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Many of us may have faced, or currently struggle with physical or mental conditions that bring extra challenges to succeeding in our life goals, especially employment.   These can include physical conditions that limit our mobility or functioning, psychological concerns, substance abuse conditions, or other similar barriers.  The resource information, guidance, and weblinks below will provide additional information and area resources that can minimize those challenges and help you get the help needed to overcome the barriers or limitations you may face.


More than 54 million people in the United States live with a disability of some kind, be it sensory, physical, intellectual, developmental, emotional, or mental.

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Tennessee - Disability Resources, Advocacy, and Information (Tennessee Disability Coalition)

Developmental Disabilities Program Information and Resources

Advocacy Organizations

Public Benefits

For those facing a recognized physical or mental disability that impairs your ability to work, here is the eligibility and process to qualify (physical or mental disability) for vocation rehabilitation/training services through the Tennessee Department of Human Services (DOHS).