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Legislative Advocacy

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Policy and Advocacy for People

One of the most impactful ways The Arc Tennessee organization helps the state’s disability community is through legislative advocacy. Our voices impact policy decisions. The Arc Tennessee has a place at the table when it comes to local, state and federal policies. We maintain strategic relationships and work with elected officials, other nonprofit organizations, civic groups, families and our membership. Our goal with all legislative advocacy efforts is to maintain the human and civil rights of people with disabilities.

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Get involved at Tennessee’s State Capital

Get involved with local and state policy! Explore the resources below to learn about decisions being made in Tennessee that impact the disability community. Become an advocate!

View our 2023 Tennessee Legislative Bill Tracker

Legislative Summary for 2023 (with Public Chapter Numbers)

This document contains disability related legislation. It is not an exhaustive list of all bills filed for consideration in the 2023 legislative session.

Public Policy Fact Sheets

Whether talking to legislators or educating yourself, the fact sheets below provide a great overview of issues which affect the disability community all over the United States.

Direct Care Work Force
Home and Community Based Services
Long Term Services and Supports
Supplemental Security Income

Los Trabajadores de Atención Directa
Servicios Basados en el Hogar y la Comunidad
Servicios y Apoyo a Largo Plazo
Seguridad de Ingreso Suplementario

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Join our Public Policy Calls

If you wish to join our Public Policy calls, please email Gavin Dillinger at

Participate in Disability Day on the Hill

Disability Day on the Hill is organized by Tennessee Disability Coalition.  To learn more, click here.

Find Your Legislators

To find your state and federal legislators, click here and enter your home address.

Comment on Tennessee State Rules & Regulations

None at this time.

  • Doria

    Legislative advocacy became a way to address issues my son was facing in both school and adulthood. Working together with others has made it possible to achieve results that couldn’t have happened without a collaborative effort.

    – Doria
  • John

    Having been actively involved in policy advocacy now for over two decades, I’ve seen some amazing victories and disappointing setbacks. It’s humbling and also profoundly inspiring to realize that we CAN be part of determining the course of action taken by policymakers at the local, state, and federal level in regard to loved-ones with disabilities.

    – John

Take National Action at The US Capital

Discover how The Arc is advocating in Washington D.C.

  • The Arc Action Center

    A step-by-step guide for federal advocacy

    Learn more
  • Federal Public Policy Goals

    Explore The Arc 2022 public policy goals

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  • Public Policy Webinars

    Coming Soon

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  • Disability Policy Seminar, Washington DC

    Disability Policy Seminar is a three-day annual federal legislative conference

    Learn more
  • Comment on Federal Rules & Regulations

    Coming Soon

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  • Find Your Legislator

    Quickly identify and contact your elected officials

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Education & Advocacy Meetings

Get involved by joining The Arc Tennessee’s Advocacy & Education Committee. Each month, committee members discuss topics, policies and proposed legislation that impact school-aged individuals with disabilities.

Get information on Education and Advocacy

Weekly Awareness Emails

Sign up for The Arc Tennessee’s Weekly Awareness emails and get the highlights on event announcements, community resources, legislation efforts and more. Only one email per week.

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Policy Alerts

Stay informed on specific legislation and be notified of time-sensitive advocacy efforts by joining our policy alerts list. Elect to receive emails or text messages.

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