June 7, 2019

The Arc Tennessee, in conjunction with the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, will be hosting forums across the state to talk with families about family engagement with schools, special education rights, and an introduction to adult services.  A...

June 7, 2019

GCA Centre for Adult Autism and the Chattanooga Autism Center are looking for some awesome volunteers to assist with the 3rd Annual Adult Autism Symposium.  They could use them for help in the sensory room, setting up the welcome room, assisting with the check-in proce...

May 24, 2019

Realizing the challenges parents face in advocating for children with disabilities, the Volunteer Advocacy Project (VAP) trains interested individuals to become special education advocates so they can provide instrumental and effective support to families with children...

May 2, 2019

TEIS is in search of parents of children who are currently receiving services from TEIS or have received services in the last five years who are interested in applying as candidates for appointment to TEIS' State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC).  Service on the...

March 29, 2019

Partners in Policymaking is the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities' FREE leadership and advocacy training program for adults with disabilities and family members of persons with disabilities.  This training provides the opportunity to learn from local and...

March 29, 2019

Every parent wants what’s best for their child.  We go to great lengths to make sure our kid has access to a great education provided by qualified teachers.  However, because every child is unique, our paths towards this goal may differ.

Our son was diagnosed with...

March 13, 2019

The Chattanooga Autism Center recently relaunched the IEP/504 Caregiver Mentoring Program. It is a training and advocacy group run by caregivers of loved ones with disabilities. Its purpose is to provide information, support, and guidance to other caregivers so that th...

February 28, 2019

In the article below, Tennessee Works and attorney Cindy Gardner outline the basics of SSI and how to get adult children qualified.  This will be of particular interest to caregivers assisting their transition-aged loved ones (aged 14 and up).  To read the article,...

December 6, 2018

‘Tis the season for dreidels, kinara candles, Santa Claus, and meltdowns?!?  

For families affected by autism, it can be hard to stay jolly when they are dreading the very things that make the holidays great -- Wonderful things like getting together with friends and fam...

November 16, 2018

Thanksgiving …. Ahhhhh.  The smells, the feels, the naps.  

For families affected by autism, Turkey Day may also mean changes in schedules, traveling, loud noises, unfamiliar people, different foods and barely-contained chaos.  While my husband and I have learned h...

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