SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- To commemorate the upcoming 25th anniversary of the historic passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA25), the long-anticipated ADA Legacy Tour will make a stop at Abilities Expo Bay Area on November 21-23, 2014 at the San Jose Convention Center. Admission is free and Expo hours will be Friday and Saturday 11 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm.
The ADA Legacy Tour is a traveling exhibit designed to raise public awareness and generate excitement about ADA25 and is produced by The ADA Legacy Project, Disability Rights Center, ADA National Network and the Museum of disABILITY History. As the premier event for people with disabilities, Abilities Expo Bay Area welcomes a visit from the year-long, nationwide tour which will culminate in Washington DC on July 26, 2015, exactly 25 years after President George HW Bush signed the ADA into law.
As a part of Abilities Expo, the ADA Legacy Tour will feature the ADA Bus, a four-panel display on the history of self-advocacy, displays on the preservation of disability history, celebrations of disability history milestones, efforts to educate future generations of disability advocates and more. This exhibit is a fitting complement to the Expo, which features the latest products and services, informative workshops and adaptive activities to appeal to people of all ages with the full spectrum of disabilities—including physical, learning, developmental and sensory disabilities.
"We are thrilled to play an intricate part of the ADA Legacy Tour," said David Korse, president and CEO of Abilities Expo. "The Expo provides the community of people with disabilities access to life-enhancing products, education, resources and fun. And, like the ADA Legacy Tour, Abilities Expo is a celebration of what you can do."
The mission of the ADA Legacy Project is to preserve disability history, celebrate its significant events, and educate the public and future generations of advocates.
Complimentary loaner scooters, wheelchair repair and a power chair charging station will also be available during show hours.
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.
Free Childcare Pavilion
The Variety Childcare Pavilion will provide a safe, secure place for children under 18 to play and have fun with trained volunteers, allowing parents 90 minutes of kid-free time to attend a workshop, enjoy an event, engage with exhibitors and more. Participation is based on space available.
A series of compelling workshops which address pressing disability issues will be offered free-of-charge to all attendees. Sessions will focus on travel, accessible homes, the civil rights legacy of the ADA, the benefits of therapeutic cannabis, financial planning for dependents with special needs and that is just for starters.
Sports, Dancing and More!
Abilities Expo does not merely inform, it engages and it entertains. Attendees of all levels of ability can learn dance moves after watching the moving live performance (and recent YouTube hit) I Won't Give Up, play adaptive sports like rowing, sailing, yoga, archery, power soccer, tennis and synchronized swimming (land drill demo). And kids will love the face painting.
Meet the Animals
Animals have become an intrinsic part of the disability community. Some are essential to the healing process, while others help their human partners become more independent. Expo-goers will enjoy assistance dog demos, as well as a crash course on how to buy, train and live with your service dog.
The author of Push Girl—The Novel and one of the stars of Sundance Channel's critically acclaimed docu-series Push Girls will make an appearance at Abilities Expo. Chelsie Hill will be signing photos and autographs for fans.
Angela Madsen, Paralympian and World Record Holder for Rowing, will show off her ocean rowing boat, RowofLife, and introduce attendees to the exciting sport of adaptive rowing. This past summer, Angela and her rowing partner completed a historic voyage from California to Hawaii.
Expo-goes will enjoy an inspirational dance performance from Donna Russo, a veteran dancer with MS, and her able-bodied alter egos—Tara Nicole Hughes and Kelleia Sheerin.
A Unique Life Fully Lived, written by Karen Kain, is her journey with her medically fragile, yet unbelievably courageous daughter Lorrin, who was vaccine-injured at 6-weeks-old. Karen will be at the Expo signing copies of her new book.
For more information, visit www.abilitiesexpo.com/bayarea.
SOURCE Abilities Expo