2023 Advocacy Opportunities

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Advocacy Corps

Bold, block letter A in gold, with a navy blue Texas at its right foot.CTD's Advocacy Corps (A-Corps) is a series of virtual trainings on the history of disability advocacy and the Texas Legislature. This program is designed to give participants a clear idea of how the Legislature functions, as preparation for self-advocacy. In addition, our staff will support participants with their own advocacy efforts.

Trainings:

There is no cost to participate. Learn more and register!

Raise Your Voice! Advocate Connection Program

RYV! in dark blue letters with a bright yellow shadowCTD’s interactive Raise Your Voice! (RYV) events are designed to provide a functional understanding of our state’s legislative process while connecting emerging and seasoned advocates with each other. In addition, these conversations give CTD insight into the needs and concerns of Texans with disabilities outside our usual circles, which informs our advocacy work. On each call, our advocacy team will give a brief update on the major pieces of legislation we've been working on, then we'll hold breakout discussions to gather your input and concerns or prepare to take an action.

RYV has concluded for 2023. To receive announcements about 2024 calls, sign up here.

On each call, our advocacy team will give an update on major developments and opportunities for action. Then we'll hold breakout discussions to gather your input and concerns or prepare to take an action. There is no cost to participate.

What's the difference?

Good question! The A-Corps is focused on legislative basics that will serve participants in any legislative session. Raise Your Voice is concerned with issues and bills that the Legislature is considering right now. There is some crossover, and the two programs are compatible with each other! A-Corps participants can begin putting their skills to work on RYV calls. RYV participants can join the A-Corps to build out their understanding of the legislative process that we don't cover on RYV calls.

The Advocacy Corps is supported by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities through a grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Washington, D.C. 20201, with a 100% federal funding award totaling $6,121,860. Council efforts are those of the grantee and do not necessarily represent the official views of nor are endorsed by ACL, HHS, or the U.S. government.