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VSA Texas supports an inclusive world view, where people with disabilities are not segregated in stand alone settings, but are empowered to become active members of the whole community. We believe that high quality art is not a luxury; it is a right for all citizens, including those with disability. All people have the power to learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts.

We work to ensure that professional access services are provided to arts patrons and artists with disabilities in Austin and Central Texas by cultural arts and recreation organizations that are striving to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act.

Audio Description

VSA Texas provides live Audio Description, the verbal translation of visual information, to people who are blind or have low vision for various cultural and educational events. Learn more about live audio description.

Texas Cultural Access Initiative

The Texas Cultural Access Initiative is part of an effort to create an inclusive, creative world. Through workshops, presentations, training, and more, the TCAI helps individuals, organizations, and businesses to gain the knowledge and skills to building an accessible environment. Learn more about the Texas Cultural Access Initiative.

Webposium

VSA Texas, City of Austin Cultural Affairs Division, CreateAustin, and The Dana Foundation present a FREE Webposium for Teaching Artists

Did you miss this event? Over 70 artists in Austin and 150 artists around the country attended the Dana Foundation Webposium, “What do teaching artists need to know to be successful in inclusive classrooms?”

Click here to download handouts.

Click image or visit the City of Austin website to play video.

Follow the Dream

A partnership with Benbrook City Council, Follow the Dream works to increase access to the arts for students and artists with developmental disabilities through visual art workshops and showcasing their works in public places. Learn more about Follow the Dream.

Arts For All

Created by Dwayne Szot of Zot Artz, the Arts For All art tools allow people with limited movement or lack of fine motor skills the opportunity to experience the arts with the assistance of adaptive arts tools. Learn more about Arts for All.

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