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    Congress is in recess for the month of August. Check our Legislative Advocacy page for information on talking to your members of Congress.

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    Explore supported-decision making tools for individuals with disabilities through our Tennessee Center for Decision-Making Support.

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Our Mission

The Arc Tennessee empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to actively participate in the community throughout their lifetime.

how can we help you?

Our staff works to align community resources and build a future of inclusion, connection, and support.

The Arc Tennessee plays a crucial role in advocacy and services across the state.

The Arc is a nonprofit, national federation that includes The Arc of the United States, state chapters, and local chapters. While all chapters work in support of the same mission, each plays a different role in accomplishing this mission. The Arc Tennessee is the state chapter, and we exist primarily to provide individual and family advocacy. We are committed to positively impacting the system of services that support the disability community.

Our 15 local chapters exist primarily to provide direct services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. These services vary from chapter to chapter but may include any of the following: case management, employment supports, personal assistance, residential supports, respite, early intervention, training and education.

Our annual impact at a glance

  • Statewide Members
  • Outreach Impact
  • Advocacy Impact

The Arc Tennessee relies on the support of generous donors. Make a difference in the disability community by making a donation!



Providing helpful information and aligning community resources

  • Resources for Decision Making

    Find decision-making and future planning resources all in one place at the new Tennessee Center for Decision-Making Support.

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  • Resources for Decision Making

    Explore resources that empower parents and caregivers of school-aged children.

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  • Resources for Decision Making

    The Tennessee Disability Mega Conference is an inclusive, informative and inspiring event.

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Events Calendar

Get involved by joining us at an event

  • August 30 Tuesday
    Mid-Cumberland Community Conversation 1-2 Learn more
    September 20 Tuesday
    South East Community Conversation 6-7pm Learn more
    September 25 Sunday
    Family Day at The Nashville Zoo 11-1pm Learn more
  • September 22 Thursday
    East Community Conversation 6-8pm Learn more
    September 27 Tuesday
    West TN Community Conversation 5-6:30pm Learn more
    October 24 Monday
    People First Fall Celebration more details coming soon Learn more