May 30, 2017

Understanding Educational Rights for Homeless and Unstably Housed Students

Students who are homeless have educational rights under the McKinney-Vento Act, an important federal law that ensures enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth.  If you think a student might be eligible for support under the McKinney-Vento Act speak with your school district's liaison or contact DRT.

May 9, 2017

Client Story: The Marshall Family

Ryan Marshall navigated the challenges of special education and community inclusion with his parents's advocacy. When it came to completing his post-secondary program at Lipscomb, Ryan once more had the support of his parents and DRT to help make it happen. 

May 4, 2017

AHCA Passes in the House

The National Disability Rights Netword responds to the passing of the American Health Care Act in the House today. 

May 1, 2017

We're In This Together

DRT Board Member, Lacey Lyons, shares her tale of navigating the health insurance marketplace. 

April 25, 2017

From Lisa: Who's Doing Healthcare Advocacy?

There are organizations in Tennessee doing great work around healthcare access. Connecting our community of supporters with those organizations and resources is a great place to start. 

April 10, 2017

United States Supreme Court Raises the Bar for Schools

Through a decision on March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court set a higher standard for educating students with disabilities. Read more about this decision and what it means for advocates from one of DRT's Senior Attorneys. 

March 21, 2017

Supported Decision-Making: Creating a Continuum of Choice

Supported decision-making is a new national best practice for supporting individuals in making life decisions while maintaining their rights to make those decisions. The white paper "Supported Decision-Making: Creating a Continuum of Choice" examines this practice in detail. 

March 21, 2017

From Lisa: Self-Determination & Decision-Making

AT DRT we enthusiastically embrace self-determination, the fundamental right to exert control over our lives. This month, Lisa discusses supported decision-making and why DRT is advocating for this as an option to improve decision making and overall quality of life for Tennesseans with disabilities.

March 16, 2017

We All Could Use a Little Help

Everyone already uses supporters to help make important, and even mundane, decisions. I consult my fiancĂ©e about literally everything, and when it’s a bigger decision my family gets involved too. We all engage in this scenario on a daily basis without giving it much thought. Because of this, I couldn’t understand the need to pass SDM legislation.  If everybody was already doing it, what was the need?

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

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