The ReelAbilities Columbus Disabilities Film Festival is two months away!! We have been developing some awesome programming as part of the festival and this blogpost will serve as a bit of a teaser. See below for more details on specific speakers, workshops, and events we are planning...

Last week I was fortunate enough to be able to drop in on an animation workshop being conducted at the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence that was led by 17 year-old Dani Bowman, an artist and entrepreneur on the spectrum based in California.

Read further to learn about my visit with her and her workshop participants as well as some useful links to her personal work as well as OCALI.


Africa by David Callihan of Visionaries and Voices, Cincinnati. 

The Open Door Art Studio of Columbus, Ohio welcomes a new show to its gallery space that will be up from August 11th through September 21st, 2012. I was fortunate enough to be able to volunteer at the opening receiption for this event and was amazed at the diverse showing of visitors from all over the state.

 

Check out a post from BestPracticeAutism on back-to-school tips for parents of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. While this time of the year is both exciting and stressful for everyone, this blog post will provide some suggestions as to how to make the most of it when preparing students for new school routines and experiences
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Life Along Water Street, by Aminah Robinson 
Celebrate Columbus’s Bicentennial with a historic journey of Columbus as seen through the eyes of artist Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson. Songs for a New Millennium, 1812 – 2012: Works by Aminah Robinson Celebrating 200Columbus opens August 24 at CMA. Created to coincide with the city’s Bicentennial celebration, this exhibition is a continuation of Aminah’s illustrative stories about family, community, and migration in Columbus.

An article posted on Disability Scoop written by Michelle Diament describes the extension of an integral concept from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act(IDEA) beyond the typical classroom environment.

 


From Education Week Online, this article by Nirvi Shah features the story of a Colorado High School athletic program that integrates students with and without disabilities on the fields, tracks, and courts of various athletic activities.


Image taken from london2012.blogs.nytimes.com

With the Olympics fast approaching, Paralympics athletes are gearing up for events in London that will begin in the Summer of 2012. New York Times columnist Vincent Mallozzi interviews Matt Scott, a wheelchair basketball player from the USA team on his hopes and goals for the 2012 games.

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