Group of Advocates

The Tennessee Disability Coalition is an alliance of organizations and individuals joined to promote the full and equal participation of people...

Rep Jernigan and Louise McKown

The Tennessee Disability Coalition is an alliance of organizations and individuals joined to promote the full and equal participation of people...

Advocates in front of the capitol building

The central purpose of the Coalition is to advocate for public policies that promote equal opportunity, economic self-sufficiency, and independent...

Disability Day on the Hill Announcement

"When dozens or even hundreds of people gather for a common cause, those who create our laws have no choice but to...

Coffee with Candidates and Caregivers

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The Tennessee Disability Coalition and AARP Tennessee are beginning a series of events called “Coffee with Candidates & Caregivers” during this primary election season. We want to create a relaxed environment for aging voters, voters with disabilities and the people who care about them to meet with their legislative candidates. We will be hosting a number of coffees across the state in Summer 2016. Our goal is to make it easy for community members to get to know their candidates and ask questions that matter to them.

2016 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

2016 Legislative Wrap Up
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The 109th General Assembly concluded its business on the afternoon of Friday April 22, 2016. As always the public policy team at the Tennessee Disability Coalition was downtown at legislative plaza watching the action and working to ensure positive outcomes for people with disabilities. The 2016 legislative session may have only been four months long, but a lot was accomplished by our elected officials. 

Here are some highlights from the 2016 Legislative Session

The Opportunity of a Learning Lifetime

Young Woman College Student
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"The opportunity of a tuition-free community college education for every Tennessee high school graduate who wants it is one of our state’s boldest initiatives. That’s what the Tennessee Promise program represents.

Arts for All: Tennessee Arts Commission

Kim Johnson in photo to left, Arts Access Panel to right
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The mission of the Tennessee Arts Commission is to cultivate the arts for the benefit of all Tennesseans and their communities. Each year, the Commission helps fund the arts activities of more than 600 organizations and artists in Tennessee. Over the past five years, more than 6,450 grants totaling more than $30 million have been invested in schools, nonprofit organizations and communities across Tennessee.

2016 Disability Day on the Hill

Community Members at Disability Day
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Thank you to all of our Tennessee State Legislators, our member organizations, and most importantly individuals with disabilities and their families and friends who took part in our Legislative Reception and Disability Day on the Hill 2016!

Homeplace, Inc.

Photo of Homeplace Residents, Staff and Board Members
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Homeplace has had an impact on far more than the residents it was formed to serve. A nonprofit residence minutes from downtown Nashville, Homeplace, Inc. was formed in 1988 and represents a partnership between Belmont University, Belmont United Methodist Church, and a group of committed volunteers. 

At the time of it’s inception, the congregation at Belmont United Methodist had recognized the larger community’s need for integrated housing for individuals with intellectual disabilities and charged the church with investing in a new model to do so.

New Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Program

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In November 2015, the AIM Center of Chattanooga introduced an Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Program to supplement their existing recovery and employment support services.  Chattanooga’s AIM Center (http://www.aimcenterinc.org) helps people with mental illnesses reclaim their lives by managing their conditions across their living, working, learning and social environments. The AIM Center provides consumer-driven recovery opportunities and offers a lifetime membership.

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Tennessee Disability Coalition

The Coalition is an alliance of organizations and individuals who have joined to promote the full and equal participation of men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. We work together to advocate for public policy that ensures self-determination, independence, empowerment, and inclusion for people with disabilities in areas such as accessibility, education, healthcare, housing, and voting rights.

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Nashville: (615) 383-9442Toll-free: (888) 643-7811Email: coalition@tndisability.org