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Able Data
Free trusted resources for objective information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment from both domestic and international sources.  Offering the most comprehensive listing of assistive technology products available, AbleData provides information n products, manufacturers, distributors, organizations, and research abstracts.  

AffordableColleges: site that aims to find students the best value for college programs, including online courses

­­­­Adaptive Bowling Leagues

5518 Brainerd Road Chattanooga, TN 37411

Phone: 423-899-2695/423-862-4469

Friends and family join individuals who use adaptive equipment, overcome physical disabilities to bowl, or those with cognitive disabilities who don’t use adaptive equipment to bowl.

Annandale Village
3500 Annandale  Lane, Suwanee, GA
Annandale Village provides a natural and serene environment for adults with developmental disabilities.  Annandale offers a comprehensive range of residential and non-residential programs and services to help men and women lead lives that reflect quality, value, self worth, and achievement.  Arts, academics, recreation, vocational program, activities, health services, social services,

ARC of Chattooga County – Applied Resources of Chattooga County – ARCC Contact: Vikki Entrekin   233 Pindale Drive, Trion, GA 30753 Phone 706-844-2952
Support and advocacy for those dealing with developmental disabilities.  Scholarship for Camp Lookout, Rising Fawn for a week long camp. Assistance filing NOW and COMP Waivers. IEP help.

ARC of Tennessee
Contact: Loria Richardson   PO Box 4153  Smithville, TN 37166  lrichardson@thearctn.org  
Disability Advocacy, Secondary Transition & Self Determination/Self Advocacy Training

 

Autism Society  of America – East Tennessee Chapter
Contact: Brook Dickerson   2890 Alcoa Highway  Knoxville TN 37920  (865) 247-5082 E-Mail: asaetc@gmail.com
Our mission is to provide support, services, advocacy, education, and public awareness activities for all individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families as well as educators and other professionals.

Battleground Financial Advisors: special needs planning, 6148 Lee Highway Suite 201 in Chattanooga    Contact: Jeffery G. Babb, Jr.      Office: (423) 499-5550 Cell: (423) 580-4151 Email: jbabb@battlegroundfa.com

Benefits to Work/ Tennessee Disability Coalition
955 Woodland Street    Nashville, TN 37206  Phone: (615) 383-9442   Contact: Alice Owens-GatlinIf you are hesitant about pursuing work goals because of concerns about your benefits, Benefits to Work can help at absolutely no charge to you!

Camp Koinonia
Clyde M York 4-H Training Center, Crossville, TN     Phone: 865-974-4363/865-974-1288
Week long residential outdoors education program for children ages 7-22 with multiple disabilities.  Vist website for further information about this program and other programs and events offered by Camp Koinonia.  There is cost, but scholarships may be available.  

CARTA/Siskin Rehabilitation Travel Trainer
Contact: Valerie Thompson   Siskin Hospital  One Siskin Plaza  Chattanooga, TN 37403  Phone: 423-634-1576

CARTA Care-A-Van Service                                                                                                                          Chattanooga, TN (423) Phone: 698-9038                                                                                                     Accessible public transportation (make reservations at least one day in advance)

Career & Technical Education Department of Hamilton County Department of Education
Contact: David Cowan, Director  Phone: 423-209-8626

Caring Hearts of Dunlap
Adult Day Care & Home Services
In-Home Care Services & Programs – Focusing on quality service and personalized care, Caring Hearts of Dunlap provides a wide range of short-term and long-term in-home care services. Plans are tailored to suit your needs and can be altered at any time.  From companion care a few hours a day to round the clock care with meal preparation and household chore services, we are here to make life simpler and more enjoyable.  Counties: Bledsoe, Hamilton, Rhea, Marion, Grundy, Sequatchie

Catoosa County Department of Family & Children Services
Contact: Gregg Bowling  700 City hall Drive, Ft. Oglethorpe, GA 30742     706-866-1740  ggbowling@dhr.state.ga.us
Office of Family Independence provides financial supports to eligible individuals for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – Formerly Food Stamps), Medicaid, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).  Office of Child Welfare provides safety to children through investigation, family support, foster care, and adoption services.  Recruitment for foster and adoptive families also is included in this office.

