Disability Focus Group Opportunity in the Austin Area

Travis and Williamson counties, which include the cities of Austin, Pflugerville, and Round Rock, are collaborating on a regional housing and economic opportunity study. They’ve hired BBC Research & Consulting to do the assessment. Disability Rights Texas has been asked to host a focus group session specifically for people with disabilities.

Event Information:
Location: Disability Rights Texas, 2222 W Braker Lane, Austin, TX 78758
Date: Tuesday, September 11th, 2018
Time 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (1.5 hours)
Lunch will be provided.

If you’d like to participate, click here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeslzsQ8lFceS9ZRH8Etrhak4GM_T53ss4y8ZX2MNtJ33SUEQ/viewform

The Color of Blind exhibit at the San Antonio Public Library

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The Color of Blind is an interactive art show by Trina Geurra Bacon and Katherine Brown. First debuting in 2013, “The show allows visually impaired individuals, along with others with special sensory needs or challenges, to better connect with art,” explains Bacon. During the month of August, the San Antonio Public Library’s Central Branch gallery will host a “best in show” exhibit of some of Color of Blind’s fan favorite pieces. “Everyone should be able to fully experience art. We say ‘Yes- please touch the art!’” The Color of Blind will be free and open to the public during Central Library hours of operation.
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The Color of Blind Exhibit
Dates: August 7, 2016 – August 26, 2016
Times: Mondays through Thursdays 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sundays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: San Antonio Public Library, Central Branch, 600 Soledad St, San Antonio, Texas 78205
For more information visit: mysapl.org or call 210-207-2500

#SidebySideTX–Celebrate Developmental Disabilities Month

There’s only a few days left in the month of March, but still time to participate in the #SidebySideTX social media to celebrate Developmental Disabilities month. Here’s what you do:
1. Use your phone or camera to take a photo or short video of you and another person or a group of people participating in activities in your community, side-by-side.
2. Add the photo or video to your favorite social media site (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).
3. Include the hashtag #SideBySideTX and post your photo or video.
For more information about the campaign, visit http://www.tcdd.texas.gov/resources/side-by-side-texas/

Upcoming Webinar About Transportation August 15th, 2017

The Texas State Independent Living Council is hosting a virtual conversation about TNC’s – Transportation Network Companies – also know as ride sharing companies. Ride sharing is becoming very popular and increasingly necessary in large cities like Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio.

This webinar is free, and will take place on Tuesday, August 15th, from 2 – 3 pm Central Time. To register, please visit: https://events-na1.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/2336834197/en/events/event/shared/default_template/event_registration.html?sco-id=2339069869&_charset_=utf-8

People with disabilities, their families, caregivers, and professionals in the field of disability are invited to attend.

2017 NDEAM Poster Art Competition: Deadline 5/31/17

Each year the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities features an art competition for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The poster is distributed free to the public and businesses. The artwork must be an original composition created by a Texan with a disability.

For more information about this competition, including the entry form and submission guidelines, please click here: http://gov.texas.gov/disabilities/ndeam/ndeam_poster/

The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2017. The winner will be announced on June 21, 2017. The winner will also be a special guest at the annual Lex Frieden Employment Awards ceremony in October.

There is no fee to enter this competition.

State Independent Living Council Virtual Conversations

The Texas State Independent Living Council (SILC) will be hosting a series of virtual conversations on various topics related to independent living.

The first webinar will be on Friday, May 5th, from 2 – 3 pm Central time, and will feature a discussion about emergency preparedness. The presenters for this webinar will be Ron Lucey, Executive Director of the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, and Danielle Hesse with the Texas Disability Task Force on Emergency Management.

This virtual discussion is free and open to the public. To register, please click on the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3309752482715138307

Topics for future virtual conversations in this series have not yet been announced.

Low Vision Seminar in Dallas on February 25th

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is hosting a free seminar for persons interested in learning about age-related Macular Degeneration, Retinitis Pigmentosa, and related disorders. Seating is limited. A continental breakfast will be provided. In addition to sessions, vendors will be available to promote low vision services and products.

Here is the pertinent information:
Date: Saturday, February 25
Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Best Western Plus Dallas Hotel & Conference Center
8051 Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway
Dallas, TX 75251
Advanced Registration: 800-647-0008 or http://www.FightBlindness.org/DallasFortWorthSeminar

Texas Workforce Commission Stakeholder Meetings

The Texas Workforce Commission will hold a series of meetings in various cities to allow public comments regarding the proposal to merge blind vocational rehabilitation services with general rehabilitation services. Here is a list of the meeting dates, times, and locations:

Monday, January 9 – Austin, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Texas Workforce Commission
101 E. 15th Street, 244
Austin, TX 78701

Thursday, January 12 – Harlingen, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Texas State Technical College Cultural Arts Center
1825 North Loop 499
Harlingen, TX 78550

Friday, January 13 – Houston, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
United Way Houston Community Resource Center
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77007

Thursday, January 19 – Lubbock, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Workforce Solutions South Plains Workforce Development Board
1301 Broadway, Basement Level Conference Room
Lubbock, TX 79401

Friday, January 20 – Dallas, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Dallas County El Centro College – Bill J. Priest Campus, Room 1530
1402 N. Corinth St.
Dallas, TX 75215

Interested persons are invited to attend these meetings and provide public comment. In addition, written comments will be accepted until January 27th. Written comments may be e-mailed to: TWCPolicyComments@twc.state.tx.us or mailed to: TWC Policy Comments, Workforce Policy and Service Delivery, Attn.: Workforce Editing, 101 East 15th St., Rm. 440T, Austin, Texas 78778.

Questions about these scheduled meetings may be directed to the Texas Workforce Commission at 512-463-8942.

Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival

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The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD) is hosting the Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival and Short Film Competition. This annual event features films that display disability accurately and positively. The festival was created as an entertaining way to eradicate common misperceptions about disability.

Founded twelve years ago by CTD staffer, William Greer, this is the first film festival in Texas with an explicit focus on cross-disability films. Since its foundation it has grown to be the longest running and most successful disability film festival in the state.

This year the festival will feature The Rebound and Deaf Jam at the Alamo Drafthouse Village the first weekend of November, 2016.

Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival
Dates: November 4, 2016 – November 5, 2016
Times: Doors open at 5:45 PM and close at 9:45 PM

Location: Alamo Drafthouse Villiage, 2700 West Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas 78757

For more information visit: http://www.txdisabilities.org/news-events/film-festival/filmfestival-2016/2015-festival

San Antonio Public Library’s Children’s Low Vision Reading Room

Children's Low Vision Reading Room Sign

The main wall of the San Antonio Public Library’s Children’s Low Vision Reading Room has a sign which spells “Hello” in Braille above the word written in Latin letters below. Beneath this is the phrase “Feel the alphabet” in Latin letters only. Under this is the alphabet in Latin letters with their Braille equivalent

The Children’s Low Vision Reading Room is located on the third floor of the Central Branch of the San Antonio Public Library (map) in the Children’s Department. Funded by the Semmes Foundation, which was formed for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes, the Reading Room houses the library’s collection of children’s Braille books and kits with a book and audio combination. Children can use the equipment in the room to enjoy the audio materials available at the library. Materials from the room can also be mailed to qualifying participants of Free Matter for the Blind and the library’s own Books by Mail service. Currently, the room also houses a temporary touchable art exhibit.

For more information, go to http://guides.mysapl.org/special_needs or call (210) 207-2500