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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 Effects of a Brain Injury

Yasmeene Abudhair in the hospital after her brain injury.

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. 

Advocating for a Tennessee Where Her Daughter Can Thrive

Susan and a friend pose for the camera at last year's Disability Day on the Hill.

When her daughter, Lexi, was nine months old, Susan Carr dropped her off at the daycare center before going to work at her office. Later in the afternoon, Susan received a call that would transform her into a fierce self-advocate on behalf of children and adults with disabilities. 

In 2000, Cri Du Chat syndrome, also known as 5p- Syndrome, was a rare genetic disorder that still had not been widely researched. With a chromosome deletion on chromosome 5, this caused doctors to believe the effects of this syndrome to be severely limiting. 

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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Tennessee's 50th Governor

Tennessee's 50th Governor Bill Lee
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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. 


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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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