Organizations and Other Resources

  • The Arc Davidson County
    • The Arc Davidson County is a family based organization that promotes, protects and advocates for the right of people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities to live self-determined, meaningful lives in inclusive communities.
  • The Arc Tennessee
    The Arc Tennessee is a grassroots, non-profit, statewide organization on intellectual and developmental disabilities. They advocate for the rights and full participation of all people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
  • Autism Tennessee

    Autism Tennessee (formerly the Autism Society of Middle Tennessee) is the voice of the autism community in Middle Tennessee. Their mission is to enrich the lives and experiences of individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and their surrounding community through support, advocacy, and education.

  • Best Buddies
    • The mission of Best Buddies is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
  • Direct Support Professionals Association of Tennessee
    The purpose and activity of Direct Support Professionals Association of Tennessee is to improve the quality of human services and supports.
  • Disability Coalition on Education
    The Disability Coalition on Education is a statewide alliance of families, agencies and advocacy organizations working together to improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities.
  • Disability Policy Alliance of Tennessee
    The Disability Policy Alliance of Tennessee is a collaborative group comprised of members from the following organizations: Statewide Independent Living Council, The Arc Tennessee, Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, Disability Law and Advocacy Center of Tennessee, and United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee.
  • Disability Rights Tennessee
  • Disability Rights Tennessee advocates for the rights of Tennesseans with disabilities to ensure that they have an equal opportunity to be productive and respected members of our society.
  • Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee
    The Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee is a community of individuals with Down Syndrome, self-advocates and their families, educators, and disability professionals. They strive to be the first and primary resource in Middle Tennessee for accurate and up-to-date information on Down Syndrome, connecting hundreds of families to support, programs, education, advocacy, and other families.
  • Empower Tennessee
    • This agency advances independence regarding Living, Employment, Accessibility and Advocacy.
  • Center for Literacy, Education, & Employment, University of Tennessee Knoxville
    The Center for Literacy, Education, & Employment is a nonprofit organization located within the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The Center supports continuous improvement in the fields of education and workforce development through training, resources, advocacy and research.
  • Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee
    • Founded in 1957 as a not-for-profit, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee’s mission is, “We sell donated goods to provide employment and training opportunities for people who have disabilities and others who have trouble finding and keeping a job.”
  • Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
  • Next Steps Vanderbilt
    • Next Steps at Vanderbilt University is a 2-year certification program for students with intellectual disabilities, providing individualized Programs of Study in the areas of education, social skills, and vocational training.
  • People First of Tennessee
    People First of Tennessee is a non-profit, self-advocacy organization run by and for people with disabilities. Its mission is to provide an outlet for people with disabilities to air and alleviate their concerns about disability related issues and work together to address those issues.
  • Project Search
    • The goal of Project Search is to fill a business need with qualified people who have developmental disabilities.
  • Special Olympics Tennessee
    • The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
  • Sports 4 All Foundation
    • The mission of Sports 4 All is to improve the quality of life of individuals with disabilities by providing equipment, programming and education to enable full participation in sports and healthy activities.
  • STEP
    • The mission of STEP is to empower parents through information, training and support to become effective partners with professionals in planning appropriate educational programs for their children.
  • Support and Training for Exceptional Parents (STEP), Inc.
    Support and Training for Exceptional Parents (STEP), Inc. empowers parents through information, training, and support to become effective partners with professionals in planning appropriate educational programs for their children.
  • Technology Access Center
    • The Technology Access Center mission is to promote the independence and participation of individuals of all ages with disabilities in school, work, play and everyday activities through their use of assistive technology.
  • Tennessee Allies in Self-Advocacy
    Tennessee Allies in Self-Advocacy is a statewide network of individuals with disabilities and agencies committed to strengthening and enhancing self-advocacy among people with disabilities.
  • Tennessee Association of Microboards and Cooperatives, Inc. 
    The Tennessee Association of Microboards and Cooperatives, Inc. is a 501 c(6) non-profit organization that provides support and training to individual microboards and cooperatives across the state. The Association is committed to the development of high quality, comprehensive services and supports to children and adults with disabilities in a manner that fosters self-determination and inclusion.
  • Tennessee Community Organizations
    Tennessee Community Organizations is a professional trade organization for Home and Community Based Services Providers. Their goal is to empower member agencies and the communities they serve with beneficial communications, educational training, networking and advocacy opportunities.
  • Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities
    • The Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities is a state office that promotes public policies to increase and support the inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities in their communities. The Council works with public and private groups across Tennessee to find necessary supports for individuals with disabilities and their families.
  • Tennessee Department of Education
    The Tennessee Department of Education strives to expand student access to effective teachers and leaders, family access to good schools, educator access to resources and best practices, and public access to information and data.
  • 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.
  • Tennessee Department of Human Services/Division of Rehabilitation Services
    Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal and state-funded program providing services to help individuals with disabilities enter or return to employment. It is designed to assist individuals of work age with physical and/or mental disabilities compete successfully with others in earning a livelihood.
  • Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is responsible for providing services and supports to Tennesseans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. DIDD provides services directly or through contracts with community providers in a variety of settings. These settings range from institutional care to individual supported living in the community.
  • Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development
    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development oversees programs and activities related to Tennessee businesses and employees, including One-Stop/Tennessee Career Centers. Disability Program Navigators increase the utility of the centers for persons with disabilities.
  • Tennessee Disability Pathfinder
    • Pathfinder helps families and agencies find useful disability services and resources in Tennessee.
  • 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.
  • Tennessee Higher Education Commission
    The Tennessee Higher Education Commission is the state’s coordinating agency for higher education. Guided by the Public Agenda for Tennessee Higher Education, THEC oversees an array of finance, academic, research and consumer protection initiatives that promote student success and support the State’s completion agenda for postsecondary education.
  • Tennessee Works
    • Tennessee’s web hub for information related to employment of people with disabilities.
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee
    United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee serves Tennessee with programs targeted at their mission to advance the independence and full citizenship of people with disabilities. We provide services to individuals of all ages who have a variety of disabilities with focus on disabilities that primarily affect mobility.
  • University of Tennessee Boling Center UCEDD
    The Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD) is an interdisciplinary program that supports children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families through training, service, applied research, information dissemination, planning, and policy development.
  • Vanderbilt Kennedy Center University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)
  • The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) serves as the administrative lead for the TennesseeWorks partnership. As one of two UCEDDs in the state, they provide innovative leadership in education, research, and services to people with disabilities, the community, and families. Click here to read about Vanderbilt Kennedy Center staff dedicated to the TennesseeWorks project.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Service
    • Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal and state-funded program providing services to help individuals with disabilities enter or return to employment. It is designed to assist individuals of work age with physical and/or mental disabilities compete successfully with others in earning a livelihood.
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