The Arc of Tennessee, Inc.

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Nashville, TN   |  www.thearctn.org

Mission

The Arc Tennessee empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to actively participate in the community throughout their lifetime.

Ruling year info

1975

Executive Director

Mrs. Carrie Hobbs Guiden

Main address

545 Mainstream Drive Suite 100

Nashville, TN 37228 USA

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Formerly known as

The Association of Retarded Citizens

EIN

62-0639154

NTEE code info

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Advocacy and Public Awareness

The Advocacy and Public Awareness project is funded by the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD). Through it we provide information and referral, advocacy, stipends, training opportunities, town hall meetings, PATH planning, publication of a quarterly newsletter.  This project funds one position for a person with a disability. The Arc Tennessee has provided advocacy assistance to 314 people, information and referral to 648 people, held 82 self-determination and self-advocacy workshops, held agency training and consultations in 40 locations,, facilitated 11 PATH planning sessions and supplied 134 committees, boards and task forces with volunteers and staff this past fiscal year.

Population(s) Served

The Secondary Transition Project is a grant project funded by the State Department of Education. It helps families and students understand the Secondary Transition process, see the possibilities for adult life, and become aware of resources available to help make their dreams come true - to mold students into productive members of society.The process includes assessment, gathering information, planning, family and student involvement, interagency collaboration, and inclusive community experiences. It promotes collaboration between families, students, and educators to help meet the student's Secondary Transition goals.

Population(s) Served

The purpose of People Talking to People: Building Quality Project is to create a system of quality assurance and quality improvement that has as its core, large numbers of consumers providing functional feedback that results in timely remediation and system wide quality improvement. It is a power shift - a system that is powered and led by the voices, priorities, and choices of the people receiving supports through the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

This project has a databased program to collect information from the survey tool and is using it to produce quarterly and annual reports of our findings. This information is then formulated into recommendations for system change within the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Throughout this process we will continue to amend the infrastructure and processes based upon findings. A protocol has been developed to help improve the interview process and assure consumer voices are heard.   

Population(s) Served

The focus of this grant is increasing the quality and quantity of family engagement in Special Education. Some of the things include: having a web presence; web-based training; providing resources and support; regional training events; newsletter; community conversations. Feedback from families is gathered and provided to the TN Department of Education to improve families' opportunities for engagement in their child's educational process.

Population(s) Served

The objective of this grant is to revitalize People First, a disability rights organization run by self-advocates.

Population(s) Served

The Arc Tennessee has a grant with Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) to work with high school aged students age 14 to 22 that have disabilities to provide services to help them prepare for the world of work as adults. Pre-ETS services include workplace readiness, post-secondary education counseling, and self-advocacy.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

The ARC of the United States 1958

Financials

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The Arc of Tennessee, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/6/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Linda Brown

Community Volunteer

Term: 2019 - 2020

Glenda Bond

The Arc Cumberland County

Elise McMillan

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Doria Panvini

Retired

Malessa Fleenor

The Arc Washington County

Sharon Bottorff

The Arc Williamson County

John Shouse

Community Volunteer

Courtney Taylor

Vanderbilt

Ann Curl

Community Volunteer

Cindy Gardner

The Arc Davidson County

Robyn Lampley

Developmental Services of Dickson County

Karen Downer

Retired

Russell Edwards

Shontie Brown

Community Volunteer

Nikki Klumb

Caterpillar Financial Services

Susan Carr

Coffee County Schools

Teresa Grimmett

Community Volunteer

Lexi Shelnutt

Pet Care

David Hawk

State Representative

Kytrinia Miller

SRVS

Alyson Edwards

SRVS

Marcus Thomas

Community Volunteer

Sharon Webb

Doctor

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes