The Tennessee Disability Coalition (“The Coalition”) promotes the full and equal participation of men, women, and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. The Coalition is the only statewide disability network organization concerned with all disabilities, all age groups, and all disability issues. It is an alliance of 47 member organizations advocating for public policy that ensures self -determination, independence, empowerment, integration, and inclusion of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of society.
Since 2000, the Coalition has led a campaign to change the ways in which citizens with disabilities participate in their government, by reducing barriers to civic participation, and expanding the franchise. Working with voters, election officials, and civic groups, we seek to ensure that citizens with disabilities have access to the polls and are able to cast independent confidential ballots. We founded a Disability Vote Alliance in 2002 which coordinates local disability vote committees, our state’s PAVA project (Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access), state election officials, the League of Women Voters, and other voting advocates. We have a database of 80,000 disability voters and have extensive “real world” experience on polling place and voting system access, voter and poll worker training, voter registration, and GOTV.
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