Free ‘Ability Fair’ for Physically Challenged at Stockton University

Jul 17, 2017
Supplied Photo A therapy horse from Hearts Therapeutic Riding Center in Egg Harbor will be at the Ability Fair at Stockton.

A free “Ability Fair” presented by Stockton University and the Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation will host three speakers who will share their stories of recovery and more than 60 vendors in adult and pediatric medicine who will share the latest technologies and services designed to assist children and adults with physical challenges in leading more fulfilling lives.

The event is 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, in the Stockton University Campus Center, located at 101 Vera King Farris Drive in Galloway Township.

Speakers include Associate Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies William Quain, a respected Stockton professor with low vision (10:45 a.m.). Stockton University alumna Jacquelynn Cowles, born with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disease that affects the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement, will speak at 12:45 p.m. Cowles graduated from Stockton University in 2011 with a bachelor of arts in communication studies and is currently a lifestyle blogger. She is followed by Atlantic City Patrolman Mike Braxton, who lost his lower leg in a motorcycle accident. He is a para-athlete and current member of the Atlantic City Police Department.

Each of these individuals will share their personal experience with physical challenges.

Vendors will answer questions and provide live demonstrations on some of their top products, including power wheelchairs, ramps, home remodeling, accessible cars and assistive devices.

New to the event will be Cigna’s Health Improvement Tour. The group is touring the country in a 30-foot trailer and will stop at the fair to conduct health assessments. Hearing screenings will be available by Bacharach doctors of audiology. Learn how the InMotion Arm Robot from Bionik is used for rehabilitation therapies.

Several pediatric vendors will attend including Bayada Pediatrics, Faces4Autism and Weisman Rehab. R82Convaid specializes in wheelchairs for children and will have several on display. Check out the latest communication devices from Tobii Dynavox and GPS tracking devices from KidsConnect.

Danny, a therapy horse from Hearts Therapeutic Riding Center, will welcome everyone on the Campus Center lawn.

The Ability Fair is free, open to the public, and scooter, walker and wheelchair accessible. Free transportation is available through Uber. For Uber code information, call Jamie Hoagland at Bacharach at 609-748-5250. Visit AbilityFair.com to learn more and to register.

Sponsors include South Jersey Gas, Atlantic Medical Imaging Foundation, Brunswick Mobility and Purdy Automotive Group. –P.J.

 

 

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