The Festival of Human Abilities — a two-day event aimed at celebrating the creative talents of folks with disabilities hosted by the Aquarium of the Pacific — will return to Long Beach next weekend.
The 21st iteration of the festival will feature live performances and workshops by dancers, musicians and artists, according to the event’s website, who have learned unique adaptive skills to hone their craft.
The Festival of Human Abilities will also showcase speakers from various organizations dedicated to serving folks with disabilities — including James Elliot, founder and president of nonprofit Diveheart.
Diveheart is an Illinois-based organization, according to a recent press release, with a chief goal to help people with disabilities through scuba therapy.
This year marks Elliot’s 13th year of presenting Diveheart and its mission during the Festival of Human Abilities.
In 2011, Elliot was the first person to receive the Glen McIntyre Award from the Aquarium of the Pacific — in recognition of the organization’s work to combine scuba diving and therapy for folks with disabilities.