The Abilities Expo is back in Los Angeles and gearing up to show you a great time! With numerous workshops and speakers, and over 150 exhibitors, you are sure to find your cup of tea. Whether you’re looking to test the latest technology, try out a new sport, or improve your overall well-being, you will not be disappointed.
There’s Something for Everyone
This year’s expo takes place from March 24-26 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Registering for free in advance on the Abilities Expo website will expedite your entry upon arrival, giving you more time to visit the stands.
If you’ve been itching to discover a new hobby or sport, or just get your blood pumping for the day, several activities are on the menu for adults and children alike. Make your child’s day by taking them to the face painting booth and then head over to the Infinite Flow Dance Party. If you’re the competitive type, sign up for a Ride-Along Race Experience, or learn how to play Wheelchair Tennis or Power Soccer with the Glendale Rough Riders.
The Abilities Expo also offers a large range of free workshops. Do you know what to do when an earthquake strikes? What about a fire or flood? Learn how to create a personalized emergency preparation checklist with the help of experts at the Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities workshop. Are you dreaming about your next vacation but feeling anxious about finding an accessible destination? Attending the Quest for Accessible Adventure and Access the World workshops will put you at ease and help you plan your next excursion. Several health-related workshops are on the schedule as well, with themes including pediatric therapies, medical marijuana, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and nutrition for people with spinal cord injuries. There will also be a Q&A session with Dr. David Kipper, a well-known physician who has been practicing medicine for nearly 40 years and has appeared on the Today Show.
While the Assistive Technology Showcase details have not yet been announced, last year’s exhibit included the latest technology in adaptive computer devices, communication tools and mobility gadgets. We’re excited to see what’s in the lineup this year!
Abilities Expo Schedule
If you can’t make it to Los Angeles, the Abilities Expo may be coming to a city near you sometime this year. Here’s the 2017 schedule:
- New York Metro: May 5-7
- Chicago: June 23-25
- Houston: August 4-6
- Boston: September 8-10
- San Mateo: October 27-29
- DC Metro: December 1-3
For more information, or to register for an expo, visit the Abilities Expo website.
Come by the Wheel:Life Booth
If you do make it to L.A., don’t forget to stop by and chat with Wheel:Life at booth 126! You’ll find information on accessible travel destinations, wheelchair sports, and free e-books. We can’t wait to see you there.
Visit Our Partners at the LA Expo
- Amplitude Media Group – Booth #116
- Coloplast – Booth #601
- Cure Medical – Booth #446
Betsy Bailey has a diverse background including experience in marketing research at American Express, business operations and client relations with 601am, travel and culinary writing with VegDining, and playing volleyball professionally overseas.
Betsy is excited to get back into writing, something she’s adored since childhood, and thoroughly enjoys the process of getting to know her interviewees. On top of her work with Wheel:Life, she also teaches students learning English as a second language, speaks French fluently, and travels any chance she gets!