ATLANTA, Feb. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- More than three thousand visitors--people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals--are expected to attend Abilities Expo on Friday, February 17, through Sunday, February 19, 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Admission is free and show hours are Friday 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm.
Abilities Expo has put together an impressive line-up of exhibits, workshops, celebrities, events and activities to appeal to people of all ages with the full spectrum of disabilities--including physical, learning, development and sensory disabilities. Complimentary loaner scooters and wheelchair repair will also be available onsite during show hours.
"It is our privilege to provide this forum for the Community of people with disabilities in Atlanta to come together and gain access to life-enhancing technologies, education and resources," said David Korse, president and CEO of Abilities Expo. "Between the adaptive events, the dynamic workshops and the thousands of products and services on display...this is a must-attend event for everyone in the Community."
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, assistive technology, medical equipment, home accessories, essential services, low-cost daily living aids, products for people with sensory impairments and much more.
A series of compelling workshops which address pressing disability issues will be offered free-of-charge to all attendees. Sessions will focus on travel, home modifications, clinical trials, the accessible workplace, fair housing, tips for caregivers, mobility solutions, cutting-edge treatments for children with motor disorders and that is just for starters.
Adaptive Sports, Dancing and More!
Abilities Expo does not merely inform, it engages and entertains. Attendees of all abilities can learn some hip-hop wheelchair dancing moves, enjoy canine assistance demos, enjoy the Artist Market and play a host of different adaptive sports. Children will also have the opportunity to transform into their favorite animals or characters with free face painting.
Angela Ruzicka, author of the popular Wendy on Wheels series, will debut her latest book, Wendy on Wheels Takes a Stand, at the Expo on Saturday, February 18. She will read the story to participants in the Kid's Workshop and engage her young audience in a discussion of a very relevant issue--bullying.
Rupert Isaacson--one of the stars of The Horse Boy, a critically acclaimed film about a family's worldwide quest to help their autistic child--will demonstrate how to connect with children with autism and neuro-psychiatric conditions using an innovative new horse therapy. (Actual horses on site!)
Give Back to the Community
Abilities Expo attendees can bring their used medical equipment--wheelchairs, shower equipment, walkers, gait trainers and so much more--to donate to the Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) right on site. All contributions will be repaired, overhauled and be made available for those in need. Expo-goers are also encouraged to bring old cell phones, iPhones, iPods or iPads to donate to the Gift a Voice Project, a program that refurbishes or recycles this equipment so that they can be used by people with communication disabilities.
For more information, visit www.abilitiesexpo.com/atlanta.
SOURCE Abilities Expo