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Welcome to VSA Texas

VSA Texas presents our 2014 Holiday Art and Gift Show

VSA Texas presents its annual Holiday Art and Gift Show at the AGE of Central Texas Building, Room 101, Austin, TX, 78705. The festive holiday art and gift show runs from November 17 to December 24, 2014. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9:30 am – 5 pm.

Opening Reception: November 20, 2014, 6-8 pm
Artists Reception: December 12, 2014, 6-8 pm

Buy unique gifts and artwork from Texas artists including braille art cards, jewelry, prints, ornaments, crocheted items, and original art. Support artist with disabilities and VSA Texas at the same time. Artists get 70% of sale price and VSA Texas gets 30%. Shop with convenience at this central Austin location.

Learn more by contacting VSA Texas or calling 512-454-9912. Become a fan of VSA Texas at

DanceAbility Teacher Training with Alito Alessi

First Time in the US in over 10 years!!

Registration: $1800 (does not include airfare or housing)
Registration and deposit due February 10, 2015

May 10, 2015: Orientation
May 11-22, 2015: M-F, 10am-5pm
Dec. 7-18, 2015: M-F, 10am-5pm

Download the DanceAbility teacher application form.

Please email for more information or call Celia at 866-489-8412. Visit to learn more about this program.

VSA Texas Side By Side Internship Opportunities

Music and Recording Internship - Spring Break 2015
Application Deadline: January 31, 2015

We are looking for young adults with developmental disabilities interested in the music and recording industry! This internship will take place the week of March 16-20 in Austin, TX. VSA Texas Music and Recording Internship participants will work with professional artists in the music industry through classroom settings, hands-on experience, field trips and performance events. Interns will learn basic performing skills, how to build simple instruments, and how to use equipment such as digital recording technology, microphones and PA systems. The group will create a CD of original music, take a field trip to the SXSW Music Festival, and have an opportunity to perform live at HONK TX, Austin’s 3-day community street band festival. See the attached application for more information.

Whatever your talent is, come share it with us at this inclusive Open Mic

Hosted by VSA Texas and the Coalition of Texans 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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Body Shift is a mixed ability dance project

For over 10 years, Forklift Danceworks and VSA Texas have engaged in the world of mixed-ability improvisational dance. Everyone moves in unique and different ways, and Body Shift offers dance classes for anyone to explore movement and the body. Body Shift creates a welcoming environment that empowers everyone to fully embrace dancing in their own unique way promoting the idea every Body can find enjoyment in contemporary dancing. For more about Body Shift go to

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