Abilities Expo: Technology, Medical Care, and Services

Originally published on February 10, 2016, in the Mid Valley News.

By Lucia Flores

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Ricardo Muriilo’s wheelchair is cleaned at Access Medical’s complimentary chair cleaning station during the Abilities Expo in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Lucia Flores

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.

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My Trip to Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2015

Hello there everyone! Hope you all had a fun and safe Halloween 🙂

This weekend is really one of my favorites. Why? Well, Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo is back in town at the Los Angeles Convention Center. And boy am I having a great time!

For those of you who have never been to Comikaze, it is pure FUN. There’s lots to see and do: they have panels, workshops, autograph signings, cosplay, comic books, artists, and more. Check out the official website for more great stuff @ www.comikazeexpo.com.

Yoshiki and Stan Lee speak about their latest collaboration: the Blood Red Dragon motion graphic novel. Photo by Lucia Flores (malditastereo)

Yoshiki and Stan Lee speak about their latest collaboration: the Blood Red Dragon motion graphic novel. Photo by Lucia Flores (malditastereo)

So far, I’ve been to several panels, saw Stan Lee and Yoshiki, filmed a few things, ate at the yummy food trucks, and even got to meet DMC from Run DMC. That was really super awesome, and I got a signed copy of the latest issue of his comic book (www.dmc-comics.com).

With Darryl "DMC" McDaniels. Photo courtesy of Lucia Flores

With Darryl “DMC” McDaniels. Photo courtesy of Lucia Flores

I can’t wait until Sunday to check out some more cool stuff. I will update as soon as I can with more sights and sounds from Comikaze 2015. Until then, hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a great day! 🙂