Adults and Aging

Advocacy Toolkit for Self-Advocates

This guide is intended to provide tools and advice to self-advocates who are interested in becoming more involved in legislative advocacy to work on policies and laws. 

Aging and Down Syndrome

NDSS resource for families, professionals, direct caregivers or anyone concerned with the general welfare of an adult with Down syndrome.

Alzheimer's Tennessee

Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. provides family support, offers community and professional education, advocates for the needs and rights of those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as research for its prevention, cure, and treatment.

Conservatorship and Alternatives

The Advocacy and Education Committee of The Arc Tennessee developed this booklet to help answer questions about alternatives to conservatorship and conservatorship in Tennessee. 

The Conservatorship Association of Tennessee

The Conservatorship Association of Tennessee is a non-profit organization of people who are concerned about the quality of services for adults who may need assistance in decision-making. Membership is open to individuals interested in improving the lives of Tennesseans who may need conservatorship and other protective services. CAT promotes a nationally recognized standard of excellence in conservatorship and guardianship through networking, continuing education, training, and other programs and services. CAT is an affiliate of the National Guardianship Association.

Supported Decision Making Information and Resources

Supported Decision Making is about helping people with disabilities make as many decisions about their own lives as possible. Conservatorship allows someone else to make decisions for you. Right now, many Tennesseans do not know there are other options for help in making decisions. The Council is working to educate Tennesseans with disabilities, their families and professionals who support them about less restrictive alternatives like supported decision making.

Trousdale School,

Trousdale School serves adults with intellectual disabilities, providing academics and life skills for the purpose of learning independence.  The vision is “Learning for Life.” and they strive to be an authentic community in which students are empowered to continue learning across all dimensions of their lives, both inside and outside the classroom.  Trousdale School emphasizes real-world situations and application of knowledge and skills, our educational approach can be termed “life-wide” learning.  All students are age 22 or older.