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Breaking Ground


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 the Editor, Breaking Ground, Parkway Towers, 404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 130, Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0228 or e-mail


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

Legislative Monitor

Through a grant with The Arc of Tennessee, this monthly publication reports on state and federal Legislation affecting persons with disabilities, and annually provides up-to-date listings of Tennessee State and federal legislators.


Subscriptions are free and issues are available via mail, e-mail or fax. To subscribe, e-mail your name, address, e-mail address, daytime phone number and your choice of format or mail the information to The Arc of Tennessee, 151 Athens Way, Suite 100, Nashville, TN 37228.

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.


Our major priorities for the next 5 years are:

- Leadership Development

- Service System Improvement

- Information and Outreach

- 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

Supporting Families in Tennessee: This 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.