Chambliss, Bohner, and Stophel – Contact: Dana Perry
1000 Tallan Building  Two Union Square  Chattanooga, TN 37402
P (423) 756-3000   Dana Contact:  P (423) 757-0228  dperry@cbslawfirm.com

Chattanooga Autism Center  Phone: 423.260.1115  1400 McCallie Avenue Suite 100 Chattanooga, TN 37404
ChattanoogaAutismCenter@gmail.com  buck.dave@gmail.com    
Free autism workshop series,  annual community conference on autism, Greater Chattanooga Aspies social and support group, Networking and connecting with other parents or service providers, Clinical psychologists and social workers, STAGES transition program, and ABA therapy.

Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association
Contact: Lisa Morgan   Email: chattanoogabraininjury@gmail.com   Phone: 423-634-1572.
Chattanooga Brain Injury Association is to improve the quality of life for persons with a brain injury and their families.  The Service Coordinator will assist with“filling in the gaps.”

Chattanooga Down Syndrome Society 
Chattanooga Down Syndrome Society is made up of people who have Down syndrome, their family members, and others who care about them in the Chattanooga metropolitan area (including Northwest Georgia)

Chattanooga State Technical Community College
Chattanooga State, 4501 Amnicola Highway Chattanooga, TN 37406  Office: S-113
Contact: Kathy Lutes, Assistant Vice President, Counseling & Educational Support, Disabilities Support Services/Student Affairs

City of Chattanooga Parks & Recreation Services
1254 East Third Street  Chattanooga, TN 37404     423-697-1345  Email: adams_e@chattanooga.gov    
Leisure and recreation opportunities for individuals of all ages with a variety of disabilities.

 

Cubed Living
Our aim is total immersion in Christian leadership culture – a residential program designed to work within a college or trade school student’s schedule with the goal of empowering students with real world knowledge and tools to be effective Christian leaders during their college experience and propel them forward into their vocation.

Cumberland Trust
600 Republic Centre  633 Chestnut Street  Chattanooga, TN 37450  (423) 664-9746 phone
Cumberland Trust is an independent trust company that allows clients to retain their own investment advisers. We have provided professional, comprehensive trust and estate administration services for more than a decade and have been named executor and/or trustee by many families searching for an alternative to naming a family member.

Dalton State College – Disability Support Specialist
For more information, contact: Andrea Roberson Academic Resources Dalton State College Lower Level, Pope Student Center 650 College Drive Dalton, GA 30720 706-272-4429
Disability Support Services (DSS) are provided through Academic Resources to meet the needs of students with disabilities. DSS facilitates the application process and coordinates the provision of appropriate accommodations. DSS also serves as an advocate for students with disabilities by educating faculty, staff, and students about issues that impact persons with disabilities. In addition, DSS supports students with disabilities who are learning how to serve as their own personal advocates.

Department of Juvenile Justice
Contacts: Amy Hall, Kyle Clarkson, Bruce Taub  7195 Nashville Street, Ringgold, GA 30736  706-935-4637 brucetaub@djj.state.ga.us    Drug Awareness

Developmental Disabilities Ministries, Inc.
6320 Amherst Court, Norcross, GA 30092
DDM is a nonprofit, charitable corporation serving adults with developmental disabilities and their families. DDM owns and operates 19 group homes in the State of Georgia.

Elder Law Practice of David L. McGuffey
Address: 105 North Pentz Street|Dalton|GA|30720|US    Phone Number:: (706) 428-0888
Email Address: dmcguffey@mcguffey.net  
Services Provided: David L. McGuffey is in private practice with the Elder Law Practice of David L. McGuffey, LLC, located in Dalton, Georgia. David limits his practice to Elder Law. This means he helps individuals who are elders or who have special needs, as well as their caregivers. Much of David’s practice is devoted to helping individuals with chronic health conditions find, get and pay for good long-term care.
David is a member of the Special Needs Alliance, a group of attorneys dedicated to the practice of disability and public benefits law.  Practice Areas Include:
– Medicaid Planning. Get assistance with Medicaid eligibility and with the Medicaid application process.
– Family Wealth Planning. Family wealth planning doesn’t just happen. The Elder law Practice can help you put together an estate plan that protects your loved ones and those they care about.
– Special needs protection. Protect disabled loved ones and get informed advice on these important estate planning issues.
– Guardianships/Conservatorships. Getting court assistance in making decisions for and caring for loved ones who cannot care for themselves.
– Wills. Prepare a Will or other document to outline your wishes regarding where your property goes after you pass away.
– Trust preparation and administration. Create a Trust customized to address all of your family’s unique needs, take into account the Medicaid trust rules and receive guidance when a family member passes away.
– Estate planning. Receive consultation and planning to ensure that your estate is distributed according to your wishes.
– Asset protection. Receive guidance on protecting your legacy.
– Retirement planning. Working in consultation with your financial advisor, we can help you ensure that your tax-deferred accounts are properly structured to give your family the greatest tax advantages possible.
– Probate assistance. Get the assistance you need when someone with or without a will passes away.

Disability Resource Center
900 E. Hill Ave., Suite 120, Knoxville, TN 37915  Phone (865) 637-3666, drc@drctn.org

Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT)
9050 Executive Park Drive, Suite A-220  Knoxville, TN  37923  Phone: 865.670.2944
1.800.342.1660 Advocacy Assistance Unit 
Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT) advocates for the rights of Tennesseans with disabilities to ensure that they have an equal opportunity to be productive and respected members of our society.

Division of Rehabilitation Services
Contact: Reecie Teague  311 East MLK Boulevard, Suite 301  Chattanooga, TN 37403  Email: reecie.teague@tn.gov
Vocational Rehabilitation provides services to individuals with disabilities to enable them to go to work.  Training,  guidance, and counseling.

Easter Seals
Mt. Juliet, TN  Contact: Tam Adams  Phone:  615-444-2829  One week camp for children/adults with autism or developmental delays     Email: escamp@bellsouth.net

Erlanger Health Law Partnership: provides legal aid to low-income patients at Erlanger

Exceptional Parent Magazine

Federal Student Aid Application
Get help paying for college  Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Family Support – Contact: Kristi Tankersley
Located at the Orange Grove Centers   Chattanooga, TN 37403  Phone: 423-622-0500
Provides funding  for specific health/disability related needs, respite care, specialized programs or equipment.  Also home and vehicle modifications.  Child/Adult must be affected in 3 or more areas of activities of daily living.  Be prepared to document all diagnoses and keep on top of the process in order to get this service.  There are caps and limits not generally publicized.  You can find them here.

Family Voices of Tennessee
Contact:  Julie Sullivan
955 Woodland Street  Nashville, TN 37206  615-383-9442; EXT 13
In-state toll free number for families 1-888-643-7811  Self Advocacy for Medical & Health Benefits

FUTURE Program, University of Tennessee Knoxville                                                                                Knoxville, TN Phone: (865) 974-9176                                                                                                                     Helps young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities make a successful transition from high school to adult life by providing them with career counseling and developing their academic, vocational, and decision making skills

Georgia Advocacy Office
150 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue  Suite 430  Decatur, Georgia 30030  Phone: 404-885-1234  800-537-2329  (voice or TDD)  404-378-0031 (FAX)  info@thegao.org  
Independent, Federally-Mandated Protection and Advocacy System for People with Disabilities in GA

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities
2 Peachtree St. NW Suite 26-246, Atlanta, GA 30303
Services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families and allies.  Georgia’s waiver programs for those with developmental disabilities.

Georgia H.O.P.E. – Healthy Opportunities for Personal Enhancement
Contact: Nikki Raymond
P.O. Box 863  Dalton, GA 30722-0863  1414 Dug Gap Road  Dalton, GA 30720    Phone 706.279.0405
Georgia HOPE is a quality provider of mental health and substance abuse
counseling services, covering 21 counties in North Georgia.  Provides mental health and substance abuse services, including assessment and counseling, for adults and children – and fees are income based.  Georgia H.O.P.E. provides an integrated network of social services, behavioral health services, and substance abuse services throughout Northwest Georgia.

