The upcoming New York Metro Abilities Expo in Edison, New Jersey on May 4-6 will be bigger and better than ever. With internationally known organizations and companies like—including NMEDA—you’ll find tons to wow about. But for people with disabilities and seniors, Abilities Expos offer much more.

Each Expo is a place where all your options are presented, including ones you’ve never dreamed of. They always have fascinating and helpful booths and demos—like the assistive technology pavilion; adaptive sports demos; and low-cost, every-day gadgets to make lives easier.

But don’t overlook the free workshops! No need to register—just show up. A few are highlighted below:

Comprehensive Automotive Mobility Solutions – Presented by Bussani Mobility. (Geared to therapists and qualifies for 0.1AOTA CEU, but all attendees are welcome.) Automotive mobility solutions to assist health care practitioners in understanding and advocating for individuals seeking vehicle modification solutions. Also teaches the unique process in evaluating, selecting and purchasing appropriate options.

Be Independent!  Be Empowered!  Be Employed! – Presenters will discuss career-planning, places to search for a job, job interviews and job training. Includes resumé review and an interactive mock interview session.

Accessible Travel Workshops: With the Paralympics coming up in London in June, these should give you great tips.

Friendships beyond Facebook: Discusses online “friending” on such sites as Facebook, including basic social media etiquette. Learn to optimize your social media experience and get tips for moving beyond the computer to build meaningful, healthy connections in real life.

Plus, Abilities Expos are fabulous places for networking and making lasting connections with people like you from across the country.

This Expo is at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center. Visit abilitiesexpo.com to pre-register or for more info. Also find them on Facebook. The remaining Expos for 2012 are June 29-July 1 in Chicago, Aug. 3-5 in Houston, Nov.2-4 in Singapore, Nov. 16-18 in San Jose.

The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is an advocate for mobility and accessibility for drivers with disabilities. If you need help with converting or buying a handicap accessible car, truck or van, please consider one of our mobility equipment dealers.

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