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April 18, 2006


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Amy Riemer
Media Relations for Abilities Expo


NEW YORK, NY, April 18, 2006 -- Abilities Expo/New York Metro will offer several new and exciting special events when it opens to the public this weekend. Abilities Expo is the one show dedicated to educating and improving the lives of people with disabilities, senior citizens, their families & caregivers, as well as healthcare and education professionals. The three-day event will take place at the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center in Edison, NJ from this Friday, April 21 continuing through Sunday, April 23, 2006.

“With hundreds of companies showcasing the latest products and services; dozens of free educational sessions; and special events from Quad Rugby to Wheelchair Basketball and performances by Rap Artists, we have it all,” said Veronica Gonnello, Show Manager for Abilities Expo. “We encourage people of all ages with a disability, their families and caregivers from anywhere throughout the tri-state area to visit Abilities Expo this weekend.” Special events will include:

· Quad Rugby, sponsored by United Spinal Association. The United Spinal Jets, featuring Keith Cavill of Murderball, will have full games and give-a-ways at Abilities Expo. Attendees will have a chance to meet Keith Cavill and see him play. Game times are Saturday 11:30am -1:30pm, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, and again on Sunday from 1:00pm - 3:00pm in Special Events Area 2.

· Indian Head Massage. The power of a massage is therapeutic as well as relaxing, especially to a disabled child. The American Institute of Indian Head Massage will be giving free Indian Head Massages during the event to anyone wanting to relax and escape for a moment in the day. Visit Booth 211 anytime over the three days.

· Brookhaven Wheelchair Basketball. The Brookhaven Wheelchair Athletic Program is the only recreational program run by a township in New York that is specifically designed for wheelchair users. The program offers participants the opportunity to play several sports, including basketball, softball, and hand cycling. The Brookhaven Wheelchair athletes will be on hand to provide a demonstration of wheelchair basketball. Game times are Saturday ONLY: 10:30am - 12:00pm, 1:00pm - 2:30pm, and again at 3:30pm - 5:00pm in Special Events Area 1. Visit booth 332.

· Hip Hop Rap Artist Tap Waterz & 4 Wheel City will perform songs & dance from their CD’s. The movement was started due to being tired of going to places in a city as big as NYC and not being able to get in because there were steps and no elevators or ramps other than at the clubs and stadiums. Basically fed up with the system and constantly being discriminated against, The 4 Wheel City Movement 4 Improvement was started to fight against these injustices. Friday 10:30am - 11:00am, 1:30pm - 2:00pm and again on Sunday at 11:00am - 11:30am. Visit booth 331 to learn more or buy one of his CDs.

· Professir X Paralyzed Rap Artist - In 1987 Richard Professir was tragically shot and paralyzed. Although, now unable to move certain limbs, he, with the help of genuine family and friends will continue to move mountains. Professir X will be performing on Friday from 11:30am - 12:00pm, 2:30pm - 3:00pm, and again on Sunday at 3:00pm - 3:30pm. Visit booth 324.

· Wheelchair Ballroom Dancing Sponsored by Wheelchair DanceSport USA. Ballroom dancing is one of the hottest trends around these days. The Instructor, Rubin Zakiryanov, has been dancing for 27 years around the world. There will be lessons for those interested in learning the techniques of wheelchair ballroom dancing. Participants can come by on Friday at 12:30pm - 1:30pm, 3:00pm-4:00pm, and again on Sunday from 12:00pm - 1:00pm. Visit booth 336 while at the show.
Attendees will also have a chance to discover and learn about new products and services - from computers to athletic equipment and mobility products to daily living aids - all conveniently displayed to see, test and compare. Exhibiting companies include Daimler Chrysler Dodge, Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center, Permobil, Toyota Motor Sales, and many others. Local and regionally based organizations that work with people with disabilities will also be participating including Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey, Brain Injury Association of New Jersey, and New Jersey Transit just to name a few.

The educational curriculum focuses on relevant topics addressing life today for individuals with disabilities, their family and caregivers. The comprehensive workshop programs will consist of consumer and professional tracks, with certificates of participation available to students, and education and healthcare professionals. Course topics include Maximizing Life with a Disability; Innovations in Wound Care; Birth Injuries and Medical Malpractice; and others.

Special show services will be available for attendees including Complimentary Wheelchair Repair provided by Hands on Concepts. Loaner Wheelchairs will be provided by Permobil and Accessible Vans. For People with Visual Impairments, there will be special workshops and exhibitor information handouts available in large type. For People with Hearing Impairments, there will be a sign language interpreter available to assist persons who are deaf or hearing impaired, for a reasonable length of time per person.

Free Shuttle Bus Service: Accessible Vans Access and Mobility will be providing FREE accessible shuttle service between the hotels in Raritan Center and the Expo Center and between the Metuchen train station and the Expo Center. The shuttles running from the hotels will start operations one hour before the expo opens and stop one hour after the expo closes. Service from the train station will start at 10 am and will stop running to the train station at 4:30 PM, no reservations are required. For your convenience reservations can be made for pick up at the Metuchen station by calling 1-800-221-0034. All reservations must be made by Friday April 21, 2006.

WHEN: Friday, April 21, 2006, 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday, April 22, 2006, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, April 23, 2006, 11 am – 5 pm

WHERE: New Jersey Convention and Expo Center, Edison, NJ

PRODUCED & Questex Media Group
MANAGED BY: 800-385-3085

Posted by Amy Riemer