2019 Texas Disability Issues Forum

2018 Texas Disability Issues Forum


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The Texas Disability Issues Forum (TDIF) brings together members of the Texas disability community, major candidates for statewide office, and disability advocates to discuss current issues affecting the Texas disability community.

The Forum will give voters a chance to hear candidates’ positions on disability issues before the November midterm elections. The Forum moderator, Patrick Svitek (provided by media partner, The Texas Tribune), will lead a series of one-on-one candidate interviews. Each candidate will have roughly 30 minutes to answer questions curated from the Texas disability community. The Forum follows a nonpartisan, unbiased, and impartial format. It is not a candidates’ debate.

Spanish translation will be available. El servicio de traducción al español estará disponible.

As we learned in 2014, the disability community in Texans is eager to learn where the candidates stand on our issues: over 300 people attended the 2014 Texas Disability Issues Forum, and 50 disability organizations from across the state co-hosted the event. Learn more about the 2014 Forum.

Forum Organizers:

In addition, over 70 co-host organizations from across the state are supporting TDIF. View the full listing of co-hosts and learn more about becoming a co-host.


August 27, 2018, 9:00 am – 2:00 pmLunch provided!

Check in will open at 9:00 am and the program will begin at 10:00 am. Facebook Live broadcast will begin at 10:00 am CST.


UT McCombs School of Business, Robert B. Rowling Hall, 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78701 [view map]. Robert B. Rowling Hall is the newest building at UT Austin McCombs School of Business. It is adjacent to the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center. Park ONLY in the garage or lots designated for the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center and proceed to Robert B. Rowling Hall. The Forum will take place in the Zlotnik Family Ballroom on the basement level.

Robert B. Rowling Hall can be reached by bus on routes 1, 3, 5, 18, 19, 20, 801, and 803.

Be sure to get your parking pass validated at the Forum. Otherwise, you will have to pay for parking.

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map of the event location

Coming to Austin from out of town? Book a room at the AT&T Conference Center hotel here.

The Forum will also be broadcast over Facebook live for those who cannot attend in person. The broadcast will begin at 10:00 am CST at @REVUPTX.

Venue Accessibility:

ASL interpretation and CART service will be provided. All other accommodations, including Large print, Braille, or electronic materials, must be requested when you register for the event.

Media Partner:

In the three weeks leading up the Forum, the Texas Tribune has committed to promoting the event to its readership and to other media networks. It will promote TDIF on the front page and event pages of texastribune.org and in daily e-newsletters, The Brief and The Blast. The Tribune will also include a pre-recorded audio promotion in The Brief newscast. The Tribune will issue media alerts about TDIF to other media outlets through a variety of distribution partnerships. Our contacts from the Tribune have also referenced promotion on their social media channels, including our live stream of the event. Finally, in addition to promotion, the Tribune will provide the Forum moderator.


Thank you TDIF Diamond Level Sponsors!

BlueCrodd BlueShield of Texas


Superior Healthplan

UnitedHealthcareMeet all of our sponsors and learn more about becoming a TDIF sponsor.

TDIF Contacts:

General & Co-Host Inquiries: Bob Kafka 512-442-0252 revuptx@gmail.com

Sponsor & Media Inquiries: Dennis Borel 512-478-3366 ext. 302 dborel@txdisabilities.org

Registration Help: Laura Perna 512-478-3366 ext. 305 lperna@txdisabilities.org

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