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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.

To read the Home and Community Based Setting and Person Centered Planning Rules Initial Draft Transition in Acrobat Reader (pdf), click HERE. Comments can be made at http://www.tn.gov/tenncare/.

DIDD and TennCare are proposing changes in Tennessee’s Home and Community Based Services. To read the Concept Paper Summary on the waiver, click HERE. To read the full Concept Paper Summary, click HERE. To read The Arc TN''s response letter, click HERE. To read the Concept Paper Summary on the waiting list, click HERE.

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The 2nd annual Hearts Take Flight Pull-a-Plane Challenge fundraising event was a success! Twelve teams of 10 pulled an airplane across the tarmac to raise money for The Arc Tennessee! To see photos and awards, click HERE. Watch The Arc TN Flyers pull!

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The 2014 convention was a success. For details go to the MegaConference website by clicking HERE.

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The Arc Tennessee received a sub-grant through The Arc’s School-to-Community Transition Initiative! This project was made possible through the AT&T Foundation. The grant is a collaborative effort between The Arc Tennessee, The Arc Cumberland Valley, The Arc Davidson County, and The Arc Williamson County. These chapters providing a variety of recruitment and employment supports for Next Steps at Vanderbilt and IDEAL at Lipscomb University, both post secondary programs for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read more about this project HERE.

What challenges and joys arise when people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families age? The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and The Arc Tennessee want to interview families about the issue of aging and then share what we learn with policymakers. If you or your family member has an intellectual or developmental disability and is over the age of 40, we would like to sit down (for about an hour) and learn from you. Please email: Courtney Taylor or call (615) 322-5658.

Vanderbilt School of Medicine is conducting a Brain Imaging Study of Adults with Down Syndrome. The goal of the study is to investigate new ways to detect brain changes associated with Down syndrome and Alzheimer disease. For more information read the brochure HERE.

In the video I'm Thinking College, Even With My Disability, students with intellectual disabilities talk about their experiences at college and highlight the need for more such programs. The video was developed by the Tennessee Alliance for Postsecondary Opportunities for Students with Intellectual Disabilities and produced by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.

ResearchMatch (RM), the country’s first nationwide, non-profit volunteer research recruitment platform for all health conditions has launched a sub-registry for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) in collaboration with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development. RM has a simple goal – to bring together people who are trying to find research studies and researchers who are looking for people to participate in their studies. It is a free, secure online registry. Click HERE for more information.

Recent articles of interest on the Tennessean's website: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20140316/NEWS01/303160102/Tennesseans-disabilities-lack-safety-net-after-finishing-school

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2014/03/30/disabled-womans-death-highlights-challenges/7064757/

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2014/01/19/tn-families-left-only-with-questions-after-deaths-in-state-care/4617467/

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2014/04/13/legal-concerns-raise-treatment-costs-didd/7682291/

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