EDISON, N.J., May 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals will attend Abilities Expo on Friday, May 20, through Sunday, May 22, 2011 at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center. Admission is free and show hours are Friday 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm.
Abilities Expo has put together an impressive line-up of exhibits, workshops, experts, events and activities to appeal to the full spectrum of people with disabilities, from children to seniors and everyone in between. Free loaner scooters and free 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 the New York Metro area 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 interactive assistive technology pavilion, 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, medical equipment, home accessories, essential services, low-cost daily living aids, products for people with sensory impairments and much more. The Assistive Technology Pavilion will feature the latest AT products for people with wide ranges of physical, sensory and developmental disabilities and is anchored by the New Jersey Assistive Technology Center AT Showcase. The showcase will not only feature an array of breakthrough assistive technologies, it will allow Expo visitors to experience them hands-on.
A series of compelling workshops which address pressing disability issues will be offered free-of-charge to all attendees. Sessions will focus on travel, disability in the workforce, assistive technology, sex and relationships, augmentative and alternative communication, mobility solutions, Medicaid for durable medical equipment, financial planning and that is just for starters. In addition, there will be an exciting seminar which details the groundbreaking clinical trials which are currently testing therapies to restore function in people with spinal cord injuries.
Adaptive Sports, Dancing and More!
Abilities Expo does not merely inform, it engages and it entertains. Attendees of all abilities can learn some hip hop wheelchair dancing moves, experience martial arts, enjoy canine assistance demos, play adaptive sports and see style transcend disability in the fashion showcase. Children will also have the opportunity to transform into their favorite animals or characters with free facepainting.
On Saturday, May 21, Ms. Wheelchair America 2011 Alexandra McArthur will share her plans for her upcoming reign and sign autographs for expo-goers.
Give Back to the Community
Abilities Expo participants can bring their 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/newyork.
SOURCE Abilities Expo