Originally published on February 10, 2016, in the Mid Valley News.
The Abilities Expo [recently made a] returned to the Los Angeles Convention Center, highlighting the latest in medicine, technology, products, and services for persons living with disabilities. The three-day event, which took place February 5th-7th, also hosted workshops, adaptive sports demonstrations, and a showcase of exhibitors.
Several workshops were offered throughout the day, as attendees received information on a number of topics, ranging from behavior and strategies for caregivers of children with autism to how to select the right accessible vehicle.
In the events area of the convention, the crowd cheered loudly during the Wheelchair Social Dancing event presented by the Wheelchair Dancers Organization (www.wheelchairdancers.org). Led by Wheelchair Dance Director Joe Torres, the dancers wowed the crowd as they performed several styles including bachata and salsa.
Adaptive sports were also highlighted at the Abilities Expo. In an event presented by the Glendale Rough Riders (www.powersoccerusa.net), participants showed off their skills at the power soccer demonstration. Another adaptive sport that attendees could check out was the rock-climbing demonstration. Sponsored by United Spinal Association and presented by Mark Wellman of No Limits (www.nolimitstahoe.com), participants were able to try out this most enjoyable experience using specialized adaptive rock-climbing equipment.
The remainder of the convention floor was filled with exhibitors showcasing their latest products, which included wheelchairs, lifts, medical equipment, and accessories.
The Abilities Expo was a great resource for attendees to receive information on the latest technology, medicine, products, and services available to them. The expo will make stops in other cities including Houston and Chicago. For more information on the Abilities Expo, visit www.abilities.com.