AccessAbility Fest Door Prizes!

At AccessAbility Fest on October 30 (Noon - 5 p.m. @ Morgan’s Wonderland):
Complete an attendee survey, return your survey to the disABILITYsa.org booth and be entered into a door prize drawing for the following items:

$500 Diamond Pendant donated by Americus Diamond
$335 Onyx and Silver “Valencia” Necklace & Earrings set donated by James Avery
Gourmet Healthy Alternatives Gift Basket donated by Central Market
Gift Basket donated by SeaWorld
$50 Gift Certificate donated by Clothesline Cleaners
$50 Gift Card donated by Deaf Interpreter Services
Wal-Mart Gift Card(s) donated by Rebecca Gray
$20 Restaurant Gift Cards donated by
Gary Demers, Ph.D.
Strawberry Shortcake Karaoke Machine donated by Reaching Maximum Independence

and more! 


Drawings will be held at the disABILITYsa.org table at the front of the park approximately every 30 minutes.

AccessAbility Fest “Ask the Expert” Participants

"Ask the Expert" Session Sponsored by: Valero Energy Foundation

Valero Energy Foundation

As it pertains to people with disabilities … Experts in the fields of housing, job and career coaching, socialization and recreation, transportation and mental health will be available for one-on-one sessions to help answer your questions and concerns.

Ask The Expert is an Education Area where you can have face-to-face private conversations with an Expert in the following fields:

  • Housing
  • Career Counselors
  • Mental Health
  • Medicare/Medicaid Open Enrollment, Bexar Area Agency on Aging Alamo Service Connection: Your Aging and Disability Resource Center
  • Transportation
  • Socialization & Recreation

Housing
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm *3 hours
Pam Kelly has been on staff with RMI – Reaching Maximum Independence since 1993.  She is well versed in dealing with Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid and Medicare and the many service provider systems including DADS, DARS, HCS and ICF.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm * 2 hours
Rick Davis works as an AccessAbility Specialist with AccessAbility Home Modifications.  After 25 years of building ADA compliant Assisted Living Home & Post Offices as well as custom homes & remodeling, Rick joined his wife, Lizette Davis, an Occupational Therapist & Certified Aging in Place Specialist, in helping the community.  Together they combined the Construction & Medical Worlds to address the individual needs of each client in their own unique environments & remodel to “Maintain Safety & Independence in the Home”.

Career Counselors
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Kathryn Evans works for Job Adventures.  They are dedicated to helping disabled youth and young adults find meaningful and gainful employment.  Kathryn is the Lead Trainer, teaching participants the necessary work skills to be successful in the workplace.  Kathryn has a Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University with teaching credentials in both Early Childhood Education and Special Education.

Mental Health
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm * 3 Hours
Gary Demers Ph.D. Mission City Family Wellness/CEO. 
Dr. Demers collaborates with Bexar County area psychiatrists, psychologist, clinicians, and church leaders (non-profit resources) to help Mission City clients with the best possible psychotherapy and life management outcomes. Dr. Demers holds degrees in Pastoral Counseling, PhD., Psychology, Theology, and Business. With over 20 years of counseling experience in combined disciplines of Holistic, Cognitive, Dialectical, Behavioral, Marriage, Depression, and Mental Health.

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm *2 Hours
Alec Miller. M.D. is a Clinical Professor on staff at the UTHSCSA in the Psychiatry Department.  Dr. Miller currently serves as a Hugo Auler Professor of Psychiatry and Chief of the Division of Schizophrenia and Related Disorders. He is also the Director of the Schizophrenia Module of the Texas Medication Algorithm Project.  Dr. Miller served on the American Psychiatric Association Task Force to update schizophrenia treatment guidelines.

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm *1 ½ Hours
Alisa Zinameyer Young, M.A., LPC, NCC with South Texas Neuropsychological Associates.  Alisa’s primary areas of interest are counseling individuals who may be having difficulties adjusting to a recent diagnosis, anxiety, depression, health and physical disabilities, life management, and women’s issues.

