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.

Nashville convention

The Arc US November 2018 convention is in Nashville! This event promises not only an exciting location in Music City USA, but a dynamic and diverse program to match. You’ll have dozens of sessions and speakers to choose from on topics like advocacy, federal supports and services, housing, employment, DSPs, and more. This is the perfect opportunity for Tennesseans to get to attend a national conference! For all information and registration click HERE!

During the TN Disability MegaConference, Jeremy Norden-Paul and Shannon Nehus, presented on the proposed changes to Employment and Day Services in the 1915c waivers. DIDD recorded the presentation in order to make it available for people who were unable to attend who are interested in learning more about the changes for many people supported through DIDD. To view, go to: https://youtu.be/2apGU5Tcv-s

Kindred Stories of Disability: the right to communicate - this is a a collaborative project between the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) and The Arc Tennessee. We are seeking interviews with individuals with communication disabilities and/or their families. The focus will be on furthering the work of raising expectations and improving awareness of the need for effective augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for people with communication disabilities. Stories will be shared with legislators and policymakers. To see details and to participate, open the flyer by clicking HERE.

The Arc of the United States released the Family & Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS) Community Report 2017. It provides key insights into the experiences of 3,000 families who provide supports to a family member with I/DD and information on the realities faced by individuals with I/DD and the economic implications, logistical challenges, and major gaps that exist in caregiving infrastructure. View the full FINDS report HERE.

Anonymously share your experience with Residential Care Services and Respite Care Services. Ten randomly selected participants will receive a $25 gift card to the store of their choice. The survey will take less than 30 minutes to complete. To participate click HERE. If you have questions, contact Vanderbilt graduate student Bridgette Garcia.

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s TRIAD (Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders) is gathering information from educators and parents throughout Tennessee. Our goal is to support school teams and caregivers by developing trainings and resources. Click on the link to participate:

Be a part of a research study investigating experiences and quality of life among caregivers of individuals with both intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and dementia. The purpose of this study is to examine the experiences of caregivers and caregivers’ quality of life. To be included, you must be a caregiver of an individual with both an intellectual and/or developmental disability and dementia. If you meet these criteria, you are eligible to participate in this online study. Participants will be entered into a drawing to receive a $20 gift card. A follow up interview may be conducted over the phone or in-person to gather more information regarding the experiences and family quality of life. If you are interested in participating, please click this link:

Brandeis University is conducting a study on sexual and reproductive health care for women with IDD. They are seeking family caregivers of women with IDD to complete an online survey. The goal of the survey is to understand the perspectives and experiences of family caregivers about sexual and reproductive health care for women with IDD. Family caregivers are people who provide care for or help in some way a family member with an intellectual or developmental disability. The survey is available by clicking HERE.

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This project is partially funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee.

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