The Texas Advanced Leadership and Advocacy Conference (TALAC) is an annual conference providing leadership and advocacy training to adults with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities, and professionals working in the disability field. TALAC is made possible by a grant awarded to Texas A&M University by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities.

Who Should Attend

TALAC gives priority status to applicants who are individuals with a disability or family members of a person with a disability (e.g., parents, grandparents, siblings, or spouses/domestic partners). Others may apply and will be considered on a “space available” basis. All participants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Live in Texas
  • Have experience and interest in public policy advocacy and in assuming a leadership role in local community activities
  • Other additional qualifications by conference (see participant application for details)

Conference Goals

The goals of TALAC are to:

  • 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 legislative advocacy and advocacy
  • Advance these leaders' legislative experiences to influence policy
  • Build and expand a network of leaders and advocates in the disability community for united efforts in effective advocacy actions


Financial support for TALAC is provided by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, with Federal funds* made available by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities. *$214,742/75% DD funds; $71,255/25% match from TAMU.