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Community Night Spotlight: Disabilities Awareness Month Hosted by Thinkery & Variety

  • Thinkery 1830 Simond Avenue Austin, TX, 78723 United States (map)

Where: Thinkery
at the Meredith Learning Lab
1830 Simond Ave
Austin, Texas 78723

Admission is by donation, with a suggested $1 dollar donation.

During Community Night Spotlight evenings, Thinkery shines a light on a unique aspect of the rich diversity that makes Austin such an amazing place to live, play and learn with educational activities facilitated by staff and special community presenters.

On October 11, learn how small modifications can enable just about anyone to compete in sports, communicate with friends and do so much more! Explore the tools and technologies that empower people with disabilities to do amazing things and learn how you can welcome friends of all abilities. Local organizations dedicated to serving and expanding awareness of the needs of people with disabilities will share their expertise, resources and stories.

Disabilities Awareness Month evening activities and community partners include:

5 pm – Storytime with Texas School for the Deaf—ASL Storytelling makes stories come alive for all.

6 pm – Storytime with Ana Camelo Jackson, author of “Stripes for Eliana,” followed by a book signing.

6:30 pm & 7:15pm – Shining Stars - Theatre arts and improv games with Joshua's Stage

Variety - the Children’s Charity of Texas – Get a sense of what it might be like to experience autism, blindness or hand differences with interactive activities like making s’mores!

Texas School for the Deaf – Providing interpreters throughout the museum. Plus, join them to experience bone conduction and a hearing loss simulator.

Texas Center for Disability Studies at The University of Texas at Austin – Showcasing and letting you try out assistive technology from their Texas Technology Access Program that enhances communication and mobility.

Easterseals Central Texas – Stop by for resources and learn about Easterseals’ inaugural Disability Awareness Day.

Too Much Information – Autism Society of Texas helps you feel what it might be like experience too much sensory input with a 360-degree virtual reality experience.

Braille Readers Do It with Feeling! – Join Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center, an innovative vocational training facility serving adults who are legally blind for interactive braille reading.

Camp In Motion - Austin – Get moving with activities from Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas' Adaptive Sports Camp in partnership with the YMCA of Austin.

World Without Sight - Staff from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired teach you to rely on senses other than sight.

Pop-up Library: Austin Public Library – Sign up for a library card and check out books.