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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

ADA 25th Anniversary Legacy Tour Stops at Abilities Expo Chicago, June 12-14

Expo to also feature Assistive Tech, Product Launches, Adaptive Vehicles, Sports, Dancing and Latest Products for People with Disabilities
CHICAGOJune 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- To commemorate the upcoming 25th anniversary of the historic passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA25), the long-anticipated ADA Legacy Tour will make a stop at Abilities Expo Chicago on June 12-14, 2015 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. Admission is free and Expo hours will be Friday and Saturday 11 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm.

The ADA Legacy Tour is a traveling exhibit designed to raise public awareness and generate excitement about ADA25 and is produced by The ADA Legacy Project, Disability Rights Center, ADA National Network and the Museum of disABILITY History. As the premier event for people with disabilities, Abilities Expo Chicago welcomes a visit from the year-long, nationwide tour which will culminate in Washington DC on July 26, 2015, exactly 25 years after President George H.W. Bush signed the ADA into law.

As a part of Abilities Expo, the ADA Legacy Tour will feature a four-panel display on the history of self-advocacy, displays on the preservation of disability history, celebrations of disability history milestones, efforts to educate future generations of disability advocates, a disability film and more. This exhibit is a fitting complement to the Expo, which features the latest products and services, informative workshops and adaptive activities to appeal to people of all ages with the full spectrum of disabilities—including physical, learning, developmental and sensory disabilities.

"We are thrilled to play an intricate part of the ADA Legacy Tour," said David Korse, president and CEO of Abilities Expo. "The Expo provides the community of people with disabilities access to life-enhancing products, education, resources and fun. And, like the ADA Legacy Tour, Abilities Expo is a celebration of what you can do."

The mission of the ADA Legacy Project is to preserve disability history, celebrate its significant events, and educate the public and future generations of advocates.
Complimentary loaner scooters and wheelchair repair will also be available during show hours.

The Latest Products and Services
Attendees will experience cutting-edge products and services for people with a wide range of disabilities. They will find mobility products, devices for people with developmental disabilities, medical equipment, home accessories, essential services, low-cost daily living aids, products for people with sensory impairments and much more. Some especially exciting products to find at Abilities Expo: the MXV, BraunAbility's new mobility crossover vehicle, a power chair with an iLevel tech by Quantum and the ReWalk Exoskeleton by ReWalk Robotics.

Relevant Workshops
A series of compelling workshops which address pressing disability issues will be offered free-of-charge to all attendees. Sessions will focus on travel, accessible homes, fashion, exercise, therapeutic cannabis, financial planning, caregiving and that is just for starters.

Sports, Dancing and More!
Abilities Expo does not merely inform, it engages and it entertains. Attendees of all levels of ability can test their skills at martial arts, learn the latest dance moves, release "happy" hormones through therapeutic yoga, race radio controlled cars and play adaptive sports like hand cycling, quad rugby, power soccer and tennis. Expo-goers will even have the opportunity to get a free professional makeup session. And kids will love the face painting as well as an adaptive art activity which opens the creative process to all abilities through the use of special art tools.

Caregiver Day
Presented by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, Caregiver Day on June 14 will feature a series of special workshops designed to support the loved ones who give so much.

Meet the Animals
Animals have become an intrinsic part of the disability community. Some are essential to the healing process, while others help their human partners become more independent. Expo-goers will enjoy assistance dog and miniature horse demonstrations, and learn how these furry friends can improve quality of life.

Celebrity Encounters
The hip-hop diva Auti Angel will introduce attendees to the physical and emotional benefits of wheelchair dancing. Auti recently starred in Push Girls, a Sundance Channel docu-series which traced the lives of four dynamic women who happen to be in wheelchairs.
A Unique Life Fully Lived, written by Karen Kain, is her journey with her medically fragile, yet unbelievably courageous daughter Lorrin, who was vaccine-injured at 6-weeks-old. Her books and sage advice can be found at her Lorrin's World booth.
For more information, visit www.abilitiesexpo.com/chicago.
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