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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.