Are you looking for new speech apps? Cool, no-tie sneakers? An off-road wheelchair? Chances are the Abilities Expo (Houston) has something for you!
This year’s event will be held August 3 - 5, 2018, at NRG Center. Houston is one of a handful of host cities for this cool event. You won’t have to travel far to find items and services from sources around the globe!
I attended this event with my son for the first time last year. We were amazed to see so many resources in one place! As we walked down the aisles, we saw displays with all kinds of products and services.
We chatted with vendors about things like adaptive mice (the computer kind) and mobility items. We learned about AT (assistive technology) devices, therapies, travel services, and so much more! My son really liked the Tablet Station, where he could try out new apps.
In addition to the displays, the Expo has lots of fun activities for the whole family. Visitors can check out some cool adaptive sports, like bocce and sled hockey. They can take a wheelchair dance class, listen to great music, and meet guest celebrities.
There is face painting for the kids. We enjoyed shows by local groups, like the mime troupe from the Down Syndrome Association of Houston. Of course, the service dogs are always a crowd pleaser!
Plan to do some shopping, too. At the Expo, you can find some nifty things, such as sensory toys and switches. At the Artists Market, you can browse assorted artwork by local artisans with disabilities.
Be sure to attend the free workshops on topics from stress relief to planning for the future. There’s no need to register ahead of time. Just arrive early to the workshop to make sure you can get a seat!
The Expo offers free services to make the event accessible to everyone. These include American Sign Language services, Braille and Large Print, CART services for workshops, free loaner scooters, wheelchair repair, and shuttle rides to and from your hotel.
Admission is free. So register today! The Abilities Expo is a great summer activity for the whole family. My son and I have marked our calendars. We hope you will too!
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