EDISON, N.J., April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals are expected to attend Abilities Expo on May 3-5, 2013 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. 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. The New Jersey Assistive Technology Center will also feature an array of devices for attendees to experience hands-on at the AT Showcase.
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, home accessibility, wellness, finding the correct mobility device and that is just for starters.
Sports, Instruction, Dancing 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 hip hop dance moves, experience laughter yoga and play adaptive sports. There will also be special instruction on manual wheelchair skills for people of all abilities. So 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 community of people with disabilities. 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 (full-sized and minis) can help people with disabilities. (Actual horses on site.)
The hip-hop diva introducing attendees to the physical and emotional benefits of wheelchair dancing is Auti Angel, star of Push Girls, a must-see docu-series from Sundance Channel which traces the lives of four dynamic women who happen to be in wheelchairs and is now entering its second season.
For more information, visit www.abilitiesexpo.com/newyork.
SOURCE Abilities Expo