The Midwest Ability Summit (formerly the Kansas City Ability Expo) was held at the Overland Park Convention Center on August 19. 2017 where Convaid | R82 Business Development Representative Chris Reidmiller joined hundreds of participants in the day-long event.
Midwest Ability Summit is collaboration between several metro-wide organizations that join forces to create a regional expo for those living with disabilities and older adults, their families, caregivers, healthcare professionals and as an educational opportunity for the entire Greater Kansas City community.
Convaid | R82 presented its line of mobility, seating, standing, gait training, transportation and hygiene products that also provided educational seminars and access to representatives of governmental and not-for-profit agencies.
Chris said that his favorite adaptive sport presentations were adaptive skateboarding, basketball and other team sports.
The precursor to the Midwest Ability Summit was the brainchild of a high school senior, Taylor Baker, who created the Disability and Information Expo and Fair in 2010 that led to her earning highest Girl Scout award possible – the Girl Scout Gold Award in 2011. As a volunteer at Olathe Persons with Disabilities Board she developed a true passion for helping those with disabilities and realized that she could help them navigate their way through the multitude of non-profit groups available for assistance. She then joined forces with the City of Olathe and created the first expo at the Great Mall of the Great Plains that has grown into the current event.