Nation’s Largest Expo for People with Disabilities Coming to San Jose

David Korse

Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals will attend Abilities Expo on Friday, Nov. 18, to Sunday, Nov. 20, at the San Jose Convention Center. Admission is free, and event hours are Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 The Abilities Expo brings together a large range of exhibits, workshops, celebrities, events and activities to appeal to people of all ages with the full spectrum of disabilities—including physical, learning, development and sensory disabilities. Complimentary loaner scooters and wheelchair repair will also be available onsite during show hours.
 “It is our privilege to provide this forum for the community of people with disabilities in the Bay Area to come together and gain access to life-enhancing technologies, education and resources,” said David Korse, president and CEO of Abilities Expo. “Between the adaptive events, the dynamic workshops and the thousands of products and services on display…this is a must-attend event for everyone in the community.
Attendees will learn about cutting-edge products and services for people with a wide range of disabilities. They will find mobility products, devices for people with developmental disabilities, assistive technology, medical equipment, home accessories, essential services, low-cost daily living aids, products for people with sensory impairments and much more.
Workshops will be available free-of-charge to all attendees. Sessions will focus on travel, home modifications, navigating health reform, employment, dating, tips for caregivers, mobility solutions and cutting-edge treatments for children with motor disorders.
Attendees of all abilities can learn some hip-hop wheelchair dancing moves, enjoy canine assistance demos, watch performing arts and play adaptive sports.
Several award-winning films from the recent SuperFest International Disability Film Festival will be shown on Nov. 20.
Presented by the Bay Area Coalition for Employment Development, this conference is designed to increase the hiring of people with barriers to employment by sharing resources and effective practices among workforce development professionals.
 For more information, visit www.abilitiesexpo.com/sanjose.