Event Date(s):
September 27, 2018 - 08:00 to September 28, 2018 - 18:00

ACT Dis/Ability Conference + Festival logo

Making sure people of all dis/abilities can access creativity.

Thursday, September 27 + Friday, September 28, 2018

at the Historic Lincoln Theatre + Jazz Arts Group Spaces
769 E. Long Street, Columbus


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*ACT stands for Accessible Creativity Transforms. Program planners are united in the knowledge that creativity provides each of us with the opportunity to connect, express, and grow, ultimately transforming ourselves and the community for the better. Our mission is to make sure people of all dis/abilities are able to access creativity. This event is designed to connect people, raise awareness of ability, transform perceptions, and provide training to increase inclusion.

Culture Administrators, Self-Advocates, Educators, Therapists, University/Public Sector, Artists, Students, Families, and more can all find valuable resources and information at ACT. 

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Thursday, September 27, 2018:

Morning Keynote: Andy Willmore
"Art Disability, and Accessibility: How our creativity transforms our societies"

Click here to see his conference speech on Facebook
lick here to watch his Keynote on Youtube
Email: andywillmore1@gmail.com  

"Stars on Stage: Targeting social skills through musical theater and performance"
Kristin Kummer CMT and Alexa Reck MA, CCC-SLP

"Music Therapy: How something we experience daily literally changes the brain"
Tanya Corso MM, MT-BC

"Arts and Accessibility for All"
Derek Mortland

"Museums that are accessible to all!"
COSI and Ohio History Connection team members

Lunch Keynote: Katie Anderson
"I'm just fine, thank you!... and other lies I tell"

"Improvisation for social development: Listicles as scene starters for transitioning youth and adults"
Center for Applied Drama and Autism's Wendy S. Duke and Samir Hammoud

"Dance for children with autism: a brain-based developmental movement residency"

Click here for Ballet Met Conference Power Point
Click here for Ballet Met Handout on working with students with autism
Email:  ellepierman@gmail.com

"Visual Art Therapy" 
Trisha Clifford-Sprouse and Painted Pathways

Click here for Painted Path contact and Blog links

"Autism and Architecture"

Rick Stein

"Trends in Studios serving Artists with Disabilities"
Sharon Dorsey, Keith Banner, Cary Johnston, Melody Linscott

"So much to discover: Research on accessibility"
Mary Ann Wojton and Erin J. Hoppe

"Adapted music composition, notation and performance for students with severe and multiple disabilities"
Kimberly Kesner

Friday, September 28, 2018

Welcome with The Ohio State School for the Blind

"The Unexpected Gift: Autism and Music"
Zayne of Blue Spectrum

"Mindfulness and Movement"
Laura McAllister

"Autism and Micro-Budget Independent Film Making"
Matt Swift, Nicolette Swift, and Audrey Todd

Click here to watch the presentation and download the Power Point

Lunch Keynote: Jason Tharp of Wonderville Studios

"Writing and Wonder" 
Jason Tharp

"Doing vs Being: Creating Identity and Purpose through the Arts"
Lea Barker and Krystle Trimmer of Art Outside the Lines

"But First Do No Harm - The Nitty Gritty of Inclusion"
Joanie Calem

Click here for BFDNH Community Building
Click here for Sensory Processing Disorder List of Traits

"There's No Business Like Show Business" + "The Lincoln Legacy"
Shopworks Theatre Company and Center for Applied Drama and Autism's Theatre on the Spectrum

"Screenwriting Basics"
Eric Hanson

Click here to view Eric's presentation via Youtube

"Dance with Dancing Wheels"
members of the Dancing Wheels Company

Click here for Dancing Wheels flyer and contact 

"Creating diverse, integrated arts opportunities for artists with autism in Columbus: a mentorship perspective"
AJ Vanderelli and Henry Hess




