Who are we?

We are your neighbors and friends. We are your children and cousins. We are people, just like you, who seek to build our own lives, jobs, homes and families.

Tennesseans with developmental disabilities include persons with intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, autism, spina bifida, brain and spinal cord injuries and other conditions occurring at birth or before age 22. We may need different levels of assistance, but when we receive appropriate support we can live fully integrated and productive lives in the community rather than in nursing homes and institutions.

What is The Promise?

Our state has provided a variety of services to persons with intellectual disabilities (once called mental retardation; the term intellectual disability is now preferred) for many decades. However, persons with other forms of developmental disabilities are not allowed to receive those services.

In 2000, the Tennessee General Assembly revised Title 33 of state law, expanding eligibility for home and community based services, effective March 2002, to include persons with all forms of developmental disabilities....but no services were ever started. The promise remains unfulfilled.

To read more about the history of Fulfill the Promise, the creation of a taskforce and recommendations made by that taskforce, click the History link.

What still needs to be done?

Tennessee should provide an array of home and community-based services to persons with developmental disabilities, including a Medicaid Waiver program for persons with a developmental disability other than an intellectual disability.

Click the Call to Action link to join our cause!

Disability Policy Alliance positions statements available. Click the Updates link on the left.