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Policy Updates!
February 2018
Disability Day on the Hill 2018 may be over, but our work is not! Tennessee is in the middle of a legislative session and we want you to be informed - so read on!
Bills to Watch this Legislative Session: 

This list is by no means comprehensive, but we thought we would highlight a few bills in particular that will affect people with disabilities and ask some critical questions about these bills. For more details on any of these bills, you can go to the Tennessee General Assembly website and do a bill search. The Arc Tennessee and Tennessee Disability Coalition also have compiled the following more comprehensive documents detailing bills of possible interest to people with disabilities:
The Arc Tennessee Legislative Update, February 2018

We encourage you to get in touch with your legislators and voice either your support for, or opposition to, these bills:  
  • SB264/HB - Supported Decision-Making Act (see below) ...
  • SB2464/HB2124 - TennCare Work Requirement Waivers/amendments, no current waiver for caregiver of child with a disability ...
  • SB2008/HB2053 -  Requires Dept of Health to provide info. on Down Syndrome to certain persons ... 
  • SB1904/HB1899 - Prohibits employer discrimination against employees with disabilities ...
  • SB2259/HB2114 - Complete College Tennessee Act, sets credit requirements for students to keep TN Promise scholarship  which could be difficult for students with disabilities...
  • SB2330/HB2330 - Prohibits use of corporal punishment against students with disabilities ...
  • HB1311 - Sets state minimum wage at $10.10/hour ...
READ MORE about these, and other bills proposed in Tennessee! 
The skinny on Supported Decision-Making with Jonathan Martinis, J.D., a video for parents, teachers, & anyone else, from Transition Tennessee.
Supported Decision-Making

It's the buzz word these days & a big policy issue this legislative session!
SB264/HB941: Supported Decision-Making Act:
Enacts the Supported Decision Making Agreement Act, which allows for an adult with a disability to seek assistance in making certain decisions without forfeiting their self-determination as the ultimate decision-maker in their life.
Supported Decision-Making (SDM), is a process that protects a person’s right to make his or her own life decisions by, and is a viable alternative to conservatorship. The research shows that people live longer happier lives when they retain more decision-making power, and this bill  proposes SDM as an official legal alternative to other forms of guardianship. 
Let's Get Together: Meeting With Your Legislator
via TN Disability Coalition
#DDH2018 may be over, but your legislators still need to hear from you!
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#HandsOff: Medicaid Saved Spencer's Life 

# This is a new series at The Arc Blog called #HandsOff. Each month, the blog will feature a story from individuals and families across The Arc’s network about how some of today’s key policy issues impact their day to day lives.#

My name is Erica, and my son Spencer and I live in Indianapolis, Indiana.  I am a recruiter and Spencer is in the 5th grade. Spencer is incredible.  He has accomplished so much in 12 years.  He was named the 2014 first ever Great American Museum Advocate by the American Alliance of Museums.  He’s been a huge blues fan since the age of 3 and is the only kid to ever wish to meet BB King.  He’s been to the White House and met Michelle Obama.  His favorite subject to learn about is the civil rights movement.  He loves magic and musicals, but if he had his choice he would spend all day sewing and making puppets.  Incredible, right?  Here is what makes his story even more incredible.  He has done all of this with ½ of a brain. READ MORE >>
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