The Arc of Tennessee ®
The Waiting List
The demand for supports for Tennesseans with intellectual disabilities is greater than any time in the past. Over 7,000 adults and children with intellectual disabilities are currently on the waiting list for home and community based waiver services (HCBS) through the State of Tennessee, Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD). Families are experiencing extraordinary stress as they try to care for their loved one(s) with an intellectual disability and maintain their household economically, physically and emotionally. Click HERE for The Arc Tennessee’s Issue Paper on the DIDD Waiting List.
To read a recent editorial in the Tennessean click HERE.
The Arc Tennessee’s Waiting List Campaign, “It’s Not Too Late…End the Wait” officially launched in August, 2012 with its first family mobilization meeting at The Arc Davidson County. This past fall, The Arc staff traveled to fifteen cities to bring together families and others impacted by the waiting list. Meetings provided individuals with an update on the status of the DIDD waiting list; provided tools for families to share their stories with legislators, government officials and others; and offered possible resources for services and activities while waiting for HCBS.
If you didn't get to attend one of the family mobilization meetings, materials handed out at the meetings are available below:
Links to important Waiting List information:
It is also critical that families share their stories with government officials and the community at large. The more aware people are of the critical need for supports and services for people with intellectual disabilities, the better the chance of funds being allocated to bring people off the waiting list. “Kindred Stories” is an on-line database where people can tell their stories about disability and others can read their stories. The goal of the project is to have stories from every county in Tennessee so that we can truly put a “face” on people with I/DD and their families. Stories and successes are shared with legislators and others. To tell your story click HERE. The 2013 Edition of Kindred Stories – a collaborative project of Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and The Arc Tennessee that focuses on families with individuals on the waiting list for home and community based waiver services through DIDD is available in Acrobat Reader HERE.