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Related Disability Links

This page will be updated as we come across links we feel would benefit you. The links listed are not necessarily endorsed by The Arc of Tennessee and should be checked out thoroughly. If you would like to submit a web-page for us to view and add to our list or if you notice a link on this page that is no longer active, please email Peggy Cooper.

  • The Arc United States: a comprehensive site for information on intellectual and developmental disabilities. Also has links to other chapters of The Arc across the country.
  • The Arc United States Resources Page: fact sheets on prevention and health.
  • Pathfinder: to find services and supports.
  • Alliance for Full Participation: organization for people with developmental disabilities and their families that promotes integration, productivity, independence and choice.
  • SABE: Self Advocates Becoming Empowered is a national organization.
  • UCP Middle Tennessee: has a free equipment exchange program for people with disabilities who qualify.
  • Tennessee Disability MegaConference: annual conference information.
  • Disability Law & Advocacy Center of Tennessee: legal advocacy organization.
  • Love and Learning: reading and language development.
  • Wrightslaw: special education law information.
  • Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities: find consultants, therapists, parent support groups, attorneys and more.
  • Special Needs Family: family friendly fun and special needs resources to enhance the quality and fun of family life with special needs.
  • Source Lift: a distributor of wheelchair lifts, stair lifts and access.
  • Vanderbilt Kennedy Center: for information on developmental research, sib shops and more.
  • Tennessee Association of Microboards and Cooperatives: provides support and training to individual microboards across the state.
  • STEP, Inc: provides free information, advocacy training and support services to parents of children eligible to receive special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
  • The Tennessee Justice Center (TJC): for information on health care and welfare reform that affects low-income families.
  • TennCare: State of Tennessee's Medicaid healthcare program.
  • TENNderCARE: a full program of check ups and health care services for children who have TennCare.
  • Stair Lifts: offers free shipping on stair lifts.
  • Camp Discovery: provides summer camping opportunities for people with disabilities.
  • State of Tennessee Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Services (DIDD): for information on available services and supports.
  • Tennessee Human Rights Commission: an independent state agency charged with preventing and eradicating discrimination in employment, public accommodations, and housing.
  • Fulfill the Promise: website dedicated to helping people with developmental disabilities receive state services.
  • Vanderbilt Research: enroll to become a research participant.
  • Mortgage Loan: comprehensive guide to housing and mortgages for people with disabilities.
  • Direct Support Professionals of Tennessee (DSPAT): An organization for people who provide services to people with disabilities.
  • Brain & Spinal Cord: a timely, reliable resource for brain injury and spinal cord injury.
  • Disability.gov: connects the Disability Community to information and opportunities.
  • Community Resource Center (CRC): provides basic household necessities to nonprofit agencies and people in desperate need in 20 Middle Tennessee counties.
  • Tennessee Family Support Alliance: dedicated to Preserving and Protecting the Tennessee Family Support Program.
  • Think College: college options for people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Next Steps: a two-year certification program for students with intellectual disabilities, providing individualized Programs of Study in the areas of education, social skills, and vocational training.
  • Ability Awareness: non-profit organization dedicated to building a world of inclusion for people with health conditions and disabilities.
  • Ability Jobs: resume bank for people with disabilities that is shared with companies.
  • Ability Magazine: largest magazine in the US covering disability issues.
  • Musical Bridges: this program helps each individual develop independence and greater functioning through music therapy.
  • We Connect Now: website for college students with disabilities.
  • Drug Alert: comprehensive database featuring information and news alerts about potentially dangerous drugs currently on the market.
  • ADAPT: National grassroots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action.
  • American Association of People with Disabilities: organizes the disability community be a powerful voice for change.
  • The Council on Quality and Leadership: provides person-centered supports and services for people with disabilities.
  • Disability is Natural: website encourages new ways of thinking about developmental disabilities.
  • Qualitymall.org: Website has a resource section that contains books, electronic media, on-line forums and products.
  • The Riot: an e-newsletter for self-advocates and self-advocacy.
  • TASH: International association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates and professionals concerned with human dignity, civil rights, education and independence.
  • TN Council on Developmental Disabilities: independent state office that promotes public policies to increase and support the inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities in their communities.
  • UT Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities: a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities that provides advocacy training and resources.
  • People First of Tennessee: volunteer organization of self-advocates that provides advocacy and training on the rights of people with disabilities in Tennessee.
  • Tennessee Disability Coalition: Alliance of organizations and individuals who work together to advocate for public policy that ensures self-determination, independence, empowerment and inclusion for people with disabilities.
  • Good Nutrition Ideas: website with nutrition products and training designed to improve the nutritional health of people with disabilities.
  • NICHCY: Federally funded National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities that provides information on programs and services, IDEA and research-based effective practices.
  • AbleData: provides objective information on assistive tchnology and rehabilitation equipment.
  • Autism NOW: National Autism Resource and Information Center initiative of The Arc funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities.
  • Medicaid Reference Desk: project of The Arc US and Administration on Developmental Disabilities that helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities nd their families navigate the complexities of Medicaid benefits, services and supports.
  • Guide to Teaching Fire Safety to Students with Disabilities: developed under a Department of Homeland Security Fire Prevention and Safety Grant, this guide raises awareness and educates students about fire safety and addresses the needs of students with disabilities and how campus communities can better serve this group of students.
  • Disabled Travelers: offers travel information for people with developmental disabilities.
  • A Piece of the Puzzle: website where people with special needs and disabilities can visit to have fun, meet others, chat, play games, and read articles.
  • DisabilityScoop.com: national developmental disability news site covering autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, intellectual disability and more.
  • Home Buying Guide for People with Disabilities: online guide with lots of good information.
  • Special Needs Resources: a compilation of 100 best special needs resources.
  • Tucker's House: connects Middle TN families that have children with disabilities with resources and financial assistance to help make their houses accessible and therapy friendly.
  • Special Education Advocacy Center (SEAC): provides Individual Advocacy and Parent Engagement services on a sliding scale in Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson Counties in order to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for students with disabilities.
  • DrugNews: improves patient safety by providing the latest safety alerts, FDA recalls, studies and legal news on presecription drugs.
  • Business Resources for Intrepreneurs with Disabilities: provides resources for business plans, marketing and more.
  • ViaCord: treats cerebral palsy with umbilical cord blood cells they collect from newborns, and has information and research details.
  • Kid Central: A great resource for families with young children.
  • OAR (Organization for Autism Research): Offers $3000 scholarships for individuals on the autism spectrum who are pursuing full-time post secondary undergraduate education or vocational-technical training.
  • College Guide for Students with Disabilities: Making College Affordable: College Guide for Students with Disabilities.
  • Online Learning for College Students with Disabilities: Resources for online learning for students and families with disabilities, best practices for meeting the needs of students with disabilities, and more.