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Serving Veterans Through The Arts

TCA and VSA Texas will be offering webinars to help you serve the veterans in your community through programming and collaborations. These webinars will give you valuable information about the exciting arts outlets for veterans in the state and across the nation, and how you can create similar programs for your organization. Click here for details and to register.

Open Mic
Malvern Books Presents
The Lion, The Pirate and The Microphone

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Malvern Books
613 W. 29th Street
Austin, TX 78705

An inclusive Open Mic for Writers and Acoustic Musicians hosted by VSA Texas, and the Coalition of Texas with Disabilities Pen 2 Paper Program. Come out to Austin's newest independent bookstore & community space for a fun, friendly, low-volume open mic suitable for performers of all ages and abilities. For more information email April at VSA Texas or call 512-454-9912.

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Opening Minds, Opening Doors
Promoting Self Advocates as Speakers

VSA Texas' Opening Minds, Opening Doors: Promoting Self-Advocates as Speakers program is seeking new participants for our May class!

In this class, each participant will write a personal story and develop the presentation skills needed to deliver it in public. Find your voice, tell your story, and build the skills to advocate for disability rights.

Classes will be held from 1-4 pm on Saturdays, May 3 - June 7, in Room 101 of the AGE Building at 3710 Cedar Street in Austin.

You may download the program application here. Applicants must be self-advocates with developmental disabilities ages 18 and up. The application deadline is Monday, April 14th, at 5:00 pm.

For more information, please visit Opening Minds, Opening Doors webpage or contact Eric Clow by email or call 512-454-9912.

Financial Support for Opening Minds, Opening Doors: Promoting Self-Advocates as Speakers is provided by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities and made available by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

*$125,000 (75%) DD funds; $41,666 (25%) non-federal resources

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Featured Charity: VSA Texas
This week’s Featured Charity, VSA Texas, The State Organization on Arts and Disability, is working to create a society where Texans with disabilities can excel in, learn through, & enjoy the arts. Read the full feature on VSA Texas from America's Charities.

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