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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 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...

Why Hiring Students with Disabilities is Important

Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) community-based transition students are learning new skills and preparing for the workforce with internships in local businesses. Tiffany Renfro, a transition coach, is dedicated to helping both students and employers understand why hiring students with disabilities is so important.


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My name is Tiffany Renfro, Paraprofessional @ CBTP: Disaster Relief Efforts


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Introducing the 2020 Advocacy Toolkit

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Whether you're new to advocating for the rights and voices of yourself and Tennesseans with disabilities, or a veteran supporter and self-advocate, this 2020 edition of the Advocacy Toolkit has the tools you need to succeed. Will you join us in our campaign to be "in this together" with people of all abilities? 

This toolkit includes:

The Case for Natural Supports in the Workplace

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Most typical employees, unless they really like to work autonomously with their heads down and their doors closed, rely on their peers and colleagues for support. Since we all have different skills and levels of expertise in individual skill areas, it would be natural for us to turn to someone else for help with a task. For example, we know that Joan is a superb editor, so it would be great to have her “eyes” on this document before it goes out.

Tennessee Disability Coalition Shares Comments on Proposed Social Security Rule Changes

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The Social Security Administration is proposing to revise regulations on the frequency of conducting continuing disability reviews (CDRs). The proposed rules would add a category to the existing categories used to schedule CDRs and revise the criteria for assigning individuals to those categories. The proposed rules would also change the frequency with which the agency performs reviews for those with permanent impairments.

Below are our submitted comments on these proposed rule changes:

Navigating Policy Conversations During the Holidays

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As we enter into the final days of seasonal festivities, we know it can be hard to talk about certain issues with family and friends in this heated climate. Keep your holidays warm and inviting with these tips on how to talk about disability topics around the table. 


TDC Submits Comments on Medicaid Block Grant to CMS

The Tennessee Disability Coalition submitted comments on Tennessee's Medicaid block grant proposal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid recently. 

Our comments on focus on how the proposed block grant will affect vulnerable populations including Tennesseans with disabilities, concerns about prescription drug access under the block grant, failure to provide details on how oversight will work, and future outlooks for Tennesseans with disabilities should the block grant be implemented. 

Working Towards an Inclusive College Campus - Spotlight on Disability Resource Center

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For 15 years, Michelle Rigler has served as director of the Disability Resource Center, growing the volume of services and resources available to students with disabilities. When she first started, the center worked with 111 students. Today, the center provides resources to approximately 1,000 students at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. 

“We’ve tried to create a culture of access and we’ve been recognized for it,” Rigler says of the center’s journey. 

Supporting Employees with Brain Injury in the Workplace: Part Four of the Disability Etiquette Series

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In 2006, David Hobson experienced a brain injury that thirteen years later, has implications for him on the job. 

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.


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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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