Texas Advanced Leadership and Advocacy Conference 2013
March 3-5, 2013
Embassy Suites Austin Central
About the Conference
The Texas Advanced Leadership and Advocacy Conference (TALAC) is an annual conference that aims to build capacity for advocacy and leadership in Texas through individuals with disabilities, their family members, and professionals in the disability field. TALAC strives to provide training that enhances the ability of these stake holders to work together for improved outcomes. This conference is made possible by a grant awarded to Texas A&M University by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (funding: $214,742 /75% TCDD and $71,255/25% match from Texas A&M).
* Increase the number of competent leaders and advocates with disabilities across the state of Texas
* Equip current leaders and advocates with up-to-date knowledge and skills in the areas of self-advocacy and public policy advocacy
* Provide opportunities to gain experiences for public policy influence
* Build and expand a network of leaders in the disability community for united efforts in effective advocacy
What to Expect
Conference participants can expect to leave with a renewed idea of what is possible by identifying methods to successfully promote and advocate for policy and systems change. They will also be able to define current legislative issues and will gain knowledge in how to collaboratively advocate for change together with local and statewide advocacy organizations.
TALAC will benefit individuals with disabilities, their family members, and professionals in the disability field. Others interested in disability issues are also encouraged to attend. Participants must: 1) be at least 18 years old, 2) live in Texas and 3) have experience or interest in public policy advocacy and in assuming a leadership role in local community activities. The participant application is attached and is available online at http://talac.tamu.edu.
Fees and Financial Support
The registration fee is the responsibility of the participant. If this fee is a financial burden, a limited number of needs-based waivers are available. This fee is refundable if registration is canceled by Friday, February 1, 2103. Financial support is available for applicants with a disability or a family member of a person with a disability (for example, parent, grandparent, sibling or spouse/domestic partner.) Eligible participants will be provided two-nights’ lodging at the conference hotel and will be reimbursed for up to $250 in travel expenses (i.e., airfare or mileage). Others may apply for financial support and will be considered based on available funds. Be sure to register using the attached participant application and submit payment before early registration ends on January 18, 2013.
Presenters, Vendors, and Exhibitors
We still have some openings for speakers and vendor/exhibitors. Please see the attached respective applications or visit online at http://talac.tamu.edu.
Please help us spread the word by forwarding this email to individuals you think would be interested.
Leena Jo Landmark, PhD
Assistant Research Scientist
Texas A&M University, EPSY
College Station, TX 77843-4225
Center on Disability and Development
Texas Advanced Leadership and Advocacy Conference 2013 – Vendor application (PDF)
Texas Advanced Leadership and Advocacy Conference 2013 – Participant application (PDF)
Texas Advanced Leadership and Advocacy Conference 2013 – Speaker application (PDF)