The 7th annual disAbilities Expo drew more than 1,200 individuals, with and without disabilities, from Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Over 100 exhibitors representing products and services provided expert advice and help related to physical, intellectual, vision and hearing disabilities. Expo-goers not only found resources they needed, but discovered how many creative, active, and supportive resources are available close to home.
On The Main Stage
The 2016 disAbilities Expo’s main stage played host to inspirational speaker, Stephanie Decker, whose heroic acts in saving her children where an inspiration to all. Her life experiences and enthusiastic response to a wide range of unusual situations brought encouragement to everyday life with disabilities. Being a bi-lateral amputee, Stephanie shared her stories on how to handle life’s many challenges.
Learn more about Stephanie Decker on her website.
In The Art Center
The 2016 disAbilities Expo was also able to offer individuals an opportunity to create their own art as part of the interactive Graffiti Wall! Everyone, regardless of ability or age, were encouraged to pick up a can of paint and unleash the artist within to create a beautiful work of art.
Activities at the Expo
The 2016 disAbilities Expo also featured a wide range of activities for guests to enjoy. Some of the activities included:
Exhibitor Hall — Over 100 companies represented a wide range of services and products with the knowledge and resources to enhance quality of life.
Calming Room — The Calming Room, staffed by SensoryCritters.com provided a safe and comfortable retreat from expo excitement.
Employment Services — One-on-one consultation provided assistance with job readiness, resume writing, interviewing and job searches.
Public Art Project and Sale — The region’s largest collaborative, public art project and sale for and by individuals with disabilities.
“Tell Your Story” Tent — Allowed everyone to share their proudest achievements, lessons learned or the happiest moment of their life’s to inspire the community and advocate for those with disabilities.
You can check out the 2016 Expo Program Guide for more information.