The Abilities Meet Up Zone—launching at Abilities Expo Chicago (#AbilitiesExpo) June 24-26, 2016—is poised to blow the socks off the disability community in the Windy City. Designed to foster greater community engagement, the Zone is already generating excitement among expo-goers.
In the tradition of a town square, the Abilities Meet Up Zone will be a dedicated area on the show floor where attendees can engage with their peers, experience the Expo more fully, and enjoy a deeper connection as they learn from and share with exhibitors and other experts.
One-on-one Peer Connections Add Value for Attendees
Picture this: You arrive at Abilities Expo early to make sure you are in time for the workshop—one of many—on how to make your home accessible without sacrificing aesthetics. You peruse a few of the aisles of the Expo, taking in booth after booth of the latest products and services devised to promote greater independence for you and the rest of disability community. You make in to the event arena just in time to catch an exhilarating performance from the Walk and Roll Dance Team. Then you see it…flanked in dazzling white drape, the Abilities Meet Up Zone, with open space for rollers, comfortable seats for walkers, complimentary refreshments and the golden opportunity to engage one-on-one with others from the community.
“Love the idea,” said Dana about the Meet Up Zone at the upcoming Chicago Abilities Expo. “Can’t wait!”
The Abilities Meet Up Zone morphs the realm of social media into reality and back into social media, as the community can engage on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest andYoutube before, during and succeeding the Chicago Abilities Expo. At the Expo, attendees will be treated to an impressive line-up of exhibits, workshops, events and activities to appeal to people of all ages with the full spectrum of disabilities…and you will also have a place to relax and connect with others who face similar challenges
“In order to engage our community and provide them with a more experiential visit, we have created this zone for attendees to interact with each other and meet one-on-one with experts knowledgeable about the types of disabilities they may have,” said Abilities Expo Co-owner Lew Shomer. “It is the next step in enhancing the overall Expo experience for our attendees.”
Exhibitors and experts with resources to share are already lining up to participate. Check back soon for more details on which gurus will be available for consult in the Zone.
Whether you have just had an accident, are a parent of a child with CP or an adult striving to live independently with a debilitating condition, you can discuss personal issues with those who understand your narrative. Then, if you choose, you can share your overall Zone experience online to your individual social networks. (Tag #AbilitiesExpo.)
And for online relationships formed in advance of the event, the Abilities Meet Up Zone can translate those virtual connections into tangible networking opportunities, face-to-face reunions and new resources for information and advice. There will even be a photo booth area so you can capture the excitement and joy of meeting new friends.
Lisa Wells, founder of Wheel:Life, and her team will act as facilitators of the Abilities Meet Up Zone, making introductions, sparking conversations between attendees and experts and getting like-minded people to share experiences. “The Wheel:Life team is thrilled to be a part of this exciting new Abilities Expo feature,” she said. “The Zone will be a casual, fun place where people can go for a relaxing break from the Expo hubbub. While “in the Zone” they can forge new relationships, gain different perspectives about current issues and generally enjoy themselves.”
For more information on the Chicago Abilities Expo and its many exhibits, events and workshops, visit www.abilitiesexpo.com/chicago.
If exhibitors or disability community VIPs are interested in participating in the Abilities Meet Up Zone, they should contact Lisa Wells at 678.232.1330 or email@example.com
About Abilities Expo:
Abilities Expo is the leading event for people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors and healthcare professionals to improve independence and enhance lives. Since 1979, the Expo has been a forum for the disability community to connect with the latest products and services, learn from informative workshops, network with others like them and enjoy adaptive, family-friendly activities. The Expos are held in such top U.S. markets as Los Angeles, New York Metro area, Chicago, Houston, Boston, Bay Area, DC Metro area and Toronto. www.abiltiies.com
Wheel:Life is a global social community and digital publication that assists people in addressing the many questions and challenges that come with using a wheelchair. Wheel:Life resources help people with disabilities in locating quality health and medical resources, educational and employment avenues; local and virtual peer support groups; and accessible travel destinations. Based in Coral Springs, FL, Wheel:Life is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Comfort Medical, LLC, the leading national mail-order provider of urological and ostomy supplies. Join more than 27,000 friends who use wheelchairs at www.www.wheel-life.org or www.facebook.com/wheellifeonline.