Sunday, June 21, 2009

Chicago Abilities Expo - June 25-27

A national expo for persons with disabilities (and their familes and caregivers) will be held this Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Schaumburg.

Admission is free. For complete information, go to

Day One: Focused for professional therapists and healthcare workers who will attend dynamic educational seminars (earning CEU's to comply with their professional requirements) and a relaxed, informal networking reception at the end of the day.

Day Two:Focused for adult consumers and those with age-related fitness issues. This day will feature sessions about intimacy for people with disabilities, fashion and cooking shows, workshops on caring for a growing population and much more.

Day Three: Focused for families with sessions and activities for the entire family from kids to grandparents and those in between. Families come to Abilities Expo for a well-rounded experience that is both informative and fun.

Saturday's family day will be 10:00AM-5:00PM. Location? Schaumburg Convention Center, which is located on the east side of Meacham Road, north of the Illinois Tollway, south of Algonquin Road (Route 62). For those with GPSs, just plug in 1551 North Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, IL 60173.

For advocacy information, be sure to attend Myra Christian's presentation at 2:00PM on Saturday, "Preparing for your child's future as an independent adult." Myra is with the Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD). I met Myra in about 1997, and FRCD gave me a good start on my path of educational advocacy.

For information about FRCD and its programs and services, visit

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