• May 11, 2023

    The End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE)

    En español The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has declared that May 11, 2023 marks the end of the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the United States government declared a “Public Health Emergency” that changed the way government programs were accessed, and […]

  • March 16, 2023

    Tennessean | “Tennessee child advocates raise alarm as GOP moves to dissolve child advocacy commission”

    View original article here. Melissa Brown and Josh Keefe, Nashville Tennessean (Published March 16, 2023) Multiple Tennessee child advocacy experts say they are alarmed by a sudden move from a top-ranking legislative Republican to dissolve an independent children’s advocacy commission and distribute its responsibilities to other state agencies. Senate Majority Jack Johnson, R-Franklin, was set […]

  • February 28, 2023

    All Well and Good: Sharing the Story of Haben Girma

    By Freeman World, M.Div  How does she communicate? How does she get around? How… how does she do life? These were just a few of the questions that came to mind when I learned the story of Haben Girma. Born deaf and blind in Oakland, CA, to immigrant parents from Africa, Girma is a lawyer […]

  • 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) Kathy Bonk for Youth Law Center, 202-234-6629 (cell/text), 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