If you haven’t been to an Abilities Expo, your next chance is June 29-July 1 at Chicago’s Schaumburg Convention Center.  Targeted directly to people with disabilities, vets, seniors, caregivers and healthcare professionals, it’s always a don’t-miss information and all-around fun occasion for the family.

The three-day event brings the disability marketplace in one place to display the latest innovations in accessible mobility; products and workshops for people with disabilities, their caregivers and other consumers. It also features:

  • O-site events and adaptive sporting demos for all ages, including adaptive rowing demos, wheelchair dancing, horse therapy, assistance dogs, power soccer, adaptive biking and more.
  • Retail Pavilion with low-cost daily living aids
  • Assistive Technology Pavilion with the latest hi-tech products
  • Artists’ market featured celebrated artists with disabilities

Workshops include:

  • How to select the right vehicle for you – presented by BraunAbility. It covers available solutions, shopping and evaluation process, funding options and more.
  • Two workshops on travel  – “Travel the world: Tips for seniors and people with disabilities” covers how to plan a trip, all about hotels, rental cars, cruise lines, airlines, disability-friendly destinations and resources; and “Planning Accessible Travel” covers travel tips, cruises, maneuvering through airport security and TSA mandates.
  • Wendy on Wheels – Children will love Angela Ruzicka, author of the popular “Wendy on Wheels” series, as she reads her latest children’s book.
  • How to make your home accessible – accessible home entry, safe stair management, bathroom accessibility and transfer management.

Admission to the event is free for everyone. For more information about this Abilities Expo and future ones, visit www.abilitiesexpo.com. The next one is in Houston Aug. 3-5.

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.

Photo Source: http://www.abilitiesexpo.com

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