Abilities Expo

On Saturday, I attended the Abilities Expo in New Jersey. As a learning and development professional, it is always exciting to attend events where I am able to connect with others and learn something new that I will be able to share with others.

One of the booths that caught my eye, was the New Jersey  Disability Rights, a federally funded non-profit organization that advocates for people with disabilities in New Jersey by promoting public awareness, and providing education, and technical assistance.

As a conference/expo attendee, I tried to only pick up information which I felt I could be incorporate in my trainings and blog. For instance, I noticed a bulletin on assistive technology for persons with low vision. As a trainer on developmental disabilities topics, I though it might be useful to incorporate some of the information in the bulletin on the devices that are available for reading, using a computer and daily living activities.

 

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The ARC of New Jersey, an affiliation of the ARC of the United States, displayed some literature on many of their programs including, a Criminal Justice Advocacy Program, designed to help the courts and corrections system to work with people with development disabilities and a family advocacy program, which helps families with of individuals with developmental disabilities help navigate the system.

 

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Overall, I had an inspiring day in meeting new people, and learning something new in the process.

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Abilities Expo

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The Abilities Expo will appear at the Raritan Center in Edison, New Jersey this weekend.

This free expo brings products and services for people with disabilities, families and healthcare professionals. The expo also includes a presentation on martial arts therapy and the walk and roll dance team. The New Jersey Assistive Technology Center will sponsor the assistive technology showcase which includes using smart phones, ipads, and kindles for cognitive and sensory impairments.

The hours for the expo will be:

Fri, May 2: 11am-5pm

Sat, May 3: 11am-5pm

Sun, May 4: 11am-5pm

Location:

New Jersey Convention & Expo Center

@ Raritan Center97, Sanfield Avenue, Edison, NJ

Click here for directions.  For more information, click here.

Future Abilities Expos:

Chicago: June 27-29

Houston: July 25-27

Boston: Sept. 5-7

Bay Area: Nov. 21-23