What is Opening Minds, Opening Doors?
This public speaker training program combines the arts of storytelling and acting with public speaking skills so that self-advocates can bring their stories to the general public. Through presentations at state conferences and other events, self-advocates will show people that we are all more alike than different.
Are You a Self-Advocate Interested in Speaking?
We are looking for self-advocates with developmental disabilities, ages 18 and older, who want to tell their stories.
Still unsure if OMOD is the right program for you? Here are the Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Join OMOD.
Are You a Conference Organizer Interested in One of Our Speakers?
We are promoting our speakers to conferences and other events statewide. If you are interested in booking an engaging speaker with a personal story to tell at your conference or event, please let us know.
Did you know that the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) has funds available to support presentations on disability related issues at conferences? For more information on how to apply for a stipend, please click here.
New 6-Week Class in Austin!
Preparing a Powerful Story for Presentation
Saturdays, April 2 – May 7, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
In this class, each participant will write a personal story and develop the presentation skills needed to deliver it in public.
AGE of Central Texas Building, Room 101
3710 Cedar Street, Austin, TX 78705
Houston Speaker Showcase
Saturday, May 14, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Alley Theatre, Texas Room
615 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX, 77002
Hear a diverse array of personal stories by our newly trained self-advocate speakers from Houston and Austin and learn how to get involved with Opening Minds, Opening Doors and the other wonderful programs of VSA Texas. Friends, families, and community members are welcome. RSVP now to Eric Clow.
1-866-489-8412 (toll free)