News

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 17, 2017

From Lisa: Early Intervention Can Reduce Adverse Outcomes

Too often schools, which can play a critical role in identifying and treating mental health conditions, are not adequately prepared to address this issue. Lisa shares how DRT responds to this problem by working with individual students and their families and with school systems in the state to implement a systemic approach to ensure that students receive needed services.

January 12, 2017

When School Anxiety Becomes Disabling

Eric, a second-grade student, rarely lasts longer than an hour in his classroom before making the trek to the behavior lab, the designated refocusing tool by school officials. Unfortunately, for Eric, the lab has evolved into a place of daily isolation and discipline. 

October 26, 2016

DRT Presents Annual Freedom Awards

This year DRT honored Joey Hassell and Martie Lafferty as part of the 3rd Disability Employment Awareness Luncheon held on October 20, 2016. 

September 8, 2016

Report Released on Segregation of Inmates with Mental Illness

Between 80,000 and 100,000 inmates are currently segregated in prison cells nationwide for 22-24 hours per day, for days, months, years, and in some cases decades at a time.  A new report outlines the advocacy efforts undertaken on behalf of inmates with mental illness in segregation by the P&A network, and calls for greater national prison reform measures. 

 

September 2, 2016

Tickets to DEAL 2016 On Sale

Tickets for DEAL 2016 featuring keynote speaker, Deb Dagit, on sale.Through September 15, receive a $25 discount with the code EARLYBIRD.

August 26, 2016

DRT Announces Departure of Legal Director

After thirteen years at DRT, Martha "Martie" Lafferty leaves to join national civil rights firm Stein & Vargas.

August 18, 2016

Limited Language, not Limited Engagement

Parents with limited English proficiency (LEP) experience unique barriers to accessing the resources and supports needed to be effective advocates for their child. What are schools required to do to include them as equal partners in their child’s education?

August 17, 2016

You Can Do It!

As a new semester approaches many postsecondary students are asking, how will I get the supports I need this year and where do I go for help? DRT Attorney Bianca Henry shares some of her personal and professional knowledge about reasonable accommodations in postsecondary settings.

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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