EDISON, N.J., April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether one has a disability or takes care of a person with a disability all the latest gadgets, cars, products and services that enhance the potential of those with disabilities are on display at Abilities Expo on May 2-4, 2014 at New Jersey Convention & Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey. Admission is 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.
This year, the annual New York Metro Abilities Expo will feature 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, developmental and sensory disabilities.
"It's not just that we provide a forum that showcases essential technology to bridge the gap between ability and disability," said David Korse, president and CEO of Abilities Expo. "The Expo is always new and exciting with a host of all-inclusive, adaptive activities."
Complimentary loaner scooters, wheelchair repair and a power chair charging station will also be available during show hours.
"The Expo provides the community of people with disabilities access to life-enhancing products, education, resources and fun," said Korse. "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 Showcase will also feature an array of devices for attendees 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, caring for caregivers, iDevice apps, fitness, technology, social media, celebrating the life of your unique child and that is just for starters.
Climbing Wall, Dancing, Art and More!
Abilities Expo does not merely inform, it engages and it entertains. Attendees of all levels of ability can test their skills at martial arts, learn the latest dance moves, experience laughter yoga and play adaptive sports. There will also be special instruction on manual wheelchair skills for people of all abilities. If you have never hopped a curb or popped a wheelie, now is your chance to learn. 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.
Two of the stars of Push Girls—a docu-series from the Sundance Channel which traces the lives of four dynamic women in Hollywood who happen to be in wheelchairs—will make an appearance at Abilities Expo. Tiphany Adams will host meet-and-greets on May 2-3. Chelsie Hill will lead the Walk and Roll Dance Team in daily dance events, and host a special giveaway for her new novel, Push Girl.
Five-year-old Morgan Steward who has spinal muscular atrophy and uses a Q6 Edge Power Chair, will join his friends at Quantum Rehab. He is "Officer" Morgan to the rest of us since his wish to join the force came true when his hometown of Covington, Georgia, made him an honorary police officer.
Meet Karen Kain and get your copy of her new book signed. A Unique Life Fully Lived is the journey of Karen and her medically fragile, yet unbelievably courageous daughter Lorrin, who was vaccine injured at 6-weeks-old.
Mark E Smith, author of Wheels of Change, will be at the Expo to sign copies of his new story about the birth, evolution and impact of complex rehab technology.
Give Back to the Community
Abilities Expo attendees can bring their used medical equipment—wheelchairs (power, pediatric, manual), shower commode wheelchairs, scooters, adaptive exercise equipment, standing frames, strollers, assistive technology, mobility vans, stair lifts and specialty wheelchair cushions/backs—to donate to Wheeling Forward right on site.
For more information, visit www.abilitiesexpo.com/newyork.
SOURCE Abilities Expo