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The Arc is the nation’s largest and leading organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families with a 60 year history of promoting and protecting the rights of people with I/DD and providing them the opportunity to live full, satisfying and self-determined lives as valued and contributing members of their communities.

Si tiene un niño o miembro de la familia con una incapacidad intelectual o de desarrollo, puede contactuar Pathfinder a: 615-875-5083 para recibir más información sobre recursos y servicios.

TennCare announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 that CMS approved the proposed Employment and Community First (ECF) CHOICES Waiver (aka “Amendment 27”).  TennCare’s goal is to have ECF CHOICES ready for implementation by July 1, 2016. Click HERE to view a summary of the ECF CHOICES Waiver program.  To review the entire proposal, click HERE.

Hundreds of self-advocates, family members and community partners supported Disability Day on the Hill
On Tuesday evening, January 26, 2016, the ballroom of the Downtown Sheraton Hotel was packed with self-advocates, family members, and community partners chatting with their state legislators. The annual legislative reception, hosted by the Tennessee Disability Coalition and sponsored by several member organizations including The Arc Tennessee, offers a relaxed atmosphere of food and fellowship where people can talk to their legislators about issues of importance to them. On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, the halls of legislative plaza were filled with people from all over the state who were meeting with their legislators about disability issues. The Disability Policy Alliance hosted a Welcome Program in the Senate Chambers where nearly 100 people came listen to various government departments share successes from the past year and challenges for the year ahead. They also heard from family member and Board President of The Arc Tennessee John Shouse, who shared his personal story of advocacy and self-advocate, and employee of The Arc Mid-South Brittany Carter shared her personal story of advocacy. There were many young adults at DDH sharing their stories about going to college, participating in Project Search, and working. It was exciting to see so many “next generation” self-advocates involved. Below is a short video of Brittany Carter’s presentation.

The Tennessee Treasury Department has officially launched ABLETN.GOV! ABLE Accounts are tax-advantaged saving accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families. This site will keep Tennesseans informed about the implementation of Tennessee's Achieving a Better Life Experience Program, ABLE TN. The site will be a source for ABLE TN news and provide visitors with an opportunity to register to receive updates. Feedback and suggestions for improvement is welcome.

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The Arc has officially launched its Center for Future Planning site that provides reliable information and assistance in these areas: person-centered planning; decision-making; housing options; and financial planning. To visit the site click HERE.

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