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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 not being accepted at this time. Please email Eric Clow for information on how to apply to the next session.

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
Sunday, April 2nd, 2017, 2:00-4:00 PM
Saturday, May 20th, 2017, 7:00-8:30 PM
Saturday, June 17th, 2017, 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 4th Annual Speaker Showcase
Saturday, April 8th, 12:00-2:00 PM
Uptown Event Center, 6700 Middle Fiskville Road, Suite 403, Austin, TX, 78752
(Next to Galaxy Highland Theatre)

Join us as we celebrate four years of the Opening Minds, Opening Doors (OMOD) program with speakers from Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and El Paso. Learn all about OMOD, hear some great stories, and enjoy a tasty lunch provided by Cabo Bob's! Email Eric Clow now to RSVP.




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

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