Medicare/Medicaid Open Enrollment, Bexar Area Agency on Aging
Alamo Service Connection: Your Aging and Disability Resource Center

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm * 3 Hours
George Losoya, BA is the Lead Connection Specialist with Alamo Service Connection an Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) with The Bexar Area Agency on Aging which connects aging or disabled individuals to community services.  George has over 15 years of experience as a Case Manager with various State Social Service Programs providing health care and social services for individuals with disabilities.

Transportation
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Michael K Dominguez has worked for VIA for 25 years.  He is a Community Planner for VIA’s Public Affairs Office.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Barron Jones is an Independent Handicapped Accessible Taxi Driver serving Greater San Antonio.

Socialization & Recreation
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Linda Mueller, VRC IV is an Independent Living Services Counselor with the DARS (Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services).  She is the Agency Liaison to San Antonio Independent Living Services and BAMC, to both Rehab Hospitals Warm Springs and Christus Santa Rosa NW.  She is also a Disability Rights Advocate.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Albert Pulido works as a Benefit Specialist for SAILS and assist consumers with disabilities who want to work and follow guidelines from  the Social Security Administration, to retain their social security benefits. Albert came to SAILS after working for the Social Security Administration for 24 years.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Gloria Aguirre is a full time Caseworker for SAILS.  She oversees all of the Support Groups and is an Information and Referral Specialist.  works as an Information and Referral Specialist.  

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Lori Crownover came to SAILS after working for 9 years for the Texas Department of Human Services as a Caseworker.  Lori has worked under several grant funded programs at SAILS and is currently an Independent Living Specialist and is working with a special adaptive equipment program.

A Novel Approach to Picture Books

A Wordless World: The story of Rose, a girl [who is hearing impaired] in Brian Selznick’s Wonderstruck, is told primarily in pictures. “We experience [Rose’s] story in a way that perhaps might echo the way she experiences her own life,” Selznick explains.

AccessAbility Fest Entertainment Schedule

AccessAbility Fest Entertainment Zone sponsored by: Wave Healthcare
Wave Healthcare
Enjoy these performances on October 30, 2011 at Morgan’s Wonderland.
The Entertainment Zone features individuals and groups - including individuals with disabilities - who follow their aspirations and showcase their talents.

The 2011 Entertainment Schedule:

12:00-12:25 p.m.
Welcome

12:30 - 1:00
Colorguard

1:00-1:25 p.m.
Kinetic Kids
: Cheer/Dance Routine


1:30-1:55 p.m.
Robert Doyle: Irish Entertainment

2:00-2:25 p.m.
Unicorn Steppers: Dance Performance

2:30-2:55 p.m.
Huerta Sisters

3:00-3:25 p.m.
Halloween Costume Contest - Winners Announced

3:30-3:55 p.m.
Arts Revolution

4:00-4:25 p.m.
Dreams Fulfilled through Music

4:30-4:55 p.m.
TBD

Thousands of Disabled Texans Face Service Cuts

The Texas Tribune covers how cuts in State funding for people with disabilities will affect the lives of many.

AccessAbility Fest Fun Zone Participants

AccessAbility Fest Fun Zone presented by: Harland Clarke

Harland Clarke


Thank you to the following organizations and businesses who are providing FREE fun activities at AccessAbility Fest!

Artpace San Antonio - Collages
Baby Signs with Scott - Sing and Sign Along with Beebo Bear
BBVA Compass Bank - Halloween Arts & Crafts
Bank of America Community Volunteers - Temporary Tattoos
COSA Code Enforcement Services/Graffiti - Mural Painting

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center -  Face Painting
H-E-B - Coloring Books
Jolly Joeys Clown Alley - Face Painting
Jorge Mendoza Racing -  NASCAR Race Car + Photos
Jump-Start Performance Co. - Pipe Cleaner Crowns & Tiaras
Musical Arts Center of San Antonio - Instrument Petting Zoo
Open Art - Hands on activities & face painting 
Peter Pipers Pizza - Basketball Toss Game 
Rick Peterson - Karaoke   
SARA - Animal Petting Zoo                     
SSCOT (Star Wars) - Light Saber Demos & Arts & Crafts
San Antonio Parks & Recreation - Animal Petting Zoo 
San Antonio Public Library - Craft & Library Card Registration   
San Antonio Storytellers Association - Storytelling
Sandra C. Saenz -  Book Reading “Lot the Tot & the Beatiful Pearl”
TamboRythms - Drum Circle    
VIA Metropolitan Transit - Classroom on Wheels Bus
VSA Texas - Halloween Activity


Enjoy special appearances by these mascots:


DARE from Bexar County DARE Partnership
Blue Bear from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Blue Bear from SAPD
Buster the Bus & Buddy from VIA Metropolitan Transit
Chorty from San Antonio Packing Company
Dare from Bexar County Dare Partnership
Funkey Munkeys from Higher Impact Entertainment
H-E-Buddy from HEB O’Connor Store
Panda from Poohs Panda Special Needs Day Care
Pedro the Pinata from River City Christian School
Rocky from Peter Pipers Pizza
Superheroes and Princesses by Parties to Go by Jo
Weinershnitzel

*as of Oct. 27, 2011

AccessAbility Fest Information Zone Exhibitors

Presented by: Heard & Smith
  Heard & Smith

To participate as an exhibitor, please download and complete this form and follow directions on the form for submission.

Come visit with the following organizations and businesses on October 30, 2011 from noon - 5 p.m. at Morgan’s Wonderland. Learn about the services they offer to people with disabilities.

Alamo Consumer Direct
Alamo Council of the Blind
Alamo Local Authority for Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities
Alamo Mobility
Alzheimer’s Association
Amerigroup Community Care
Amtrak
Any Baby Can
ARTS Revolution
Autism and Beyond
Autism Community Network
Behavioral Innovations
Bexar Area Agency on Aging/ASC
Brighton School
CALAB, Inc.
CAMP
Care Options for Kids
CEC Student Organization @ Texas A&M Univ. SA
City Council Mayor’s Office
City Council District Seven
City of San Antonio - Head Start
Clarity Child Guidance Center
Community Options
DARS - Dept. of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
Daybreak Community Services
Deaf Interpreter Services, Inc.
Down Syndrome Association
Dreams Fulfilled through Music
EduCare Community Living
Epilepsy Foundation
Eva’s Heroes
Fashion-ABILITY
Guide Dogs of Texas
Gulf State Toyota
Harland Clarke
Heard & Smith, LLP
H-E-B
Hearing Loss Assn. of San Antonio
Himmel Home Health
Hope Medical Supply
Humana
Job Adventures
Jordan Ford Mobility
Kinetic Kids
Little Engine Home Care
Low Vision Resource Center
Methodist Healthcare
Mission Road Developmental Center
Molina Healthcare
Monarch Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland
Mosaic
MSN Homecare
PCI Education
Premieant, Inc.
Pressing On
Progressive Life of Bexar County & Enhanced Living Services
Project Mend
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
R&K Specialized Homes, Inc.
Rapid Assist Technology, Inc.
Reaching Maximum Independence
Respite Care of San Antonio
River City Christian School
SAILS
SALSA
San Antonio Clubhouse
San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind
San Antonio Oasis
San Antonio Parks & Recreation Dept. - Adapted Sports & Recreation Program
Sante Pediatrics
Scleroderma Foundation
Southwest Center for Higher Independence
Special Olympics
Spina Bifida Texas
Step by Step Home Care & Therapy
Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children
TEAMability
Texas ADA Home Remodeling
Texas Burn Survivor Society
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
The Arc of San Antonio
The Arc of Texas
The Center for Healthcare Services
Tourette Syndrome Assoc. of Texas
u\ability Ministry at University United Methodist Church
Unicorn Centers
Valero Energy Foundation
VIA Metropolitan Transit
Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital & Outpatient Clinics
Wave Healthcare
Workaccess

*as of October 20, 2011

AccessAbility Fest Event Details

Bringing resources and recreation to people with disabilities and their families

Sunday, October 30, 2011
Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Morgan’s Wonderland
5223 David Edwards Drive
San Antonio, TX 78233

Join hundreds of other organizations and businesses for AccessAbility Fest. This FREE event is open to the public to provide resources and recreation to people with disabilities and their families. Enjoy family-friendly trick-or- treating, games, activities and information on services for people with disabilities.

