• August 28, 2023

    Press Release on Week 2 of TN Special Session

    For a PDF of the Press Release, please click here. As advocates for youth with disabilities, we are grateful for the Senate’s leadership in refusing to pass harmful juvenile justice legislation that seeks to criminalize children in a special session about protecting them. While we join many Tennesseans in mourning the lost opportunity to meaningfully […]

  • Tennessee's Special Session
    August 16, 2023

    Tennessee’s Special Session: What You Need to Know

    What is a Special Session? Article 3, Section 9 of the Tennessee Constitution states that the governor “may, on extraordinary occasions, convene the General Assembly by proclamation, in which he shall state specifically the purposes for which they are to convene; but they shall enter on no legislative business except that for which they were […]

  • August 11, 2023

    The Sentencing Project Memorandum

    View the original memorandum here. View more data here. To: Disability Rights Tennessee From: Josh Rovner, Director of Youth Justice Re: Juvenile and Adult Crime in Tennessee Date: August 11, 2023 I have reviewed arrest data from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s “Crime in Tennessee” reports for the years 2011 through 2022, the most recent […]

  • August 9, 2023

    Press Release on TN General Assembly Special Session

    For a PDF of the Press Release click here. For Immediate Release As advocates for youth in the youth justice system, we are disturbed to see the Governor and legislature propose increasing youth incarceration as a response to the tragedy at The Covenant School, a tragedy that had nothing to do with the youth justice […]

  • August 1, 2023

    Minority Mental Health Month

    What is culture? Culture is an incredibly important part of who we are, how we view the world, and how we live our day-to-day lives. For this reason, it is important to have care in the mental health field that is culturally competent. Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Toni Kelly, understood this early in her career […]

  • July 26th Americans with Disabilities Act 33rd Anniversary
    July 26, 2023

    The Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    Although 33 years have passed since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed, there is still progress to be made in all facets of life. Here, at Disability Rights Tennessee, we believe that disability rights are human rights and continue advocating for and protecting the rights of Tennesseans with disabilities. If you have experienced discrimination because of a disability, contact our Get Help Line at 800-342-1664 or

  • New Blog- Free the Vote: Addressing Voter Disenfranchisement in TN
    July 21, 2023

    Free the Vote: Addressing Voter Disenfranchisement in TN

    Kristen Robinson The Power of the Vote “It means my words count.” “Taking control of my destiny.” “A second chance.” “It means freedom.” “Every vote counts. Just being able to be heard means a lot.” These are just a handful of the responses received from individuals housed at the Davidson County Jail when asked what […]

  • July 19, 2023

    Press Release on DCS Investment in Wilder Youth Development Center

    For Immediate Release PDF of Press Release As authors of the Designed to Fail report Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT) and Youth Law Center (YLC) oppose any plans by the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS) to invest further funds in youth incarceration facilities beyond the minimum necessary to keep youth from languishing in unsanitary and […]

  • New Blog. Long COVID as a Disability Under Civil Rights Laws
    July 14, 2023

    Long COVID as a Disability Under Civil Rights Laws

    En español Welcome back to DRT’s blog series related to the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). This is our fourth blog post in a series looking at the lingering effects of the pandemic in the wake of the federal government’s announcement that the PHE is over. Today, we are looking at how […]