Celebrate Special Olympics
Special Olympics Minnesota will celebrate its 2023 50th anniversary, with an event 5-9 p.m. Thu, Dec. 7 at Mall of America Huntington Bank Rotunda. The event is free and open to the public.
Dec. 7 is the official day of Special Olympics Minnesota’s incorporation in 1973. The event will celebrate five decades of Special Olympics Minnesota and the incredible athletes, volunteers and fans who have made the movement what it is today. It opens with a talent show, celebration and then cupcakes from Sammy’s Sweets, an inclusive company operated by a Special Olympics athlete.
Save date for expo
Save the date of Sat, April 20, 2024 for the Discover Abilities Expo, a showcase of all-things adaptive sports and recreation in Minnesota. Organizers hope to have more than 60 organizations that provide some sort of adaptive sports or recreational opportunities in Minnesota on hand.
The expo is designed both for individuals with disabilities (primary user of services) to learn about and try adaptive recreational opportunities as well as healthcare professionals, educators, students, volunteers and more to learn about adaptive sports and recreational opportunities. It is held at the University of Minnesota Recreation & Wellness Center in Mpls. and organized by the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Sports and recreation Team.
FFI: 612-775-2311, [email protected]
Open Flow Forum
The Artists with Disabilities Alliance meets via Zoom 7-9 p.m. the first Thu of the month. Upcoming dates are Dec. 7 and Jan. 4. Virtually join artists with disabilities and supporters to share visual art, writing, music, theater and artistic efforts or disability issues. Facilitators are Tara Innmon and Andy Sturdevant from Springboard for the Arts. Anyone needing accommodations including ASL interpreting or captioning should contact Sturdevant at Springboard. Funding is available for access needs.
Resources to Enjoy!
The Enjoy listings are for arts events as well as banquets, fundraisers, walks and other fun events by and for disability services organizations. Schedules may be subject to change, so check with a venue or organization before making plans. Arrange for disability accommodations well in advance at any event.
Disability service organizations typically send e-news blasts and have social media. Both are other ways to find out about events.
The Minnesota Access Alliance (MNAA) provides an Accessible Arts & Culture Calendar for arts patrons who use accessibility accommodations such as audio description, captioning, ASL interpreting and sensory-friendly accommodations. Link to more details at MNAA Minnesota Accessible Activities Calendar. Be sure to check the listing or venue to find out any COVID-19 protocols and if an advance reservation is needed for an accessibility service.
Accessible events can be submitted to the MNAA Calendar (and MinnesotaPlaylist.com)
To receive a free monthly events calendar, email [email protected] and/or [email protected]. Ask for the entire events list or specific lists for ASL interpreting, captioning, audio description, sensory-friendly accommodations or disability-related topics.
For other accessibility resources or upcoming webinars presented by MNAA, sign up for emails at Minnesota Access Alliance.
Post your event online
Access Press is moving more event listings online. That is possible with our redesigned website. There is a word limit and we require that those posting information include event costs as well as accommodations. Are ASL and AD offered? Is there companion seating? A quiet room? Fidgets? COVID-19 protocols?
Accommodations are much more than a ramp for many of us. That kind of information can help someone decide whether or not to attend an event.
To post an event, go to www.accesspress.org, click the resources tab at top right, and go to the post an event line. This is for Minnesota-focused, disability community events. it is not for business advertising for events that aren’t sponsored by a disability group or organization or that do not have a disability focused.
Consider that a small web or print ad can also generate interest in an upcoming event. For questions about ads, email [email protected]
Access Press reserves the right to reject events if they do not meet our guidelines. Call the editor at 651-644-2133 ext. one or email [email protected] with events questions.