Commissioner Jim Henry of the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) announced today he will begin a statewide tour as part of an incentive to raise awareness of persons with disabilities and recognize outstanding contributors in the community.
Henry's goal is to encourage citizens in the community to support exemplary agencies providing services to persons with disabilities.
"We are striving to enhance community support, and it is important and necessary to recognize citizens who have gone above and beyond to ensure persons served have a better quality of life," Henry said.
Henry plans to meet with several citizens during the tour and award certificates of appreciation signed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. Henry will also tour agencies and meet with staff to answer questions and discuss future directions for DIDD.
"By visiting these agencies, we are ultimately hoping to raise support for them whether through encouraging fundraising efforts, volunteering or donating to local organizations,"said Henry.
Henry is scheduled to begin the tour May 29th in Memphis, TN.