AccessAbility Fest coming to Toyota Field with blanket fort, resources, education and entertainment

More than 120 organizations will come together to transform Toyota Field into an educational space for the annual 11th annual AccessAbility Fest on Nov. 18, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year’s event will feature an attempt by Autism Uncovered to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest blanket fort.

“Our main goal (with the blanket fort) is to raise awareness for those who have autism and to show the services that are out there for the,” Laura Conn said in an interview with NowCastSA. Conn is one of the people who helped to bring Autism Uncovered event to this year's AccessAbility fest. It was her idea to construct a blanket fort, which she said was fun for many children growing up.

Using more than 400 donated blankets, volunteers will start building the blanket fort at 8 a.m on Toyota Field. All proceeds collected will be donated to Autism Treatment Center .

“The AccessAbility Fest is a wonderful resource for those living with a disability, caring for a loved one with a disability, providers, social workers, special education instructors and anyone in the general public who wants a fun, family-friendly place to go on a Saturday,” Melanie Cawthon, co-founder of the festival and Executive Director of disABILITYsa said in a statement.

AccessAbility Fest is free and open to the public. Donations of nonperishable items for the San Antonio food bank will be accepted.

The festival is held to educate the public about resources, opportunities and activities available to living with disabilities as well as their families.

Organizers hope to foster relationship-building between local nonprofits and business owners so that they may learn to be a better ally those with disabilities and their families.

Organizers said the event will include Ientertainment, informational exhibits and experts available to answer questions in a number of subject areas.

AccessAbility Fest is made possible through the collaborative efforts of between disABILITYsa and many other local disability service organizations.

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