Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation and Stockton University are partnering to present the first annual Ability Fair on September 18, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Stockton Campus Center in Galloway.
The Ability Fair will showcase more than 55 vendors, offering products designed to improve the health and well-being of those who are disabled. Dozens of agencies will also be available to discuss services available for people with physical challenges. Modeled after similar three-day events held in major cities, the Ability Fair will cater to people who live in South Jersey and the greater Philadelphia region.
Vendors will offer a host of products and services, from durable medical equipment to assistive devices. There will be information on neuro-restorative robot therapy, acupuncture and graded motor imagery for pain relief and functional improvement.
The Ability Fair will also have experts on hand to offer detailed information about how and where to purchase products, options, pricing and so on.
To date, vendors include ARGO ReWalk, Medtronic, Bioness, Coloplast, Hollister and Permobil.
Many vendors will also offer demonstrations, including the ARGO ReWalk exoskeleton, a battery powered device that enables some spinal cord patients to walk again. Lucy, the World’s Smallest Therapy Dog, will also be on hand to strut her stuff.
“We hope the Ability Fair becomes an annual event,” said Mary Joyce Perskie, Vice President for Marketing and Business Development at Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation. “Stockton University has been a generous and willing partner in this endeavor, and together we think the Ability Fair can have quite an impact.”
In addition to vendors, there will be representatives from a wide variety of agencies, including Faces for Autism, Jewish Family Services and more.
Admission to the Ability Fair is free, and there is plenty of free parking with easy ramp access to the building. The event is scooter, walker and wheelchair accessible. To learn more or to register to attend visit AbilityFair.com.