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Presidential surrogates to debate Friday at Abilities Expo

A political discussion with representatives of the McCain and Obama presidential campaigns is one of the highlights of this weekend’s Abilities Expo at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The expo features products and information for those living with disabilities, along with demonstrations. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The political debate will be at 11 a.m. Friday. Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison will represent the Obama camp, organizers said. It’s still undecided who will be the Republican surrogate.

They’re expected to address the important issues facing people with disabilities — which really covers everything, including health care, employment, housing, education, veterans issues, accessible transportation, the economy and the Iraq war. Moderator will be Channel 5 news anchor Brad Sattin.

This year, many of the special events focus on sports and recreation activities, but there’s some heavy-duty policy and personal discussions, too. There’s even an “Intimate Pavilion” for a discussion of sexuality issues.

More information is available here.

Among the expo sessions are:

Music therapy with adults and children, health disparities in the United States, comprehensive transportation solutions, voting rights of individuals with disabilities, aging successfully, and choosing a wheelchair.

Saturday: Selecting the right vehicle, emergency preparedness, “sex on wheels,” disability and the art of kissing, travel made easy, depression, and aging with a disability.

Creating a future care plan for family members with special needs, and how to make an existing home more accessible, successful aging, health and wellness for people with disabilities, and sexual mobility and disability.

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