• February 15, 2022

    Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

    March is Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month. Learn more about DRT’s TBI services.

  • February 4, 2022

    Policy Watch

    Learn more about DRT’s state-level policy work and sign up for DRT’s Policy Watch to receive weekly legislative updates delivered directly to your email.

  • January 25, 2022

    Disability Employment Awareness Luncheon (DEAL) 2022

    Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAL) is coming October 2022!

  • January 21, 2022

    Disability Rights Tennessee’s eighteen month investigation of Wilder Youth Development Center Reveals DCS Failure of Care and Active Endangerment

    Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT) has been monitoring Wilder Youth Development Center (Wilder), a Department of Children’s Services (DCS) facility in Fayette County, Tennessee, for eighteen months. Media has been reporting on escape attempts and other disturbances at Wilder since September of 2019, but no one has stopped to ask, “Why?” Our investigations reveal abuses of youth in custody at Wilder to be at the root of these issues.

  • December 21, 2021

    COVID-19 & Vaccine Information & Resources

    Information and resources about COVID-19 and the COVID-19 Vaccine for people with disabilities.

  • December 3, 2021

    2021: Year in Review

    The COVID-19 pandemic has adjusted the context of DRT’s work but not our core mission. Throughout 2021 our commitment to protecting the rights of Tennesseans has not wavered. Read about how DRT’s programs worked to advance our vision to keep Tennesseans free from harm, free to participate in the community, and free from discrimination in 2021.

  • November 30, 2021

    Accommodating Students with Disabilities Who Cannot Wear Masks

    The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard for children with disabilities. COVID-19 has put them at higher risk for mental, physical, and academic harm. How can students who cannot wear masks in school remain safe through accomidations? Learn more.

  • November 30, 2021

    More than 21 years of Excellence

    Disability Rights Tennessee’s much beloved staff member Andrea (Cookie) Johnson is retiring in December 2021. Though the DRT staff are all sad to see her go, we are also thrilled for her next chapter.

  • October 26, 2021

    Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline with Supports and Services for Children with Disabilities

    When schools don’t follow IEPs and BIPs and/or inappropriately restrain, isolate, or suspend a student following a behavioral incident, students may be pulled from school and placed in juvenile facilities. This can spark a series of additional barriers to success in adulthood. DRT explores how the use of appropriate supports and services in schools can disrupt this school-to-prison pipeline.