- People with disabilities will be challenged to pursue their dreams at the first-ever Living Well With A Disability Expo on August 24 and 25 at the Lancaster Marriott & Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster.
The free event will invite attendees to test the latest mobility products and assistive technologies; meet celebrities with disabilities; and dive into the action of adaptive sports and activities.
The event is presented by the Center for Independent Living of Central PA, PA Statewide Independent Living Council and Three Rivers Center for Independent Living.
“As a person with a disability, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to obtain all of the resources necessary to live well,” said Theo Braddy, executive director of the Center for Independent Living of Central PA. “The Expo will provide free access to experts, activities and technologies like never seen before in Pennsylvania.”
Full event details can be found at www.livingwellwithadisabilityexpo.org, but weekend highlights include:
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
• Sled Hockey Demonstration (11:15-11:45 a.m.) – Presented by the Hershey Jr Bears Sled Hockey Team, come watch and participate in adaptive hockey. The sport follows typical ice hockey rules, but enables people with limited mobility to join the action using sleds.
• Meet 4 Wheel City (12-2 p.m.) – Hip-hop artists 4 Wheel City will share their stories of overcoming spinal cord injuries caused by violence in Bronx, New York. Meet the artists and get autographs.
• Meet author of “The Accessible Home,” Deborah Pierce (3:45-4:30 p.m.) – Newly published, “The Accessible Home” goes beyond ramps and grab-bars to help aging boomers and people with disabilities accomplish home accessibility on a deeper, stylish level. Meet the author and purchase her book.
• Horse Therapy Demonstration (4:15-4:45 p.m.) – Presented by EquiTeam Support Services, discover how working with horses can provide lasting benefits and improvement for people with mental health disabilities and people on the Autism spectrum.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
• Meet Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania 2013, Katie Smith (11:30-12:30 p.m.) – The reigning Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania 2013, Katie Smith, will meet attendees, take photos and sign autographs. Katie has a spinal cord injury at the C6/C7 level, but it doesn’t slow her down.
• Adaptive Ballroom Dancing (12:15-12:45 p.m.) – Music and dance bring people of all abilities together. See a demo of wheelchair ballroom dancing, and then join the action and try a few steps with a partner.
Page 2 of 3 - • Meet Tiphany Adams, star of Sundance Channel’s “Push Girls” (2-3 p.m.) – Presumed dead after a horrific car accident, Tiphany has battled back and is pursuing her dreams of acting and wellness. She will meet guests, take photos and sign autographs.
• Meet Christine Ha, “MasterChef” Season 3 Winner (2:30-3:30 p.m.) – Christine Ha possesses a rare ingredient that most chefs never learn to use: the ability to cook by sense. After losing her sight in her twenties, this remarkable home cook, went on to wow the country winning “MasterChef” and writing a cookbook.
The expo is free and open to the public, and attendees can register in advance online. A list of exhibitors dedicated to mobility, assistive technology, home modifications, adaptive vehicles and more can be found on the Exhibitors page.
To attend the full, four-day Conference visit the Registration page. For full details about the Living Well With A Disability Conference & Expo, visit www.livingwellwithadisabilityexpo.org.
For the latest updates on presenters and activities, connect with Living Well With A Disability Conference & Expo on Facebook and follow updates on Twitter (@LivingWell2013).
About Living Well With A Disability
Living Well With A Disability is a free resource that is available to individuals with any type of disability living in certain counties of Pennsylvania.
By calling the hotline, 1-877-TO-LIV-WELL, the Living Well With A Disability initiative connects people with disabilities to qualified Living Well specialists who will conduct a survey, identifying the needs and goals of the person, to then develop a plan for meeting them.
It is an initiative of the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP), a consumer controlled, cross-disability, nonresidential 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency founded in 1988 and dedicated to assisting people with disabilities achieve and maintain independent lifestyles.
The CILCP’s mission is to eliminate and prevent barriers that people with disabilities experience by providing ongoing advocacy and offering innovative programs and services.
About Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council
The Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council (PA SILC) is a nonprofit, cross-disability, consumer-controlled organization dedicated to securing public policies that ensure civil rights for people with disabilities by supporting the independent living philosophy.
Established in 1992, PA SILC’s mission is to use their collective power and legal mandate to develop and secure public policies that ensure civil rights and expand options for all people with disabilities in all aspects of life.
Page 3 of 3 - About Three Rivers Center for Independent Living (TRCIL)
TRCIL is a non-residential, nonprofit, community-based human service organization. Its purpose is to assist people with disabilities to lead self-directed and productive lives within the community.
The center’s mission is to empower people with disabilities to enjoy self-directed, personally meaningful lives by providing outstanding consumer-controlled services and by advocating for effective community change.
They envision a world in which all physical, attitudinal, communication and systems barriers are eliminated and people with disabilities have equal opportunities and the right to full participation in society.