Herman Cox, 57, wakes up every Saturday & Sunday with an unusual excitement for the day. He hurriedly completes his personal and household tasks and waits patiently for 9:45am. At 10 am he finally gets to leave to go to work as... Continue Reading
We are grateful to Governor Bill Haslam for shining a light on Developmental Disabilities by naming March Developmental Disabilities Awareness month. Stay tuned to our page for more information this month! March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Tennessee. In this video, the members of the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities read Governor Bill Haslam‘s proclamation establishing March 2017 as DD Awareness Month. Read the full proclamation and learn more about the Council on Developmental Disabilities at their website here.
Two Houston High teachers saw an opportunity under the Friday Night Lights for their students. Melissa Gray, alternative school teacher, and Evelyn Wells, a paraprofessional, began Houston High School’s first chapter of the Sparkle Effect called the Sparkle Mustangs, a mixed abilities cheerleading squad. Students with and without disabilities join one another to cheer on the home team at sporting events. “As students with and without disabilities cheer together under the Friday night lights, they showcase a loud and public symbol of acceptance, forever changing a school’s culture to one that values diversity and kindness. The students on Sparkle Effect teams visibly relay a simple message: at our school, all students are respected and included, regardless of ability,” explains a spokesperson for the Sparkle Effect. Read the complete article here.