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9-18-14 We're six days away from the Texas Disability Issues Forum! Wednesday Sept. 24, Austin TX

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As we prepare for this unprecedented event, here are a few things to remember:

  • Check in opens at 9 am, and the Program starts at 9:30 am sharp. To respect the schedules of candidates in attendance, we will adhere strictly to our agenda. Review the day's Full Agenda. We will be on the second floor, with greeters to help you find your way.
  • Arrive early! Traffic in downtown Austin can be unpredictable, so give yourself plenty of time to get to the Radisson (111 Cesar Chavez at Congress Ave.). The hotel has no vacancies on the 24th, and the parking garage may fill quickly.
  • On site parking will be available in the Radisson garage off of Cesar Chavez. Please note that there will be accessible parking spots in the garage and that it has a clearance of 6'7". Limited street or meter parking will also be available on Brazos St. (east side of the hotel) on a first come first serve basis.
  • Parking is free (for hotel garage ONLY)! When you enter the garage, you will receive a parking stub. Simply drop off your parking stub when you check in at the registration table on the second floor. On your way out, stop by the registration table to pick up a validated stub.
  • Boxed lunches provided! Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options will be available for attendees who indicated a dietary preference. Not sure if you indicated your preference when you registered? Contact Laura Perna at (512) 478-3366 ext. 305. Lunch will be served at 1 pm.
  • Be respectful! You may not agree with everything the candidates say or have said before, but please refrain from shouting and heckling during the Forum. Note that signs will not be permitted inside the Forum. Additionally, in the interest of nonpartisanship, you may not distribute campaign material for any candidate at the Forum.

Want to do more for this historic effort? Here's how!

  • Join the Disability Action Voting Project (DVAP). Currently working on the REV UP campaign, DVAP wants YOU to help increase the political power of Texans with disabilities and our allies. Help establish the disability community as an educated, strong, and mobilized voting constituency!
  • Bring a friend! Whether you're coming to the Forum on your own or with an organization, we challenge you to find one more person to register. Share details about the Forum on Facebook, Twitter, email, or even in person.
  • Encourage all invited candidates to attend! We're continuing to work with the Abbott, Patrick, and Paxton campaigns, but we haven't received their confirmations yet. Help us amplify our voice by sending them a Tweet. Need some help getting started? Use our sample Tweets!

Please note that if you registered guests for the Forum, they will NOT receive this email, but feel free to forward it along.

Questions? View full details on the Forum homepage, or contact us directly. Call Chase Bearden at 512-478-3366 ext. 303


9-4-14 Update on the Texas Disabilities Issues Forum 

Announcement provided by K. Semien via email on September 4, 2014

American Council of the Blind of Texas (ACBT) is a Co-Host of the 2014 Texas Disabilities Issues Forum (TDIF).

Preparations are coming along for the first ever Disabilities Issues event of this magnitude. Republican and Democratic Candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General have been invited to participate in the Forum.

It all takes place on Wednesday September 24th from 9:00am-4:00pm at the Radisson Hotel, located at 111 East Cesar Chavez Street in Austin.

We are pleased to announce that Senators Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte have recently confirmed that they will join us for the event! Now that we have secured commitments from the three Democratic candidates, we are ready to ramp up outreach efforts. Full details at

This is a historic event! Yes, historic! Never before has the disability community held a Forum with leading candidates.

And please note that if you're not located in Austin, you can still participate; financial assistance to travel into town is available. Email Chase Bearden  or call 512-478-3366 ext. 303 for details.

Many co-host organizations ask, "What can we do to support the Forum?" If you can come, do so!

Whether you come or not, you can raise your voice--The Disability Vote Does Count!