Group of Advocates

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 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...

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...

What Does Respect Mean, Anyways?

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Respect, especially within the Disability Community, is a big deal. How we treat others reflects how we view the people we converse with; it can either uphold an individual’s dignity or fail to recognize each person as someone of worth and value. 

2017 Legislative Session

2017 Legislative Session Impact on Tennesseans with Disabilities
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The 2017 session of the Tennessee General Assembly concluded on May 10th after nearly five months at Legislative Plaza. This represented a longer session than recent years during which our elected officials accomplished much. Discussion on education initiatives, medical marijuana proposals, health care access and the Governor's gas tax dominated amidst an active backdrop in federal politics.

2017 TN General Assembly Has Adjourned

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On May 10th, the 2017 session of the Tennessee General Assembly adjourned. Our state legislators will reconvene at 12pm CST on January 8th, 2018. Our public policy team will prepare an overview of legislation impacting the Disability Community to share with you in the coming weeks.

DDH 2017: Issues & Tips

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We would like to share the following resources to help you prepare for Disability Day on the Hill February 8th, 2017.

Tips for Success with Your Tennessee State Legislators!

Response to Governor Haslam's State of the State 2017

Governor Haslam Speaking to 110th TN General Assembly
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In his seventh State of the State Address this evening, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam reported a state surplus that includes new recurring revenue of $957 million: double that of the previous fiscal year. Before a joint session of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly, Haslam proposed spending a significant portion of this surplus on one of the largest education funding increases in Tennessee History for Fiscal Year 2017-18. 

Disability Day on the Hill 2017

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Join the Disability Community at Legislative Plaza

for Disability Day on the Hill 2017

Wednesday, February 8th

9am-2pm CST

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:

No RSVP necessary to participate

2017 Legislative Reception

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Join members of the Disability Community for conversation with our State Legislators, drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres.

The reception will be held: 

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
6pm-8pm CST
at the Sheraton Hotel Downtown
623 Union St, Nashville, TN 37219

Vouchers will be provided at the event so that you may self-park at the Sheraton for free.

RSVP Required
RSVP online at:
Or call us at: 615-383-9442

Impact of Fiscal Year 2017-18 Budget Hearings

Governer Haslam at State Budget Hearing
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Many aspects of state government impact the lives of Tennesseans with disabilities. Funding for needed services is determined by the amount allocated in the state budget each year. This month, Governor Haslam heard budget proposals from each department in his administration before he will develop a final plan for Fiscal Year 2017-18 to present before the General Assembly at the start of the new year.

Your Vote is Your Voice!

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Vote if you care about your community, vote to make your voice heard, vote to set an example for others, vote because it's your right. Information about how to register is online at:


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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.

Contact us

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

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