Georgia Legal Services Program
Contact: Katherine Bennett  Atlanta Central Office  104 Marietta Street, Suite 250 Atlanta, Georgia 30303  (404) 206-5175 or  1-800-498-9469  The mission of Georgia Legal Services Program® is to provide access to justice and opportunities out of poverty for low-income Georgians.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Michael Walters, Instructor of Social Sciences & ADA Coordinator Walker County Campus
Office: 209  Email: mwalters@gntc.edu Campus: Walker County Campus
Department: College Life, General Education & Learning Support
Georgia Rehabilitation Services/Lafayette Unit  202 W Villanow Street  Lafayette, GA 30728
Contact: Tamika Wright/Matt Henderson

Goodwill – Employment
Main Office:  Goodwill Chattanooga  3500 Dodds Ave.  Chattanooga, TN 37407  Phone: 423-629-2501
Goodwill Industries is one of the world’s largest and most successful providers of employment and training services for people with disabilities and other disadvantages.

Greater Chattanooga Aspies
is a support/social group for adults with officially diagnosed High Functioning Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome in the Greater Chattanooga area.  GCA will begin meeting once a month on the 3rd Tuesday or every month.  Meetings go from 6-8 pm, with a speaker for the first hour and support group time in the second hour.
Contact Scott Kramer at GCAspies@gmail.com.  

Habitat International Inc.
8811 Production Lane, Chattanooga, TN 37363-6511  Phone: (423) 238-3500  E-mail: dmorris@habitatint.com

Harvest Deaf Ministries –
Harvest Deaf Camp/Harvest Christian Academy for the Deaf/Harvest Deaf Bible College/Harvest Baptist Church of Deaf
1314 Old Three Notch Road  Ringgold, GA 30736  Phone: 706-375-7107  Video Phone: 1-866-761-2538    E-mail: contact@harvestdeaf.org    Camp, Church, Christian School and Bible College training the Deaf to serve in the Christian ministry.

Horizons School
2018 15th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205
State licensed, post-secondary school.  Preparing young adults with learning difficulties for an independent life.  Horizons School is designed for young adults ages 18-26 who have a primary diagnosis of Specific Learning Disability and/or other mild learning difficulties.  Multiple education programs and career development.

Life Bridges, Inc.                                                                                                                                                         Cleveland, TN  Phone: (423) 472-5268                                                                                                                             Provides adult day services and mental health care/counseling

Mobility Works (Was HDS Vans & Mobility -formerly Handicapped Driver Services)
1325 Mackey Branch Drive,  Chattanooga, TN  (Other locations in Marietta, Nashville, Jacksonville, Birmingham)
Phone: 1-877-437-8267
HDSVANS & Mobility – Handicapped Driver Services is a specialized team of adaptive equipment professionals. Our compassionate and committed workforce is dedicated to providing increased vehicular mobility and independence to individuals not fully served by the traditional automotive market. Our team provides innovative solutions and superior mobility products to assist each client in obtaining the highest quality of life possible.

IRS Tax Consultant – VITA Program (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
Contact: Joseph Kotsis   423-290-5319   joseph.j.kotsis2@IRS.gov

JONI & FRIENDS Family Retreat
Info for Families       Info for Short Term Missionaries
Special-needs families receive encouragement and care in the comfort of a safe and accessible family camp environment. They enjoy fun and fully-accessible, age-appropriate activities, along with meaningful conversations with families who understand the challenges of life with disability.

Juice Plus+ and Tower Garden by Juice Plus+ – Contact: Lori Dove or Lisa Mattheiss
Juice Plus+ is whole food nutrition in capsule or soft chewable.  It is made from 17 fresh, high quality, vine ripened fruits and vegetables.  Simple and convenient, it can be used for general health or can be helpful for those with limited nutritional access.
The Tower Garden by Juice Plus+ is a healthier, smarter, and easier way to grow your own fruits and vegetables without getting messy in the dirt.  Produce tastes better and smells better.  It is easy to assemble and maintain with no soil, no weeds, and no ground pests.  It is both environmentally and economically smarter, using less land and less water, waving you money immediately.
Juice Plus+ is dedicated to educating and helping families take steps to a healthier lifestyle for themselves.

Kaleidoscope
A program designed for independent advancement for persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities.  Kaleidoscope’s goal is to optimize independence, integration into the community, and self advocacy.

Kennessaw Academy for Inclusive Learning & Social Growth
The Academy offers a fully inclusive college experience to students with different intellectual or developmental abilities who do not meet the university requirements for admission as a degree seeking student. The program involves enrollment as non-degree seeking audit students in typical university courses and includes social integration, career exploration and training resulting in a Certificate of Social Growth and Development.

LaFayette High School
Contact: Gwen Gregory  100 Rambler Drive, Lafayette, GA 30728  706-638-2342  gwengregory@walkerschools.org    High school graduation requirements, HOPE scholarship information, College Requirements

Lee’s Tae Kwon Do Education Center
810 N. Main Street  LaFayette, GA 30728  masterjunglee@hotmail.com  706-638-0502

LifeLine, Inc.
Main Office:  LifeLine – Chattanooga   1400 McCallie Avenue Suite 112 Chattanooga, TN 37404  Phone: 423-622-4007
Georgia Offices:  LifeLine—Chickamauga – 925 Osburn Road  Chickamauga, GA 30707    Www.LifeLineFamilies.org
LifeLine’s goal is to help caregivers thrive, not just survive.  LifeLine’s three basic purposes are to provide support, information, and resources to families who have a member living with a chronic or temporary, medical or educational, physical or emotional disability.

Lookout Mountain Community Services
Ancor North  1427 Lee Clarkson Chickamauga, GA 30707  (706) 375-2142
LMCS has been providing mental health, substance abuse, mental retardation or developmental disabilities services to individuals since 1965. LMCS provides services to the four most northwest counties of Georgia: Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, and Walker. We provide these services regardless of one’s ability to pay by using an adjusted fee scale based on one’s income. While everyone is expected to pay something for services rendered, we are able to serve those individuals who do not have insurance or the funds to pay full fee.
LMCS serves adults, children, and adolescents with a wide range of problems. Not only do we have traditional services such as psychiatric evaluations, medication monitoring, individual and group therapy, we also offer community-based services in homes, in schools and at the work site to facilitate improved functioning in those settings. In addition, the agency operates an extensive transportation program which transports consumers to our various programs.

Madison Financial Group
Contact: Keith Hallman    Hallman Walters Wealth Management Group khallman@metlife.com jawalters@metlife.com  4151 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Suite 500  Atlanta, GA 30319  Phone: 404.704.3165
Keith Hallman has specific experience with estate planning for families with special needs.  He serves families in GA/AL.

Maurer & Gardner PLLC: firm that specializes in special needs trusts and conservatorships.

McGuffey Elder Law Practice: firm that specializes in helping elders, special needs individuals, and caregivers.

MedicAlert: program that provides access to medical records for first responders in an emergency. Provides medical ID’s members wear to alert others of their membership in the program.

Modern Woodmen of America
Insurance options for those with disabilities.

Northwest Georgia Center for Independent Living
Consumer controlled, community based, cross disability, non-residential, private nonoprofit agency that is designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities; and provides an array of independent living services.

Open Arms Care Corporation
6711 Mountain View Road, Suite 111, Ooltewah, TN
OAC offers services through TennCare to persons diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a non-institutional, home setting. Life skills development, vocational services, recreational therapies and community integration.

Orange Grove Centers
615 Derby Street, Chattanooga, TN 37404  Phone: 423-629-1451   Adult comprehensive training, children’s services, development office, employment supports, habilitation center, health care services, human resources, intermediate care residential, nutrition services, recycling center, residential services, outpatient speech, occupational, and physical therapy.

Parent to Parent of Georgia
3805 Presidential Parkway, Suite 207  Atlanta, GA 30340  Telephone:  770-451-5484 or 1-800-229-2038  Parent to Parent of Georgia offers a variety of services to Georgia families of children with disabilities.

PASS – Plan for Achieving Self-Support can help you return to work by letting you set aside money and/or things you own to help you reach your work goals.  Apply online. Visit the Social Security Website.  Cornell University’s Work Incentive Support Center Handbook.

Peach State Health Plan 
Contact: Gary Silvers    3200 Highlands Parkway SE Suite 300, Smyrna, GA 30082 404-782-8854 gsilvers@centene.com   Peach State Health Plan provides medical services to the Medicaid Population of Georgia.

Preferred Care at Home: offers 24/7 home care assistance in such things as meal prep, hygiene, medication reminders, and transportation.

Pierce Attorney at Law
Contact: Martin Pierce  4513 Hixson Pike, Suite 109  Hixson, TN 37343  423-698-4303
Estate Planning:
–   Wills
–   Trusts: Insurance Trusts (ILITs), Revocable (Living) Trusts,and Asset Protection Trusts
–   Advance Directives (Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives)
–   Irrevocable Trusts
–   Asset Protection Planning
–   Family Business Planning and Multi-Generational Planning
–   Business and Succession Planning
–   Beneficiary Designations
–   Gifting Programs
–   Charitable Planning
–   Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
–   Family Limited Partnerships (FLPs) & FLLCs
–   Related Real Estate matters

Elder Law:

–  Medicaid Planning
–  VA Planning
–  Special & Supplemental Needs Trusts (SNTs), Qualified Income Trusts (QITs) & Miller Trusts
–  Incapacity Planning
–  Conservatorships
–  Guardianships
–  Long-term Care Planning
–  Related Real Estate matters

Estate & Trust Administration/Probate:

–  Decedents’ Estates, Fiduciary Law, Administration of, Funding of , Distributions from, and Taxation of Estates and Trusts 

Wills, Trusts, Elder Law, Conservatorships, Guardianships, Planned Giving, Asset Protection, Wealth Preservation, COBRA, Financial Planning and related Law Practice, Business, Tax, and Related Services.

Project AFFIRM – Caregivers Planned Respite Program
Physical Address: 420 Bell Avenue,  Chattanooga, TN 37405  Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4028,  Chattanooga, TN 37405  Contact: Melanie Richmond    Email: mrichmond@vbhcs.org  Phone: 423-634-8884
Planned Respite Program of Johnson Mental Health Center…a FREE program designed to strengthen families of children with severe mental or behavioral disturbances through immediate relief (respite), while empowering them with the skills and expertise to locate and train respite providers to meet their future needs.

Project Access
5900 Building, Suite 1400 , 5705 Marlin Road, Chattanooga, TN
Chattanooga partnership that works with Hamilton County Health Centers to help patients be seen regardless of income when they don’t qualify for Medicaid/Medicare.

Public Education Foundation
100 East Tenth Street, Suite 500  Chattanooga, TN 37402  One of the most important decisions our students will make is what to do after graduation.  Our College and Career Success work focuses on encouraging students to explore their options for post-secondary education, and provides them with support and access to tools to help them accomplish their goals.

Rhea of Sunshine, Inc.                                                                                                                                                           Dayton, TN Phone: (423) 775-4855                                                                                                                    Provides adult day services, residential services, intellectual disability resources, and supported employment

Shepherds College
1805 15th Avenue, Union Grove, WI 53182
Three year post secondary educational program for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Signal Centers
109 N Germantown Road, Chattanooga, TN 37411
Contact: Mitzi Davenport, Steve Powell, Diana Moreland, Ezra Reynolds
109 North Germantown Road     Chattanooga, TN 37411     Phone: 423-698-8525  Email: powell@signalcenters.org 
Assistive technology services for home, community, workplace, and education.  Assistive technology demonstration, assessment, training, loan, and reutilization, and design.  We provide the opportunity for students to discover, try, and learn about various technologies designed to help those with disabilities through the transitions they face. Employment services, assistive technology services, adult services, Families First, Child & Adult Care Food Program.

