January 6, 2023
A 1972 exposé by Geraldo Rivera exposed the revolting conditions at the Willowbrook State School, a facility for youth with intellectual disabilities, in Staten Island, New York. The abuse and neglect revealed by this report led to national outcry, successful legal action, and the establishment of a federally mandated network of legal advocacy agencies protecting the rights of persons with disabilities (the Protection & Advocacy Network). 51 years since the exposé’s release, Protection & Advocacy (P&A) agencies, like Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT), are continuing this critical work of investigating conditions of abuse and neglect, reporting these findings, and advocating for workable solutions.
December 20, 2022
Families Not Facilities: Press Release Families Not Facilities: Full Report For more information, contact: Lee Sherwood for Disability Rights Tennessee, 409-771-0098 (call/text) LeeS@DisabilityRightsTN.org Kathy Bonk for Youth Law Center, 202-234-6629 (cell/text) KathyBonk@Mac.com, Media Coverage: WPLN: “Problems at Tennessee DCS prompt advocates to call for reforms, with less emphasis on facilities” WKRN Nashville: “Nonprofits release solution-based […]
November 29, 2022
On November 29th, we celebrate the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the impact it has had in ensuring students with disabilities have the equal opportunity for an appropriate education. What is IDEA? The IDEA, or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is a very important law that ensures children with disabilities are provided […]
November 10, 2022
View original article here. KATELYNN WHITE NOV 3, 2022 Nashville content marketing firm Crayons & Marketers has launched a diversity and inclusion marketing assessment helping brands target all audiences, including individuals with disabilities. According to founder and chief marketing strategist Jacqueline Hayes, the study asks a broad range of questions that touch on various types […]
November 2, 2022
Program supports young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live, work and travel independently
October 20, 2022
Thank you to our 2022 Disability Employment Awareness Luncheon (DEAL) sponsors that make our event possible
October 15, 2022
On October 16, 2022, Marlene Sallo will become the first woman, first Latina, and first person with a disability to be appointed as Executive Director of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN). In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT) is delighted to honor Marlene and her lifelong commitment to advocacy.
June 14, 2022
In May, the Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission each issued new warnings against disability discrimination by employers’ use of artificial intelligence tools. DRT Attorney Nathan Walsh has authored a blog post for Tennessee Works.
April 27, 2022
Complaint Brings Welcome Improvements to Tennessee’s Guidelines on Access to Healthcare during a Crisis
As a result of a complaint brought by Disability Rights Tennessee and other disability rights advocate, Tennessee has improved its guidelines on healthcare allocation during a healthcare crisis.