I had the pleasure of attending the Abilities Expo
in Edison, New Jersey this past Friday on behalf of the Reeve Foundation. My goal going into it, was really to just be a sponge and soak up all the information I possibly could. There were hundreds of different booths dedicated to people living with disabilities. Everything from assistive technology devices, adaptive beds, wheelchair and scooter clothing and accessories, adaptive vans, therapies, and service dogs (which was pretty remarkable to see them in action), just to name a few.
I also really enjoyed the events and workshops that were ongoing throughout the weekend. I couldn't help but to check out the adaptive climbing wall, a wheelchair fun course, and my favorite - a ballroom and Latin wheelchair dance demonstration.
But aside even from all the vendors and activities, it honestly was enlightening to have the opportunity to meet such a diverse and energized group of people. To name a few, a man who was riding around in a wheelchair made for golfers called the ParaGolfer, another man sporting a Superman hat (he immediately gave me a 'thumbs up' when he saw the Reeve Foundation banner!), and even Richard Gaskin; better known as Professir X
(pictured below with Information Specialist
, Jenn; Quality of Life grants Director
, Donna; and myself.)
That's the quick version of what the day entailed, but overall, I would highly recommend anyone to attend an Abilities Expo
the next time one comes to your area!
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