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September 29, 2023

It's fall, and with the cooler weather (relatively anyway), CTD is bringing you a ton of events—both virtual and in-person! A rundown of our calendar is below.

Plus, if you haven't already, check out our 2023 Legislative Report.


2023 Legislative Report

The 88th Texas Legislature slept on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest in Texans with
disabilities. But CTD and our partners made our own opportunities. Read our full Legislative Report for details about our accomplishments and major efforts on attendant wages, voting, student safety, consumer protections in healthcare, and much more.

Coming up, at CTD

Relaunch of Raise Your Voice!

The 88th Texas Legislature has adjourned, but a special session is coming up, and interim advocacy is already underway. CTD's Raise Your Voice! (RYV) virtual round-tables have resumed and will take place at 2 pm CT every other Monday into December.

CTD’s interactive RYV events are designed to provide a functional understanding of our state’s legislative process while connecting emerging and seasoned advocates with each other. In addition, these conversations give CTD insight into your needs and concerns, which helps to strengthen our advocacy work. On each call, our advocacy team will give an update on major policy developments, then we'll hold breakout discussions to gather your input and concerns or prepare to take an action.

Our next call is Monday, October 2nd, on criminal justice issues, including deadly heat in Texas prisons and ensuring access to educational opportunities for inmates with disabilities. The following session on Monday, October 16th, the rollout of the attendant wage increase will be on the agenda.

Check out more dates, topics, and details, and register (it's free)!

20th annual Cinema Touching Disability

In 2023, we are celebrating 20 years of our Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival! Join us for two nights of live entertainment, featured guests, community, and great disability cinema!

The 2023 Festival takes place Friday and Saturday, October 20 - 21, 2023, at the Rollins Theater at the Long Center in Austin, Texas. Our pre-show with live music begins at 6:30 pm and the program starts at 7 pm both nights. Tickets on sale now!

Subscribe to the Film Fest newsletter or follow Cinema Touching Disability on social media for the latest program announcements!

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Literary Events

Lion & Pirate open mic logo: a bronze lion statue with a red bandana tied to its head and black eye patch.

Lion & Pirate open mic Saturday, October 7 AND Sunday, October 22

Join CTD and Art Spark Texas for two inclusive open mics:

At both events, enjoy featured performances, then the mic is open to all! More info and RSVP at each link above.

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I, the Revolution Virtual Protest & Book Launch Thursday, October 12

Join us for the launch of poet Valois J. Vera's second book, "I, The Revolution." The program will include activists and educators, poets and storytellers, sharing knowledge and truth to power.

With support from CTD and Art Spark Texas. ASL & CC provided.


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Storm the Mic!
Friday, October 27

The Thunder & Lightning Poetry Collective presents Storm the Mic!, a Virtual Poetry Showcase featuring Disabled BIPOC & Disabled Queer Poets, with support from CTD and Art Spark Texas.

Join host Valois J Vera, aka Crip Lyrical, for an evening of poetry and community—and TLPC's last showcase of the year! ASL & CC provided.

Find us at these CTD partner events!

ADAPT Fun Run for disability rights. Community integration for ALL!

The annual ADAPT FUN*RUN for disability rights celebrates disability activism while raising funds to support community integration for all and other important disability rights issues.

Saturday, October 7, from 12 to 2 pm CT, the FUN*RUN returns to Yellowjacket Stadium in Austin for the first in-person FUN*RUN since the shutdown!

All proceed from this event support CTD and ADAPT of Texas.


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Friday, October 13, the Texas After Violence Project presents The Art of Surviving State Violence. Join us for a celebration and reflection of the 2023 Visions After Violence cohort and their work: projects that look at police brutality in Austin, the realities of incarceration at Hays County jail, and the impact on families by mass incarcerating women.

Free and open to the public. ASL interpretation provided. With support from CTD.


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United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)'s second annual 2023 Conference on Latinos with Disabilities takes place Tuesday through Thursday, October 17 - 19. This national online conference spotlights the role, impact and influence of Latinos in the disability community.

Open to the public (free with promo code UCPCLD2530), all virtual, with ASL interpreting & CC provided.

MORE INFO + REGISTRATION (free with promo code: UCPCLD2530)


Thank you to our 2023 Cinema Touching Disability sponsors

Amerigroup, an Anthem Company
Superior Healthplan
CDS in Texas
Genentech, A Member of the Roche Group
Molina Healthcare
Hart Intercivic

Ted Bose

Acara, because we care
In Home Attendant Services
Touch of CLASS

Upstream Technology

HillCo Partners  *  Michael Portman  *  Texas Medical Association

American Construction Investigations  *  Lynda Frost & Dennis Borel

Amgen  *  JWH Communications  *  Sanofi US

State House with Frank Santos, Santos Alliances   *  Shield Healthcare

Texas Film Commission  *  Texas Hospital Association

Tom Suehs  *  Treaty Oak Strategies

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