VITA – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Vita_logo_finalDuring tax season each year, the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga coordinates the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in partnership with the City of Chattanooga, the IRS, and the United Way of Greater Chattanooga. Offering free tax preparation services to low- to moderate-income individuals and families.  Find tax site locations, what to bring, tax forms that you need, and income criteria when you visit VITA in Chattanooga, TN.

Georgia’s programs are coordinated by other agencies in partnership with the IRS.  Click here to find location sites in Georgia.

Special Needs Planning at Chambliss, Bohner, & Stophel

When planning for long term care of a loved one with special needs, special care must be taken to work with someone who specializes in estate planning for those with disabilities and special needs trusts. Chambliss_Logo “Dana Perry concentrates her practice on estate planning, special needs planning and elder law. Dana has a hands-on approach helping clients provide for their family’s future security and protect their assets through creative planning. Additional areas of focus include long-term care planning, navigating the Medicaid rules, veterans’ benefits planning, multi-generational trust planning and drafting and administering supplemental needs trusts.”

To learn more about Dana Perry.

CARTA – Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority


“CARTA Care-A-Van service is available to residents and visitors in CARTA’s service area who due to injury, illness or functional incapacity of a temporary or permanent nature, are unable to use CARTA’s fixed route transit vehicles. Care-A-Van service requires an application and physician’s statement to verify eligibility in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).   Care-A-Van operates daily with special schedules on holidays. In order to accommodate as many riders as possible, (more…)


Brain Injury Association of Tennessee



Educating and supporting Tennessee brain injury survivors, families, and caregivers.


Uniting communities to maximize the quality of life of those affected by brain injury.


To meet our mission and head toward our vision, the Brain Injury Association of Tennessee has set goals for the immediate future, as follows: (more…)


Chattanooga Brain Injury Association


The goal of the Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association is to improve the quality of life for persons with a brain injury and their families.  The service coordinator will assist families, professionals, and educators with “filling in the gaps.”


To reduce the occurrence of, and empower those affected by, brain injures. (more…)


Mental Health Cooperative

mental-health-cooperative-MHC uses a holistic approach, combining evidence-based psychotherapy, intenstive in-home case management and psychiatry into an integrated system of care.

Intensive Case Management, Counseling Services, Psychiatric Services, and Initial Admission Assessments.


We know that a child or adolescent who is struggling with emotional/behavioral issues can create stress within the entire family. That’s why Mental Health Cooperative’s approach works, because we not only focus on your child’s unique needs but also on the needs of your family. We assist you in finding real solutions that work. Our goal is your goal — seeing your child happy and successful in school, family and social situations.

Mental Health Cooperative has outstanding programs for: (more…)


Minecraft Club

Does Your Child Like to Play Minecraft?  Join Minecraft Club, Saturdays in Hixson.

They think they’re playing.  We know they’re learning social skills.  Sshh, don’t tell! (more…)


Camp Koinonia Outdoor Education Program

Camp Koinonia“Camp Koinonia is an outdoor education program for children  ages 7-21 who have multiple disabilities. The program was developed in 1977 at Virginia Tech as part of a class with the primary purpose of providing a meaningful, experiential learning opportunity for university students while involving children and young adults, some with severe disabilities, in outdoor activities that they would not be able to do otherwise. (more…)


Employment with a Disability: Benefits to Work

If you are hesitant about pursuing work goals because of concerns about your benefits, Benefits to Work can help at absolutely no charge to you!

Are you currently getting benefits and interested in returning to work?

Benefits-to-Work LogoOur Mission Statement:

To promote self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities by alleviating significant obstacles faced when going to work including concern about healthcare coverage and others benefits.  Our experts have years of experience with Social Security employment supports such as Ticket to Work and will provide in-depth analyses of benefits and guidance. We equip those we serve with tools to make informed decisions about their financial circumstances and courage to pursue career goals.

What will happen to your benefits such as:  Social Security,TennCare/Medicare, Foodstamps, Families First,Subsidized Housing,Veterans benefits, and/or others?  Benefits to Work, a program of Tennessee Disability Coalition and the Center for Independent Living of Middle Tennessee (CIL-MT) can help you find the answers.  Our counselors are conveniently located in a town near you.
Planning Services:   (more…)


Bachman Academy

Bachman-Academy“Bachman Academy serves students with learning differences, like Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD),
Asperger’s/Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/ Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD, ADD), who learn best in a non-traditional environment that is challenging, achievement-oriented and individualized.

The mission of Bachman Academy is to empower students who have learning differences to develop the skills and values necessary for success in our global community.

Highlights of the core academic program include: (more…)