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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services

Mission: To promote the general well-being of all citizens with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

Programs: Advocacy, education and public awareness - the arc tn provides information and referral to anyone who contacts the office seeking assistance, individual advocacy as needed, and training/workshops/consultation on in a variety of areas includingself-determination, person-centered practice, self-advocacy, and others. We also conduct paths (planning alternative tomorrows with hope) for individuals and organizations upon request.

people talking to people (ptp) - assists the department of intellectual and developmental disabilities (didd) with quality assurance and quality improvement by empowering service recipients to give honest feedback regarding the services they receive through participation in a survey that covers four key areas: choice and control; respect and dignity: access to care: community inclusion.

secondary transition project - helps families and students prepare for the significant challenges of secondary transition. The arc tn staff assists families, students and educators to gain knowledge of the process, resources and opportunities in local communities across the state and on the internet through workshops and development of educational materials and through technical assistance in preparing for and attending iep meetings.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Arc of Tennessee is such a mult-facited organiztion who advocates for people with developmental disabilities from birt through their adult lives. Their advoacy services are individually provided and working with State and Federal Government entities. They are a strong voice in Nashville working with policy makers to assure that the needs of people are met across the state. Great Organization.

Karen106

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The ARC of Tennessee is an organization that is truly focused on serving persons with disabilities. I have networked with the organization, encouraged family to contact them, and sought service from them for my son and for clients I have worked with. Each time I have contacted someone representing the organization I have placed another member onto the team working for that person. They truly seek to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities. This is a top notch organization. We in Tennessee are grateful to have our ARC!

Frank M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Arc of Tennessee is a grassroots, non-profit, statewide organization on intellectual & developmental disabilities. For the past 60 years, The Arc Tennessee (as it is now unofficially named) has been advocating for the rights and full participation of all people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities! Also, walking its talk, The Arc Tennessee is this year’s winner of the Nashville Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities Award for an Employer that hires, trains, and supports employees with disabilities. Among its projects employing people with disabilities, The Arc Tennessee manages the People Talking to People project (PTP) and employs a full-time director and a part-time assistant--both with disabilities. Additionally, it currently employs 22 people with disabilities—including Intellectual Disability, Cerebral Palsy, mental illness, disability from Military Service, Multiple Sclerosis, Polio, and Traumatic Brain Injury—as part-time interviewers across Tennessee. The greatest benefit of PTP is that it offers opportunity for people with disabilities to participate in meaningful and gainful employment. Additionally, employment with PTP increases the visibility and raises awareness of people with disabilities actively working in and contributing to their communities--promoting and exemplifying true inclusion for people of all levels of ability!