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...

TN Autism Task Force

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On December 3rd, 2015, appointees to the Legislative Task Force created in 2013 by the Tennessee General Assembly will convene for the first time. This Task Force was created to promote a comprehensive, coordinated system of care for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at 9:00am CST in House Hearing Room 29 at Legislative Plaza at 301 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37243.

No Place for the R-Word in Tennessee

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The word “retard” is hate speech. It has the power to insult, offend and belittle. It is no longer used as appropriate medical terminology, but instead as an insult for someone or something stupid. 

25th Anniversary of the ADA

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July 26th marks a second independence day in the month of July as the day that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President H.W. Bush in 1990. The ADA is civil rights legislation that represents our country's commitment to eliminating discrimination against people with disabilities. The ADA has broken down many barriers in it's 25 years, ensuring equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation.

Accessible Elections for Tennessee Voters

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The Tennessee Disability Coalition partnered with the Tennessee Secretary of State and Disability Rights Tennessee to develop a brief video demonstrating an accessible polling place and voting process for Tennesseans with all types of disabilities. This video is a resource for election officials, pollworkers, and the disability community.

2015 Legislative Wrap Up

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The 109th General Assembly adjourned late Wednesday night on April 22nd. Although session adjourned a week later than last year, it was about 3 weeks shorter with the weather, scheduling and the Special Session. The first session of the 109th General Assembly kicked off with a Special Session called by the Governor to focus on in Insure Tennessee plan. The Governor’s plan was again overshadowed by politics and the effort was defeated during the Special Session.

Governor Signs the ABLE Act in TN

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Today Governor Haslam signed the Tennessee ABLE Act into Law, giving State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. the authority to create and offer tax-advantaged investment plans to help families of those with disabilities save money for a variety of qualifying expenses. The legislation, passed unanimously by the 109th General Assembly, establishes an Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program in accordance with federal legislation.

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.

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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: