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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Want to learn to tell your story?

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Conference Organizers

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Upcoming Events

The Lion and the Pirate Unplugged Open Mic

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018, 7:00-9:00 PM
Sunday, March 4th, 2018, 1:00-3:00 PM
Sunday, April 8th, 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

OMOD Speakers Group

Last Saturday of Every Month, 1:00-3:00 PM

Our speakers group is open to anyone interested in writing, telling, or hearing new stories and socializing with other speakers. Email eric@vsatx.org for more information.

AGE Building, Room 101
3710 Cedar St., Austin, TX 78705

Preparing a Powerful Story for Presentation

Saturdays, March 10th – April 28th, 2018, 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. Find your voice, tell your story, and advocate for disability rights. Download the application here. Email eric@vsatx.org if you have any questions.

AGE Building, Room 101
3710 Cedar St., Austin, TX 78705