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A man playing a saxophone on stage. Painting of a hand cupped around a tiny infant. Vibrantly colored painting of geometric renderings of faces. A woman sculpting a bust out of clay. Close-up of a painting of a human eye in shades of black, red and orange. A woman performing in a play on stage. A young boy smiling at a hand puppet. An exuberant group of participants in the Actual Lives program. A young boy participating in the Arts Alive program. Painting with white and blue hair-like strokes on a background of deep turquoise. Man in a wheelchair viewing artwork in a gallery. Blind artist standing in front of his work. Group of women performing with colored scarves. Man speaking into a microphone with open captioning on a large screen behind him. Group of young students playing a musical game with the teacher.

Programs - Side by Side Internships

VSA Texas offers opportunities within a technology and arts-based environment to support young adults with disabilities. Side by Side Internships are designed for young adults transitioning from school to adult life. These intensive internships are one to three weeks long and give the interns skill building knowledge as well as hands-on work in creative industries such as film, photography, radio, and music. Interns have the opportunity to work in small teams with local professionals in their field of interest.

Watch the three short films created in our most recent Side By Side Filmmaking Internship of Summer 2015!


This mentoring program empowers young adults with disabilities ages 16-22 to give voice to social cause that is important to them. Working together with a professional graphic designer, youth have the opportunity to express something that is significant to them, and, more importantly, have someone to listen. At the same time learning valuable graphic design skills from a professional one-on-one.

After 4 Saturday lunch time meeting this September/October 2017 the posters are now on display at

Terrazas Branch Library
1105 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78702
November-December 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 18th 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Thanks to our wonderful partners:

AIGA for finding us the artists to volunteer to work with our students.

OneTouchPoint for printing the posters.

Big Medium for providing us a scholarship to be included in the EAST Austin Studio Tour this November.

Trader Joe’s for food for the reception.

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