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

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

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

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

March 2015 Small Grants Competition

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We are pleased to announce our request for Letters of Interest for the March 1, 2015 Small Grants Cycle. Letters of Interest are due by noon on March 19, 2015 CST. Five merit-based grants for up to $10,000 each for a one-year term may be awarded this grant cycle. The purpose of the Tennessee Disability Coalition Discretionary Small Grants Program is to build capacity in the disability community to serve individuals with disabilities and their families.

Wheel Me On

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Thank you to Wheel Me On for 17 years of Disability Advocacy! This organization worked to encourage people with disabilities to participate in society and travel! President Julia Hollenbeck's efforts improved accessibility in Clarksville and across Tennessee and a case for cruise line accessibility brought by five members was decided by the Supreme Court in 1995. Thank you for your dedication, though you have closed your doors, your impact will live on in our community.

This Week at TN Leg

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Below is what is coming up this week at Legislative Plaza! 

Week of March 9th, 2015

Monday - 03/09/15 - 9:00am - LP 16 - House Finance Committee- Budget Hearings

Disability Day on the Hill 2015

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Thank you to our members of the Tennessee General Assembly, to our partner organizations and especially to all of the community members who traveled to the Capitol in Nashville for Disability Day on the Hill 2015! We shared issues that are the most important to us: providing services for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, preserving the Family Support Program, and ensuring that everyone has access to quality, affordable health care.

Access to Art for All

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The Frist Center for the Visual Arts has a continued commitment to universal access to art, stewarded by the partnership between our organization and the Southeast ADA Center. Donna DeStefano has built a longstanding relationship with the Frist Center and helped create accessibility beyond the Frist Center's physical space. Alongside the Center for Independent Living of Middle Tennessee, training for Frist Center staff on disability etiquette is just the beginning.

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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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Office Address
Tennessee Disability Coalition
955 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN 37206

Nashville: (615) 383-9442Toll-free: (888) 643-7811Email: