Perkins and MassChallenge Encourage Innovations for People with Disabilities


Watertown, MA – The Perkins Assistive Technology Prize provides $25 thousand in incentive grants to entrepreneurs who focus on improving opportunities and quality of life for people with disabilities as part of MassChallenge 2013. Perkins is offering the grants, drawn from a donation earmarked for technological solutions, to promote their global mission to empower individuals with disabilities to reach their personal potential. Read further to learn more about guidelines and the submission process for the challenge. 

Event Date(s):
April 16, 2013 - 08:00 to April 17, 2013 - 18:00


The tenative program for the 13th Annual Multiple Perspectives Conference on the campus of the Ohio State University has been set. Registration opens on Thursday February 21st and this year's event promises to be an impressive collection of presentations that delve deeply into issues concerning disability, social justice, access, and inclusion as well as where these areas intersect in our everyday lives.  See below for a tenative list of presentations as it is probably wise to start planning!

 

James Castle Sculpture and Drawing Series

The Ohio State University's Urban Art Space is currently hosting an exhibition featuring the works of renowned Outsider artist,James Castle. In conjunction with this powerful exhibition, the Urban Arts Space offered workshops for educators and the general public on different aspects of the show. Curated by Disability Studies professor, Dr. Brenda Brueggemann, the exhibition takes a close look at Castle's work and how his identity as a Deaf artist shines through his imagery. Below are a few highlights of one workshop in particular that VSA Ohio staff were fortunate enough to attend.


Photographer Brian Steel reacts to both criticisms and praise of his recent work in a series of photographs called Impaired Perceptions that opened in Atlanta in 2012. He answers questions about the inspiration for this project in an interview on CNN.com. His responses also lead to discussion of other important topics and news stories pertinent to his message.

Governor John Kasich joined Autism advocates to celebrate a new mandate for health insurance coverage of Autism services.

Popular online streaming company agrees to caption all media by 2014...

 


VSA is proud to announce that the 2013 International Art Program for Children with Disabilities is open for entries! Student-artists with disabilities are encouraged to create a family portrait that illustrates themselves among the people that provide love, support, and encouragement in their lives - their families. Portraying themselves with some of the most important people in their lives gives testament to the idea that family - no matter how big or how small - help shape who we are and provide the foundation for who we will be.

For those of you who did not hear through Open Door's announcements, Paula Lasky passed away a few weeks ago. Below is some information from her memorial announcement as well as links to Open Door's tribute to her.

 

Ohio mom creates app for autistic children...



 A Cincinnati-area mother is on a mission to help children and families across the globe break through some of the daily challenges faced by those with autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Read further to learn more about this exciting application and what it means for individuals with Autsim.

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Support the Arts this Holiday Season...
While spending time with family and giving gifts around the holidays, support your local arts venues and artists by buying artful gifts and gifting experiences like tickets to concerts and performances! Below we have listed some Ohio studios and venues (organized by location) that make holiday gift giving easy as they provide you with high quality art and arts experiences.

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