People Planning Together
People Planning Together has been a very successful self-advocacy initiative, launched by the Council in 2011. This initiative develops a corps of trainers, who themselves receive disability support services through a Medicaid waiver, to teach advocacy skills to other individuals who receive similar services. The training helps individuals with disabilities become more active in developing and implementing their individual service plans.
Buffalo River Services in South Central Tennessee, West TN's West Tennessee Family Solutions, Support Solutions of the Mid-South, ACA Community Living, Sertoma Center, Emory Valley Center, D&S, and the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) are partners in this initiative.
Eleven individuals with intellectual disabilities are currently working as certified trainers and are paid to conduct sessions about self-advocacy and self-determination in service planning meetings.