Every year thousands of people attend the Abilities Expo New York in hopes of making their life a little better.

The Abilities Expo has been the go-to source for the community of people with disabilities, their families, seniors, veterans and health care professionals for the past 40 years.

The Abilities Expo provides products and services to help the disabled with their daily challenges. People with physical, sensory, learning and developmental disabilities have the opportunity to test cutting-edge devices to determine what meets their individual needs.

Denise Luca is hoping to get the opportunity to attend this three-day event to find the right kind of equipment and wheelchair that will provide the support and comfort she needs in her daily activities.

Luca, 58, was born with cerebral palsy and is wheelchair bound. Because she uses her wheelchair and its equipment on a daily basis, it is only logical that she has the right kind of equipment and support.

Cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage and is the loss or impairment of motor function. According to CerebralPalsy.org, cerebral palsy is caused by brain injury or abnormal development of the brain that occurs while a child’s brain is still developing—before birth, during birth or immediately after birth.

Luca received a tilt and space manual wheelchair late last year, but she feels the wheelchair and equipment are not right for her.

“The wheelchair I have now is too high, too wide and much heavier than what I’m used to,” stated Luca. “I have spoken to many people about this situation, but no one is willing to help me get the proper wheelchair that I need.”

Because of her discomfort with her current wheelchair and equipment, Luca would like to attend to the Abilities Expo being held at the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center, May 5-7. At the expo, she is hoping to find the right kind of equipment, and look at different wheelchairs that would be more suitable to her needs.

To attend the Expo, Luca will need transportation to and from the event, a personal care attendant, financial support and hotel accommodation. She is asking for any assistance and support that can be provided to her in her effort to maintain what independence she has.

For more information on Luca, call 718-327-6312.