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Abilities Expo in Chicago, June 27-29

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CHICAGO-- Whether one has a disability or takes care of a person who does, they will not want to miss all the latest gadgets, cars, products and services that enhance the potential of those with disabilities, which will be on display at Abilities Expo on June 27-29, 2014 at Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. Admission is free and show hours will be Friday 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm.

This year, the annual Chicago Abilities Expo will feature an impressive line-up of exhibits, celebrities, workshops, events and activities to appeal to people of all ages with the full spectrum of disabilities--including physical, learning, developmental and sensory disabilities.
"It's not just that we provide a forum that showcases essential technology to bridge the gap between ability and disability," said David Korse, president and CEO of Abilities Expo. "The Expo is always new and exciting with a host of all-inclusive, adaptive activities."
Complimentary loaner scooters, wheelchair repair and a power chair charging station will also be available during show hours.

"The Expo provides the community of people with disabilities access to life-enhancing products, education, resources and fun," said Korse. "Most of all, it's a celebration of what you can do, not what you can't."

Attendees will experience cutting-edge products and services for people with a wide range of disabilities. They will find mobility products, devices for people with developmental disabilities, medical equipment, home accessories, essential services, low-cost daily living aids, products for people with sensory impairments and much more. The Assistive Technology Showcase will also feature an array of devices for attendees to experience hands-on.

A series of compelling workshops which address pressing disability issues will be offered free-of-charge to all attendees. Sessions will focus on travel, home modifications, technology, intensive physical therapy, celebrating the life of your unique child and that is just for starters.

Additionally, since Abilities Expo does not merely inform, but also engages and entertains, attendees of all levels of ability will be able to test their skills at martial arts, learn the latest dance moves, race radio controlled cars, and play adaptive sports. There will also be special instruction on manual wheelchair skills for people of all abilities. If you have never hopped a curb or popped a wheelie, now is your chance to learn. Kids will love the face painting and special adaptive art activities especially created to accommodate all levels of ability. There will even be a giant floor mural for everyone to express their inner artist.

Moreover, animals have become an intrinsic part of the disability community; some are essential to the healing process, while others help their human partners become more independent. Expo-goers will enjoy assistance dog demos, as well as a crash course on how to buy, train and live with your service dog. They will also see how miniature horses have become effective therapy animals.

One of the stars of Push Girls--a docu-series from the Sundance Channel which traces the lives of four dynamic women in Hollywood who happen to be in wheelchairs--will make an appearance at Abilities Expo. Chelsie Hill will lead the Walk and Roll Dance Team in daily dance events, and host book signings for her new novel, Push Girl.

Mike Berkson and Tim Wamback, stars of the hit stage show Handicap This!, will perform on June 28, bringing their true-life adventure to expo-goers.

Come and introduce yourself to Brody Roybal. At just 15-years-old, Brody was the youngest member of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team competing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Meet Karen Kain and get your copy of her new book signed. A Unique Life Fully Lived is the journey of Karen and her medically fragile, yet unbelievably courageous daughter Lorrin, who was vaccine injured at 6-weeks-old.

Julie-Anne Braun, author of Fallen Angel Rising, will be at the Expo to sign copies of her inspiring autobiography about conquering your demons and reaching beyond them.

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