Group of Advocates

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...

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...

We're In This Together for 2020

We are excited to introduce the 2020 campaign aimed at spreading awareness around disability, dismantling stereotypes, and coming together to advocate as one. We hope that you will join us as we continue in our work to create a society that values, includes, and supports Tennesseans with disabilities. 

Imagine the infinite potential of 1.96 million Tennesseans rallying together around a single cause. Imaging that huge sea of people taking to the streets, signs held high as they march and chant in unison. 

Megan Hart on Why Disability Etiquette Matters in the Workplace

Megan Hart

Name and where you work / how you spend your time

Megan Hart, Director of Tennessee Disability Pathfinder at Vanderbilt Kennedy Center


Tell me about yourself.

Building a World Where Inclusive Housing is the Norm, Not the Exception

A lift is installed in a client's home under new construction by Tucker's House

Ten years ago, Sunny Rosanbalm noticed that her daughter-in-law was having trouble lifting and maneuvering her son in their home.  At three years old, Tucker was growing fast, making it harder for his mother to carry him in and out of the house. Because Tucker experienced numerous seizures as a baby, he could not walk or talk. It soon became apparent that the house they occupied did not meet Tucker and his family’s needs. 

Katie Beckett Amendment Comments for CMS

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The TennCare Bureau has submitted a final version of Amendment 40 to design the Katie Beckett Program to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). After recieving this document, CMS published it to their website and opened a 30 day public comment period. The federal public comment period is just as important as the prior public comment period that TennCare held about the draft version of the amendment. CMS needs to hear from Tennesseans about the impact that a Katie Beckett Program will have for our state and our children with long-term disabilities or complex medical needs.

Amendment 42 Public Comment Tool

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The TennCare Bureau is accepting public comments on amendment 42 outlining the state's proposal to convert federal funding for Medicaid (TennCare) into a "block grant" until Friday, October 18th, 2019. Your comments are public record, can make a significant impact on the final draft, and will be submitted along with the draft to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 

A Perspective on Interacting with People with Disabilities: Part Two of the Disability Etiquette Series

Patricia with the executive director of STEP at Disability Day on the Hill

An Interview with Patricia Valladares, Director for Middle Tennessee Services & Multicultural Liaison at STEP TN


Tell me about yourself. 

TN Block Grant & Tennesseans with Disabilities

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Governor Bill Lee's administration has released a draft of Amendment 42 outlining the state’s proposal to convert federal funding for Medicaid (TennCare) into a “block grant.” The draft, an executive summary and overview of the amendment is online at: 

The block grant proposes to change the way Medicaid (TennCare) is funded:

A Vision Brought to Life

A group photo of student and professional actors and actresses on stage

Before Melissa Smith opened Backlight Productions, a theater program for adults with special needs, she spent her time managing employees at Our Thrift Store in Franklin, Tennessee. This thrift store was designed to employ people with disabilities. Before long, Melissa considered opening a musical theater to give adults opportunities to shine on stage. 

Disability Etiquette with Professionals Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

A screenshot of the disability etiquette brochure. Alt formats of the brochure can be found at the link within the article.

by April Meredith, Empower Tennessee Independent Living and Advocacy Specialist


Have you ever hosted a party or had company over to your place for dinner? You may have started with some planning questions. When will it be? Who will be invited? What should we eat? Will food be cooked or catered? Then, as those questions were answered, you probably moved on to planning more specific aspects of the gathering such as eating utensils, seating, music selection, and additional activities – all based on the needs and preferences of each particular guest.

How $250 Can Revolutionize Your Business & Other Lessons From This Year's ADA Symposium

Tom Jedlowski pictured with partner agency Empower Tennessee employees

Recently, our Director of Communications & Technology, Tom Jedlowski, attended the annual Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Symposium. In honor of the 29th anniversary of the ADA on July 26, Tom's shared his takeaways from the symposium on disability employment. 


On July 26th, 1990 this country fundamentally changed. 


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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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