Click here for CEUs available

  • No additional cost beyond registration fees*
  • Thursday Registration is 6.5 hours
  • Friday Registration is 5.5 hours
  • Attendees should note CEU's requested during the registration process
  • Signed letters will be provided upon daily completion 
  • All attendees receive certificate of attendance for their reference
  • Occupational Therapists
    • licensed through the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletics Trainers Board. *Does Not include Physical Therapy
  • Speech and Language Pathologists
    • licensed through the Ohio Speech-Language Pathology and Audio Board
  • Service and Support Administrators, Adult Service Providers, and County Board Members
    • licensed with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) *Does Not include Early Intervention
  • University of Dayton Graduate Credit, 1 unit
    • Students and graduates may receive 1 graduate credit (Pass/No Pass) unit. Attendees must note UD credit request during registration, attend both days (12.5 hours), and submit a 3-page, double spaced paper to conference planners by October 12, reflecting on what you learned and how you will apply this information in your classrooms/career goals. Conference planners will contact you directly to confirm this process after you register.
    • *University of Dayton will send a $175 semester hour bill to the address you have on file with their registrar; no refunds. UD will mail you a final paper report after December 14 (end of semester).


Community Members
- $25 per day or $40 for all access
- Broadly defined: people with disability, families, students, seniors.

The Autism Society of Central Ohio is offering a limited number of scholarships for individuals and/or family members to attend ACT. Please email them at centralohioasa@gmail.com or call 614-284-6323 to apply.

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Friday Finale + Family Art Festival
- $10 per family – no matter the size

Friday Finale

Join us for a culminating celebration!
The Friday Finale is geared towards Families looking to explore new art forms and make community connections. Vendors will have hands on experiences, resources, and hand outs with simple strategies for accessing the arts at home.

Friday, September 28 from 4:00pm - 7:00pm at the Lincoln Theatre

CLick to download Friday Finale Family Flyer

Download the Call for Songs and Sounds

Click to download the Welcome Guide


We are committed to providing an inclusive and accessible event to the widest possible audience. Note accommodation needs during the Registration Process and/or contact VSA Ohio to discuss. Nicole Garlando, nicole@vsao.org, 614-241-5325.

*Requests for professional services other than those listed below should be sent by Thursday, September 13 to ensure their availability. We will make every effort to accommodate requests after this deadline.

 wheelchair access

 The Lincoln Theatre and Jazz Arts Group spaces are wheelchair accessible.

Large Print Conference materials are printed in size 12 font or larger. Contact us for larger font size or alternate formats.

Way Finding Trained staff and volunteers will be on hand to guide attendees into and throughout the building, answer questions, assist with meals, etc. 

Assistive Listening Devices Assistive listening devices are available for the Lincoln Theatre. Stop at the Info Desk.

Sensory Friendly Sensory Friendly includes: sensitivity key papers, designated quiet spaces, color coded maping, and food and frangrance sensisitivities. 

*Check back soon for a Visual Guide to the event space!

**Pre-Visit opportunity. The event space will be available at a date in September, TBA, for presenters and others who wish to familiarize themselves with the space in advance, during a quieter time.

Food sensitivity Please note food sensitivities and allergies during registration.

Nose. Fragrance free event This is a Fragrance Free event; avoid perfumes and scented lotions.


Get in on the ACT!
There are lots of opportunities to support. 
To Play Your Part, Contact:

Erin J. Hoppe, executive director, 614-241-5325 


Greater Columbus arts council  Puffin Foundation West  Bridgeway Academy

City of Columbus, Department of Neighborhoods  Ohio Arts Council  The Columbus Foundation

  Autism Society of Central Ohio: improving the lives of all affected by autism     Big Lots!  Painted Path Art Therapy  The Flourish Center



Lincoln Theatre  Jazz Arts Group Columbus  Columbus Association for the Performing Arts  

Columbus Makes Art. Art Makes Columbus  Wonderville Studios  Shopworks Theatre Company

Please do share:
Painted Path Art Therapy, LLC
Melissa Ayotte, Owner/Art Therapist
For additional information, here are links to two recent blogs I wrote: