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On May 21-23, the Abilities Expo - New York Metro division - will be showcasing an impressive range of options in disability technology, expanding the scope of accessibility for persons with disabilities. Thirty-one years ago, the Abilities Expo began with the humble efforts of Dick and Pat Wooten. Dick, a polio survivor and wheelchair user since his teens, wanted to establish a forum to share the resources that enabled him live a better life. Today, the Abilities Expo has grown exponentially, providing direct learning to attendees on the latest in assistive devices, home furnishings, and daily living aids across disabilities.
A few highlights include - Adaptive sports demonstrations- wheelchair ruby, wall climbing, table tennis, Assistive Technology Pavilion - stations for hands on demonstrations, and Resources by age group - Kids, Adults and Seniors.
The Expo is not just limited to assistive technology. Attendees can problem-solve at the wheelchair clinic with expert Gary Carp, or sign up for workshops on topics such as purchasing an adaptive vehicle, working with canine companions and maintaining fitness. "Our goal is to continue the founders' mission, to enrich daily life with access to the best in disability technology and resources," said Lew Shomer, chairman of Abilities Expo. Now nation-wide, Expo shows are held yearly in Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Atlanta.
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