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Self-determination

In the disability community, self-determination refers to individuals with disabilities, including persons with intellectual disabilities, having the same right to self-determination as all people, that is, to have the freedom, authority, and support to exercise control over their lives.

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Services and Programs

  • Special Olympics
    Special Olympics is an international organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. Special Olympics offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round training and competition in 26 Olympic-type summer and winter sports.
  • 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.

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