Alongside legal advocacy services, Disability Rights Tennessee also fulfills its mission of protecting Tennesseans with disabilities by monitoring and educating Tennessee legislators on proposed bills that have potential impact on people with disabilities.
The DRT Policy Watch helps you stay up to date about Tennessee legislation that impacts people with disabilities throughout the legislative session. Once you sign up to receive the Policy Watch, you will receive a weekly email that includes the legislation DRT is tracking with weekly updates, resources to help you engage, and links to great legislative information and upcoming events.
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DRT In Action
During the 2017 Tennessee legislative session, members of the Disability Policy Alliance (DRT, Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, Statewide Independent Living Council of Tennessee, and The Arc Tennessee) worked to expand the groups served by the Governor's Office of Diveristy Business Enterprise, or GoDBE. This state program helps smalls businesses owned by diverse groups of people with technical assistance and in procuring State contracts. Specifically it helps minority-owned, women-owned and service-disabled veteran owned businesses. Through a vision from Rep. Daniel and virtually no debate, a bill was passed to include businesses owned by people with disabilities to this great program!
Currently, DRT is working with numerous community partners to educate Tennessee policy makers on a growing national-best practice called Supported Decision-Making (SDM). SDM maintains a person's rights while providing supports when making decisions. SDM is another option alongside conservatorship that can be tailored to the supports needed by each individual through recognized legal tools such as Power of Attorney and Medical Affidavits. While SDM does not have to be law to be used, a bill has passed in Tennessee to recognize SDM as an option. Read more about the bill and watch it's progress.
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