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.

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The Arc Tennessee is participating in this year's Big Payback, a social media campaign to help Middle TN nonprofits raise money. Please make a donation and choose The Arc TN as your charity of choice on May 2nd!

Tenncare Connect: As you might have heard, TennCare Connect is the new TennCare self-service web portal. By simplifying and streamlining the eligibility process for applicants, members, and partners, it will help the 1.3 million Tennesseans covered by TennCare to manage their accounts and make it easier to apply for and receive TennCare benefits. Applicants and members can create an account on the TennCare Connect website by using this link: www.tenncareconnect.tn.gov. Once they create an account, members and applicants will be able to:

  • Apply for benefits
  • Check application status
  • Renew benefits (including Annual Medicaid Redeterminations)
  • View and manage current coverage
  • Report changes
  • View notices
  • Upload documents

Applicants and members will also be able to download the TennCare Connect Mobile App from either Apple iTunes or Google Play, which will allow them to conveniently manage their benefits from their mobile device once they have been approved for TennCare coverage.

What about healthcare.gov? Although individuals can always apply at healthcare.gov, TennCare asks that all walk-in clients now apply directly to TennCare Connect so TennCare can receive the application faster. They can apply online at the website listed above, by paper application, or by phone. To apply by phone, call TennCare Connect (formerly known as Tennessee Health Connection) at 1-855-259-0701. Renewals can also be completed online at TennCare Connect or by calling the TennCare Connect call center.

Complex Communication Needs: invitation to participate in a survey on communication systems and AAC services. The goal is to gather information on the challenges and highlights faced by individuals with complex communication needs and their families. To participate email one of the following with "AAC survey" as the subject line: Alexandra Dafonte; Katie A. Clouse; Abbey V. Smith

Parents and Caregivers of Youth with Disabilities: invitation to participate in a 20-minute survey on the needs of your child with disabilities (ages 14-22) preparing for future jobs, training, or college after high school. Fifty parents or caregivers who complete the survey will be sent a new resource on how to support your child’s transition to college or the workplace. A full description of the study and the survey can be found by clicking this link: https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=ECL8WPYXF4.

Attention Siblings-in-Law: invitation to participate in Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's study for individuals 18+ years old who are married to a spouse who is a brother/sister to a person with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Anonymously share your experience, thoughts and feelings of being a sibling-in-law by accessing this link:

The Arc of the United States released the Family & Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS) Community Report 2017. View the full FINDS report HERE.

Anonymously share your experience with Residential Care Services and Respite Care Services. Ten randomly selected participants will receive a $25 gift card to the store of their choice. The survey will take less than 30 minutes to complete. To participate click HERE. If you have questions, contact Vanderbilt graduate student Bridgette Garcia.

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

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