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People First Tennessee & Self-advocacy
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Information about People FirstPeople First Tennessee (PFTN) is a grassroots membership disability rights group led by self-advocates with the goal of empowering people with disabilities to have voices in addressing issues of equality that affect them. PFTN was established to be a powerful self-advocacy organization, leading a vibrant, engaged and growing movement of self-advocates committed to the full inclusion of people with disabilities in society.
PFTN is a catalyst addressing issues affecting people with disabilities to lead lives of their own choosing, to be free from poverty, to be employed, to reside in the community and to live independently with ready access to the services and supports they need. The PFTN advisory council led by self-advocates, supported by mentors and staff that closely follows a three-year strategic plan. To read our plan, click HERE or to view our brochure click HERE.
Anyone can become a People First Member! It's a great opportunity for self-advocates, family members, friends, direct support professionals and any individual that supports or works with an individual with disabilities.
How to become a People First Member
To submit online, click HERE.
People First Chapters
People First Chapters in Tennessee [.pdf]
For information on joining one of the chapters above, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org orcall 615-248-5878, extension 305. PFTN developed a Chapter Manual to help guide local chapters. To read it, click HERE. Or to read our Summer 2019 newsletter The Independent HERE.
Local PFTN chapters
As a team, PFTN can
Your People First Tennessee Advisory Council Members!
Your People First Tennessee Project Staff Members!
What is “self-advocacy?”
Who are “self advocates?”
How do I learn more about self-advocacy and becoming a self-advocate?
National Council of Self Advocates of The Arc (NCSA) - Join the National Council of Self Advocates of The Arc (NCSA) and be part of a group of leaders representing the full spectrum of ages and abilities across our national chapter network. This is your opportunity to be part of a group of self-advocates who will unite with a clear and strong voice to create lives that allow them – and you! – meaningful choices for a promising future.
Tennessee Allies in Self-Advocacy (TASA) - TASA provides a forum for members to discuss the strengths and challenges that individuals with disabilities experience in becoming self-advocates in an effort to create better access to the resources and support they need to become self-advocates.
Partners in Policymaking - Partners in Policymaking is a free leadership and advocacy training program for adults with disabilities and family members of persons with disabilities.
Self-advocacy Online Learning - Offers a variety of topics.
The Arc Tennessee received a grant from the TN Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to revitalize People First of Tennessee.