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2019 abilitySTRONG Parade & AccessAbility fest

VOLUNTEER T-SHIRTS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE.  A limited number of event shirts will be available for $10 each at the event on Oct. 26th.  A variety of color T-shirts will be available. 

Over 300 Volunteers are needed to make this event a great success and experience for the attendees.

Youth Volunteer Restrictions: Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older to volunteer without a supervising adult.  Children, 12 and up are welcome to volunteer, but must be accompanied (one-to-one) by an adult, 18 years of age or older.

Event Description: The abilitySTRONG parade will take place in downtown San Antonio on Saturday, October 26th, 2019, followed by disability awareness festivities at AccessAbility fest in Market Square.  Volunteer opportunities begin at 6:00am and continue through 4:00pm.

Program Description: The abilitySTRONG Parade is San Antonio’s inaugural Disability Pride Celebration. This parade is a public expression of the belief that disability is a natural and beautiful part of human diversity in which people living with disabilities can take pride. Held on the streets of downtown San Antonio, where many parades have taken place, this event demonstrates our efforts to “develop a whole community of people with disabilities and allies who are proud to be who we are, who do not see ourselves as victims, who expect more from ourselves and those within our community, and who are committed to building an inclusive community that recognizes the dignity, humanity, and worth of all people.”

The abilitySTRONG Parade…a Disability Pride Celebration will tell the story of inclusion, strength, and highlights the history and advancements for the disability community.  

Volunteers are needed to assist with parade staging, pooper scoopers, parade route cheer teams, parade promotion efforts, water station hosts, first aid stations, and more!

Groups and individuals are welcome to participate.  

The AccessAbility fest offers a gateway to resources, opportunities and recreation for individuals facing barriers to their maximum level of independence due to a physical, developmental, sensory and/or mental health challenges. The 13th Annual AccessAbility fest will kick-off after the Inaugural abilitySTRONG Parade along the streets of downtown San Antonio and features over 140 exhibitors with information, products, programs and services that promote independence and inclusion where individuals with disabilities live, work and play. This FREE celebration includes live entertainment, activities for the whole family to enjoy, demonstrations, and food purchase options.

Proceeds from this event support charitable, non-profit programs that improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities in our local community throughout the year under disABILITYsa, a local 501(c)(3) disability service organization.

Created by:   Melanie Cawthon (disABILITYsa)
 
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Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Location Time (CST) Available Slot
10/19/2019 (Sat.) UTSA Cattleman's Square Parking Lot  8:00am - 11:00am  

Parade Notification

Distribute information about the parade along parade route and on communication boards throughout San Antonio.

 
disABILITYsa Offices  8:00am - 5:00pm  

Parade Notification

Distribute information about the parade on communication boards throughout San Antonio.

 
2 slots filled - more available
Lauren Conn
Autism Treatment Center
Shelby James Lawson
10/26/2019 (Sat.) Corner of Avenue E and 4th Street  6:00am - 9:00am  

Parade Set-up (40)

Set-up registration, bandstand, parade route seating, etc.

 
39 of 40 slots filled
Lisa Welsh
Nicole Tapia Tapia
T-FUN
Jo Ann Soto
Self
Dakari Murray
Dakari Murray
Senisa Zuniga
COSA DHS- Head Start
Samantha Rendon
DHS-Head Start
Norma Martinez
Kathy Burriola
Rachelle Kight
CoSA DHS EHS-CCP
Priscilla Garcia (2)
DANNA GARZA
EHS-CCP
Mica Clark-Peterek
DHS Head Start
Patricia Kittle
COSA HS
Debra Canales
DHS Head Start
Roxanne Chung
WFB
Chole Castillon
WFB
Elizabeth Mora
WFB
Latoda Jones
WFB
Cindy Sanchez
WFB
Tina Sullivan
WFB
Rubi Marquez
Audrey Jackson
Griselda Perez (8)
EHS-CCP FSW Team
Andrea Martinez
Janelle Martinez
Olga Cruz
Tomeka Kuykendall (3)
DHS
Andrea Patino
Dani Salas
COSA Head Start
Market Square  7:00am - 10:00am  

AccessAbility fest Set-up (30)

Assist with the set-up of tables, chairs, signage, exhibitor arrival, registration, etc.

 
27 of 30 slots filled
Mike Canales (15)
Winston Interact
sally hadden
Dakari Murray
Dakari Murray
Gary Lupher
Maddie (2)
Sana Ladha
Danielle Rodriguez
Trinity University
Zabdi Huerta
Kristelle Cefre
Brian Espinoza
WFB
Raquel Westbury
WFB
Chelsea Rodriguez
Trinity University
Parade Route  8:00am - 11:00am  

Parade Cheer Teams (13)

GROUP REGISTRATION ONLY. Each group should sign-up for 1 slot only, but consist of a minimum of 6-10 individuals. Ten Teams, of 6-10 Cheer Volunteers each, will be stationed along the parade route.

