Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
March 2019
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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! 
Call Pathfinder
By Karen Mevis
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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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Learn more about Family Support Program and other topics through our online training webinars and courses.
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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.
 
Examples
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.
Click Here to Read the Guide
A Look Ahead to April
 
April is Autism Awareness Month! Mark your calendars now for these important activities:

April 2nd: World Autism Day 2019

April 6th:
  TRIAD's Family First Workshop

April 24th:  Collaborative on Faith & Disability Webinar

Click here to see the full calendar of events!
Dial 211 for Free Tax Preparation in Your Area
Check out this cool writing project from people with ASD!
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Pittverse Magazine is a quarterly publication written exclusively by adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
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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.

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