People First Tennessee


PF logoAbout this project

  • The Arc Tennessee received a grant from the Tennessee Disability Coalition to help revitalize People First of Tennessee (PFTN).
  • PFTN is a state-wide grassroots-membership disability rights organization that promotes self-advocacy and advocates for full inclusion of all people with disabilities in their communities, employment, education, housing, transportation, voting, and relationships. People First empowers individuals with disabilities to be community leaders in addressing issues that affect them.

PFTN's Goals

  • PFTN will develop a strong advisory council led by self-advocates and advisers that will create a three-year strategic plan
  • PFTN will support development of at least one local chapter in the west, middle and east regions of Tennessee, partnering with The Ar or other organizations for techncial and structural support
  • PFTN will create a statewide membership network, including the creation of a membership database, a system for membership recruitment and renewal, a strong social media presence and consistent in-person meetings and webinars
  • These goals will be met by the end of 2018

Local PFTN chapters

  • Host speakers on topics that members care about
  • Have fundraising and “fun” raising events to build chapter strength and unity
  • Help educate the community on the value of people with disabilities and how they contribute to everyone’s quality of life
  • Address disability issues on the local and regional level
  • Enroll members

As a team, PFTN can

  • Teach youth and adults with disabilities about their legal rights and responsibilities, how to become effective self-advocates, and the power of self-determination
  • Provide support to groups and chapters across the state on awareness of important issues, leadership opportunities, and how to take action on important disability-related issues and concerns
  • Provide leadership, public speaking, and empowerment training 
  • Serve on state, regional, and national policy-making bodies
  • Address disability issues on a state level and influence public policy

Join Today

  • To join, download the membership form HERE
  • To download the flyer click HERE
  • To start a chapter in your area, send a message to or call 615-248-5878, extension 305
  • To download the Advisory Council Introduction flyer, click HERE
  • To download the Advisory Coucil’s Roles and Responsibilities, click HERE
  • To download the Advisory Council’s Nomination form, click HERE


Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)