On May 11, 2017, the inaugural class of the Leadership Academy for Excellence in Disability Services graduated. The Academy was created by the Council on Developmental Disabilities in partnership with the TN Department of Human Resources (who also organized and conducted the Academy). The curriculum and leadership competencies were developed by leadership from all participating agencies (the Council, Dept. of Human Resources, Bureau of TennCare, Dept. of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, Dept. of Education, Dept. of Health, Department of Human Services & Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Department of Veterans Services, and the Commission on Aging & Disability). Click here to see the list of graduating participants.
Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 2:14pm
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 3:57pm
Governor Bill Haslam has signed a proclamation designating March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Gov. Haslam shared: "I’m proud of our state’s commitment to increasing opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to pursue their goals, contribute to their communities and live quality lives. From inclusive higher education programs on college campuses, to the Employment First focus of state and community agencies, to the new ABLE TN savings program led by the Tennessee Department of Treasury, there are countless examples of state agencies, community organizations and families working together to make sure Tennesseans with developmental disabilities have the chance to thrive." Read the proclamation and more info here.
Friday, July 15, 2016 | 1:05pm
The Tennessee Forestry Commission will meet July 28-29 for a special two-day gathering. Committee members will start July 28 at 2 p.m. EDT to tour the Tennessee Nursery located at 9063 U.S. Highway 411in Delano, Tenn. The meeting will reconvene July 29 at 8 am. EDT at Greenway Farm located at 4960 Gann Store Road in Hixon, Tenn.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 | 5:31pm
Tuesday, October 06, 2015 | 12:49pm
In its second annual report to Gov. Bill Haslam, the Employment First Task Force highlighted a groundbreaking cooperative effort among state government agencies, defined key metrics for monitoring progress across a 3-year strategic plan, and outlined a public-private partnership to publicly track state and national data in several sectors.
Tuesday, August 04, 2015 | 10:18am
Five state agencies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to improve services and better prepare youth with disabilities to transition from school into integrated employment in the community.