CTD Conventions & Advocacy Events

RYV! 2020

In or out of session, Raise Your Voice! is CTD's main mechanism for training, organizing, and supporting disability advocates to create a barrier-free Texas. Our interactive RYV! events are designed to give our advocacy team insight into the policy needs and concerns of Texans with disabilities and their support networks, while providing a functional understanding of our state’s legislative process and connecting emerging and seasoned advocates to pursue common priorities.

In 2020, CTD is taking our RYV! Advocate Connection program online. We invite you to join us as we prepare for the 2021 legislature, both educating each other about the issues AND learning how to organize online. Since we began it in 2016, RYV! has been an evolving program, and we expect it to continue to change in the online environment, based on the needs of the participants.

Upcoming RYV! dates:

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About CTD's grassroots advocacy work

Since our foundation in 1978, CTD organized an Annual Convention in a different part of the state, often partnering with local disability groups. When the Legislature met (odd numbered years), we stayed in Austin to take full advantage of advocacy opportunities. During interim years (even numbered), we traveled far and wide, to cities large and small, meeting and collaborating with our members. Wherever we landed, our Conventions were hubs of consumer education, advocacy training and preparation, and CEU opportunities for professionals. We usually managed to have some fun, too!

In 2016, we began shifting to a smaller, more targeted scale of activities to train and prepare individuals for advocacy during and outside of the Legislative session. Our Raise Your Voice! (RYV!) Roundtables are regional events held during the interim session. These conversations are designed to introduce participants to the Texas legislative process and allow CTD to interact directly with emerging advocates to identify and address issues facing local disability communities. In 2019, we brought RYV! to the legislature, piloting the RYV! Advocate Connection Program. This version of the program provided a functional understanding of our state's legislative process while connecting emerging and seasoned advocates, all while supporting real time advocacy work (office visits, testimony, etc.).

Within or outside of RYV!, we are proud to collaborate with our partners on a variety of other advocacy events to educate the public, prepare advocates for action, and engage our elected officials. Examples of such efforts include collaborating on or supporting rallies and advocacy days, conferences, film screenings, and forums. 

Sponsor a CTD or Raise Your Voice! Advocacy Event

If your business or organization has a stake in disability issues, consider sponsoring a Raise Your Voice! advocacy event. Often, we work closely with our sponsors on legislative activities or consumer services. We offer multiple levels of sponsorship, all with great benefits to you! Learn more.

Past Conventions & Advocacy Events

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