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  • January 6, 2023

    Willowbrook 51 Years Later: A look at history and modern advocacy

    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.

  • New Report. Families Not Facilities: Workable Solutions to Protect the Vulnerable Youth in the Department of Children’s Services’ Failing System
    December 20, 2022

    Families Not Facilities: New Report on Embattled TN Department of Children Services

    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

    Celebrating the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: IDEA

    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

    New assessment aims at accessibility in marketing

    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

    DIDD Launches MAPs Program in Middle Tennessee

    Program supports young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live, work and travel independently

  • October 20, 2022

    DEAL 2022 Sponsors

    Thank you to our 2022 Disability Employment Awareness Luncheon (DEAL) sponsors that make our event possible

  • October 15, 2022

    Celebrating Marlene Sallo, NDRN’s new Executive Director

    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

    Keeping Disability Bias Protections Up to Date as Technologies Emerge

    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.