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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...

The CARES Act & The IDEA

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the ‘‘CARES Act” is designed to make many important improvements to help our nation during the COVID-19 crisis. Passed March 26th, there continue to be questions and concerns about the education provisions in the Act and their implications for students served in special education.

Education Provisions in the CARES Act

Disability Day on the Hill: The Student Perspective

Last month, both people with and without disabilities gathered for the first ever In This Together Summit to prepare for Disability Day on the Hill. The next day, representatives and allies from the disability community came together to advocate and meet with their legislators. For one group of students, this is not the first year they’ve prepared and spoken on the issues they care about with their legislators. These students are in it to make a difference and to speak up for their needs. 

How to Reach Us

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The main office of the Tennessee Disability Coalition is located in Nashville, Tennessee and unfortunately was in the path of the storm that came through middle Tennessee on March 3, 2020. Our office was damaged, but is still standing. Our hearts go out to our friends and neighbors who sustained devastating losses.

Our work will continue but we will not be able to reside in our Nashville office while repairs are in progress. 

How to contact us as of March 18, 2020:

Tips on Making Sure Every Customer Feels Welcomed

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What business wouldn’t want to increase its customer base and in doing so, increase its bottom line? By making sure your business is accessible and welcoming to everyone, your customer base will grow. 

Customers and clients with disabilities are a sizable but often overlooked and under-reached portion of the public. Are some people with disabilities living on very tight budgets? Absolutely. However, many people with disabilities are financially secure and enthusiastic consumers of goods and services. 

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


Describe the work that you do with students. 

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. 



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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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