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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Civil Rights, Disabilities, Disabled Persons Rights, Seniors, Seniors Rights, Voter Education & Registration, Voting Rights

Mission: CTD works to ensure that persons with disabilities may work, live, learn, play and participate fully in the community of their choice. We focus on governmental advocacy, public awareness activities, and professional disability consulting to achieve our mission.

Results: We have built a solid reputation as advocates and policy experts at the Capitol, in the business community, and in the media that we work daily to strengthen. Over the last decade, we have influenced efforts that have added close to $3 Billion in state budget appropriations supporting people with disabilities.

Target demographics: all Texans with disabilities and the families and professionals who support them.

Geographic areas served: downtown Austin, TX

Programs: arts programming, consulting for businesses, organizing and legislative advocacy.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

It is not shocking that this organization cannot get it's bills successfully passes.

Grandstanding and personal attacks amongst staff complicate and/or prevent effective policy formulation.

ADAPT is a much more effective organization which 'coalitions' with the community and bypasses theatrics in favor of producing results. It does not make excuses.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The staff of this organization has problems. They lack basic comprehension of ADA's legal applicability to post-secondary education. But they feel compelled to insult people who do present the appropriate information. It's obvious why the group cannot get it's bills passed with the Texas Legislature. People needing to work with a disability advocacy group should hitch their star elsewhere,

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

pioneergrrl, what a shock to read your review. Your comments are in conflict with the documented success of CTD in passing multiple, diverse legislation. External evaluations of their work has resulted in awards from the National Council on Independent Living, ADAPT, Texas Rehab Assn, Texas State Independent Living Council, the Univ. of Michigan, the Austin Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities and even the Texas Governor's Office. Detailed legislative reports are posted on their website. On the fight against the State of Texas' claim of sovereign immunity to the ADA, CTD is clearly recognized as the lead disability advocacy organization, getting bills filed, heard in committee and media attention. The fact is that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott opposes the bill, also documented on the CTD website. This fight will continue until Texans with disabilities can enjoy the basic civil right of freedom from discrimination based on disability. As for higher education and the ADA, all of the 35 state universities fall under the state's claim of sovereign immunity, meaning their acts of disability discrimination will have difficult recourse indeed. Those interested in disability rights should join with CTD rather than posting inaccurate statements.

Review from Guidestar