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.

Opportunity to Participate in Assistive Technology Beta Project - The Arc Tennessee and the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are looking for individuals with motor speech disorders and IDD between the ages of 16 and 60 to help test an award-winning assistive technology. We are working with a company called Voiceitt to beta test their speech recognition technology designed to help people with speech impairments to communicate and be understood. We are seeking individuals and their caregivers to participate in this beta testing project to provide honest feedback on the technology so that the company can create the best user experience possible. Those accepted for participation into the beta testing project will be compensated for their time, provided that they complete the requirements for the project. The project will last approximately 3-6 months (July-December 2019). Participants will be provided with the necessary technology during the testing period and have the option to continue using it beyond the testing period at a very low cost. To learn more about the Voiceitt technology, visit www.voiceitt.com. To be considered for participation in the project, please complete the application at www.tn.gov/didd/voiceitt. If you don’t have access to a computer or need assistance completing the application, contact Dean Fox at 615-248-5878 x304 or Dean Fox.

The Arc Tennessee and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center are partnering to collect stories from individuals with disabilities and their families on the topic of civic engagement to highlight how people with disabilities and their families are making a difference in their communities through the political process. The Kindred Stories of Disability project is an important educational tool for legislators and policymakers, and we need your stories about:

  • Voting (first-time, barriers/accessibility, importance of participation, etc.)
  • Educating elected officials about issues that impact people with disabilities and families
  • Advocating for the rights of people with disabilities

Interviews last about an hour, can take place in your home, other location or even over the phone, and will be conducted in September and October of 2019. Stories will be compiled in a booklet and shared with legislators and policymakers during the 2020 Disability Day on the Hill. You’ll get a copy too! Please let Courtney Taylor know ASAP if you are willing to participate at courtney.taylor@vumc.org and put “Kindred Stories” in the subject line, or call (615) 322-5658.

Tenncare Connect is the TennCare self-service web portal. It helps Tennesseans covered by TennCare manage their accounts and makes it easier to apply for and receive TennCare benefits. To read “What You Need to Know About TennCare Connect” click HERE. Applicants and members can create an account on the TennCare Connect website by using this link: www.tenncareconnect.tn.gov.

Attention Siblings-in-Law: invitation to participate in Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's study for individuals 18+ years old who are married to a spouse who is a brother/sister to a person with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Anonymously share your experience, thoughts and feelings of being a sibling-in-law by accessing this link:

The Arc of the United States released the Family & Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS) Community Report 2017. View the full FINDS report HERE.

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

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