Whether you are passionate for a cause, looking for a community or just feel like getting out and doing something fun, there are many events you can go to throughout the year that cater to the disability community. Though there is a myriad of events held around the world, it can be difficult to know which ones are best for you. We have compiled a list of different events, mostly in the United States, that are centered around the disability community.
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is an annual event open to veterans with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, amputations, and other central neurological impairments with the goal to increase their independence and quality of life and promote healthy activities. The Games are held in a different city each year to take advantage of the opportunities to educate veterans on accessibility, travel, adaptation, and more. The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is co-presented between the Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans of America and spans over several days. There are 19 different events in which veterans can choose to participate, including wheelchair basketball, softball, swimming, cycling and powerlifting. If you are interested in learning more and even registering for the next Games, you can visit their website.
Work Without Limits hosts two Raise the Bar HIRE! events annually. One of their events is the Raise the Bar HIRE! Career Fair. This annual career fair connects job seekers with disabilities with leading employers who want to hire. The Raise the Bar HIRE! The conference is held in October for National Disability Employment Awareness Month and features prominent national keynote speakers, educational sessions, exhibitors, and networking opportunities. For more information on their events that center around employment for people with disabilities, you can visit their website.
Every year, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR) hosts the premier conference for Social Security disability attorneys and representatives from around the United States. The organization’s mission is to encourage the highest quality representation and advocacy on behalf of persons seeking SSDI and SSI benefits. The organization has become a pioneer in offering legal education through its programs. At their annual conferences, you can earn CLE credits, network and learn about best practices and trends in the field.
The Abilities Expo is a three-day event for everyone: people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, and healthcare professionals. During this event, there are a variety of products and services showcased to attendees with the goal of introducing opportunities to enrich lives through different technologies. As of right now, there are Abilities Expos in eight different locations around the United States and Canada. Quantum Rehab® is a proud exhibitor at the Abilities Expo. Visit the Quantum booth to meet our team! You can take our products for a test drive, including motorized wheelchairs with iLevel® technology. Also, see demonstrations of our power wheelchair diagnostic app, Interactive Assist. At the Quantum pit stop booth, you can take your power wheelchair for a tune-up or get minor repairs made, such as a tire change. We can’t wait to meet you! Check out our calendar of events to see when we will be at an Abilities Expo near you.
Naidex is a two-day event that takes place annually in March in the UK. It is the leading event dedicated to the independent living and healthcare industries and sets itself as the point of reference for future trends in those industries. Thousands of visitors from around the world attend to see 300 expert-led seminars, shop 400 suppliers, participate in interactive features and interact with like-minded individuals. All are welcome to attend, especially those in the independent living industry, people with disabilities and professionals from the healthcare sector.