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Legislative and Public Policy

The Council is committed to accurate and unbiased education and dissemination of information, as requested, to local, state, and national leaders.


The Developmental Disabilities Act, the federal legislation that created Developmental Disabilities Councils, instructs Councils on the type of public policy advocacy and education that they are permitted to engage in.


"The Council may support and conduct activities to provide information to policy-makers by supporting and conducting studies and analyses, gathering information, and developing and disseminating model policies and procedures, information, approaches, strategies, findings, conclusions, and recommendations. The Council may provide the information directly to Federal, State, and local policymakers, including Congress, the Federal executive branch, the Governors, State legislatures, and State agencies, in order to increase the ability of such policymakers to offer opportunities and to enhance or adapt generic services to meet the needs of, or provide specialized services to, individuals with developmental disabilities and their families."


For a report on the 2015 TN General Assembly Legislative Session created by the Council's Public Policy director, click here.


For more information on the Council's legislative and policy activities, contact Tiffany Mason, Public Policy Director, at or 615-741-5019.