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Breaking Ground

cover of Breaking Ground - blue and black cover with black and white photo of African-American family with disabilities

This publication informs a broad audience about Council activities, disability issues and innovative programs for individuals with disabilities, and once a year devotes one of its six issues to the arts, featuring short stories, poetry, photographs, drawings, paintings and cartoons.


Free subscription requests, changes of address or submissions for possible publication should be directed to Breaking Ground, Davy Crockett Tower, First Floor, Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0228, 615-532-6615, or email


For more information and to view current and past issues of Breaking Ground, click here.

Expect Employment: Employment First Task Force Report to the Governor 2014

On Sept. 16, 2014 Governor Haslam announced the completion of the Employment First Task Force report. The report provides an overview of progress made in expanding integrated and competitive employment for people with disabilities over the past year while outlining a set of goals to pursue over the next year. The task force members include representatives from the Departments of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Human Services/Vocational Rehabilitation, Labor and Workforce Development, Education, Mental Health, TennCare, the Council on Developmental Disabilities, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Disability Law & Advocacy Center, service providers, family members and self advocates, and other disability advocacy groups.


Read Governor Haslam's 2013 Executive Order encouraging the expansion of community employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Tennessee.

Special Report Printed Annually

This publication identifies projects funded by the Council for the fiscal year 2011. You can view a copy here or download a PDF here.

The Council's State Plan

Every 5 years, the Council must develop a new State Plan, created with input from Council members and the public. The State Plan is our strategic planning document for the next five years, and it will serve as a framework for our planning, implementing and evaluation activities. In 2011, the Council released its new plan; our goals and priorities can be viewed by clicking here.


The 2014 update to our state plan can be found by clicking here.


Our major priorities for the next 5 years are:

  • - Leadership Development
  • - Public Policy
  • - Public Information
  • - Project Development, Management and Evaluation
  • - Council Support and Administration


For questions about our state plan, contact Alicia Cone.

Fulfilling the Promise

This report of the Developmental Disabilities Task Force describes the need for programs for people with developmental disabilities other than intellectual disabilities and provides ten recommendations to address the issue.


Copies are available from the Council or may be downloaded at

Family Support Special Report

This 2006 special report on the Family Support Program for persons with disabilities and their families explains the background of the program, how the program works and, through personal stories, illustrates the impact of the program on the lives of people with disabilities.


Copies are available from the Council - contact or 615-532-6615.