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AccessAbility Fest

Texas Public Radio presents the 9th annual AccessAbility Fest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 8, 2015, at El Mercado.  The event is free and open to the public. 

AccessAbility Fest brings together businesses and organizations to share information, resources, ideas and support for people with all types of disabilities and special needs.  The Fest celebrates these individuals and aims to provide them with a fun-filled and educational day that will be memorable.  Caregivers of individuals with special needs and disabilities will find support and resource information to benefit them and their loved ones.

The schedule of activities for AccessAbility Fest 2015 includes demonstrations, entertainment, a mascot parade, games and much more. And since it is happening just a few days after Halloween, attendees are encouraged to wear their costumes.  Finalists will be selected to participate in the costume contest, where they will compete for fun and valuable prizes.


Ample parking is available in close proximity, and shuttle buses are provided for those in need.  We encourage you to join us this year to celebrate and spread awareness for those with disabilities.

Find out more about the next AccessAbility Fest, which is happening on November 8, online at:

AccessAbility Fest 2015 is hosted by Texas Public Radio and and is made possible by:

Anchor Sponsors: 

 Wave Healthcare, H-E-B and Valero Energy Foundation

Benefactor Sponsors:

AACOG – Alamo Service Connection, Deaf Interpreter Services and PCSI

Charter Sponsors:

Apple Home Care Medical Supply,  Exceptional Kids, Jordan Ford Mobility, Red McCombs Toyota, Respite Care and Wells Fargo

Special thanks to the City of San Antonio for providing the event venue.

The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed 25 years ago as of last week. The bill was controversial and has its detractors, but the majority of people with disabilities believe the bill has improved their lives and access to opportunity. 

The ADA set out to achieve four major goals: Equality of Opportunity, Full Participation for the Disabled, Independent Living, and Economic Self-Sufficiency.

While significant progress has been made, their is a lot left to accomplish. 

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: