developmental disabilities, medical equipment, home accessories, essential services, low-cost daily living aids, products for people with sensory impairments and much more.

Relevant Workshops
A series of compelling workshops which address pressing disability issues will be offered free-of-charge to all attendees. Sessions will focus on travel, emergency preparedness, therapeutic recreation, thriving as a parent of a unique child, home accessibility, finding the correct mobility device and that is just for starters.

Sports, Instruction, Dancing and More!
Abilities Expo does not merely inform, it engages and it entertains. Attendees of all levels of ability will learn the latest hip hop dance moves and play a host of adaptive sports like rowing, power soccer and more. And the kids will love the face painting!

Meet the Animals
Animals have become an intrinsic part of the community of people with disabilities. Some are essential to the healing process, while others help their human partners become more independent. Expo-goers will enjoy assistance dog demos, and learn how service monkeys can help people with special needs.

Celebrity Encounters
Meet Chelsie Hill, co-founder of the dance sensation the Walk and Roll Dance Team and one of the dynamic divas of Push Girls, Sundance Channel's award-winning, boundary-breaking docu-series that traces the lives of four women in Hollywood who happen to be in wheelchairs.

Jennifer French, silver medalist for Sailing at the 2012 Paralympian Games and the 2013 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, will conduct a workshop and book signing for her new autobiography, On My Feet Again.

For more information, visit www.abilitiesexpo.com/boston.

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Abilities Expo Wins Best Consumer Show at 2nd Annual TSNN Event Excellence Awards

Santa Monica, CA ~ On November 5, 2011 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC, the Tarsus Advon 2nd Annual TSNN Event Excellence Awards (T-awards) recognized Abilities Expo—the premier event for people with disabilities—as this year’s Best Consumer Show. Abilities Expo President and CEO David Korse was on hand at the Saturday night awards gala to accept the honor for the entire Expo team, including partner and fellow trade show veteran Lew Shomer.

“At every event, we witness the profound effect that Abilities Expo has on the community of people with disabilities,” said Korse. “It is thrilling to see that impact recognized on a national level by such a prestigious industry staple as TSNN, the most respected digital publication of the exhibition industry.”

David Korse

 

Originally debuted in 1979, Abilities Expo came under the management of Shomer and Korse in late 2008 and has experienced tremendous growth ever since. What began as annual events in Los Angeles and New York City has expanded to include Chicago, Houston, San Jose, Atlanta David Korse accepting an awardand (coming in 2013) Boston. With each successive year, the Expo has attracted a greater number of exhibitors and attendees in each market, thus increasing the overall value to both the community and the businesses that serve them.

The TSNN Event Excellence Awards were created to celebrate the growth, innovation and achievement that exist in the exhibition world. “With so many event professionals asking about the future of our industry, it is refreshing to realize that innovation and excellence are still two foundational truths that will lead to success,” said Stephen Nold, president of Tarsus Advon. “As TSNN continues to measure the changes occurring on and with trade show floors, the compass for our industry will be pointed wherever show managers are able to deviate from traditional, lackluster processes and adopt novel new ideas. TSNN seeks to highlight these accomplishments."

For more information about upcoming Expos, visit www.abilitiesexpo.com. Attendees may register for free online. If you are interested in reserving booth space, call 310-450-8831 x130.

Abilities Expo Houston Enjoys Record Attendance—40% Increase Over 2010

August 29, 2011, Houston, TX – Abilities Expo—the nation’s leading exhibition for people with disabilities—was held this past weekend on August 26-28 at Reliant Center, where there was an increase in attendance by 40% over the same show introduced to Houston in 2010. In addition, exhibitor participation was also increased by 21% over last year. Admission was free. By the end of the day, Sunday, 2,865 unique adult visitors had registered to see the latest products and services, learn from dynamic workshops and engage in fun events and activities. Counting non-registered children under the age of 18, (estimated at an additional 25%) the total number of visitors to the Expo was more than 3,500. “Everyone was thrilled with the experience,” said President and CEO David Korse. “It was our pleasure to bring so many members of the community of people with disabilities together and we look forward to coming back to Houston next summer.”

In the vein of a superstore, the Expo featured a wide variety of products to appeal to people of all ages encompassing the full spectrum of disabilities. There were wheelchairs that look like tanks, adaptive clothing, home modification devices, daily living aids, medical equipment, products for people with sensory disabilities, devices to help those with communication impairments and much more from the nearly 140 vendors.

“Never have I shopped/researched and found so many answers so quickly. If only buying a car were as easy,” said Diane Neuman, the mother to a teenager recently diagnosed with a syndrome that will require mobility devices. “I am sitting at home this afternoon feeling very much like I have a very good grip on this new world we are preparing to navigate.”

