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The Arc Tennessee Policy & Advocacy

The Arc Tennessee is dedicated to fight for the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Policy & Advocacy

For nearly 70 years, The Arc of Tennessee has been at the forefront of advocating for the civil rights and inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families, playing a lead role in major victories in civil rights, community living, education, income security, and other important issues for Tennesseans.

We have fought to close institutions and make life in the community possible, we have opened the school doors for students with disabilities to be included in the classroom alongside peers without disabilities, and we have advocated for affordable health care access. We are at the table for every major public policy fight and advancement impacting the lives of people with disabilities. We still have work to do, but we know we can succeed with strong state policy advocates working hand in hand with grassroots activists like you.

To join The Arc Tennessee Policy Calls please email Heidi Haines at hhaines@thearctn.org

Policy topics

Learn about the top issues we focus on in our fight for the civil rights of people with disabilities.

  • Protected: Civil Rights
    Protected: Civil Rights
  • Protected: Community-Based Longterm Supports & Services
    Protected: Community-Based Longterm Supports & Services
  • Protected: Direct Support Professionals
    Protected: Direct Support Professionals
  • Protected: Education
    Protected: Education
  • Protected: Employment, Training, & Wages
    Protected: Employment, Training, & Wages
  • Protected: Health Care
    Protected: Health Care
  • Protected: Housing
    Protected: Housing
  • Protected: Medicaid
    Protected: Medicaid
  • Protected: Paid Family & Medical Leave
    Protected: Paid Family & Medical Leave
  • Protected: Social Security & Income Maintenance
    Protected: Social Security & Income Maintenance
  • Protected: Grassroots Activity
    Protected: Grassroots Activity
  • Protected: Public Policy Goals
    Protected: Public Policy Goals
  • Protected: Legal Advocacy
    Protected: Legal Advocacy
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