EDISON, N.J., May 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals are expected to attend Abilities Expo on Friday, May 21, through Sunday, May 23, 2010 at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center. Admission is free and show hours will be 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, celebrities, workshops, events and activities to appeal to the full spectrum of people with disabilities, from children to seniors and everyone in between.
"Abilities Expo's distinguished 31-year track record of enhancing the lives of people with disabilities through technology, education and networking will continue in the New York Metro area," said David Korse, president and CEO of Abilities Expo. "Between the adaptive sports demonstrations, the interactive assistive technology pavilion, the dynamic workshops and the thousands of products and services on display…this is a must-attend for everyone in the Community."
The Latest Products and Services
Attendees expecting cutting-edge products and services for people with all types of disabilities will not be disappointed. They will find mobility products, medical equipment, home accessories, essential services, low-cost daily living aids, products for people with visual impairments and much more. The new Assistive Technology Pavilion will feature 1,400 square feet of the latest AT products for people with wide ranges of physical, sensory and developmental disabilities. This pavilion is anchored by the New Jersey Assistive Technology Center, who is sponsoring an Interactive Demo Lab. This lab 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, dating, finances, home modifications, the criteria to getting the best accessible vehicle and that is just for starters. Special sessions will also be available for healthcare professionals.
Rock Climbing, Super X Fun Course, Martial Arts, Dancing and More!
Abilities Expo does not merely inform, it engages and it entertains. Attendees who thought rock climbing was outside the realm of possibility will find themselves at the top of a fully-accessible adaptive rock climbing wall. Visitors can also test their maneuvering skills on the twists, turns, bumps and ramps of the Super X Fun Course, a fun obstacle course designed for wheelchairs. They'll step outside the domain of traditional treatments and consider the therapeutic value of martial arts, as demonstrated by a team of students with disabilities. To round it out, there will be interactive adaptive sports, dance performances and instruction, canine assistance demos, face painting and an Artist Market showcasing the works of local artists with disabilities.
Prudence Mahena and Roger Ross Williams, the star and director of the 2010 Oscar winning short film Music By Prudence, will be there on Saturday, May 22 to discuss their groundbreaking film and to raise awareness about the plight of people with disabilities in Africa. This film tells the poignant tale of Prudence, a young Zimbabwe woman with a severe disability, her band—Liyana—whose members also have disabilities, and their determination to create a life filled with optimism. Prudence will also share her music with Expo attendees.
Ms. Wheelchair America 2010 Erica Brogan will be on hand to share her experiences, meet with attendees and sign photos. Since her automobile accident at the age of 21, she has dedicated her life to giving hope to other people with disabilities, inspiring them to overcome their limitations and achieve their dreams.
For more information, schedules and directions, visit www.abilitiesexpo.com/newyork.
SOURCE Abilities Expo