How can Ohio make the arts and arts education more accessible to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities?  Sensory friendly accessibility logo; umbrella with puzzle pieces

Action Steps for 2015:

The Arts & Autism in Ohio Initiative will pursue several strategies to advance its objective and have a strong, lasting impact on individuals with ASD, families, cultural institutions and educators.

2014 YLF Participants taken from the YLF website

pplications are now open for Ohio’s Youth Leadership Forum (YLF), a five day leadership training program for 11th and 12th grade high school students with disabilities sponsored by the Ohio Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities and OOD to be held in Columbus, Ohio. See below for more information on this fantastic opportunity for young adults.

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VSA Ohio seeks a Social Media and Special Events intern to assist with day-to-day social media marketing efforts and special event operations throughout the year. The intern will be responsible for the following activities and projects (additional tasks may be assigned).

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Presented by Mentoring Individuals with Disabilities, the Write Business Advantage is a series of workshops to enhance writing and communication skills for the workplace. Written communications are a reflection of employees and their abilities. People are judged by the way they write. Management, co-workers, customers,and others will form impressions about how skilled and knowledgeable employees are from the way they communicate in writing. Join us for FREE workshops to make the best impression with your business communications.

Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady, NY is seeking artists with physical disabilities from around the world who believe in encouraging the creative spirit in everyone, to reveal that this spirit is our most valuable human resource, a universal form of communication, and one that does not diminish with disability.

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The Ohio Art League is hosting a seven-session workshop series for
'Best Practices for Professional Artists.' The series will provide tips and
tools on all the important aspects of presenting yourself professionally
as an artist. 
Whether you just are looking to update your resume, learn what to expect
when receiving an artist contract, how to frame and hang your artwork, or 
what social media platforms are out there and how each can work for you as 
an artist; these workshops will provide insight. No matter what your medium, 
no matter where you are in your artistic career! 

See below for a list of workshop topics and the dates on which they occur. 
To register for an individual workshop or the entire series,
 complete this registration form.

Some of our friends over at SunApple Studios are hosting a free workshop for artists and facillitators on making ceramics! See below for details on how to register.

Let's make a difference, together.
1. Complete the following sign up form with your basic contact information and interests.
2. When you hit submit, a Confirmation Page will appear. Follow the link to VSAO's secure PayPal donation page.

Join VSA Ohio during our second summer at the Pearl Alley Farmers Market! The VSAO @ Pearl Market Merchant opportunity is an effort to provide artists with disabilities the opportunity to sell their art, become a self-advocate, and learn more about being a professional artist. Selling your art at community markets and festivals is a great way to connect with new patrons. However, the requirements for application, initial fees, and physical logistics can be cumbersome. To make this type of opportunity more accessible, VSA Ohio has secured a booth at the seasonal Pearl Alley Farmers Market in downtown Columbus. Artists and Groups from across Ohio may apply to be a Market Merchant at this booth for NO FEE. Read further for more information about applying to sell your work at this booth and be part of a fabulous local business opportunity!

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