Austin’s Story

Six months after a car accident that severed his spinal cord and took away his legs, Accessible Festivals co-founder Austin Whitney attended his first music festival. For the first time since his spinal cord injury, he was able to smile and simply enjoy life. While the accessibility

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The Benefits of Inclusion

We know that inclusive, sensory-friendly environments benefit all people. When spaces are designed to be accommodating and inclusive, the quality and diversity of conversations and interactions is greatly enhanced. By sharing and listening to the diverse perspectives of others, our self-awareness and empathy increases. When children with

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Do What You Can With What You Have Right Now

Kunj Shah is on the board of Accessible Festivals and the founder of Live For Live Music – a music media, marketing, and production company. Originally based in Brooklyn, and now based out of Denver he has 9 years of experience producing concerts and festivals across the

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Meet Katee

We love to hear from our community! This week, learn about one of our supporters, Katee Meckeler and what Accessible Festivals means to her. Below she shares a bit about herself and why music is so important to her. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m a

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As the World Returns to “Normal,” How Do We Continue Accommodating the Disability Community?

A massive, positive byproduct was born from the pandemic which allowed the world to be accommodating and understanding of people and their lived experiences – including the disability community. As the world continues to slowly open up from the COVID-19 vaccination and return back to “normal,” we

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Exploring the Intersections of LGBTQ+ and Disability

“Pride isn’t accessible enough for LGBTQ+ disabled people.” Pride is about being comfortable about one’s sexuality yet disabled people are often viewed as non-sexual beings. During the month of June, the world is celebrating the LGBTQ+ community for Pride month. Pride month is a time to commemorate

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Exploring Relaxing Hobbies

Stress is a part of many people’s daily lives. A recent survey from the American Psychological Association found that 44 percent of Americans feel their stress levels have increased over the past five years. Children also are struggling, with almost a one-third reporting that they have experienced

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