​​DDA Offering up to $10,000 in Grant Funding for Adult Changing Tables​

​​Increased funding will support Tennessee businesses to buy and install tables​
Friday, June 14, 2024 | 08:11am

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Disability and Aging (DDA, formerly DIDD) is still accepting grant funding applications for adult changing tables. In an effort to increase the number of applicants, DDA is now offering up to $10,000 in grant funding for the installation of adult changing tables in area businesses, municipalities, and public spaces.  The extra funding will allow for businesses to fund reasonable renovation costs associated with the installation of the table. 

The grants will provide funds for facilities open to the public, such as parks, recreation centers, malls, and restaurants. Private and municipal entities can use the funds to purchase and install powered, height-adjustable, adult-sized changing tables for single-occupancy family restrooms. Applicants may submit requests for funding up to $10,000 per table. Previously, funding was capped at $5,000. 

“Adult-sized changing tables have the ability to change lives and communities for children with disabilities, as well as those caring for aging family members,” said DDA Commissioner Brad Turner. “With an increase in grant funding, we hope more businesses and municipalities will apply and help create more inclusive spaces for Tennessee families and individuals.” 

In 2022, the Tennessee General Assembly approved $1 million for this grant program.  So far, this funding has provided for the installation of more than 40 adult-sized changing tables across Tennessee.  Past grant awardees include Dollywood, Nissan Stadium, and the Creative Discovery Museum.  

Those wishing to apply must be either private or municipal entities within the state of Tennessee, and the funding must be used for facilities that are open to the public within the state.

The grant application can be found here: https://stateoftennessee.formstack.com/forms/didd_adult_changing_table_grant_opportunity 

Earlier this year, the department partnered with the Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee State Parks, and the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy to install an adult-sized changing table in the visitors’ center at Natchez Trace State Park. 

Video about the Adult Changing Table at Natchez Trace State Park: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_4_p4DDOQE 


About the Department of Disability and Aging

The Department of Disability and Aging is the state agency responsible for oversight of services and support to older adults and Tennesseans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The department is the result of a merger between the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disabilities, effective July 1, 2024.  Every day, the department strives to support thousands of people to live rewarding and fulfilling lives through Medicaid waiver Home and Community Based Services (HCBS), the MAPs Program, and the Family Support Program. DDA also provides services to infants and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays through the Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS), and children under the age of 18 with disabilities or complex medical needs through the Katie Beckett Program. The department supports people to live the lives they envision for themselves by ensuring people are free to exercise rights, engage with their broader communities and experience optimal health. DDA is the first state service delivery system in the nation to receive Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation from the Council on Quality and Leadership.  It has also been recognized as a national leader in its efforts to increase competitive, community-based employment outcomes for people with disabilities and its commitment to enhancing independence through Enabling Technology.