AccessAbility Fest

AccessAbility Fest is the result of a collaboration between non-profit organizations in San Antonio who serve individuals with disabilities and Texas Public Radio. This year's event will take place on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at El Mercado.

October is National Disability Awareness Month and several non-profits had attempted to individually make a splash for awareness in San Antonio throughout the years with limited results.

Each of the individual efforts were not making a wide enough impact, so a small group of non-profits decided to put together a collective effort. With Texas Public Radio as the lead media partner, AccessAbility Fest finally opened in 2007.

The event brings together organizations and non-profits to share information, resources, ideas and support for people with all types of disabilities.

The event celebrates all the things that people with disabilities can do, and encourages them to be active and express themselves with a range of activities and games; the event also serves to give those people who care for such individuals additional love and support.

AccessAbility Fest is open to the public and we encourage you to join us each October to celebrate and spread awareness for those with disabilities.

AccessAbility in Action Award

AccessAbility Fest is currently taking taking nominations for its AccessAbility in Action Award. Nominate organizations, a family or individual who makes it a focus to help people with disabilities in San Antonio and the surrounding are in work, in life, and in play:

You're invited to the 8th Annual AccessAbility Fest, San Antonio’s premier resource fair for individuals of all abilities, takes place at El Mercado on Sunday, October 26th, 2014 from 10am-3pm. This free, family-friendly event spotlights programs and services provided by institutions supporting individuals of all abilities, including those with physical, developmental, sensory and/or mental health challenges.

Melanie Rush Davis

About 5,000 people came out to Market Square on Sunday, October 27, for the 7th Annual AccessAbility Fest. They came in costume and in street clothes, seeking services for themselves, their loved ones and their students with all types of disabilities.

The businesses and organizations that welcomed these guests represent many industries vital to this community including things like legal affairs, medical equipment, housing and financial planning.

AccessAbility Fest 2013 At Market Square

Oct 7, 2013
Melanie Rush Davis

It's October again, and as Halloween approaches that means its time for the seventh annual AccessAbility Fest presented by Texas Public Radio and

AccessAbility Fest 2013 is on Sunday, October 27 at El Mercado, Market Square, goes from noon-5 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A variety of free, accessible parking will also be available -- look under the "What's Happening" tab on the main website.

Mariah Kilbourne, Ms. Wheelchair America 2013
Ms. Wheelchair America

We reached out to attendees at AccessAbility Fest 2012 to get their take on what the event means to them. Mariah Kilbourne, who is this years Ms. Wheelchair America, sent us this note:

AccessAbility Fest 2012 was a fun- and information-filled event  on Sunday, October 28. More than 3,000 people (and zombies!) filled HemisFair Park. Even the Sith Shadow Council of Texas was on-hand, making children and adults smile and reach for their light sabers.

Victor J. Settles provided the following video of Darth Vader's AccessAbility Fest experiences: