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Tennessee Association of Microboards & Cooperatives

“A microboard is a small group of committed family and friends who join together with an individual with a disability to create a non-profit organization.”TN Assoc of Microboards & Cooperatives

“Microboards and Cooperatives provide natural supports to the individuals who are the focus of their collective energy.  They can also become providers of services under Tennessee’s Home and Community Based Medicaid Waiver programs.  To gain approval as a provider of services, Board Members will need to know the steps involved in becoming a provider of services to people with disabilities in Tennessee and how to comply with the rules and regulations that come with the financial resources of the individual with a disability.  The Tennessee Association of Microboards and Cooperatives, Inc. currently provides help in these important areas:

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,

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:

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Special Needs Ministry: Vacation Bible School (VBS) Staff Training


Vacation Bible School Staff Training for Inclusion of Children with Special Needs

VBS season is just around the corner!  Before your church launches VBS this year, be sure that your staff is prepared to fully include children with special needs throughout the VBS week.

What are some inclusion strategies?

What are other churches doing?

How do you include a child who uses a wheelchair?

How do you include a child with autism?

What are the similarities or differences?

Join us for a general overview of VBS activities and ideas for successful inclusion of children with special needs in your church's Vacation Bible School program.   We will cover multiple types of disabilities and inclusion ideas for each.   Coming with a specific child in mind?  We'll end the night with a Question & Answer session.

$10 per person

LifeLine, Inc.

1400 McCallie Avenue

Suite 112

Chattanooga, TN 37404


Price: $10.00

Date: June 2, 2015

LifeLine, Inc.
1400 McCallie Avenue
Suite 112
Chattanooga, Tennessee
37404 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 40

Disability Ministry Mini Conference

MNA SNM logo - TAKWe are SO excited about a Disability Ministry Mini-Conference coming to the Chattanooga area this summer! Stephanie Opdahl Hubach, author of Same Lake Different Boat, will be speaking and facilitating some panel sessions. We will have tracks for Families, Churches, Pastors, and Educators. Cost is $25 per person/$40 per couple.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us!
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NOTE: We'll be needing volunteers to serve the week before and the day of the event as well, so if you can help, please let us know!

Price: $25.00

Date: June 9, 2015

Hixson Presbyterian Church
1005 Gaad Road
Hixson, Tennessee Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 150

Awana Regional Training Conference - Powder Springs

awana-clubs-logo-colorLifeLine will be training AWANA leadership on special needs ministry once again at sessions throughout the day at both AWANA Regional Training Conferences.  Topics to be covered have yet to be determined.  Check back for details.

Macland Baptist Church, Powder Springs, GA

Contact Brian Crowe, Northwest Georgia Awana Missionary, for more details specific to the conference and to register for the conference.

This registration form is for volunteers to assist LifeLine staff in this training opportunity.

Price: Free Event

Date: August 15, 2015

Macland Baptist Church
Macland Baptist Church 3732 Macland Road
Powder Springs, Georgia
30127 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited