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From our ongoing advocacy work and yearly events to the purchase of our new building, 2016 has been a huge year for CTD! Check out the highlights of our year in review. Formerly a guitar store, our sweet new digs inspired the music theme of this year's report.

5. A Change is Gonna Come: Statewide organizing at Raise Your Voice! Roundtables

4 images. 1 In front of a white board with colorful writing stands a woman holding a sheet of paper and looking out. 2 At a full conference table, 15 men and women converse in groups of two and three. 3 A classroom full of people sitting at tables, all looking forward. 4 A man kneels next to a woman in a power chair who is a holding a plaque towards the camera.

Counter-clockwise from left: Alison Mohr-Boleware of the Hogg Foundation presents at the Raise Your Voice! Roundtable in Plano. Attendees at the Raise Your Voice! Roundtable in Arlington. CTD's Dennis Borel and self-advocate Dorothy Hill. Attendees at the Raise Your Voice! Roundtable in Plano.

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CTD's advocacy team and Alison Mohr-Boleware of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health brought our extensive knowledge of the legislative process and current issues to the University of Arlington and My Possibilities in Plano. We employed some new meeting strategies that facilitated the rapid exchange of ideas and connection building among participants and educated us about issues specific to North Texas.

We also tapped local self-advocates in both locations to tell "from the trenches" stories about making positive legislative changes as private citizens. Dorothy Hill, who has worked on ventilator assistance public policy for decades, captivated our Arlington attendees, and we were pleased to present her with our Justin Dart Memorial Award for Outstanding Service.

Already, we're seeing major results from out organizing efforts, as Roundtable attendee Zelene Lovitt can attest:

I met the CTD folks at their advocacy round table in Plano. When I contacted them for help with a critical issue for my grandson, I discovered I was not alone. They offered me the concrete support and guidance that led to a successful resolution of our issue. Having someone standing at my side gave me the confidence to take appropriate action. Knowing who to contact and how to deal with systems was a gift CTD gave us and believe me, we are very grateful.

You can Raise Your Voice! too- join a CTD Action Group to stay informed during the upcoming legislative session on your priority issues!

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