News

March 31, 2016

The Disability Policy Alliance

In this legislative session, the Alliance worked to educate legislators about HB1597/HB1651, a bill that restores rights to a population of vulnerable Tennesseans identified in case law as “persons lacking capacity.” DRT's Public Policy Advisor gives us an insider's view of the progression of this legislation.  

March 10, 2016

Talking About Disability

Offensive language does more than just hurt feelings; it can shape perceptions and influence behaviors, which could have tangible negative impacts on the lives of individuals with disabilities. DRT Intern Sarah Balding explores the importance of language in the disability community. 

February 18, 2016

Pledge to Vote TN! At Disability Day on the Hill 2016

More than 300 people attended Disability Day on the Hill and many of them shared why they plan to vote in 2016 with DRT. What’s the most important issue for Tennesseans with disabilities? Transportation? Housing? Kelsey Loschke, one of DRT’s voting rights advocates shares what we learned on the Hill.

 

February 18, 2016

Tennessee’s Voucher Bills

Senate Bill 999 and House Bill 1049, also known as the Tennessee Choice & Opportunity Scholarship Act, proposes a statewide voucher program but didn’t the state pass a ‘voucher bill’ last year? DRT attorney Sherry Wilds explains. 

February 2, 2016

Governor Haslam's State of the State Address

February kicked off with Governor Haslam's State of the State Address. DRT's Public Policy Advisor Angela Webster shares some reflections. 
 

January 28, 2016

Want to keep school vouchers out of Tennessee? You’re too late Program for disabled students takes effect next January

While Tennessee’s legislature was engulfed in a contentious debate over whether to create a school voucher system, the state actually already had a voucher law in place that could impact even more students than under the bill being discussed.

January 7, 2016

NDRN Statement in Response to Executive Action to Reduce Gun Violence

“While we share President Obama’s desire to reduce gun violence, the National Disability Rights Network believes that some of his executive actions violate the rights of people with psychiatric disabilities." NDRN responds to the Executive action to reduce gun violence. 

December 9, 2015

Lawsuit Filed Against Johnson City Medical Center

DRT and NAD files a lawsuit against Johnson City Medical Center for refusal to provide qualified sign language interpreters.

December 4, 2015

DisabilityRightsTN.org

In 2015 Disability Rights Tennessee revealed a new name and a new website with more resources and information than ever.

Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT) is a nonprofit legal services organization that provides free legal advocacy services to protect the rights of Tennesseans with disabilities.

Middle Tennessee (Admin Office)

2 International Plaza, Suite 825
Nashville, TN 37217

Phone: 615-298-1080
Fax: 615-298-2046

East Tennessee

9050 Executive Park Drive, Suite 101-B
Knoxville, TN 37923

Phone: 865-670-2944
Fax: 865-470-7028

West Tennessee

2693 Union Avenue Extended, Suite 201
Memphis, TN 38112

Phone: 901-458-6013
Fax: 901-249-2933