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Tennessee Disability Advocacy & Law Organizations

Programs that seek to influence legislation in order to benefit specific interest groups or achieve specific social, political or environmental goals; or which intercede on behalf of individuals and/or groups to ensure that they receive the benefits and services to which they are entitled and that their rights guaranteed by law are protected and enforced.

National Disability Advocacy & Law Organizations

Pathfinder Resources

Database of Services: Relevant keywords may include: ADA Information and Assistance, Advocacy Services, and Legal Counseling (including low income).

Disability Law & Advocacy Center of Tennessee (DLAC)

Disability Law & Advocacy Center of Tennessee (DLAC) advocates for the rights of Tennesseans with disabilities to ensure they have an equal opportunity to be productive and respected members of our society.

Family Voices of Tennessee

Family-Voices, Inc., was founded in 1992 by family leaders concerned about the changing health care environment and the implications for our children with disabilities, chronic illnesses, or other special health care needs.

Fulfill the Promise

An initiative to gain home and community based services for individuals with developmental disabilities, and does not include individuals with intellectual disabilities, in the state of Tennessee. Currently, there are almost no State funded services that provide assistance with this population.

Legal Aid Help Library

Includes legal education and self-help materials on getting health care and medicine, health insurance, nursing home problems, and more.

NAMI Tennessee

A grassroots non-profit, made up of families, consumers and professionals, dedicated to improving quality of life for people with mental illness and their families.

Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS)

Provides information about legal and advocacy services for low-income Tennesseans in the civil legal justice system.

Tennessee Allies in Self-Advocacy (TASA)

TASA provides a forum for members to discuss the strengths and challenges that individuals with disabilities experience in becoming self‐advocates in an effort to create better access to the resources and support they need to become self-advocates.

Tennessee Developmental Disabilities Network brochure

Four statewide organizations in Tennessee partner with one another and with individuals with disabilities and family members to ensure that they receive the services and supports they need.

Tennessee Disability Coalition

The Tennessee Disability 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 Disability Coalition Quarterly

A newsletter by the Tennessee Disability Coalition on advocacy issues in the disability community, Coalition programs, federal and state policy changes.

Tennessee Family Support Alliance

Tennessee Family Support Alliance is a site dedicated to preserving and protecting the Tennessee Family Support Program.

Tennessee General Assembly

The website to the Tennessee state legislator, which provides information about state Sentors, state House of Representatives, current bills and resolutions in session.

Tennessee Human Rights Commission

An independent state agency charged with preventing and eradicating discrimination in employment, public accommodations, and housing.

Tennessee Justice Center

The Tennessee Justice Center is a non-profit, public interest law and advocacy firm serving low income individuals and families.

The Arc Tennessee

The Arc Tennessee is a grassroots, non-profit, statewide organization on intellectual & developmental disabilities. It was founded in 1952 and is affiliated with The Arc of the United States. The Arc Tennessee is also a membership organization composed of people with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities, their parents, friends, and the professionals who assist them in reaching their goals.

TN Disability Coalition on Education Isolation and Restraint Information Sheet

Disability Coalition on Education, DCE, a statewide alliance of families, agencies and advocacy organizations working together to improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities.

See Also...

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Links

  • Education Advocacy & Law
    Information on educational advoacy and law as it pertains to federal laws (IDEA) and state laws.

Other Links and Resources

  • Modest Means Initiative - Nashville Bar Association
    Private attorneys who participate in the Nashville Bar Association’s Modest Means Initiative (MMI) have agreed to charge substantially reduced fees for legal work performed on behalf of clients referred through this program.
  • Disability Lawyers
    A website that provides information on disability law and a directory of disability lawyers.
  • Center on Human Policy - Disability Studies for Teachers
    This website contains lesson plans and materials designed to help teachers integrate disability studies into social studies, history, literature, and related subjects in grades 6-12. The plans and materials also can be adapted for use in postsecondary education.

Printable Materials and Resources