About Speaking Advocates
Speaking Advocates is a public speaker training program for adults with disabilities. We combine the art of storytelling with public speaking skills, so our speakers can bring their stories to the general public and challenge misconceptions about what it means to live with a disability. Through presentations at conferences and other events, our speakers show people that we are all more alike than different. To receive updates on our trainings and events, email Boye at [email protected], call 512-454-9912, or join our Facebook group.
Opening Minds, Opening Doors (OMOD)
The first stage of our training is an intensive six-week writing workshop which culminates in a public showcase for family, friends, and members of the community and features each participant presenting a polished and engaging personal story. This class is typically held on six consecutive Saturday afternoons in the spring.
The Speaking Advocates Happy Hour is a fun virtual space for folks with disabilities to hang out, chat, play games, and more! Each month we welcome different bartenders to help us unwind with light conversation and social activities. Join us every first and third Tuesday of the month from 5 to 6 PM!
The Lion and The Pirate Open Mic
We invite both seasoned and aspiring speakers to join us at our free and inclusive monthly open mic in partnership with Malvern Books where you can share a story, poem, song, or other talent in a fun and supportive neighborhood bookstore. And if you don't have something to present, you can always attend to simply enjoy the entertainment and mingle with our open mic regulars.