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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...

Resources and Tools for Voting

Register. Educate. Vote. Use Your Power.

Find information on how to register to vote, printable materials to share, policy issues that affect people with disabilities and more. 

Download the REV UP Tennessee flyer, in .pdf and .txt formats below, for details on how to register and an election season timeline.

Rev Up Flyer V2.pdf

REV UP Flyer.txt

You're Invited to Thank Our Legislators

Senator Ferrell While and Representative Glen Casada receive recognition for their work on behalf of Tennesseans with disabilities.

Legislator Thank You Events
Please join us in the following cities to thank these legislators for their work on behalf of Tennesseans with disabilities. 

We will be honoring Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally, Senator Ken Yager, Senator Becky Duncan Massey and Representative Bob Ramsey.

Thursday, July 19th
12:30-1:30 p.m. EDT 

Sertoma Center, Inc.
1400 E 5th Ave
Knoxville, TN 37917

A Camp that Offers Inclusive Adventures

Two girls swim in an accessible swimming pool.

At Camp Barnabas, kids with disabilities are celebrated and given opportunities to explore new activities that are accessible to them. Campers are told “yes” when they consider taking on a ropes course, camping trip or archery game that is adapted to their unique abilities. 

The creation of the Missouri-based camp was inspired by a young girl diagnosed with cancer, who expressed a desire to be a part of a camp community that understood and included her. The camp now has two locations and serves more than 2,000 campers each summer. 

Find Your Local Candidates for the 2018 Primaries

Example of Candidate Map

It can get complicated trying to keep track of all the candidates who will be on your ballot during the August 2nd primary elections. That’s why we’ve created these interactive maps, which can help you easily find your state House of Representatives and Senate candidates, as well as gubernatorial (governor) candidates. 

What can I do with these maps?
These maps allow you to see a profile on each candidate running in your district. This information includes candidate name, district, political party, address and a link to their website (when available). 

Tips for Nailing Your Job Interview

Woman sits next to a computer

So you’ve landed one (or maybe two, three, or four!) interviews after submitting a few job applications. What’s next? 

Preparing for your interview is just as, if not more, important than the actual interview. We know that interviews can be particularly tricky if you have a disability and are concerned about voicing your needs. That’s why we’ve put together this list of tips and tricks to consider when going into your interview. 

The State of Disability Employment in Tennessee

Disability, Money, and Work Symbols Over Blue Background

                                                                                                                                          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. 


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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: