Coalition Program Listings
The Tennessee Disability strives to build a better world for people with disabilities - today. Our public policy and systems change agendas support that goal. The Coalition has also developed other projects that support that vision and mission.
The Americans with Disabilities Act offers civil rights protection, freedom, and full citizenship to people with disabilities. Shortly after the passage of the ADA, the Coalition established a network of disability groups that continue to work in their communities to promote compliance and effective implementation of the ADA. The network supports people with disabilities to help others achieve the American dream.
As an adult, Floyd Stewart sustained a spinal cord injury resulting in quadriplegia. The absence of supports for himself, his wife and children gave him no choice but to live in a nursing home for several years. Through determination and completion of his college degree, Floyd found the help he needed to regain his independence in his own home with a full time job helping others with disabilities. These days Floyd is passionate about removing barriers to independence and the ADA is an important tool to barrier removal.
Click here for more information on the ADA network
Benefits to WorkThe Center for Independent Living of Middle Tennessee and the Tennessee Disability Coalition are partners in Benefits To Work, a program to assist Social Security beneficiaries and recipients with disabilities who are exploring career development. Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWICs) are stationed across the state, to best serve customers in each county. For more about Benefits to Work.
Disability Action NetworkEmpowerment is at the heart of the Coalition’s Disability Action Network. It’s one thing for staff to advance positive legislation and public policy, but it is something else – something quite special – to help a family advocate for a child or arrange for local residents to meet with a legislator for the first time so they can tell their stories.
For more about the Action Network.
Family Voices of TennesseeAs an outgrowth of our healthcare advocacy, the Coalition began organizing families of children with special health care needs for mutual support and to give voice to the need for coherent health care policies that are family-centered.
Family Voices of Tennessee is operated by and for families in our state. Click here for more about Family Voices of Tennessee
Project Brain is a collaborative resource and training network for educators, families, and health professionals who support students in Tennessee with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). BRAIN is designed to improve educational outcomes for children and youth in Tennessee who experience traumatic brain injuries.
All children need opportunities to grow and learn and develop skills that lead to meaningful lives. The Coalition works for a world in which children with and without disabilities can grow and learn together by having access to quality health care, education, and supportive environments.