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15th Annual

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Celebrate the Creative Spirit of People with Disabilities

Join the Aquarium of the Pacific for its fifteenth annual Festival of Human Abilities, a celebration highlighting the creative talents and abilities of people with disabilities.

This event will feature wheelchair dance, live music, sign language choirs, art demonstrations, and accessible SCUBA diving demonstrations. Participate in free classes led by people who have disabilities. Sign language interpreters will be present at all major shows, and an audio tour and a visitor guide in Braille are available for those who are blind.

Festival Schedule

SATURDAY
10:00 a.m. Love in Motion Signing Choir
10:40 a.m. Love in Motion Signing Choir
11:00 a.m. Multimedia Presentation on Adaptive SCUBA
11:45 a.m. ARC Handbell Choir
12:20 p.m. Hip Hop Wheelchair Dance – The Rollettes
12:30 p.m. Service Dog Demonstration – Canine Companions for Independence
12:55 p.m. Music and Dance Performance – Kodi Lee
1:30 p.m. Adaptive SCUBA diving demonstration
1:40 p.m. Infinite Flow Wheelchair Dance
2:30 p.m. Glenn McIntyre Heritage Award honoring Auti Angel and Hip Hop Music Performance –Auti Angel
3:10 p.m. Classical Guitar – Dat Nguyen
4:00 p.m. Hip Hop dance - Mike “Ice Man” Rivera and Homeland Crew
4:15 p.m. Adaptive SCUBA diving demonstration
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10:00 a.m. Mariachi singing performance by Guillermo Gomez
10:40 a.m. Dance performance by Straight Up Abilities
11:00 a.m. Multimedia Presentation on Adaptive SCUBA
11:45 a.m. Music performance – Per Se
12:20 p.m. Hip Hop Wheelchair Dance – The Rollettes
12:55 p.m. Hip Hop dance - Mike “Ice Man” Rivera and Homeland Crew
1:30 p.m. Adaptive SCUBA diving demonstration
1:40 p.m. Music and Dance Performance – Kodi Lee
2:30 p.m. Glenn McIntyre Heritage Award honoring Haben Girma
INC Boutique winter International Jacket Concepts 3:10 p.m. Hip Hop Music Performance – Auti Angel
4:00 p.m. Music performance - Zendrea Mitchell
4:15 p.m. Adaptive SCUBA diving demonstration

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Ocean Theater and Ocean Science Center—See monitors for shows and times.

Demonstrations &
Exhibits / Great Hall

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
Art Display and Demonstration by Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
Art Display by Michael Seale, Jr.
Hats and Music CDs by Charles Whitehead of Per Se
Colours Wheelchairs
Community Resource Table
SATURDAY ONLY
Service Animal Display by Canine Companions for Independence
Unification of Disabled Latin Americans
City of Long Beach Citizen’s Advisory Commission on Disabilities
SUNDAY ONLY
Accessible Dance Program by Straight Up Abilities
Interactive Art with Dani Bowman and Powerlight Animation Studios

FREE classes by artists with and without disabilities

Space is limited, so please arrive early.
Classes are for all ages and abilities. Each class will be 30-45 minutes in length. All classes are located at the Premier Watershed Classroom except Painting with Wheelchair Wheels, which is located in our Learning Center. Space is limited. Sign up at the class entrance. To locate classrooms, see map or inquire at information desk for assistance.

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Saturday
11:00 a.m. Hip Hop dancing – The Rollettes wheelchair dance team
11:40 a.m. Hip Hop dancing – Infinite Flow Wheelchair Dance
1:00 p.m. Hip Hop dancing – Auti Angel, wheelchair dancer
2:00 p.m. Singing in sign language - Love in Motion Signing Choir
3:00 p.m. Hip Hop dancing – Mike ‘Ice Man’ Rivera, and Homeland Crew
4:00 p.m. Painting with wheelchair wheels - artist Tommy Hollenstein
Sunday
9:30 a.m. Decorative hat painting - artist Michael Seal Jr.
11:30 a.m. Hip Hop dancing - Mike ‘Ice Man’ Rivera, and Homeland Crew
12:30 p.m. Dancing – Straight Up Abilities featuring Robin Olive
1:30 p.m. Hip Hop dancing – Auti Angel, wheelchair dancer
2:30 p.m. Hip Hop dancing – The Rollettes wheelchair dance team
3:00 p.m. Painting with wheelchair wheels - artist Tommy Hollenstein
4:00 p.m. Painting with wheelchair wheels - artist Tommy Hollenstein

2018 Glenn Mcintyre Heritage Award Ceremonies

Saturday Award Ceremony
January 27 at 2:30 p.m.

Honoree: Auti Angel

In 1992 Auti Angel, a professional dancer with a promising career, faced devastation when she experienced a life threatening auto accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Returning to her first love of dance, she pioneered wheelchair hip-hop dancing worldwide and built a successful career in music and acting. Auti Angel inspires, motivates, and empowers audiences with her own life example of overcoming obstacles.

Sunday Award Ceremony
January 28 at 2:30 p.m.

Honoree: Haben Girma

The first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Haben Girma advocates for equal opportunities for people with disabilities. Haben travels the world consulting and public speaking, teaching clients the benefits of fully accessible products and services. Haben is a talented storyteller who helps people frame difference as an asset. She has been honored by President Obama and President Clinton for her disability rights advocacy.

FREE LECTURE by Haben Girma at 5:00pm. Reservations recommended, capacity is limited. 562-590-3100

Special thanks to Gloria Williams for coordinating signing interpreters.

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Archived Event Information
When Saturday, Jan 27, 2018 | 9:00 AM–5:00 PM Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 | 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Cost Included with general admission to guests. Free to Aquarium members; 20% off for their guests.
Info (562) 590-3100, ext. 0
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Please visit the Information Desk for assistance or more information on the following:

  • Sign language interpreters will be available at major shows and gallery videos are closed captioned. Scripts for all major shows are available for checkout.
  • Free audio tours and Braille visitor guides are available for checkout.
  • Behind-the-Scenes Tours are fully accessible.
  • Extra elevators are available on request.
  • Assistance Dog Relief area is located outside the front of the Aquarium.
  • A detailed map of the Festival of Human Abilities events and services is available at the information desk

Please visit the Information Desk for assistance or more information on the following:

  • Sign language interpreters will be available at major shows and gallery videos are closed captioned. Scripts for all major shows are available for checkout.
  • Free audio tours and Braille visitor guides are available for checkout.
  • Behind-the-Scenes Tours are fully accessible.
  • INC International Concepts winter Boutique Jacket Extra elevators are available on request.
  • Assistance Dog Relief area is located outside the front of the Aquarium.
  • A detailed map of the Festival of Human Abilities events and services is available at the information desk
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