News

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?

March 6, 2017

DRT's Legal Team Grows

This past month, DRT welcomed attorneys Stacie Price and Sarah King to our legal team. 

February 28, 2017

March is TBI Awareness Month

According to the Brain Injury Association of America, each year an estimated 2.4 million children and adults in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and another 795,000 individuals sustain an acquired brain injury (ABI) from nontraumatic causes. To raise awareness of traumatic brain injury, the Brain Injury Association of America recognizes National Brain Injury Awareness Month every March. 

February 23, 2017

A New Home for Grace

Service animals play crucial roles in their owner’s lives. For Tricia Griggs, a DRT advocate for almost 15 years, she explains that the relationship between owner and service animal extends much deeper than the exchange of a service. 

 

February 21, 2017

Client Story: Greg Burt

For the majority of his life Greg Burt has been a protector, both in his military service and as a firefighter and emergency medical technician for the City of Murfreesboro. When Greg learned that he was experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), he turned toward man's best friend for help. 

January 27, 2017

Policy Watch

The Tennessee General Assembly reconvenes on January 8, 2019 . 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.

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