The workshops addressing critical issues for people with disabilities included presentations on home modifications and travel. Abilities Expo continued its trademark of balancing a wealth of education and product information with fun events and activities. Onlookers were riveted by the adaptive sports demos, the assistance dogs and, especially, the presentation about how to connect to kids with autism through a new kind of therapeutic riding. The Horse Boy Method was showcased on site with actual horses.

ABILITIES EXPO DRAWS BIG CROWDS

SANTA MONICA, CA May 1, 2009 – The management team at 5NET4 Productions, the new owners of Abilities Expo, reported that final attendance numbers exceeded their expectations during Abilities Expo Metro New York, on April 17-19 at the New Jersey Convention Center.

Verifying the attendance numbers using pre-registration and on-site mandatory registration for all visitors over the age of 18, Abilities Expo drew 4,034 attendees including those with disabilities, family members and healthcare and special needs professionals. In addition, 5NET4 management estimated an additional 1,000 attendees under the age of 18, that were not required to register bringing total attendance to more than 5,000 unique visitors. 

Exhibitors were also thrilled at the turnout and praised the new management team. Judy Kline, Sales and Marketing Manager of Restorative Therapies said, “I wanted to let you know that our team thought the show had more traffic this year, so please
keep up your marketing efforts.”  Dan Dunleavy of CWI Medical added, “CWI Medical has been a participant and sponsor of the Abilities Expo for years, and we will continue to support this wonderful event. This year has been by far the best. The turn out was great and the new management was there for us throughout the entire show. Thank you so much!”

“As the new owners of Abilities, we wanted to establish a true baseline of visitors who attended the Metro New York Abilities Expo and we are pleased to report these very strong and respectable attendance figures to our exhibitors and the industry,” said David Korse, President of 5Net4 Productions.  “We reached out to the community in new ways by appointing two “ambassadors” from the community to help us create awareness and we invested heavily in a variety of media throughout the region bringing together people with disabilities, their families, caregivers and healthcare and special needs professionals.  We look forward to continuing this momentum at our other events in Anaheim, Chicago and Atlanta.”

Upcoming events include Abilities Expo Anaheim: May 29-31, 2009 -- Anaheim Convention Center, CA.; Abilities Expo Chicago:  June 25-27, 2009 -- Schaumburg Convention Center, IL and Abilities Expo Atlanta: November 5-7, 2009 -- Cobb Galleria Convention Center, GA.  The 2010 Abilities Expo New York Metro event will be held May 20-22, 2010 at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison, NJ.  For additional information, visit www.abilitiesexpo.com or call (310) 450-8831 x130.


ABILITIES EXPO NEW YORK METRO DRAWS HUGE CROWDS  

Abilities Expo Special EventsSANTA MONICA, CA April 21, 2009 – The community for people with disabilities gathered this weekend in the Northeast for Abilities Expo and enjoyed hundreds of brand new products and services, special events, and important and relevant conference sessions.  The New York Metro event attracted huge numbers of individuals with disabilities, their families, caregivers and healthcare and special needs professionals to the three day consumer show. (Editor’s Note: audited attendance numbers will be available May 1, 2009)

“This is a great event,” said Jackie Polglaze, an attendee with Cerebral Palsy who traveled to the show from Wanaque, NJ.  “I was able to see so many new products that can make life so much better for me and other people like me who have CP.  I’m really glad I made the trip, it was very worthwhile.”

The exhibitors at the event expressed similar enthusiasm as the event drew to a close.  “The New Jersey event was extremely successful for us,” said Libby Kneeland of Supracor, Inc., makers of wheelchair cushions and mattresses for the prevention and healing of pressure sores.  “The booth traffic was phenomenal and our sales reps were very busy helping consumers all weekend.”

David Korse and Lew Shomer who bought the events six months ago and run them under the show management company 5Net4 Productions, reported, “We are thrilled that we were able to reach so many people, and realize the true value of these events,” remarked Mr. Korse.  “We knew the Abilities Expo events were an important part of the community, but truly understand now how many people attend the shows to find connections, information and products that will make their lives easier.”

“We have been a participant and sponsor of the Abilities Expo for years, and we will continue to support this wonderful event,” said Dan Dunleavy from CWI Medical, which specializes in incontinence products and adaptive and rehabilitation equipment. “This year has been by far the best. The turn out was great and the new management team was there for us throughout the entire show. We thank them so much!”

During the course of the three day event many new products were introduced including apparel and accessories, bathroom equipment, conversion vans, pediatric equipment, wheelchairs and accessories, home medical equipment and much more. 

