Chicago Abilities Expo

In case you've missed the billboard ads don't miss the Chicago Abilities Expo! This FREE, three-day event is being held June 12-15, 2015 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center.

Register now and plan to spend at least a day at this enormous event. Browse the exhibit floor to discover helpful products and services for your patrons including assistive technology. Catch inspiring demonstrations of adaptive dance and sports. Learn about the benefit of service animals. Purchase an original piece of work from the Artist Market.

The event I'm most excited about is the 25th Anniversary celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act presented by the ADA National Network and The Legacy Project. Their Friday morning workshop, ADA: a Civil Rights Legacy will tell the story of the fight for civil rights in housing, employment, and education and address future challenges and opportunities. Right after the workshop, I plan to check out the ADA Legacy Tour, a traveling exhibit featuring historical artifacts from the disability rights movement and video interviews of today's self-advocates.

I also can't wait to see the miniature therapy horses from Mane in Heaven, an animal assisted therapy organization in Barrington, Illinois. I can't imagine a single library that won't want to book an event with these adorable animals!

Even if you can't slip away from the library on Friday, you may want to set aside a little personal time to attend the Expo for a few hours on Saturday or Sunday. It's that good!