Coalition of Texans with Disabilities

Organizational Overview

Coalition of Texans with Disabilities
1716 San Antonio St.
Austin, Texas 78701

Mission Statement

CTD envisions a future where all Texans with disabilities can work, live, learn, play, and participate fully in the community of their choice. Founded in 1978, the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities is the oldest and largest member-driven disability advocacy organization in the state. We take a multi-front approach to making Texas a leader in disability-related public policy and culture. Our work revolves around legislative advocacy, public awareness events and activities, and professional services.

CTD and our partners are gearing up for a lot of hard fights during Texas' 85th Legislative Session (January 10 - May 29). Children's issues like Medicaid therapies and special education; accessible transportation and texting while driving; and sufficient funding for community services are just a few of areas we're targeting at the Capitol this spring.

Your financial support allows us to focus on what we do best over the course of the Legislature: fighting for policies that benefit and protect Texans with disabilities and creating space at the table for our voices to be heard! Together, we can make this a better state and world-- fairer, more accessible, and more integrated.

Impact Statement

CTD seeks funding to support our work both at the Capitol and in the wider community.

At the Capitol, CTD is a recognized leader on a number of policy areas, among them, attendant services, civil rights, and access to health care. Our staff and members work with legislators, state agencies, and partner organizations to create public policy that protects or empowers Texans with disabilities. Our legislative priorities are directed by our members, and we call upon them throughout the year to advocate at the local, state, and federal level. Major successes of the 2015 session include helping to enable the Texas ABLE Act, pass Guardianship Reform and the establishment of alternatives, organize Independent Living advocates, and improve consumer protections in managed care.

Engaging the general public contributes to positive cultural shifts, and for this reason, CTD is committed to holding outstanding public awareness initiatives. Each year, we produce events and presentations that focus on disability in the arts, sports & recreation, and consumer education, most notably, our award winning Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival & Short Film Competition.

Needs Statement

General Funds- it's not catchy or heart-warming, but General Funding keeps our lights (and maybe more importantly, our computers) on! Every dollar contributed to CTD supports our work of ensuring that public policy in Texas benefits and protects people with disabilities and of expanding public awareness of disability issues and programs.

"Thanks again for your partnership over the years. We look forward to more good work from each of you as you continue your mission of support to Austin citizens with disabilities." Dolores Gonzalez, Treasurer, Austin Mayor's Committee for Disabled Persons Inc.

"Even employees who wondered why they 'had to' attend the training or felt they had 'better things to do,' left inspired and felt it was a great use of time." participant feedback on our series of Effective Interactions with People with Disabilities trainings for Superior Health Plan.

"It was a tough session.... but thanks again for all that CTD did and continues to do on behalf of CILs and all of Texans with Disabilities!" Houston Center for Independent Living (HCIL) Director Sandra Bookman on our work during the 2015 Legislature.

"It gets better every year! ... I love the films, the food and the fun! ... keep going CTD we loved it this year and the years passed. Thank you William and crew!!" audience feedback on our 2015 Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival.
Amount: $St. David's Foundation Grant Partner
Sponsored By: St. David's Foundation

St. David's Foundation has offered a $1M matching grant to be distributed among their nonprofit Grant Partners on Amplify Austin Day. St. David's Foundation's 2017 Grant Partners will receive funds on a pro-rata basis.

Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day. Last year, this match resulted in a 30% boost to the funds raised by Grant Partners on the Day.