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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...

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...

TennCare Changes

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Dear Families and Advocates, the Bureau of TennCare has recently proposed several changes to services for Tennesseans with disabilities. These include: A Transition Plan in accordance with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rules defining and describing home and community-based settings; A Concept Paper about the future of the state's Home and Community-Based Services; A proposed amendment which would add two new service definitions to the CHOICES Program.

Service Animal Trainings

Service Animal Training Flyer
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We are pleased to announce that the Tennessee Disability Coalition and Disability Law & Advocacy Center of Tennessee have partnered to bring you two upcoming trainings. These trainings will focus on using service animals in business settings (restaurants, hotels, medical offices, etc.). There will be one tailored to Tennesseans who use service animals and Disability Rights Advocates on August 13th, 2014 from 1:00pm-2:30pm CDT.

ADA Anniversary Toolkit

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was the world's first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities. It was a collaborative effort of Democrats, Republicans, the legislative and the executive branches, federal and state agencies, and people with and without disabilities. To help you prepare for your celebration of the signing of the ADA on July 26th this year, the Southeast ADA Center has organized information and resources in their ADA Anniversary Toolkit at:

Dear Governor Haslam

The 12th Letter: Disability
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Medicaid Expansion for the "80,742 Tennesseans with disabilities with no healthcare coverage" would mean "a fair chance at any quality of life," writes Larry Drain, an advocate in Knoxville. Larry is writing in support of Medicaid Expansion, and he is writing a new letter each day to Governor Bill Haslam asking for him to take action.

Dude, Where's My Transition Plan?

Transition Booklet
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Advice from other students about transitioning to adulthood: Start work on transition planning early! Take a more active role in meetings! Take classes in independent living skills! Our booklet overviews topics including managing money, making short-term and long-term goals and can help you create a self-advocacy and healthcare checklist. For more, go to:

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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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Tennessee Disability Coalition
955 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN 37206

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