Paint Tennessee Blue

Paint TN Blue. Paint Safety in School.

Brayden is a kind and energetic elementary school student with severe diabetes. To provide Brayden with added protection from a diabetic attack, he has a diabetic alert dog named Luke who is specially trained to sense symptoms of an oncoming episode. Like many dogs, Luke is Brayden’s best friend, but he is also a working dog and quite literally a lifesaver.  

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When Brayden’s school denied Luke entrance, his parents feared their son wouldn’t be safe at school, so Brayden’s parents contacted DRT to advocate for his rights 

“Ever since DRT helped get Luke into the school system, Brayden and Luke have become an even better team,” comments Davis. “They are inseparable and conquering the world of diabetes together.” 

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Disability Employment Awareness Luncheon

DRT is proud to announce that Deb Dagit will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Disability Employment Awareness Luncheon on October 20, 2016 at the Music City Center. Dagit leads Deb Dagit Diversity, a consulting firm that offers practical just-in-time resources, tools and support for diversity practitioners. Tickets go on sale in August. Save the date!” 

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In 2014, Disability Rights Tennessee hosted its first Disability Employment Awareness Luncheon to increase awareness about Employment First as a sustainable business policy and provide additional funding for DRT advocacy and policy initiatives.  Almost 200 people from the nonprofit, public, and private sector where in attendance to learn from Randy Lewis, former Senior Vice President of Walgreens, who created thousands of full-time jobs for people with disabilities at the company. 

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The second annual luncheon was hosted in September 2015 and highlighted the progress and initiatives in the culinary and hospitality sectors to integrate and promote the employment of people with disabilities. The keynote speaker Jeff Huffman fired up the crowd by sharing his experiences working with the Arc of Indiana to develop a hotel in Muncie that will both train and employ people with disabilities.

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Save the date to join DRT in October 2016 for the third annual luncheon! Details to follow soon!

To learn more about the annual Disability Employment Awareness Luncheon and how your organization can partner, please contact Francisca Guzman at franciscag@disabilityrightstn.org or 615.298.1080, ext. 126.