Skills Training and Rehabilitation Services (S.T.A.R.S.)                                                                              Pikeville, TN Phone: (423) 447-2590                                                                                                                 Provides day services, residential services, job placement services, work adjustment training, supported employment, trial work experience, supported living, personal assistant services, and respite care services

Social Security Administration
1290 Premier Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37421  Phone: 1-800-772-1213   Apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Tenn-Care Medical Coverage

Speech & Hearing Center
600 N. Holtzclaw Avenue  Suite 200  Chattanooga, TN 37404 Phone: 423-622-6900

STEP, Inc. – Support & Training for Exceptional Parents, Inc.
712 Professional Plaza  Greeneville, TN  Phone: 1-800-280-STEP  Email: Karen.harrison@TNstep.org
Empowering parents to become effective partners with professionals in planning appropriate educational programs for their children.

Tennessee Area Agency on Aging & Disability

The Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability  The Information and Assistance Program is available to assist callers with locating resources and services in the following counties:
Bledsoe•Bradley•Grundy•Hamilton•Marion•McMinn•Meigs•Polk•Rhea•Sequatchie
The goal of Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability is to advocate for and to strive to achieve a system of services that allows older persons and persons with disabilities the opportunity for an independent and productive lifespan. This is accomplished through three primary areas of emphasis: Advocacy, Service, and Planning.

Tennessee Career Center
Contact: Erskine Oglesby, Disability Program Navigator  5600 Brainerd Road, Suite A-5, Chattanooga, TN 37411  Phone: 423-894-5354    www.secareercenter.org

Tennessee Community Services Agency, Southeast Hamilton & Knox County Regions                                         Chattanooga, TN Phone: (888) 698-2920                                                                                                                      A statewide toll-free call center established to assists TennCare applicants and members with TennCare eligibility and covered service issues.

Tennessee Division of Intellectual Disability Services
Contact: Susan Moss, Assistant Director of Consumer Services
Phone: 615-253-4632  Fax: 615-532-9940  susan.moss@tn.gov
Multiple Resources can be found here:  http://tn.gov/didd/consumer_services/index.html

Tennessee Justice Center                                                                                                                                    Nashville, TN Phone: (877) 608-1009                                                                                                                    Public interest law and advocacy firm serving persons with low income, with a current focus on public policy affecting health and welfare for children, especially TennCare

Tennessee Microboards Association                                                                                                                Franklin, TN Phone: (615) 898-0300                                                                                                                 Provides help in life planning services and supports to individual microboards and cooperatives (small groups of people who have formed a non-profit organization to provide support and services around a life plan for an individual with disabilities)

Tennessee Works: partnership of organizations and agencies across the state committed to increasing employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Center for Hope
Contact: Alicyne Roth, Coordinator   Main Office: 500 North Thomas Road   Ft. Oglethorpe, GA 30742
Phone: 706-866-0917    Providing mental health services to those who are unable to afford them.

The Horizons School
Contact: Dawn White  2018 15th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205  205-322-6606  dwhite@horizonsschool.org
Post secondary, “college-like” experience, for students 18-26 with learning differences.  Students gain personal, social and career independence skills while they practice self determination.

ThinkCollege.net

Tri-County Center                                                                                                                                                       Athens, TN (423) 745-8902                                                                                                                                  Provides adult day and residential services, intellectual disabilities resources, and supported employment

Tri-State Therapeutic Riding – Reinbow Riders
Contact Denise Lineberry    Tri-State Exhibition Center, P.O. Box 1371, Cleveland, TN 37364
Office Phone: 423-476-9310 423-339-2517  reinbowriders@gmail.com
TSTRC’s lessons include ground work (grooming, tacking, mounting) and mounted work (exercise, riding skills, games).   Lessons are year round.  TSTRC is dedicated to providing therapeutic horseback riding activities for individuals who are physically, mentally, or emotionally challenged ages 2 and older. Participants learn riding skills, receive therapy, and enjoy the freedom of movement on horseback. Therapy incorporates activities that will help develop motor skills, improve balance, coordination, and muscle control. In addition, students show marked improvement in self-confidence and social skills.  For children and adults with all abilities, pending doctor’s approval.

