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Recent Updates from the TN Council on Developmental Disabilities

cover of Breaking Ground magazine picturing a young man with a disability in his work uniform standing by his boss

Check out our most recent issue of our magazine "Breaking Ground", which features a variety of articles by and about people with disabilities in Tennessee.


Articles include:

  • Wesley Works Because a Teenager Wanted a Job
  • Igniting the Dream of Education
  • Disability Employment Initiative
  • Architects for a Day
  • TRIAD'S Community Engagement Initiative
  • ... and more!

View or download the PDF.



Expect Employment: Report to the Governor from the Employment First Task Force


On September 16th, Governor Haslam announced the completion of the Employment First Task Force report. The report provides an overview of progress made in expanding integrated and competitive employment for people with disabilities over the past year while outlining a set of goals to pursue over the next photo of advocates presenting employment report to Governor Haslam 


The task force members includerepresentatives from the Departments of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Human Services/Vocational Rehabilitation, Labor and Workforce Development, Education, Mental Health, TennCare, the Council on Developmental Disabilities, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Disability Law & Advocacy Center, service providers, family members and self advocates, and other disability advocacy groups.



Supporting Families of People with Disabilities: Community of Practice


The TN Council and the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) were selected in 2013 to participate along with 6 other states in a national ‘Community of Practice’ to think, learn and strategize about the next generation of services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

The goal of this 5 year grant and initiative is to build capacity within states to create policies, practices and systems to better assist and support families that include a member with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan.


The Council and DIDD distribute a monthly e-newsletter highlighting different core values and concepts of the "Supporting Families" framework each month - you can sign up for that e-newsletter here or email to be added to our mailing list. Supporting Families circle graphic


More tools, resources and information related to the Supporting Families project:


You can also stay updated by "liking" the Supporting Families Facebook page, visiting the project's homepage and the Tennessee state page at or contacting the Council at 615-532-5368 or for more information.


Special Report to the Community


View the Council's 2011-2012 Annual Report, which describes the purpose of the Council and the work that it does throughout Tennessee. Click here to view it as a PDF.