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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

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Three Steps to a Successful Meeting with Your Legislator

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Right now in Tennessee, legislative session is happening! While it’s important to advocate year-round for disability employment, now is a great time to meet with your legislators. Plus, the governor will be giving his State of the State address and budget proposal in early March. It’s important to pay attention to how the governor talks about disability employment and whether there is state funding to support further disability employment initiatives. 

Introducing the 2019 Advocacy Toolkit

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Heading to Disability Day on the Hill on Tuesday, February 12th to speak with your legislators? Check out these resources before you go. We can’t wait to see you there!


Policy One Pagers

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Improving pay for Direct Support Professionals:


Tennessee's 50th Governor

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On this historic occasion of the inauguration of Tennessee's 50th Governor Bill Lee, the Tennessee Disability Coalition would like to share an open letter to our new Chief Executive.

January 18, 2019

Dear Governor Lee,

On behalf of the Tennessee Disability Coalition, we would like to extend our sincere congratulations on your inauguration as the 50th Governor of the great state of Tennessee. We hope that your first days in office are smooth as you begin to tackle the many important issues facing our state.

Why Inclusive Hiring is a Smart Choice: Our Response to the New York Times Article on Hiring People with Disabilities

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Response by Tom Jedlowski, Director of Communications and Technology at the Tennessee Disability Coalition


Recently, the New York Times ran a terrific opinion piece highlighting a very simple truth: prejudice is a profit killer. 

Many employers simply think it’s too costly to hire a person with a disability. Worse than that, many assume they’ll be unable to meet the benchmarks of the job or bring down morale. 

In reality, this is short-sighted and prejudicial. It’s just poor business sense. 

Seven Tips for Networking This Holiday Season

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As we gear up for hot cocoa and well-deserved holiday breaks, don’t forget this time of year presents a great number of opportunities for professional networking. Whether you’re looking for new employment or simply to expand your network, this is the perfect time to connect with others.

2019 Disability Day on the Hill Events

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2019 Disability Day on the Hill Events

Membership Meeting

The Tennessee Disability Coalition will be hosting an afternoon meeting for our member organizations and their affiliates on Monday, February 11th, 2019. We will prepare for Disability Day on the Hill and discuss the potential impact of a new Governor’s Administration, legislature and proposed disability public policy for the disability community.

Uncovering the Realities Surrounding Unequal Pay

Employees with disabilities find meaningful work across Tennessee. Despite the recent progress towards decreasing barriers to employment for people with disabilities, some employees are still not taking home the same pay checks as their peers. Solving this disparity starts with uncovering the facts surrounding the unequal wage gap. 

A Professional's Take on Disability Employment

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In Tennessee, there are many professionals across the state who dedicate their time and energy to improving the state of disability employment. We interviewed Birtha Street of Empower Tennessee and Rachael Jenkins of Transition Tennessee to see how the work they’re doing is impacting people with disabilities. 

Returning to Work

Benefits to Work professionals help employees learn more about their options for returning to work.

A mother’s greatest concern is often the wellbeing of her children. For Cindy, maintaining quality healthcare for her children was her biggest worry in going back to work. 

Cindy, a social security disability insurance (SSDI) beneficiary, was really excited to be able to start back as a nurse after several years. 

Voter Registration is for Everybody

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Voter registration is for everybody. A disability is not a reason you can't vote. Forgetting to

In Tennessee, you can register to vote online at: or complete a mail-in registration form. Public libraries are a great place to get help registering to vote. You can find your local public library at:


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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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