Boston, September 8th – 10th, 2017. For people of all ages and abilities. All workshops are for free and all attendees are welcome – you don’t need to register or sign up in advance. Just arrive early to the workshop to make sure you can get a seat. There will also be free demonstrations of adaptive sports, dancing, assistance dogs, horse therapy and much more. Most events include time for attendees to participate.
Demonstrations: Free demonstrations of adaptive sports, dancing, assistance dogs, horse therapy – and more. Most events include time for attendees to participate.
- 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
The 2017 workshop schedule will be confirmed 3 months before the Boston dates.
** Frequently updated information about speakers and exhibitors can be found at www.abilities.com/boston/
In 2016 the Boston Abilities Expo featured:
- Living Well with Chronic Pain, Presented by: Casey Cashman, Executive Director, U.S. Pain Foundation.
- Helping Hands Monkey Helpers: Is a Service Monkey Right for You or Someone You Know? Presented by: Natalie Shelton, Placement Trainer, Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers.
- Wheelchair Accessible Travel: Tips for Completing Your Bucket List . Presented by: John Morris, Founder, WheelchairTravel.org.
- Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities. Presented by: Patrick Gleason, MA, Emergency Preparedness Trainer, E. K. Shriver Center Brenda Jones, MSPA, Project Director, Boston Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management Dr. S. Atria Martin, Chief Resilience Office, City of Boston Nancy Shea, J.D., MPA, Project Coordinator, Emergency Preparedness Initiative Sara Zalieckas, All-Hazards Planner, MA Emergency Management Agency Stacey Kokaram, MPH, Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness, Boston Public Health Commission.
- How to Select the Right Accessible Vehicle for You. Presented by: Brian Harper, Manager of Sales Operations, BraunAbility.
- Intensive Pediatric Physical Therapy 101. Presented by: Michelle Haney, PT, MSPT, Director of Euro-Peds National Center for Intensive Pediatric PT.
- Exoskeleton Technology: A Step For Healthy Living. Presented by: Colin Buchanan, Market Development Manager, ReWalk Robotics.
- Therapeutic Cannabis: Use as a Pharmaceutical Agent and Appropriate Therapeutic Delivery Systems
Presented by: Dr. Gary Witman, Medical Director, Canna Care Docs.
- Caring Together: How to Make it Easier for Family and Friends to Help with Caregiving. Presented by: Yosaif August ACC.
- Relax Your Mind and Body. Presented by: Jay Gupta RPh, MScIM, MTM, RxYT and Terry Gupta MSW, RxYT, RMT.
- Care for the Caregiver: Take Charge of Your Health Through Self-Care. Presented by: Regina Rosenthal PT, MA
Fun & Family Events included:
- Acupressure for Stress Release. Presented by: Regina Rosenthal, PT, MA, Author, The Heart of Healing: Discovering the Secrets of Self-Care, Advanced Certified Process Acupressure Practitioner and Instructor.
- Adaptive Gaming Pavilion. Presented by: AbleGamers Foundation.
- Artist Market. Sponsored by: VSA Massachusetts.
- Assistive Technology Showcase: Interact with Tomorrow’s Technology Today. Sponsored by Easter Seals Massachusetts.
- Emergency Preparedness Resource Booth. Presented by: Boston Public Health Commission and the Office of Public Health Preparedness.
- Manual Wheelchair Skills for Everyone. Presented by: Empower Spinal Cord Injury.
- Mini-Yoga Sessions from RxRelax. Presented by: Jay Gupta, RPh, MScIM, MTM, ERYT and Terry Gupta, MSW, RxYT, RMT, co-founders of YogaCaps, Inc. and RxRelax and authors of RxRelax for Insomnia, Relaxation Capsules, and Subtle Yoga for Rejuvenation.
- Wheelchair Basketball. Presented by: Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers.
- Face Painting. Presented by: Colores Kids.
- Wheelchair Tennis. Presented by: Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers.
- Auti Angel’s “FreeStyle Dance Workshop”. Presented by: Auti Angel, Abilities Expo “Dancebassador”, star of Sundance Channel’s Push Girls.
- Service Dog Demonstration. Presented by: John C. Moon, Director, Client Programs and Community Engagement, NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans.
- Conversation Circle: Topic – Paratransit.
- Conversation Circle: Topic – Asking for Help
- Conversation Circle: Topic – Relationships
- Power Soccer Demonstration. Presented by: Northeast Passage PowerCats, a U.S. Power Soccer Association Team.
- Wheelchair Boarding Demonstration. Presented by: Erik Kondo, Wheelchair Boarding.
- Wheelchair Rugby. Presented by: Northeast Passage.
- Conversation Circle: Topic – PCA’s (Personal Care Attendants).
Conversation Circle: Topic – Travel Stories.
- Self-Defense Workshop. Presented by: IMPACTAbility, a program of Impact Boston.Typically, each year has also featured these services, however please check directly with the 2017 expo planners to ensure they are still being offered.
- Free Loaner Scooters Service
- Sign Language Interpreter Service
- Power Chair Charging Station Service
- Free Wheelchair Repair Service