Disability Employment
Awareness Luncheon

DEAL 2021

April 13, 2021  |  11:30am - 1:00pm 

Virtual Event |  Free Admission


For issues and questions, contact deal@disabilityrightstn.org.





Sponsored by Disability Rights Tennessee, the Disability Employment Awareness Luncheon (DEAL) is the largest disability employment event in Tennessee. Designed to increase awareness about and commitment to Employment First as a sustainable business policy, this event brings together over 350 people from nonprofit, government, and business sectors to learn how to build an inclusive workforce. Learn more about Tennessee's commitment to Employment First.

Did You Know?

Businesses that are inclusive of people with disabilities – in recruitment, retention, and advancement – benefit from a wider pool of talent, skills, and creative business solutions. Additionally, work environments that are flexible and open to the talents of all qualified individuals, including those with disabilities, actually promote workplace success for everyone.



Keynote Speaker | Ernie Dianastasis

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Disability Rights Tennessee is thrilled to welcome Ernie Dianastasis as our 2021 Keynote Speaker. 

Ernie Dianastasis is Founder and CEO of The Precisionists, Inc. (TPI), a global administrative services and information technology company focused on employing 10,000 people with disabilities by the year 2025. Visit The Precisionists, Inc. website

TPI is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, but is national in its focus. Creating meaningful careers for people with disabilities while delivering world class service to customers is a passion for Ernie.

In 2018, The Precisionists received the prestigious national award from the Autism Society of America, for being the company to do the most to advance employment opportunities for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Prior to this Ernie was a senior executive at the IT company CAI, and he grew it to become one of the three largest IT firms in Philadelphia market.

Prior to joining CAI Ernie was with the IBM Corporation. He earned a B.S. degree in Finance and an M.B.A. in Management from Lehigh University.

Ernie and his wife Jennifer reside in Wilmington, Delaware, with their two children, John and Paisley.

Read our interview with Ernie. 

Thank you to our sponsors!


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Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT) is a nonprofit legal services organization that provides free legal advocacy services to protect the rights of Tennesseans with disabilities.

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