Self-Advocacy and #SayTheWord
June 2019
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We are reaching out to families, individuals with disabilities, disability service providers, educators, and community organizations across the state to understand how we can best provide the information, services, and resources you need. Share your experiences accessing both our website or statewide help line. We can't wait to hear from you! Questions? Please reach out to Jennifer Bumble at

10 Self-Advocacy Tips for
Young People with Disabilities

Thanks to INCLUDEnyc for this informative video!
Self-Advocacy @ the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities
Self-advocacy refers to the practice of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities speaking up for themselves, making choices about their lives, and expressing their preferences and opinions. It’s important to note that self-advocacy can be considered simply “advocacy” as the effects of self-advocacy extend beyond to others with similar experiences.

The Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities’ is an excellent resource for individuals interested in self-advocacy in Tennessee. For example, their  Partners in Policymaking™ program has been graduating empowered leaders and advocates for the past 25 years!  READ MORE>>

What is "People First Tennessee"?
People First Tennessee is a statewide disability rights organization run by and for people with disabilitiesTheir mission is to provide a means for people with disabilities to air and alleviate their concerns in the areas that affect their lives. People First is governed entirely by people who have disabilities who are elected by their peers and has over 1,165 current members. Click on the map to see chapter locations!
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CALLER:  Hi, I am a student in Murfreesboro.  I have a friend who is new in the area, and he has epilepsy. I’ve used Pathfinder myself before; I have a disability and I was looking up an advocacy organization, and  later some events from the calendar. Now I am wondering if there are any resources for people who have epilepsy that I can point out to my friend. 

What a great question! 
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Learn more about Family Support Program and other topics through our online training webinars and courses.
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Disability is not a dirty word

Research News @ Vanderbilt recently featured Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt for her work on a special article examining the #SayTheWord movement and Disability Identity. Click here to read the story by Joan Brasher.
What do you think of the term "self-advocacy"?
Spot on!
It's fine.
Better words...
New word ASAP.
Tennessee Disability Pathfinder Community Education Series: Mental Health Resources
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A Look Ahead to July
Mark your calendars now for these important activities:

July 8th: The Arc Tennessee Family Forum

July 12th:  Fun Farm Fridays

July 20th: Adaptive Climbing

July 27th:  Annual Southeast Adult Autism Symposium

Click here to see the full calendar of events!
Visit the Camino Seguro database to find community resources in English and Español.
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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