I finally attended an Abilities Expo in Chicago. I miss going to these events so much. There are so many wonderful people in our industry. Together, we have a common goal of helping to make people’s lives better. I loved seeing everyone. Of course, that’s not what is important at these types of events.
The purpose of the Abilities Expo is to show wheelchair users and those with disabilities what technology is available. People who attend can see what is out there and try different things to figure out what they would like to have on their assistive devices. I met a lot of people that said they have iLevel® technology because of me. Hearing them talk so highly of iLevel really warmed my heart. I loved this experience.
Still, there were a lot of people who said that they weren’t really given an option when it came to their power chairs. They just had to accept what the therapist told them to use, which is usually just what that therapist prefers. This is why the Abilities Expos are so important. They educate people with disabilities on the technology available to them. So, let’s keep the power of choice going so we always have our right to choose!
About Bryan Anderson: Bryan grew up and resides in Illinois. Injured by an IED in October 2005, Bryan is one of the few triple amputees to survive his injuries in Iraq. He is an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation and a spokesperson for USA Cares, which is focused on assisting post 9-11 veterans. Click here to learn more about Bryan.