Tennessee Developmental Disabilities Network Spotlight on #DDawareness19
The Tennessee DD Network is made up of four organizations who partner with one another to ensure individuals with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and support they need. For #DDawareness19, we asked the network: What is one of the biggest concerns you hear from individuals with developmental disabilities and their families? How are your agency and the DD Network working to address it? READ MORE>>
What inclusion means to us!
In celebration of #DDawareness19, our staff answered the important question, "What does inclusion mean to you?" This image represents our thoughts and hopes for the future of inclusion for all people. So, what does inclusion mean to you? We'd love to hear! Tell us on Facebook or Twitter!
Down Syndrome Didn't Stop Me
Becoming a Cheerleader!
Watch AC’s story about being the only collegiate cheerleader in the United States with Down Syndrome. Thanks to BORN DIFFERENT for this great video!
By Karen Mevis
CALLER: Hello. I’m a junior in high school, and I was looking at the college programs in Compass earlier in the year, and on the Pathfinder website. And several of them say you have to have a developmental disability. I do have an IEP and some Special Ed services. How do I know if I have a developmental disability? For Pathfinder's response, READ MORE >>
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What is "People First Language" and Why Does it Matter?
People First Language (PFL) is a way of communicating that reflects respect for people with disabilities by choosing words that portray them accurately. Using PFL, emphasis is placed on the person first, rather than on their disability.
Instead of saying "disabled," say "person with a disability."
Use "child with autism" instead of "autistic child."
Write "an individual with an emotional disorder or mental illness," instead of "they are crazy or insane."
Thanks to the Tennessee Disability Coalition for this helpful guide! Click the button below to read more about disability etiquette.
This project is partially funded under grant contracts with the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.