Trousdale School
3171 Hewitt Street SE  Cleveland, TN  37323  Phone: 423-479-7130
Trousdale is a resource for high functioning adults, 22 years of age or older, with mental disabilities to continue their education after high school. Our goal is to fill that gap through the creation of an atmosphere of creative learning, encouragement and education. Our curriculum, currently offered through a day program, includes mathematics, reading and writing skills, language and computer development as well as world studies and science enrichment. Because we believe in nourishing the spirit as well as the mind, sports, creative arts and social events are also a vital part of Trousdale.

UniHealth SOURCE
Contact: Marianne Tomashefski     39 Three Rivers Parkway Rome, Georgia 30161 404-550-7199  mthomashefski@comcast.net
SOURCE – Service Options Using Resources in Community Environments is a Medicaid SSI program prvoding long term health services to seniors, disabled and low income persons in order to delay or avoid institutional placement.  Personal support services include assistance with bathing, dressing, medication reminders; and assistance with meals, light housekeeping, transportation, and/or an emergency call button.

University of Tennessee @ Chattanooga Office for Students with Disabilities
Contact: Michelle Rigler, Office of Disability Management, Office for Students with Disabilities
102 Frist Hall Dept 2953 615 McCallie Avenue  Chattanooga, TN 37403
Telephone (423) 425 4006 Fax (423) 425 2288 Mail Code 2953

University of Tennessee – Center on Disability & Employment
Self Determination Trainer – Crystal Godwin  308 Conference Center Building  Knoxville, TN 37996-4132
Email: cgodwin1@utk.edu

UTK FUTURE Program
Contact: Liz Fussell @ University of Tennessee FUTURE Program
430 Claxton Complex  1122 Volunteer Blvd.   Knoxville, TN 37996-3452  Phone: (865) 974-9176
Email: futureut@utk.edu
The University of Tennessee FUTURE Postsecondary Education Program is designed as a 2-year nonresidential program culminating in a University of Tennessee FUTURE Program Vocational Certificate and job placement. The program will provide individualized academic, social, vocational, and independent living skills to students ages 18-29 with intellectual disabilities and autism in eastern Tennessee who completed high school without earning a regular high school diploma. Participation in the FUTURE Program will provide students with a local or regional option for continuing their education beyond high school to increase employment opportunities. The FUTURE Program will feature an individualized schedule for each student based on personal career aspirations achieved through a person-centered planning process.

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Health Bodies Toolkit: free parent guides on puberty for children with special needs

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center IDD Toolkit: website that provides information for the primary care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Vanderbilt Next Steps Postsecondary Education Program
Next Steps at Vanderbilt University is a 2-year certification program for students with intellectual disabilities, providing individualized Programs of Study in the areas of education, social skills, and vocational training.

VistaPoints Special Needs Trust & Resource Center

Vocational Rehabilitation Program – Work & Benefits Coordinator
Contact: Doris Patty   Suite 210 450 Riverside Drive, Rome, GA 30161  706-295-6407  doris.patty@gdol.state.ga.us
Information about work incentives available to SSA disability benefits recipients.

Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (Georgia), Vocational Rehabilitation provides a full range of services for employers and job seekers with personal, customized, and expert assistance.

Volunteers in Medicine, Chattanooga, Inc. (VIM Chattanooga)
is a primary care medical clinic. It provides medical services to financially eligible individuals and families of Hamilton County who otherwise have no access to health care.
Mailing Address:   VIM Chattanooga  P.O. Box 81057 Chattanooga, TN 37414   Physical Address:   VIM Chattanooga   5705 Marlin Road  Chattanooga, TN 37411  Phone: (423) 855-8220

Walker County Department of Education
Special Education Director – Angie Ingram
Parent Mentor – Michal Jones
Email: michaljones@walkerschools.org

 

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