Group of Advocates

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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...

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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...

Disability Day on the Hill Announcement

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The State of Disability Employment in Tennessee

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                                                                                                                                          The State of Disability Employment
    
   Having a career is an important part of life. It provides a source of income, satisfaction and independence. Unfortunately for many people with disabilities systemic and societal roadblocks continue to present challenges to finding meaningful work. 
              

2018 TN Legislative Session Wrap-up

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The 110th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned in the late evening of Wednesday April 25th, 2018. The final debate of session arose over the readiness of the state’s TNReady school testing system. The final agreement between the House and Senate before adjournment was to ensure “no adverse action” can be taken against any student, teacher, school or location education association (LEA) regarding this year’s TNReady test results.

The Effects of a Brain Injury

Christen and Yasmeene

Before 13-year-old Yasmeene Ahmad experienced a traumatic brain injury, she was a “loving, strong, responsible, humble, courageous and friendly girl.” The injury significantly impacted her daily life. 

Yasmeene fell in a school gym one afternoon. Upon waking, she seemed disoriented and began experiencing radiating pain in her head. Christen, Yasmeen’s mother, arrived to pick her up.

“Soon after returning home, Yasmeene started throwing up, so I rushed her to the hospital,” she said. 

A 2018 Winter Paralympic Games Reflection

Emily Hoskins holding up a gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics

Emily Hoskins, a Paralympic athlete at both the 2004 and 2008 games, reflects on her journey to the Paralympics and all the hard work she put in to win gold. 

The Paralympics are incredibly close to my heart, as I am a former Paralympic athlete. I was a part of the U.S. women’s basketball team that won back to back gold medals at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Paralympics. 

The Power of Advocacy

 

Disability Day on the Hill (DDH) occurs once a year during legislative sessions, often occurring in multiple states. During Tennessee’s DDH, community members are able to meet with their legislators to talk about upcoming bills that would affect them. 

Seeing advocacy at work can be a very impactful experience, especially when it happens at DDH. For two of our staff, Beth and Hannah, their first Disability Day on the Hill experiences sparked awareness and ignited action. 

Getting Ready for Disability Day on the Hill

The #LetsGetTogether series is back for its final episode! Our program directors are excited for Disability Day on the Hill, and to get ready for DDH, they've answered a few questions on the importance of this day and why it matters for Disability Rights. 

Disability Day on the Hill Tips and Tricks

Disability Day on the Hill

Heading to Disability Day on the Hill on Wednesday, February 14th to speak with your legislator(s)? Check out these resources before you go. We can’t wait to see you there!

Policy One Pagers
These easy to follow, quick overviews give all the information you’ll need to better understand the top policy issues we are following and supporting this year as a coalition. If you’re speaking to your legislator(s) on behalf of any of these issues, feel free to print out a one pager to help guide your conversation!

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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: coalition@tndisability.org