Advocacy Corps

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Do you want to be an advocacy expert and educate decision-makers about obstacles that people with disabilities face everyday? If so, becoming a member of CTD’s Advocacy-Corps may be just the outlet you’re looking for!

CTD is recruiting people with developmental disabilities (and family members) who are interested in learning about legislative advocacy, and who are willing to commit to a program of four rigorous workshops and two advocacy events over the course of several months to prepare for the upcoming 84th Texas Legislative Session beginning in January 2015.

This is not your basic advocacy training. The purpose of CTD's Advocacy-Corps (A-Corps) will be to train the next generation of disability advocates to educate decision-makers, break down stereotypes and barriers, and promote independence for all Texans with Disabilities.

Workshops will include:

In addition, participants will be expected to educate decision-makers by organizing and conducting their own legislative visits on subjects that are personally important to them, and providing leadership and guidance to other CTD members and disability advocates during CTD’s Capitol Day (April 1, 2015).

Participant Requirements*: To be considered for the A-Corps you must

Schedule: Training workshops will be held once per week for approximately six hours during the weeks of: Feb 16th, Feb 23rd, March 2nd, and March 9th. Advocacy events will be held the week of March 23rd and April 1st. Note: the specific days that participants meet will depend on participant availability, input, and the CTD advocacy schedule.

Applications to the Advocacy Corps are now closed.

*Family members of people with developmental disabilities may also apply for the A-Corps program. Contact Chris Masey for details by email or 512-478-3366 ext. 312.

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities

Financial Support for the CTD Developmental Disabilities Policy Fellowship is provided by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, with Federal funds* made available by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities. *$67,500 (71%) DD funds; $27,011 (29%) non-federal resources. Special thanks to VSA Texas for assistance with the participant application form.