Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Third Annual Ability Explosion Set To Blast Off On South Beach, Oct. 19-23

This weeklong showcase of the abilities of people with disabilities, Ability Explosion, will take place on sunny South Beach, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 19, with events running through the 23rd. 

"The purpose of the Ability Explosion is to gather all of us, and to share and enjoy our experience together," said R. David New, the event's organizer and chairman of the Miami Beach Disability Access Committee. "We also want to exhibit the vast and varied abilities of people with disabilities, while providing viable solutions for challenges, whether physical, visual, hearing or intellectual." 

It's the extraordinary series of educational, informative and entertaining seminars and events from the world of arts, sports and entertainment focusing solely on the abilities of people living with disabilities! Many of the people featured in the events have physical, visual, hearing or intellectual disabilities. 

Ability Explosion has become the largest celebratory event of its kind in the U.S. and will be informing, creating and involving communities with a wonderful series of events that are open to everyone. The organization's events are supported by various local government organizations, as well as local community businesses and sponsors.

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Ability Explosion Schedule of Events:

Oct. 19
"Blast-Off Celebration, Resource & Technology Expo. & Children's Ability Workshops" - The governor and city commissioners honor Ability Explosion at Blast-Off. At the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach, 9am-5pm.

"Sexy-Ability, Modern Relationships: A Social Evening at the Shore Club" - Raw Beauty Photography presentation by TED relationship council member. At the The Red Room, Shore Club Hotel, 1901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, 6pm-8pm.

Oct. 20
"Takin' it to the Streets" - Live entertainers featuring music, live and art at various locations of Miami Beach, 8pm.

"Lights Out Miami Beach" (A Dining in the Dark Experience) - A sensory dining experience complete with blindfolds and trained staff for the evening. Many of Miami's finest restaurants are [articiopating, including Hakkasan, Indomania, Escopazzo, and more. Check the website for full event information.

"Biz-Ability Luncheon" - Awarding businesses and individuals supporting special ability persons in the community and at the workplace. Three dynamic speakers with amazing life stories to share. At Morton's Steakhouse, 4041 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, 11:30am.

Oct. 21
"Comedy Explosion" (Featuring Kyle Grooms, Lonni Brun and headliner Suzanne Westenhoeffer) - A lighthearted way to see the world through the lens of the disabled. At The Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 8pm.  

Oct. 22
"Ability Explosion 5k Run" - Enjoy sponsor samplings and goodies all morning. At the Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 7:30am.

"Wheelchair Basketball Event" by Colusana - Come see the two most important teams in the South Florida: Miami Heat Wheels & Sunrise Suns "move and roll their world." At the Scott Rakow Center, 2700 Sheridan Avenue, Miami Beach, noon.

"Benefit Cocktail Party and Accessible Fashion Extravaganza" - Beauty Pop-Ups, Live & Silent Auction, live entertainment, Under the Stars Fashion Show and more. At the Miami Beach Golf & Country Club, 2301 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 8pm. 

Oct. 23 
"Aquabilities Explosion - A Watersports Extravaganza!" - Food & drink, samplings, sailing, kid's art and painting, kayaking, live taping of "Cooking Without Looking" TV Show on Water Island, live entertainment and more. At Shake-A-Leg Miami, 2620 South Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove, noon-5pm.

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