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Frank M.

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Review for The Arc Of Tennessee Inc, Nashville, TN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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