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

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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.

Find out more information.


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.

Applications are currently being accepted for our San Antonio program. The application deadline is Monday, September 12th, at 5 pm.

Find out how to apply.

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.


Upcoming Events

The Lion and the Pirate Unplugged Open Mic
Saturday, July 30th, 7:00-8:30 PM
Saturday, August 20th, 7:00-8:30 PM
Friday, September, 7:00-8:30 PM

Join us for one of our monthly open mics where you can share a story, poem, song, or other talent in a fun and supportive neighborhood bookstore. It's the perfect venue for OMOD stories! The open mic is wheelchair accessible, but please contact us at least one week in advance to request other accommodations, including ASL interpreting, audio description, etc.

Malvern Books
613 West 29th St., Austin, TX 78705


Opening Minds, Opening Doors San Antonio

New 6-Week Class: Preparing a Powerful Story for Presentation
Saturdays, October 8th – November 12th, 1:00-4:00 PM

In this class, each participant will write a personal story and develop the presentation skills needed to deliver it in public. Download the application here.

Providence Place, CHI Administration Building
6487 Whitby Road, San Antonio, TX 78240



Eric Clow
Project Coordinator
eric@vsatx.org
512-454-9912
1-866-489-8412 (toll free)

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