To Assure Academic and Personal Success For Each Child

Special Education

Parent Information

Guide on TNReady Supports for Students with Disabilities–  As a parent of a child with a disability, you are involved in making decisions about services for your child. This guide is intended to increase your understanding of the use of accommodations in both instruction and assessment. Accommodation use is an important part of planning the educational program for your child, and many students with a disability only need slight changes to the way they are taught and tested to participate successfully in their general education classes.   (posted 8/30/16)

Tennessee Disability Pathfinder–  A statewide clearinghouse of disability-related resources and multilingual helpline. Pathfinder helps families and agencies find useful disability services and resources in Tennessee.  (posted 10/7/13)

The Arc Rutherford County–  The Arc Rutherford County is a grassroots non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by increasing public awareness, promoting inclusion, providing advocacy services and information and referral to families seeking support and developing programs to fulfill unmet needs in our community. Click this link to download a brochure for more information about The Arc Rutherford County.  (posted 11/12/14)

Procedural Safeguards –  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Federal law concerning the education of students with disabilities, requires schools to provide parents of a child with a disability with a notice containing a full explanation of the procedural safeguards available under the IDEA, U.S. Department of Education regulations and Tennessee law and regulations. You can find that information by following the link above. (posted 10/7/13)

Procedural Safeguards in Spanish –   (posted 10/7/13)

Disabilities Information – Information about specific disabilities from the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY).  (posted 10/7/13)

Tennessee’s Early Intervention System (TEIS) Tennessee’s Early Intervention System is a voluntary educational program for families with children birth through age two with disabilities or developmental delays. (posted 12/17/13) Tennessee’s one stop shop for families to raise healthy and happy kids of all ages. Departments in state government offer a wealth of important information and resources for Tennessee families. (posted 12/17/13)

Read Tennessee – Family Toolkit In the Family Toolkit, you will find information that will help you in these major areas of child development:  Social/Emotional,   Physical, Cognitive, & Speech and Language (posted 3/12/14)

Autism Tennessee, formerly known as Autism Society of Middle Tennessee (ASMT) Autism Tennessee offers bi-monthly autism orientation classes, monthly autism education classes, community lending library (resources available in Spanish), SibSaturday (social support group for siblings), and information about local support groups & community workshops. Workshops are free to Autism Tennessee members; please contact for information about membership. Several support groups are listed on Autism Tennessee’s website, including county groups and others related to autism such as Celiac Support Group. (posted 3/26/14)

Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee (DSAMT) is a community of individuals with Down syndrome, self-advocates and their families, educators and disability professionals. DSAMT strives to be the first and primary resource in Middle Tennessee for accurate and up-to-date information on Down syndrome, connecting hundreds of families to support, programs, education, advocacy and other families. (posted 3/26/14)

Life Enrichment and Recreation Network of TN (L.E.A.R.N. of TN) L.E.A.R.N. is a non-political, non-ethnic and non-denominational organization of volunteers joining together to create possibilities for children and adults with special needs. We invite you to join with us to provide many opportunities for our children and adults to grow, learn, and expand their horizons. We want to see our children and adults reach their fullest potential, making their lives fuller and richer.
** Get involved with summer sports 2014! L.E.A.R.N. focuses on providing students with special needs (ages 8 and up) with an opportunity to play various sports, including basketball, golf, track and field, and baseball. (posted 3/26/14)