CTD40: 40 stories for 40 years

CTD Celebrates 40 years

2018 is a big year for CTD, in part, because we are turning 40! To celebrate our ruby anniversary, we present the CTD40 blog series, which will collect stories from our friends, colleagues, founders, supporters, and the people we serve about our shared history.

Rodney Hanneman, current Board President

Three men smile at the camera, two sitting in wheelchairs and the third kneeling behind them. I have served on CTD’s board since 1999, with 12 years as Vice President and 5 as President. In all those years, I think we've gotten better at doing more as an organization. My biggest priorities are getting people out of nursing homes that don't need to be there and getting attendant wages up.

Over the years, I’ve come to every CTD event that I could—conventions, roundtables, the Film Fest, you name it (above, with CTD member Jason Lyons and Executive Director Dennis Borel at the 2016 Film Fest). I like being involved, and if I can help the disabled, so much the better.

Under my leadership, what I'm most proud of is buying our own building. Now we can do what we want and don't have to worry as much about money. When I first saw the new building at the 2017 Raise Your Voice! Advocacy Day after-party, I liked it! In the future, I'd like to see CTD cover the whole United States—I can't imagine there's another organization like ours.

< Last in CTD40: A Poetic Love Affair, by Maria Palacios


Have your own CTD story to share? Contact Communications Director Laura Perna at lperna@txdisabilities.org or 512-478-3366 x305.