The Arc supports families of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They have been instrumental in passing state and federal legislation regarding individuals with disabilities. Their broad network includes state and local chapters.
Easter Seals helps with early intervention, inclusive childcare, medical rehabilitation and autism services for young children and their families; job training and coaching, employment placement and transportation services for adults with disabilities, including veterans; adult day services and employment opportunities for older adults – in addition to a variety of additional services for people of all ages including mental health and recovery programs, assistive technology, camp and recreation, caregiving support including respite – and much more.
National Down Syndrome Society advocates value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The National Down Syndrome Society envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities.
Special Olympics provides “year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.”
Tennessee Disability Pathfinder provides support services and training including multicultural education.
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center helps find discoveries and best practices that make positive differences in the lives of persons with developmental disabilities and their families. Services are offered to people with disabilities, families, educators and healthcare and other service providers. Programs apply the latest knowledge obtained through disabilities research and provide service models.