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Montreal Families

An expo for families with special needs in Montreal

On Nov. 8, the Quebec Special Needs Association will be hosting the fifth annual All Abilities Expo, designed to provide information, services and products for people with special needs and disabilities.

Marla Vineberg, the event’s founder and manager, has multiple sclerosis and her daughter has autism. Vineberg says the expo is a day where people with various disabilities can connect with each other.

“It’s the only event of its kind [in Quebec],” Vineberg said. “There’s a great sense of community and everyone gets something out of it.”

Vineberg says that the expo continues to grow in popularity, with new organizations joining every year. Along with dozens of exhibitors displaying products like mobility aids, as well as booths offering information on financial and government resources, the expo, hosted by Quebec entertainer Isabelle Juneau, will also feature a variety of activities for children and adults.

There will be several adapted sports workshops, including tennis, karate and dance, along with musical performances by Steven Atme, a 21-year-old singer, composer and pianist with autism. A free babysitting zone will be offered so that parents can walk around while their little ones are being looked after.

The expo is a free event that takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Uniprix Stadium in Montreal.

For more information, call 438-876-3247 or visit expotouteshabiletes.com.

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