Well it was another successful event, the Los Angeles Abilities Expo. We heard that there was record breaking attendence, which means all of us together are doing a great job spreading the word about these great events. Access the latest products and services to enrich your daily life. Whether you know what you want or just want to see what’s out there, Abilities Expo will expand your idea of accessibility. Wheelchairs, adaptive home furnishings, daily living aids, assistive technology for people with sensory disabilities, fitness gear, travel services…and that is just for starters.
In the VMI booth, we had four wheelchair accessible vans including a Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country and two Honda Odysseys. We featured the fun and exciting 25th Anniversary Limited Edition VMI Honda Odyssey which attracted a lot of attention!
In addition to wheelchair vans, wheelchairs, and other adaptive equipment, the Abilities Expo held some great workshops, events and activities for people attending the show:
Adaptive Bike Demonstration from Freedom Concepts
Discover bikes are available for people with disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Angelman’s Syndrome, impaired vision, and more! Learn how cycling can provide recreation, therapy and most of all … fun and freedom! The folks from Freedom Concepts demonstrated some of their adaptive bicycles at the Expo.
Wheelchair Dancing Presented by Colours~N~Motion
Dancing is fast becoming a popular activity for wheelchair users. Auti Angel, founder of the Colours~N~Motion wheelchair Hip-Hop dance crew, presented a dance workshop after a dance demonstration by the crew. Attendees of all ages and mobility levels were welcomed to learn basic dance steps. Dancing crosses the boundaries of age, gender, and physical ability; it included individuals using both manual and power wheelchairs.
Adaptive Pinball Machine – Disabled Dealer Magazine
The Adaptive Pinball Machine has effectively leveled the pinball playing field for people with disabilities. This arcade-style game can be played using both hands, one hand, fists, wrists, elbows, feet, heads, chins or even by blowing into a straw – encouraging anyone with a disability to test their skill. The pinball machine is wheelchair height to allow the user to roll up and play without difficulty. The console consists of 3 oversized, brightly colored buttons that activate the spring used to propel the ball into the playfield and control the flippers to keep the ball in action. Players may also operate the machine through switches that can be attached to the headrest