HOUSTON, July 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals are expected to attend Abilities Expo on August 3-5, 2012 at Reliant Center (Hall E). Admission and parking are free and show hours will be 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, celebrities, workshops, events and activities to appeal to people of all ages with the full spectrum of disabilities—including physical, learning, development and sensory disabilities. In addition, there will be free hearing screenings onsite. Complimentary loaner scooters, wheelchair repair and even a power chair charging station will also be available onsite during show hours.
"We are thrilled to be back to play a part in helping the Community of people with disabilities in the Houston area," said David Korse, president and CEO of Abilities Expo. "The Expo provides people of all ages and abilities access to life-enhancing technologies, education, resources and fun. Most of all, it's a celebration of what you can do, not what you can't."
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 to experience 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, home modifications, eye gaze technology, PT for kids, music therapy, civil rights, the psychology of happiness, finding the correct mobility device and that is just for starters.
Adaptive Sports, Dancing, Art and More!
Abilities Expo does not merely inform, it engages and it entertains. Attendees can learn some great dance moves—hip-hop, zumba and line dancing—and play a host of different adaptive sports. Kids will love the face painting and everybody is in for a treat with a kazoo band concert.
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, and see first-hand how horses help people with disabilities.
On August 4, attendees will meet the stars and get a sneak peek at an upcoming episode of the Push Girls, a new docu-series from the Sundance Channel which traces the lives of four dynamic women in Hollywood who happen to be in wheelchairs.
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/houston.
SOURCE Abilities Expo