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

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

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

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

Access to Art for All

Disability Advocates at the Frist
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The Frist Center for the Visual Arts has a continued commitment to universal access to art, stewarded by the partnership between our organization and the Southeast ADA Center. Donna DeStefano has built a longstanding relationship with the Frist Center and helped create accessibility beyond the Frist Center's physical space. Alongside the Center for Independent Living of Middle Tennessee, training for Frist Center staff on disability etiquette is just the beginning.

Caregivers Count!

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Every day, caregivers across the country sacrifice their own financial wellbeing and professional goals to care for loved ones. This loss of pay, whether it is reducing one’s paid hours or leaving the formal workforce altogether, hurts now and in retirement. This is because our Social Security system doesn’t currently recognize the work of caregivers when calculating benefits over a lifetime of work.

Disability Employment Awareness Month

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As a Benefits Analyst with the Benefits to Work Program, I have the opportunity to meet Tennesseans who are receiving disability benefits while seeking employment. Every month is Disability Employment Awareness Month for us! In October, we celebrate the national spotlight on the employability of individuals with disabilities and the benefits to businesses when they hire them.

Disability Day on the Hill 2015

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Join us for Disability Day on the Hill 2015 on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 from 9:00am-2:00pm at Legislative Plaza 301 6th Ave North, Nashville, TN 37243. We encourage you to call and set up in-person meetings with your state legislators! Find them at:

Questions? Email: or call: 615-383-9442. No RSVP necessary to participate. We will reserve organization exhibit space starting in November 2014.

Legislative Reception 2015

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Join us February 3rd, 2015 as the Disability Community hosts our Legislative Reception for members of the 109th Tennessee General Assembly. Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 from 5:00-7:00pm at the Sheraton Hotel Downtown 623 Union St., Nashville, TN 37219. Interested in sponsorship? Email

Save the date! We will begin taking RSVPs in November 2014.

TennCare Changes

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Dear Families and Advocates, the Bureau of TennCare has recently proposed several changes to services for Tennesseans with disabilities. These include: A Transition Plan in accordance with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rules defining and describing home and community-based settings; A Concept Paper about the future of the state's Home and Community-Based Services; A proposed amendment which would add two new service definitions to the CHOICES Program.

Dear Governor Haslam

The 12th Letter: Disability
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Medicaid Expansion for the "80,742 Tennesseans with disabilities with no healthcare coverage" would mean "a fair chance at any quality of life," writes Larry Drain, an advocate in Knoxville. Larry is writing in support of Medicaid Expansion, and he is writing a new letter each day to Governor Bill Haslam asking for him to take action.

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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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Office Address
Tennessee Disability Coalition
955 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN 37206

Nashville: (615) 383-9442Toll-free: (888) 643-7811Email: