Tennesse Autism Resources

Each state sets eligibility ages for services to children and youth with disabilities. For current information concerning this state, please contact the office listed under STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: Special Education Services.

Looking for Websites about Autism in Tennessee? See Tennessee Web Resource

 

 STATE DEPARTMENT OF 
 EDUCATION:  Special
 Education Services
STATE VOCATIONAL
Rehabilitation Agency
DEVELOPMENTAL 
DISABILITIES
Planning Council.
DISABILITY 
Organizations
EARLY 
Intervention System
STATE VOCATIONAL
 Special Needs Programs
DISABILITIES
Advocacy  Program
UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED
Programs 
 
PARENT-TO-PARENT
Program 
DEPARTMENT OF  MENTAL HEALTH  
for children and youth
PARENT-TEACHER
Association (PTA)
TECHNOLOGY RELATED
Assistance
PARENTS  Training and  Information Project DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL Health PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN with Special Health Care
Needs
STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: SPECIAL EDUCATION

Joseph Fisher, Executive Director 
Division of Special Education
Department of Education 
Andrew Johnson Tower, 5th Floor
710 James Robertson Pkwy.
Nashville, TN 37243-0380 
            (615) 741-2851       

PROGRAMS FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS WITH DISABILITIES:
AGES BIRTH THROUGH 2

Contact STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: 
SPECIAL EDUCATION
(see above)

STATE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AGENCY

Jack Van Hooser, Assistant Commissioner
Division of Rehabilitation Services
Department of Human Svcs. 
400 Deaderick Street, l5th Floor 
Nashville, TN 37248-0060 
            (615) 313-4714      

OFFICE OF STATE COORDINATOR OF VOCATIONAL
EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Sam McClanahan, Consultant 
Division of Vocational Education
Andrew Johnson Tower, 4th Floor
710 James Roberston Pkwy.
Nashville, TN 37243-0383
            (615) 532-2800      

STATE MENTAL HEALTH AGENCY 

Ben Dishman, Acting Commissioner 
Department of Mental Health & Mental Retardation 
Andrew Johnson Tower, 11th Floor
710 James Robertson Pkwy.
Nashville, TN 37243-0675
            (615) 532-6500       

STATE MENTAL HEALTH REPRESENTATIVE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH 

Larry Thompson, Director 
Office of Children & Adolescent Services
Department of Mental Health & Mental Retardation
Andrew Johnson Tower, 10th Floor
710 James Robertson Pkwy.
Nashville, TN 37243-0675
            (615) 532-6767      

STATE MENTAL RETARDATION PROGRAM 

Thomas J. Sullivan, Deputy Commissioner
Division of Mental Retardation/Department of 
Mental Health and Mental Retardation
Andrew Johnson Tower, 11th Floor
710 James Robertson Pkwy.
Nashville, TN 37243-0675
            (615) 532-6530      

STATE DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES PLANNING COUNCIL

Wanda Willis, Executive Director 
TN Developmental Disabilities Council
Andrew Johnson Tower, 10th Floor
710 James Robertson Pkwy.
Nashville, TN 37243-0675
            (615) 532-6615      

PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY AGENCY

Shirley Shea, Executive Director
TN Protection and Advocacy, Inc.
P.O. Box 121257 
Nashville, TN 37212 
            (615) 298-1080      ;             (800) 342-1660       (Toll-free in TN only) 

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS

Jackie Cundall, Director 
Children’s Special Services
Department of Health 
Cordell Hull Building, 5th Floor
425 5th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37247-4701
            (615) 741-8530       

STATE EDUCATION AGENCY RURAL REPRESENTATIVE

Ann Hampton, CSPD
Department of Education, Division of Special Education
Andrew Johnson Tower, 5th Floor
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243-0380
            (615) 741-2851      

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING

Kenneth Tedford, Executive Director
Tennessee Council for the Hearing Impaired
400 Deaderick Street, 11th Floor
Nashville, TN 37248-6300
            (615) 313-4913       (V/TTY)
            (615) 313-5695       (24-hour answering machine) 

STATE DEPARTMENT FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN STATE CUSTODY

George Hattaway, Commissioner
TN Department of Children’s Services
7th Floor, Cordell Hull Building
436 6th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243-1290
            (615) 741-9699      

DISABILITY ORGANIZATIONS

Attention Deficit Disorder
To identify an ADD group in your state or locality, contact either:Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CH.A.D.D.)
499 NW 70th Avenue, Suite 101
Plantation, FL 33317
            (954) 587-3700      
            (800) 233-4050       (Voice mail to request information packet)
URL: http://www.chadd.org

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
P.O. Box 972
Mentor, OH 44061
            (216) 350-9595      
            (800) 487-2282       (Voice mail to request information packet)
E-mail: NATLADDA@aol.com
URL: http://www.add.org

Brain Injury
Gary Driskill, Executive Director
Brain Injury Association of Tennessee
699 W. Main Street, Suite 203B
Hendersonville, TN 37075
            (615) 264-3052      ;             (800) 480-6693       (Toll-free in TN only)
E-mail: BIAT@juno.com

Cerebral Palsy 
Diana Reid, Executive Director
United Cerebral Palsy Association of the Mid-South 
4189 Leroy Avenue
Memphis, TN 38108 
            (901) 761-4277      

