What is Opening Minds, Opening Doors?

En Español

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.


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Conference Organizers

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Upcoming Events

The Lion and the Pirate
Unplugged Open Mic

Sunday, January 7th, 2018, 1:00-3:00 PM
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018, 7:00-8:30 PM
Sunday, March 4th, 2018, 1:00-3:00 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

Monthly Meetings

Sunday, January 7th, 2018, 3:15-4:30 PM

These meetings are open to anyone interested in writing, telling or hearing new stories, learning about local speaking opportunities, and socializing with other speakers. Email eric@vsatx.org for more information.

Austin's Pizza 29th St.
2928 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78705

The Future of Me

By Eric Clow | May 4, 2017

It’s My Story: February 2017

By Adrianna Matthews | February 24, 2017

Love is in the Air

By Celia Hughes | February 14, 2017