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Welcome to VSA Texas—The State Organization on Arts and Disability

Featured News & Events

VSA Texas and Conspire Theatre Team Up for
Stand Up for Mental Health at Cap City Comedy Club

Ten comics from the Austin area will debut their new stand-up acts.

Sunday, August 24
Cap City Comedy Club
8120 Research Blvd #100
Austin, TX 78758
Door open at 6:00 pm
Show starts at 7:00 pm

Tickets are $10 and available through Brown Paper tickets, with a 2-item minimum food purchase per person at the event. Tickets on sale only http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/783964. Walk Up tickets can only be purchased at the door 6:00 pm day of show. No guarantee there will be seats. Ages 18 and older. Do not call Cap City Comedy Club for tickets. For more ticket info call 512-454-9912.

VSA Texas is presenting Stand Up For Mental Health for a 2nd year to reach mental health professionals as well as people in the criminal justice, counseling and peer advocacy fields. This year the participants include women from Conspire Theatre, which creates theatre with women during incarceration and after. Similar to Stand Up for Mental Health, the organization’s goal is to reduce internal and external stigma for women who have experienced jail or prison.

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VSA Texas at Abilities Expo
Friday-Sunday July 25-27
Fri 11-5, Sat 11-5, Sun 11-4
NRG Center
Hall E
One NRG Park
Houston, TX 77054
This free event is the place to discover ability-enhancing products and services, play a few adaptive sports, learn new dance moves, attend informative workshops and purchase artwork by artists with disabilities. Complete details and registration here.

Visit us in the Artist Market, booth 551 to view and purchase artwork by 7 Houston artists Brian Dodd, Readie Hayward, Lesa Jackson, Connie Lamb, Carolyn Oliver, Ronnie Queenan, and Una Yim

(Image by Lesa Jackson)

Attend our workshop
Friday, July 25, 2014
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Help! I Need Somebody: Getting and Keeping the Help You Need at Work, Home, Travel, and Play
Presented by Eric Clow, Project Coordinator, Opening Minds, Opening Doors; and Gene Rodgers, Expert Traveler and Creator, The Gene and Dave Show.

Getting the help you need is a delicate skill, balancing giving and taking. This practical session will give you inside knowledge on how to enlist friends, coworkers, travel companions, and personal care attendants to help you without causing resentment. Eric Clow and Gene Rodgers have learned the good, the bad, and the ugly related to eliciting support through experiences in housing, college, work, travel, and social life.

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

Friday, August 22, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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.

Visit www.malvernbooks.com and www.txdisabilities.org/news-events/pen-2-paper.

Opening Minds, Opening Doors:
Promoting Self-Advocates as Speakers

VSA Texas’ public speaker training project is coming to El Paso!

We are looking for self-advocates with developmental disabilities, ages 18 and older, who are interested in sharing their stories at conferences and other events in Texas.

Find your voice, tell your story, and be an advocate!

Please visit the Opening Minds, Opening Doors webpage for more information.

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Body Shift, All in Dance

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