ADA Community Disability Organizations
Disability Resources and Information
Empower Me Day Camp
The Day Camp offers a complete program of adaptive activities including sports, music and drama, arts and crafts, water games, nature, and outdoor adventure, and much more. The camp is offered three weeks in June and three weeks in July. The Respite Program is also part of the Day Camp Program. Respite opportunities consist of bimonthly events for our families to be able to depend on for childcare. These fun one-day events include pizza and movie nights, Spring Fling, Christmas Camp, Saturday Camp, and other fun active days.
Michelle Hill is the Executive Director. Please call (615) 453-0005 or email EmpowerMeDayCamp@aol.com
Lebanon Special School District
LSSD is committed to seeking out and serving children ages three through 14 that qualify as having a disability in the State of Tennessee. There are currently 13 Federal and two state categories of disabilities that can be considered through an assessment process. Assessing and determining eligibility for special education services is provided free to families. You may contact the Special Education Supervisor at 615.449.6060 for additional information.
Greater Nashville Regional Council – Aging and Disability Services
The primary purpose of the Aging and Disability Program is to coordinate the delivery of services and programs which promote an environment conducive to enhancing the quality of life of the region’s older population. GNRC’s information and Assistance program provides a helpline designed to assist seniors and adults with disabilities navigate through community resources and the long-term care system by providing information, referrals, and assessments. The helpline is available Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Arc Davidson County and Greater Nashville
The Arc was founded in 1952 by parents and friends of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. We are Nashville’s chapter of The Arc of The United States, the nation’s largest membership disability organization. Their members are people with disabilities as well and their families, friends and supporters in Davidson and surrounding counties. They support, protect, and advocate on behalf of more than five thousand children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. In partnership with our national, state and other local chapters, they campaign for public awareness and for policies that benefit all of our constituents as well as other people with disabilities. To inquire about their services, contact (615) 321-5699.
Tennessee Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Tennessee Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a State agency that is part of the Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services. They provide a wide range of services to persons of all ages who are blind or severely visually impaired.
Tennessee Disability Coalition
The Tennessee Disability Coalition is an alliance of organizations and individuals joined to promote the full and equal participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of life.
To support this mission, the Coalition offers the following programs - Public Policy Program, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Network, Family Voices of Tennessee, Benefits to Work, Brain Links, and Discretionary Small Grants Program
Disability Rights Tennessee
Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT) was founded as E.A.C.H. in 1978. Most recently the agency was known as Disability Law & Advocacy Center of Tennessee. DRT provides services to people with disabilities across the state with numerous issues, including employment discrimination, safety in schools, abuse and neglect, and access to community resources and services.
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Since 1946, Paralyzed Veterans of America has been a leading advocate for quality health care, spinal cord research, VA benefits and civil rights for veterans and all people with disabilities.
Tennessee Council of the Blind, Mid Tennessee
The Mid-Tennessee Council of the Blind (MTCB) is one of five 501c3 not-for-profit chapters across the state whose members are concerned about the dignity and well-being of blind people and vision impaired Middle Tennesseans. Members include persons who are blind, losing vision, or are parents of a child who is blind or visually impaired or fully sighted. They welcome anyone who wishes to work toward equal rights and full participation in society for everyone with a disability.
Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities
The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is the federal administering agency that oversees Councils, P&A Systems and UCEDDs.
Tennessee School for the Deaf
The mission at Tennessee Schools for the Deaf is to empower students, families, and stakeholders through education, advocacy, and community.
National Multiple Sclerosis – Mid South Chapter
The Mid South Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in Tennessee, North Georgia, North Mississippi and Eastern Arkansas and raise funds for critical MS research.Tel: 615-690-5321 Email: TNS@NMSS.ORG
Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee
Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee (DSAMT) is a community of parents, grandparents, siblings, physicians, educators, professionals, friends, and self-advocates from 40 counties in Middle Tennessee who celebrate and support individuals with Down Syndrome and their families
Hellen Keller National Center
If you are interested in learning about support services near your home, would like to take advantage of the technology available through the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program or want to explore the possibility of training at the national headquarters, your regional representative is your link to all that the Heller Keller National Center (HKNC) has to offer. Please contact them for consultation, advocacy, assessment, training, referrals and more.
Serving individuals and families who live with hearing loss, providing education, outreach, case management, interpreting services, and more--always striving for a vibrant community of equality, access, opportunity, and self realization, a community in which all are welcomed and valued.
A non-profit resource center dedicated to raising awareness about Special Needs Trusts. Vista Points provides trustee services for three types of Special Needs Trusts: first party or self-settled trusts, third party trusts and pooled trusts. Through community outreach activities and educational programs, Vista Points promotes the advantages of Special Needs Trusts to those who will most benefit from them, including people living with a physical, mental or intellectual disability, their parents and caregivers, and the professionals who serve and guide them.
Autism Society of Middle Tennessee
Advocate for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. They stay on top of news and policy that affects the autism community and collaborate with the greater disability community to act when necessary both locally and nationally.