SantinaA feature of the show were the special events that were extremely well attended including several sporting demonstrations and tournaments presented by the United States Power Wheelchair Soccer Association, The New York Jets Rugby Team, the New York Giants Wheelchair Football Team, The New Jersey Jr. Nets Wheelchair Basketball Association; and the Tri-State Wheelchair Athletic Association Archery Team.  Jerry Frick, from the United States Wheelchair Power Soccer Association, who exhibited at the show and brought two teams to showcase Power Soccer said, “We were able to make so many great contacts during the past three days.  We will be able to add five new teams in the tri-state area just from the people we met here.”

A highlight and new to the event this year was Chloe Magazine’s Dare to Change the World Fashion Showcase which featured the latest custom made fashion trends for men and women from Swedish Designer David Lega, British Designer Louisa Summerfield as well as USA Jeans and AG Apparel.   Louisa Summerfield, founder of Wheeliechix-Chic clothing was honored by the reception given to her by the audience. “I am thrilled that I came over from the UK to be part of this wonderful event, and I thank all of you for being so welcoming,” she said.

Abilities Expo is owned by 5Net4 Productions, based in Santa Monica, California.  Upcoming events include Abilities Expo Anaheim: May 29-31, 2009 -- Anaheim Convention Center, CA.; Abilities Expo Chicago:  June 25-27, 2009 -- Schaumburg Convention Center, IL and Abilities Expo Atlanta: November 5-7, 2009 -- Cobb Galleria Convention Center, GA.  The 2010 Abilities Expo New York Metro event will be held May 20-22, 2010 at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison, NJ.  For additional information, visit www.abilitiesexpo.com or call (310) 450-8831 x130.

ABILITIES EXPO: THE NATION’S LEADING EVENT FOR THE DISABILITIES MARKET COMING TO METRO NEW YORK APRIL 17-19, 2009

Showcasing Thousands of the Latest Products and Services for People with Disabilities; CEU Professional and Consumer Workshops, Career Fair, Fashion Show and Dozens of Special Events Planned

SANTA MONICA, CA, March 24, 2009 - Excitement is building for the upcoming Abilities Expo/Metro New York that will bring the disability marketplace together for three days to see new products, learn about advances in technology and provide education courses for professionals and consumers.   The Expo and Conference is schedule for April 17-19, 2009 at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison, NJ. 

For three decades, the major participants in the community of people with disabilities have gathered at Abilities Expo to gain knowledge and improve lives,” said David Korse, President and CEO and new owner of Abilities Expo. ”The end-users, the professionals and the companies whose products and services support this burgeoning market derive tremendous benefit from this impressive event. In 2008, Abilities Expo welcomed over 8,000 attendees to its New York Metro show.”

The new owners at Abilities Expo and the event management team have put together a stellar line up of informational, educational, and interactive, events, exhibits and sessions.  Highlights for the 2009 Event, includes:

  • New Special Events – There will be three full days of action packed special events including the Chloe Magazine “Dare to Change the World” Fashion Showcase, the Miss You Can Do it Pageant,  an Author Autographing Area and  a career fair featuring some of the nation’s most progressive companies. Attendees will also want to visit the special events area to watch demonstrations and learn how to play wheelchair Rugby, Football, Basketball, Power Soccer and Archery.  Check the Abilities Expo website for a complete schedule of events
  • New Exhibits – There will be dozens of companies in the Expo Hall showcasing the latest in accessible home modification; automobiles and conversion vans; scooters and accessories; exercise, recreational, sports equipment and services; personal care products; wheelchairs and walkers; financial planning and so much more.
  • New Conference Sessions – For the first time healthcare professionals will be able to earn CEUs and enhance their knowledge through compelling educational seminars on such topics as intensive physical therapy, in-home therapy options, disability culture and the workplace, reproductive experience for women with disability and more.  Complimentary consumer workshops will address transportation solutions, canine companions, simple home modifications, exercise and fitness, assistive technology and much more.

For all of the latest updates on special events, the conference program and exhibitors visit the NEW event website at www.abilitiesexpo.com or call (310) 450-8831 x3. Abilities Expo is owned by 5Net4 Productions, based in Santa Monica, California.  Upcoming events include Abilities Expo /Anaheim: May 29-31, 2009 -- Anaheim Convention Center, CA.; Abilities Expo/Chicago:  June 25-27, 2009 -- Schaumburg Convention Center, IL and Abilities Expo/Atlanta: November 5-7, 2009 -- Cobb Galleria Convention Center, GA.

 

Abilities Expo works closely with dozens of trade media partners and the general consumer media in each market we serve. We cordially invite exhibitors to post news about their products and services and welcome media registrants to attend one of the Abilities Expo events.

  • Event press announcements
  • Exhibitor and sponsor press announcements
  • Press registration
  • Public relations opportunities for exhibitors

For questions & PR/media inquiries, please contact:

Kevaleen Lara
310.210.3138
klara@shomex.com