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L. A. Abilities Expo Opens Doors

“Opening Doors to a Better Life” will be the theme of Abilities Expo, set for April 6-8 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The expo will offer a display of products and services for people who are physically limited.

Addressing such conditions as aging, paralysis, arthritis, stroke, multiple sclerosis, spinal-cord injury, cerebral palsy, amputation and muscular dystrophy, more than 200 companies will exhibit the newest, most technologically advanced equipment for people who are handicapped.

Exhibits will include vans, wheelchairs and three-wheel scooters for mobility and transportation; sports and exercise equipment; computers designed and programmed by disabled operators; special apparel, and products designed to assist everyday activities.

Other features:

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* A job fair of employers seeking disabled employees;

* Daily workshops on such topics as “Easy Dressing Fashions,” “Low Vision Products” and “Simplifying Telephone Communication and Improving Security”;

* Demonstrations by Canine Companions for Independence, specially trained dogs that assist the disabled;

* “Take Control” computer seminars offering training in adapting computers for personal, professional and educational use by the disabled. (There is a separate fee for these seminars.)

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Abilities Expo hours: Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: adults $3; children under 12 free.

The L.A. Convention Center is at 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. For information: (619) 944-1122.


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