Family Support

Scholarship Fund to assist Tennesseans with disabilities and their families to attend leadership coalition meetings, disability conferences, and disability trainings.

Funds can reimburse individuals or families for the cost of registration, attendant care, hotel/lodging, transportation, child care or respite care, meals and other related travel expenses. All scholarship awards are subject to the availability of funds.

MTA Access on Demand

Access On Demand provides a premium, same-day scheduling option and single-user trip service, all with the ability to give the rider more power over their transportation options.

The Arc

Nonprofit organization promoting and protecting the rights of people with intellectual and development disabilities, and providing them the opportunity to live full, satisfying and self-determined lives as valued and contributing members of their communities.

The Association for Successful Parenting

Enhancing the lives of families when parents have learning difficulties.

Children's Medicaid Waiver Programs

Medicaid waivers for children are unfortunately quite confusing. Not only that, but it is impossible to find information about them. This project, coordinated by Complex Child Magazine, is intended to simplify the process as much as possible. Our first goal was to create a full list of current Medicaid waivers for children. We then created individual state pages that provide additional information and links for each program.  We hope to provide a comprehensive resource of all Medicaid waivers for children, including 1915(c) HCBS waivers, 1115 demonstration waivers, TEFRA/Katie Beckett programs, and state-based programs.

Conservatorship and alternatives

People with I/DD sometimes need assistance in decision-making and protection from potential harm even in adulthood. Families and others involved in the lives of people with disabilities need accurate information to provide that assistance while preserving individuals’ rights to the greatest extent appropriate.

Easter Seals Tennessee

Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for more than 80 years. Whether helping someone improve physical mobility, return to work or simply gain greater independence for everyday living, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.


The ECF CHOICES program launched in July 2016 with the goal of helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to work and to live as independently as possible. In its first year, the program enrolled 1,500 people. In 2018, the program is slated to expand and enroll up to 2,700 members.

Exceptional Parent Magazine

Exceptional Parent provides articles on a variety of special needs topics, including special education.

Family Support Contract Agencies

Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities has lists of Family Support Contract Agencies divided by region.