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Self Advocacy Organizations and Programs

Programs that teach people who are affected by an issue the skills that are necessary to stand up for themselves; obtain the information, opportunities, respect and recognition to which they are entitled and the services for which they are eligible; and help them integrate into and become valued members of their communities.

Pathfinder Resources

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

Kids As Self Advocates

Kids As Self Advocates (KASA) is an organization created by youth with disabilities for youth to educate society about issues concerning youth with a wide spectrum of disabilities and special healthcare needs.

Legal Aid Help Library

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

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 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.

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

The country's largest cross-disability membership organization, organizes the disability community to advocate for change – politically, economically, and socially.

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.

The Partners in Policymaking Leadership Institute

A training initiative of the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities. The Institute is designed to provide adults with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities with the latest information on disability policy issues, and to help them become advocates for themselves, and for others in their communities.

The Tennessee Youth Leadership Forum

A training initiative of the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities. The Forum is designed to provide 10th, 11th, and 12th grade high school students who have disabilities with information about disability issues, and to help them become advocates for themselves, and for others in their communities.

Volunteer Advocacy Project

Now accepting applications for fall 2011. The Volunteer Advocacy Project trains volunteers as advocates to provide instrumental and effective support to parents of children with disabilities.

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