 
7 of 13 slots filled
Yazmin Jerome
Kathryn Franco
COSA HS Wellness Team
Joshua Gonzales
Monica Mojica
Sherrie McDaniel/ Carroll Team
baylie waters
Alex Alvarado
michelle boyce
Kohls Corporate

Parade Pooper Scoopers (3)

Follow behind equestrian and service animal parade entries for the time-honored position of pooper scooper. No less than 3 volunteers will follow each equestrian/service animal parade entry.

 
All slots filled
Patricia Rooney (2)
Trish and Kevyn Rooney
JARELLY RIOS
US NAVY

Parade Banner Carriers (20)

Carry banners for each Parade Section (2-3 per banner)

 
All slots filled
Yvella Allen
Fiesta Especial Royal court Disability SA
Dolores Martinez (2)
Vanessa Benitez
whataburger
Elsa Perez (16)

Disbanding Assistants (10)

Volunteers will assist with the disbanding of the parade entries and will follow the lead of the Disbanding Director

 
1 of 10 slots filled
Dakari Murray
dakari murray

Parade Water Stations (15)

Volunteers will be stationed along the parade route. 5 stations with 3 volunteers each will be stationed along the parade route.

 
All slots filled
Betsey Baker (15)
IBC Charitable & Community Development Corporation

Photographer (6)

PERSONAL CAMERA REQUIRED

 
5 of 6 slots filled
Dakari Murray
dakari murray
Tammy Milligan
Whataburger
Dorothy Villarreal
COSA/Head Start
Joshua Gonzales
Deirdre Murphy
Market Square  9:00am - 12:30pm  

AccessAbility fest Shift I (80)

POSITION WILL BE ASSIGNED UPON ARRIVAL: Exhibitor Support, Games & Activities, Directional Hosts, Demonstrations, Attendee Surveys, Guest Registration, Parking Lot Attendants, etc.

 
79 of 80 slots filled
Anisia Allmond (25)
The Hispanic Student Association of UTSA
Daisy Torres (20)
Alpha Epsilon Delta - Pre-Health Honor Society at UTSA
George Smith (20)
UTSA Pre-Physical Therapy Society
Dakari Murray
Emily Gregory (13)
UTSA Pre-Occupational Therapy Society

Photographer (6)

PERSONAL CAMERA REQUIRED

 
5 of 6 slots filled
Dakari Murray
Dakari Murray
Raeme Bosquez-Greer (2)
Raemeā€™s Transition Services
Deirdre Murphy
Leah Campbell
Student / UTSA Public Administration
9:00am - 3:00pm  

AccessAbility fest All Day (20)

Volunteer Registration, Hospitality Suite, Entertainment support

 
All slots filled
Katherine Kelley
Goodwill San Antonio
Adrean Avilla
Whataburger
Lisa Welsh
Emily Mikalsen
David Mikalsen
Mackenzie Cross
UT Health SA
Dakari Murray
Dakari Murray
Gary Lupher
Jacob/Pauline Hernandez (2)
Shauna Minga (4)
Prader Willi Syndrome
Sylvia Apodaca (2)
TBI
Sarah McAvey
Ashley Allen
Chi Beta Epsilon
Jacob Lawson
Was refererred by Ernie Sawyer. Looking forward to helping with the event!
Rubi Marquez
Cattleman's Square / Parade Route (Tear Down)  9:30am - 12:00pm  

Parade Tear Down (20)

Tear down first aid stations, water stops, and assist with the proper disposal of parade decorations left behind by parade entries.

 
11 of 20 slots filled
Lauren Conn
Autism Treatment Center
Tina Sullivan
WFB
Janie Rodriguez (3)
Panthers
Ernest Torres
WFB
Raquel Westbury
WFB
Erica Martinez (4)
Market Square  12:00pm - 3:30pm  

AccessAbility fest Shift II (80)

POSITION WILL BE ASSIGNED UPON ARRIVAL: Exhibitor Support, Games & Activities, Directional Hosts, Demonstrations, Attendee Surveys, Guest Registration, Parking Lot Attendants, etc.

 
29 of 80 slots filled
Lettie Garza (2)
Gibby Garza
Jason Heye
eric bocanegra (10)
IBC Charitable & Community Development Corporation
Dakari Murray
Celina Rodriguez (2)
Natalia Rodriguez
Amanda Gonzalez
UTSA Pre-Occupational Therapy
Elouisa Smith
Aquilah King
Brian Espinoza
WFB
Ernest Torres
WFB
Raquel Westbury
WFB
RAYMOND GONZALES (3)
Ray G
Leticia Delgado
Hibah Hasan
Jessica Parra (2)

Photographer (6)

PERSONAL CAMERA REQUIRED

 
3 of 6 slots filled
Dakari Murray
Amanda Gonzalez
UTSA Pre-Occupational Therapy
Zabdi Huerta
Market Square (Tear Down) / Broadway & 410 (Storage unload)  2:00pm - 4:30pm  

AccessAbility fest Clean-up/Tear Down (10)

Back-up support for tear down, load-up, and unload at storage.

 
8 of 10 slots filled
Lauren Conn
Autism Treatment Center
Dakari Murray
Gary Lupher
Billie Rothwell
Winnona Carter
WFB
Ernest Torres
WFB
Zack Kuentz
Danielle Rodriguez
Trinity University
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