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The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival is a must-attend event for anyone passionate about public policy issues in Texas. This year’s event will feature more than 300 speakers, which will include legislators, thought leaders, and leading state and national journalists. The Festival will be held September 27-29 at various venues in downtown Austin, Texas.

Is the festival for me?

Are you are a self-advocate who is interested in policy issues and using your voice to create change? If you said “yes,” then the Festival is for you! Several topics that will be of interest to self-advocates and family members of people with disabilities will be covered during the Festival. If you participate in the Festival, you can:

  • learn about policy issues during panel discussions,
  • network with other advocates, and
  • connect with thought leaders from across the country.
Travel grants

For self-advocates who don’t live in Austin, travel grants can cover most of the expenses associated with participating in the Festival. The Festival is providing a limited number of travel grants for Texans with developmental disabilities and their family members. The deadline to apply is Friday, August 17. To apply for a travel grant, fill out the TTF18 Travel Grant Application. It only takes a few minutes to complete the application. If you are awarded a travel grant, you will be notified no later than the week of August 27.

Registration & passes

Travel grant recipients will receive complimentary passes to attend the Festival. There are also discounts available for other advocates who are interested in attending the event. TCDD followers are invited to register for $100 off the walk-up rate with the promo code TCDD18. Nonprofit and educational groups can receive additional discounts. For people on fixed incomes requiring additional discounts, fill out this form to request specially-priced passes.