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

ACT Dis/Ability Conference + Festival logo

Thursday, September 27 + Friday, September 28, 2018

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


VSA Ohio  Food for Good Thought

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Who Attends

*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. 250+ attendees & 20,000+ indirect


Event Content

Thursday Keynote Speakers

Andy Willmore
Andy Willmore is a man on the autism spectrum with a love for composing orchestral music, especially in the style one might find on a film or video game soundtrack. He has a similarly strong passion for educating others about autism and his own autistic experiences, and also advocates for changes and expansions on how people beyond the autism spectrum perceive and understand those on the spectrum. Other interests of his include writing short fictional stories, poems, and, most commonly, non-fiction essays or pieces about important topics in our current world; and spending time outside to learn more about the wilderness of nature, and its many diverse, various residents.
Andy recently graduated from Capital University, where he majored in music technology, with a minor in computer science.
image: Andy Willmore smiling at a table of sound mixers and equipment
Katie Anderson
“I’m Just Fine, Thank You!..and other lies I tell.”
Katie Anderson is a writer and blogger who works full time in the mental health field. Katie’s work has been featured in Rabble Lit and the Huffington Post. She writes essays and prose about disability, politics and the working poor in America on her blog https://lowermiddleclassy.com. She also likes to interview comedians to talk about the work and business of comedy. Some of her interviews can be found here http://altdaily.com/author/kanderson/. Anderson lives in Norfolk, VA with her husband Tim and three cats and no, she will not get a fourth.
image: Katie Anderson outside in front of a tree, smiling
**Other Keynote, Session, and Content information coming soon.

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 - $60 per day or $100 for all access

Continuing Education Units 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
  • 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


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

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

*Registration on EventBrite Available soon!

If you are not able to register online, please contact VSA Ohio at 614-241-5325.

Click to download the Welcome Guide

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

Click here to download the Friday Finale Vendor Registration




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.

Patron   $100

* Name listed on playbill sponsor page
* Org Literature in participant folders

Actor    $250

* Logo included on playbill sponsor page
* Quarter page playbill ad
* 1 registration
* Org literature in participant folders

Director    $500

* Logo included on playbill sponsor page
* Verbal recognition during conference
* Half page playbill ad
* 2 registrations
* Org literature in participant folders

Producer   $1,000

Logo on all signage, playbill cover
Verbal recognition during conference
Full page playbill ad
4 registrations
Org literature in participant folders

Spotlights   $1,500
Accessible Creativity Transforms has numerous special events, activities, and components which may speak to your mission and can be aligned with your outreach goals. These naming opportunities include: Community Mural, Event Accessibility, KeyNote Speakers, Family Activity Night, and more. Contact us today to discuss your interests.

To Play Your Part, Contact:
Erin J. Hoppe, executive director, 614-241-5325 


Greater Columbus arts council  Puffin Foundation West  Bridgeway Academy

Ohio Arts Council  The Columbus Foundation  Autism Society of Central Ohio: improving the lives of all affected by autism   Big Lots!



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

Wonderville Studios  Shopworks Theatre Company