Brought to you by: disabilitysa.org and Texas Public Radio

Featuring:
ENTERTAINMENT by performing arts groups highlighting people with disabilities …

A kid-friendly FUN ZONE with balloon artists, caricatures, games, mascot appearances …

An INFORMATION ZONE presented by Heard & Smith to gather service information on local non-profit organizations and businesses that serve children & adults with physical, mental health, sensory & developmental disabilities …

A HEALTH & SAFETY ZONE presented by Methodist with specific safety services …

An ASK the EXPERT session with opportunities for one-on-one question and answers on a range of topics …

Visit http://disabilitysa.org/ for more event details - including how to register as an exhibitor!

We are thrilled to welcome FOX San Antonio anchor Michael Valdes as the emcee for this year’s AccessAbillity Fest - October 30, 2011 at Morgan’s Wonderland from noon - 5 p.m.
Originally from Del Rio, Texas, Michael Valdes has called San Antonio  home since 1987. He attended the University of Texas at San Antonio and  received a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy. He also received an  Associates degree in Radio-TV-Film from San Antonio College. After interning at both KSAT-TV and KMOL-TV (now WOAI) in  San Antonio, Valdes got his first on-air position at KMID-TV, the ABC  affiliate in Midland, Texas in the fall of 1994. He was there for four  months before getting a chance to return to the Alamo City.
Valdes is one of the original members on the FOX News at  Nine team that made its debut in March of 1995. Hired as a reporter,  Valdes was named the weekend anchor six months later. He was then  promoted to weekday anchor in March of 2000. Michael spends most of his off time with his wife Laura,  and two young sons, Isaiah and Elias. He also owns a small business and  remains a life-long fan of the Cowboys, Longhorns, and Spurs.

We are thrilled to welcome FOX San Antonio anchor Michael Valdes as the emcee for this year’s AccessAbillity Fest - October 30, 2011 at Morgan’s Wonderland from noon - 5 p.m.

Originally from Del Rio, Texas, Michael Valdes has called San Antonio home since 1987. He attended the University of Texas at San Antonio and received a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy. He also received an Associates degree in Radio-TV-Film from San Antonio College. After interning at both KSAT-TV and KMOL-TV (now WOAI) in San Antonio, Valdes got his first on-air position at KMID-TV, the ABC affiliate in Midland, Texas in the fall of 1994. He was there for four months before getting a chance to return to the Alamo City.

Valdes is one of the original members on the FOX News at Nine team that made its debut in March of 1995. Hired as a reporter, Valdes was named the weekend anchor six months later. He was then promoted to weekday anchor in March of 2000. Michael spends most of his off time with his wife Laura, and two young sons, Isaiah and Elias. He also owns a small business and remains a life-long fan of the Cowboys, Longhorns, and Spurs.

Nearly 1 In 7 People On Earth Is Disabled, Survey Finds

More than 1 billion people in the world are living with some sort of disability, according to a new international survey. That’s about 15 percent of the world’s population, or nearly one of every 7 people.

The numbers come from a joint effort by the World Health Organization and the World Bank. The last time anyone tried to figure out the prevalence of disabilities was back in the 1970s, when WHO figured it was about 10 percent. The current report suggests the 15 percent estimate will grow as the world’s population ages…

Why even come up with a number? Knowing the prevalence of disabilities helps organizations set priorities and figure out what it will cost them to set up the kind of programs called for by WHO and the World Bank — programs that make it possible for people with disabilities to take care of themselves, to work and get around.