Kansas City Ability Expo more than doubles health mission

Free event focuses on Obamacare, good wheelchairs and more

By FINN M. BULLERS
Freelance writer/editor

KANSAS CITY — Hometown President Harry Truman once said a “pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.”

Folks at the Greater Kansas City Spinal Cord Injury Association embrace Truman’s words and want to bring together those optimists who seek to make opportunities out of difficulties.

Join people with disabilities for the Fourth Annual Kansas City Ability Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park. Admission is free.

“Our purpose is to create a one-stop, metrowide learning experience for people with disabilities, older adults, their families, caregivers and healthcare professionals,” said Linda Klaiber, president of GKCSCIA.

Explore the booths, talk to healthcare professionals and try state-of-the-art equipment. The goal is to put people in touch with health organizations, products, resources and artists with disabilities.

There will be adaptive sports, exercise and recreational demonstrations, as well as workshops, service providers, caregivers and government and nonprofit agencies. More than 120 exhibitors are scheduled to attend. Two workshops will be offered:

— 11 a.m. to noon: “The Right Wheelchair – How to Advocate For It.” Perfect-fit wheels and getting them.

— 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: “The Affordable Care Act – What You Need to Know.” A question/answer session.

“Anyone’s life can be turned upside down in a flash. We want to provide help, health and hope for people with disabilities and those who love and care for them,” said Erin Brown, expo director.

Expo partners are:

— The Greater Kansas City Spinal Cord Injury Association

— Olathe Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board

— United Access

— Mid-America Chapter of Multiple Sclerosis Society

— Kansas City Veterans Administration Medical Center

— Midwest Adaptive Sports

For more information, contact Linda Klaiber, president of the Greater Kansas City Spinal Cord Injury Association (913-491-5667) or Erin Brown, expo chairwoman (816-751-7899). You also can click on www.kcabilityexpo.org

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