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Aquarium of the Pacific: Festival of Human Abilities + Giveaway

At the Festival of Human Abilities at the Aquarium of the Pacific, visitors can watch performances and learn unique adaptive skills taught by artists and other experts with disabilities. Featured at the festival are hip-hop wheelchair dancers, a sign language choir, a singer who is blind and has autism, a guitarist who is blind, and other inspiring performing artists.

Along with these music and dance performances, the Aquarium will feature art demonstrations and displays, including mouth-stick art by local artists with disabilities. Cody Unser First Step Foundation will present adaptive SCUBA demonstrations to show that people of all abilities can enjoy this therapeutic sport.

A variety of free creative workshop classes will be held on site, lasting thirty to forty-five minutes per session. Participants will have the opportunity to learn to sing in sign language, create wheelchair art, paint a hat, and try hip-hop wheelchair dancing. All major programming will have sign language interpreters for guests who are deaf, and the Aquarium will provide visitor guides in braille and audio tours for guests who are blind.

2018 Glenn McIntyre Heritage Award Ceremonies:

Saturday, 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, 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. Girma travels the world consulting and presenting lectures, teaching clients the benefits of fully accessible products and services. Girma 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.

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, January 27-28, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

COST: $29.95 adult (12+), $26.95 senior (62+), $17.95 child (3-11), and free to kids age three and under and members

GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a Family 4-pack valid Jan 27th or Jan 28th by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the comments below. We will pick on random winner on 1/25. Good Luck!

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  1. Please help me win free admission to aquarium of the pacific

  2. My daughter loves the aquarium!

  3. Sounds like a wonderful time to visit Aquarium of the Pacific!

  4. Yea!it would be awesome if I win. Haven’t been able to go to the aquarium in a long time. Thanks

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