Group of Advocates

The Tennessee Disability Coalition is an alliance of organizations and individuals joined to promote the full and equal participation of people...

Rep Jernigan and Louise McKown

The Tennessee Disability Coalition is an alliance of organizations and individuals joined to promote the full and equal participation of people...

Advocates in front of the capitol building

The central purpose of the Coalition is to advocate for public policies that promote equal opportunity, economic self-sufficiency, and independent...

Disability Day on the Hill Announcement

"When dozens or even hundreds of people gather for a common cause, those who create our laws have no choice but to...

The Effects of a Brain Injury

Christen and Yasmeene

Before 13-year-old Yasmeene Ahmad experienced a traumatic brain injury, she was a “loving, strong, responsible, humble, courageous and friendly girl.” The injury significantly impacted her daily life. 

Yasmeene fell in a school gym one afternoon. Upon waking, she seemed disoriented and began experiencing radiating pain in her head. Christen, Yasmeen’s mother, arrived to pick her up.

“Soon after returning home, Yasmeene started throwing up, so I rushed her to the hospital,” she said. 

A 2018 Winter Paralympic Games Reflection

Emily Hoskins holding up a gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics

Emily Hoskins, a Paralympic athlete at both the 2004 and 2008 games, reflects on her journey to the Paralympics and all the hard work she put in to win gold. 

The Paralympics are incredibly close to my heart, as I am a former Paralympic athlete. I was a part of the U.S. women’s basketball team that won back to back gold medals at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Paralympics. 

The Power of Advocacy


Disability Day on the Hill (DDH) occurs once a year during legislative sessions, often occurring in multiple states. During Tennessee’s DDH, community members are able to meet with their legislators to talk about upcoming bills that would affect them. 

Seeing advocacy at work can be a very impactful experience, especially when it happens at DDH. For two of our staff, Beth and Hannah, their first Disability Day on the Hill experiences sparked awareness and ignited action. 

Getting Ready for Disability Day on the Hill

The #LetsGetTogether series is back for its final episode! Our program directors are excited for Disability Day on the Hill, and to get ready for DDH, they've answered a few questions on the importance of this day and why it matters for Disability Rights. 

Disability Day on the Hill Tips and Tricks

Disability Day on the Hill

Heading to Disability Day on the Hill on Wednesday, February 14th to speak with your legislator(s)? Check out these resources before you go. We can’t wait to see you there!

Policy One Pagers
These easy to follow, quick overviews give all the information you’ll need to better understand the top policy issues we are following and supporting this year as a coalition. If you’re speaking to your legislator(s) on behalf of any of these issues, feel free to print out a one pager to help guide your conversation!

Response to Governor Haslam's 2018 State of the State Address

Governor Haslam Speaking to 110th TN General Assembly
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In his eighth and final State of the State Address this evening, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam reflected on the impact of “changing our expectations.” “In doing so,” he said, “we realized we could compete with any state.” His framework resonates with our work to raise expectations for quality of life and opportunities for those of us with disabilities. 

Let's Get Together To Talk About Advocacy

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For the second episode of the #LetsGetTogether series, we got together with a panel of experienced advocates to discuss tips and advice for Disability Day on the Hill. 

Our panel was moderated by Courtney Atnip and featured panelists: Sarah Harvey, JP Homik and Tonya Copeland.

Let's Get Together! Disability Day on the Hill 2018

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We are hosting events this February to help bring together the Disability Community around public policy issues that affect us. Disability Day on the Hill 2018 is an opportunity to get together with our state legislators on behalf of issues that affect not just us personally, but also the Disability Community as a whole. 

Let's Get Together: Meeting with Your Legislator

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For Disability Day on the Hill on February 14th, 2018 we want to bring together state legislators and the Disability Community to talk about Disability Rights. We hope you'll join us. 

To help you prepare, we've created this video demonstrating how to have a successful meeting with your legislator. Our video stars Representative Cameron Sexton, from Crossville, TN, and Jason Rogers, a student in the Lipscomb University IDEAL Post-Secondary Education Program. 

Finding the Best Path Forward

"I felt so much more at ease after reviewing my benefits."

A mother’s greatest concern is often the wellbeing of her children. For Cindy, maintaining quality healthcare for her children was her biggest worry in going back to work. 

Cindy, a social security disability insurance (SSDI) beneficiary, was really excited to be able to start back as a nurse after several years. 


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Tennessee Disability Coalition

The Coalition is an alliance of organizations and individuals who have joined to promote the full and equal participation of men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. We work together to advocate for public policy that ensures self-determination, independence, empowerment, and inclusion for people with disabilities in areas such as accessibility, education, healthcare, housing, and voting rights.

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