LOS ANGELES, March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals are expected to attend Abilities Expo on March 15-17, 2013 at Los Angeles Convention Center. 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 Los Angeles 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. In addition, there will be free hearing screenings onsite (limited appointments available).
"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. Look for exciting new tech like robotic legs from Esko Bionics and the debut of the adapted 2014 Ford Transit Connect.
A series of compelling workshops which address pressing disability issues will be offered free-of-charge to all attendees. Sessions will focus on travel, emergency preparedness, finances, thriving as a parent of a unique child, fitness, finding the correct mobility device and that is just for starters.
Climbing Wall, Flash Mob, Free Professional Photos, Dancing and More!
Abilities Expo does not merely inform, it engages and it entertains. Attendees of all levels of ability can test their skills on an adaptive climbing wall, learn laughter yoga and play adaptive sports. For the kids, there will be face painting, adaptive pinball and Patches the Clown.
Expo-goers will not only have the chance to learn the latest hip-hop and ballroom dance moves, they will also get the chance to be a part of our very first Abilities Expo flash mob. And to memorialize their Expo experience, we have free professional 5"x7" photos for everyone with a disability.
To round it out, there will be the coronation of the 2013 Ms. Wheelchair California and an Artist Market showcasing the works of local artists with disabilities.
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 learn how horses can help connect to kids with Autism.
Dr. David Kipper, medical expert, radio celebrity and doctor-to-the-stars, will answer any health-related questions on March 16 from 10:00 am to noon during the live broadcast of his KABC 790 AM radio program, The Medical Show.
Attendees will meet the stars of Push Girls, a new docu-series from Sundance Channel which traces the lives of four dynamic women who happen to be in wheelchairs.
Rupert Issacson, co-founder of Horse Boy World and author of The Horse Boy, will share the techniques he has developed to improve verbal communication with autistic children. This Horse Boy Method can be executed both with and without the use of horses.
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.
Special Film Screening
On March 16, attendees will have the opportunity to see Not Home, the poignant documentary about children with disabilities growing up without a childhood as they are housed in nursing homes and state-run institutions.
For more information, visit www.abilitiesexpo.com/losangeles.
SOURCE Abilities Expo