Four statewide organizations in Tennessee, including the Council, partner with one another and with individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members to ensure that they receive the services and supports they need and jointly they take part in planning those services. Together we are working to promote principles of independence, integration, self-determination, inclusion and productivity.
D.D. Network Partners:
The Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities: Each state has a Council whose key functions are systems change, capacity building, and advocacy. The Tennessee Council accomplishes these aims through public policy collaboration, community building, a grant program, leadership development, and public awareness.
Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT; formerly Disability Law and Advocacy Center) : Each state has a Protection & Advocacy System to empower, protect, and advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities. DRT advocates for the rights of Tennesseans with disabilities to ensure that they have an equal opportunity to be productive and respected members of our society.
University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (UCEDDs):
This network of 64 centers in every U.S. state and territory supports interdisciplinary training, exemplary services, research, and dissemination of information. This network is coordinated by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. Tennessee is one of the few states that has two Centers for Excellence: