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...

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:

A Beginner's Guide to Reasonable Accommodations

Examples of Workplace Accommodations: Allowances in dress code, Sitting or standing as needed, Scheduling flexibility

As an employer, reasonable accommodations can sometimes be confusing to navigate. However, these accommodations not only help your employees to do their jobs, they also increase worker productivity. Let’s explore how reasonable accommodations work.

Tips for Employers: How Can We Create a More Inclusive Environment for Employees with Disabilities?

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It’s important to not just hire employees with disabilities; it’s also important to retain them and create an inclusive environment that allows them to thrive in their work. Maintaining a diverse pool of employees leads to a wider range of skill sets and creative solutions for your business. 

Campers with Diabetes Find Fun at Camp Sugar Falls

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Imagine a place where children are able to gather for new friendships and fun activities that teach them more about their daily routines and care options. Every year, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) hosts camps across the United States geared towards supporting kids with diabetes and their families. 

Why Your Vote Counts Towards Improving the State of Disability Employment

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Why does your vote matter? As employees and employers with and without disabilities, voting for candidates who will move policies forward that encourage inclusive hiring is vital. We have the power to elect candidates who will listen to the disability voice and act on behalf of this voice, especially when it comes to improving the state of disability employment in Tennessee. 

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


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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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955 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN 37206

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