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Knoxville Mayor 's Council November Meeting on Family Support

The Knoxville Mayor 's Council on Disability Issues devoted its November meeting to the Family Support program and the impact of the program 's potential loss on people in the Knoville area. Click Here to view the entire discussion online.

Arc of Davidson Newsletter Focuses on Family Support

SAVE FAMILY SUPPORT! Download pdf of this newsletter Dear Friends: This issue of our newsletter is devoted to Family Support. There is a very good reason for this: In July of this year, the Division of Intellectual Disabilities announced that Family Support would be eliminated as of July 2010 – only a few months from [...]

Report on the Governor 's Budget Hearing

The Governor 's Budget Hearing on the Tennessee Division of Intellectual Disabilities took place on Thursday November 19, 2009. Interim Deputy Commissioner Debra Payne presented the divisional budget to the Governor. At the beginning of the online video of the budget presentation, there is a wide view of the meeting room. This camera angle includes [...]

One Message Many Voices

Your Role in Creating Change in the Service System for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities By Carrie Guiden, Executive Director The Arc of Tennessee One message many voices. I first heard this statement from another disability advocate at a meeting I attended shortly after moving to Tennessee. Those four little words have stayed with [...]

A Christmas Miracle Needed for the Family Support Program

by Linda Hensley lhensley@gcskills.com Here it is again…that time of year…when your thoughts turn to others…when you think about giving, instead of receiving. Don 't get me wrong, I like to receive as well as every other person. But, it seems that this year is a little different than times before. Financially, this past year [...]

Easter Seals and SABE hosting Family Support Conference Calls

News From West Tennessee: Easter Seals, in collaboration with Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE), is hosting a series of monthly conference calls on Family Support. Each call is designed for families of children with developmental disabilities and self-advocates to learn more about family support options, as well as how to advocate for service improvements. This [...]

Governor 's Budget Hearing November 19

Governor Bredesen is holding public departmental budget hearings this week. The Division of Intellectual Disability Services, which oversees the Family Support Program is scheduled to present their budget recommendations from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, November 19. The hearing will be held in the State Capitol Building. As of today, the State of Tennessee [...]

Greene County Skills Newsletter Focuses on Family Support

The Phone Call 8:07 A.M. The phone is “flashing with voice mails waiting to be heard. Families are needing respite, homemaker, personal assistance, specialized equipment that their insurance will not cover, home modification, etc. Family Support is what they need. And, the phone is ringing . . . “Greene County Skills Family Support . . [...]