Epilepsy 
Jean Dodds, Executive Director 
Epilepsy Foundation of West Tennessee 
4013 Premier
Memphis, TN 38118
            (888) 287-3370      ;             (901) 795-6160      

Learning Disabilities 
Learning Disabilities Association of Greater Memphis
5587 Murray Road, Suite 101
Memphis, TN 38119
            (901) 763-1430      

Mental Health 
Elizabeth Lentchner, Executive Director
Mental Health Association in Nashville
2401 21st Avenue South, Suite 301
Nashville, TN 37212
            (615) 269-5355      
E-mail: mhanashville@ezsys.com

George Haley, President
TN Alliance for the Mentally Ill 
5410 Homberg Drive, Suite 4
Knoxville, TN 37919-5029 
            (423) 602-7900      

Mental Retardation 
Roger Blue, Executive Director 
The Arc of Tennessee 
1719 W. End Avenue, #3000
Nashville, TN 37203 
            (615) 327-0294      

Speech and Hearing 
Judy Plummer, Executive Director
TN Association of Audiologist & Speech-Language Pathologists
530 Church Street, Suite 700
Nashville, TN 37219
            (615) 254-3687      

OTHER DISABILITY ORGANIZATIONS 

Jayne Perkins, President & CEO
Easter Seals
2001 Woodmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37215
            (615) 292-6640      Leslie Greenhill, Executive Director
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
1101 Kermit Drive, Suite 201
Nashville, TN 37217
            (888) 399-3272      ;             (615) 399-3200      

UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED PROGRAM

Frederick B. Palmer, Director 
Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities — UAT
The University of Tennessee, Memphis 
711 Jefferson Avenue 
Memphis, TN 38105 
            (901) 448-6512      
URL: http://www.utmem.edu/nursing/practice/bcdd.html

TECHNOLOGY-RELATED ASSISTANCE

Rob Roberts, Project Director
Tennessee Technology Access Project
710 James Robertson Parkway
Andrew Johnson Tower, 10th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243-0675
            (615) 532-6558      ;             (615) 741-4566       (TTY)
            (800) 732-5059       (Toll-free in TN only)
E-mail: rroberts2@mail.state.tn.us

PARENT TRAINING AND INFORMATION PROJECT

Nancy Diehl, Director
Support and Training for Exceptional Parents (STEP)
424 East Bernard Avenue, Suite 3
Greeneville, TN 37745
            (423) 639-0125      ;             (800) 280-7837       (Toll-free in TN only)
            (423) 639-2464       (TTY)
E-mail: tnstep@aol.com
URL: http://www.tnstep.org

PARENT-TO-PARENT 

Suzanne Rothacker, Coordinator
Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP) Program 
Cordell Hull Building, 5th Floor
426 5th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37247-4850 
            (615) 741-8530      

PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA) 

Delores McGill, President
Tennessee Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc.
1905 Acklen Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212-3788
            (615) 383-9740      

Tennessee Web

Civil Liberties and Human Rights  
Memphis National Civil Rights Museum 
Oak Ridge Area Civil Liberties Union 
Tennesseans for Choice Legal Assistance  
Knoxville Legal Aid Society, Inc. 
Nashville Bar Association Community Service Projects 

Community 
Tennessee State and Local Government 
KORRnet: Knoxville-Oak Ridge Regional Network 
Child and Family, Inc. 
ACORN 
Bristol Life Saving Crew
Knoxville Red Cross 
Hometown Connections 
Neighborhood Network   
Knowles Senior Center 
Senior Link Hotline 
East Tennesssee Technology Access Center 
 

Disability Information  
ARC of Tennessee 
ARC of Upper Cumberland 
Knoxville Area Community Center for the Deaf 
Memphis Center for Independent Living 
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic Tennessee Unit Sertoma Center 
United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee Health  
Alliance for Mentally Ill of Knoxville, Inc (KnoxAMI) 
Eastern Tennessee Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association 
Interfaith Health Clinic 
Mental Health Association of Greater Knoxville 
Nashville CARES 
Rocinante 
Trinity Foundation International 
Medical Resources on the Web
 
Education  
Challenger Learning Center 
Tennessee Education Association Computers & Technology  
Chattanooga Community Link 
East Tennesssee Technology Access Center 
MECCA (Memphis Educational Computer Connectivity Alliance) 
Tech Corps Tennessee 

Family and Parenting  
Knoxville Child Care Information and Referral Office 
 

Hunger and Poverty  
Second Harvest Foodbank of East Tennessee

Homelessness and Housing  
Campus for Human Development 
Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise 
Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County 
Knoxville Habitat for Humanity, Inc.

Children and Youth  
CISV Knoxville 
Camp Fire Boys and Girls 
Chattanooga Big Brothers/Big Sisters 
Columbus Home, Inc. 
Creative Discovery Museum 
Exchange Club – Carl Perkins Center 
Girls, Inc. – Oak Ridge 
Holston Home For Children 
Inner City Outings – Memphis   
United Way of Greater Knoxville 
YWCA of Knoxville 
YWCA of Oak Ridge Community Service (Volunteering) 
Chattanooga Venture 
Humboldt Lions Club 
Optimists Clubs of Memphis and Shelby County 
Optimist Club of Northeast Memphis, Inc. 
Plenty 
Volunteer Center of Memphis 
 
Recovery, Addiction, and Abuse 
East Tennessee Victim’s Rights Tak Force 
Florence Crittenton Agency 
Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Knoxville 
SHARE   
Wellness Community 
 
 


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