• Apply Online for our Scholarship Fund

    Monday, August 07, 2017 | 11:32am

    The Council's Scholarship Fund assists Tennesseans with disabilities and their families to attend disability-related meetings, conferences and trainings held in Tennessee and across the United States. It also provides stipends to support conferences in Tennessee, and the mission and priorities of the Council. Applicants can now fill out an online form to apply for the Fund.

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  • 2017-18 Partners in Policymaking Class

    Monday, August 07, 2017 | 11:21am

    Partners in Policymaking Leadership Institute™ is the Council's free leadership and advocacy training program for adults with disabilities and family members of persons with disabilities. Each year, around 30 individuals are selected to participate in this intensive training program that introduces Partners to public policy advocacy strategies, state and federal legislation impacting people with disabilities, best practices and creative programs for people with disabilities, and opportunities to network with other members of the diverse disability community across TN.  Here are selected members of our 2017-18 class.

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  • Public Comment: Elimination of DD Councils

    Thursday, August 03, 2017 | 9:27am

    The federal agency that oversees State Councils on Developmental Disabilities, the Administration for Community Living, is requesting public comments on the budget proposal that would eliminate Councils. Please help by submitting your comments that demonstrate how much the DD Council is needed in Tennessee to P3I-comments@acl.hhs.gov by Aug. 11. Include information on how we may have helped you or a loved one in the past, or how the Council has partnered with your agency over the years. Be specific about the impact of the Council in our state.  Questions? Call Council Communications Director at 615-253-5368.

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  • Call for Artwork - Breaking Ground Arts Issue 2017

    Thursday, August 03, 2017 | 9:14am

    The Council's magazine Breaking Ground produces an annual issue dedicated to art by and about Tennesseans with disabilities and their families. Breaking Ground magazine invites you to contribute to our Annual Arts Issue for 2017-18. We will consider fiction, creative essays and poetry up to 1,000 words, photos and all other forms of artwork. Send submissions electronically to Ned Andrew Solomon at ned.solomon@tn.gov by Oct. 31, 2017. 

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  • Vocational Rehabilitation Seeking Public Comment

    Monday, July 03, 2017 | 12:02pm

    The TN Dept. of Human Services’ Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program is holding public hearings and seeking public comment about 4 new VR policies that relate to employment services for Tennesseans with disabilities. Comments on these policies are due by July 13 and can be sent to Joel Blackford by email at Joel.Blackford@tn.gov, by phone at (615) 313-4898, or by mail to 400 Deaderick Street, 12th Floor, Nashville, TN 37243.  Click to read the draft policies.

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  • #WithoutMedicaid: Share Your Story

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | 12:59pm

    Share what your life or your family's life would be like #WithoutMedicaid. The Council and many of our partners wants to help Tennesseans and our elected officials understand the critical importance of Medicaid in the lives of Tennesseans with disabilities. Follow these easy steps and join the #WithoutMedicaid social media campaign.

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  • Council and T.A.R.P. Host Leadership Academy for Youth with Disabilities

    Wednesday, June 07, 2017 | 12:31pm

    On June 13-15, the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities will partner with T.A.R.P., Inc. in Paris, TN to offer a new leadership training program for more than 20 local young adults with disabilities who will soon be exiting high school. This training aims to help prepare youth with disabilities for the transition to adulthood and place them on a positive path towards postsecondary education and training, employment in the community and living more independently. 

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  • Leadership Academy for Excellence in Disability Services Class Graduates

    Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 2:14pm

    On May 11, 2017, the inaugural class of the Leadership Academy for Excellence in Disability Services graduated. The Academy was created by the Council on Developmental Disabilities in partnership with the TN Department of Human Resources (who also organized and conducted the Academy). The curriculum and leadership competencies were developed by leadership from all participating agencies (the Council, Dept. of Human Resources, Bureau of TennCare, Dept. of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, Dept. of Education, Dept. of Health, Department of Human Services & Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Department of Veterans Services, and the Commission on Aging & Disability). Click here to see the list of graduating participants.

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  • Congratulations, 2016-17 Partners in Policymaking Graduates

    Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 10:21am

    Partners in Policymaking is the Council's free leadership and advocacy training program for adults with disabilities and family members of persons with disabilities. In April 2017, our 2016-2017 class of Partners participants graduated from the program. Congratulations and welcome to the Partners family of over 500 disability advocates all across TN!

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  • March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 3:57pm

    Governor Bill Haslam has signed a proclamation designating March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Gov. Haslam shared: "I’m proud of our state’s commitment to increasing opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to pursue their goals, contribute to their communities and live quality lives. From inclusive higher education programs on college campuses, to the Employment First focus of state and community agencies, to the new ABLE TN savings program led by the Tennessee Department of Treasury, there are countless examples of state agencies, community organizations and families working together to make sure Tennesseans with developmental disabilities have the chance to thrive." Read the proclamation and more info here.

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  • School2Life Academy Applications Open

    Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 3:09pm

    Applications are open for Memphis and Paris high school youth with disabilities to attend a free multi-day leadership training facilitated by the Council, the Memphis Center for Independent Living and the Paris Center for Independent Living (TARP).  Deadline to apply is March 1!

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  • Tommy Lee Kidd appointed Council Chair

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 8:59am

    Tommy Lee Kidd was appointed by Governor Haslam in summer 2016 to serve as our new Council Chair. Tommy Lee and his wife Lesa have a teenage daughter, Abigail, who has Down syndrome. He has previously served as the Chair of our Public Policy and Legislative Committee and most recently as Vice-Chair of the Council. He and his family live in Lawrenceburg, TN.

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  • 2016-17 Partners in Policymaking Class

    Monday, August 15, 2016 | 10:40am

    Partners in Policymaking Leadership Institute™ is the Council's free leadership and advocacy training program for adults with disabilities and family members of persons with disabilities. Each year, around 30 individuals are selected to participate in this intensive training program that introduces Partners to public policy advocacy strategies, state and federal legislation impacting people with disabilities, best practices and creative programs for people with disabilities, and opportunities to network with other members of the diverse disability community across TN.  Here are selected members of our 2016-17 class.

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