The Arc is the nation’s largest and leading organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families with a 60 year history of promoting and protecting the rights of people with I/DD and providing them the opportunity to live full, satisfying and self-determined lives as valued and contributing members of their communities.

Si tiene un niño o miembro de la familia con una incapacidad intelectual o de desarrollo, puede contactuar Pathfinder a: 615-875-5083 para recibir más información sobre recursos y servicios.


The Arc Tennessee will be conducting a twelve-week HealthMatters Program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Clover Bottom. Families and DSPs are also welcome to attend. The two-hour classes will be held Monday mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m. from June 6 through September 12. Classes are free of charge and will include health and nutrition information along with fun exercise components. Space is limited so please contact Lori Israel at 615.248.5878 x 22 or lisrael@thearctn.org for more information and to register. Bring your friends and come have fun this summer!

Employment and Community First (ECF) CHOICES Waiver Approved by CMS
TennCare recently announced that the ECF CHOICES Waiver has been approved by CMS. Their goal is an implementation date of July 1, 2017. Please watch your email and visit this site regularly for updates on implementation, including dates for community forums across the state. To learn more about the ECF CHOICES Waiver, click the links below:

Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) included in the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), signed into law in July of 2014, provides the means for students age fourteen to twenty-two with a disability to receive Pre-Employment Transition Services. The final rules regarding implementation of WIOA are expected to be published in spring of 2016. WIOA will replace the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 and is intended to modernize the nation’s workforce service delivery system. To learn more about these services, please download the documents below:

TennCare recently hosted conference call webinars on Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule, Heightened Scrutiny. To view the presentation, click HERE.

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Bring Future Planning Support to your Community!
What is Future Planning? The Arc Tennessee is working with local chapters to provide future planning support to senior caregivers 65 years and older and their families. Future planning is creating a guide for a person with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD) to lead a good life as independently as possible. A plan is important throughout all stages of life and especially in the future after the parent or caregiver is no longer able to provide support. Attend a FREE future planning training on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. For more information and to register click the Events Calendar link on the left navigation bar.

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This project is partially funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee.

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