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Learning from Tennessee Families Impacted by Disability: A Statewide Survey

Are you a parent of a son or daughter with intellectual disability or autism? 

We are asking parents across Tennessee to participate in a survey focused on their expectations and support needs related to their sons or daughters with intellectual disability, autism, or other developmental disabilities. The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete.

A full description of the study and a link to the online survey can be found at We will randomly select 50 parents who complete the survey to receive a $25 gift card for participating [You can also request print copies by contacting Carly Blustein at or 615-322-3591].

This information will be used to develop free resources and trainings for families as well as inform policy and legislative changes to expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities in Tennessee.

We have heard from 650 parents so far…but we need your help to reach our goal of hearing from 2,000 families living in every county and community across the state of Tennessee! The deadline is May 30.

This collaboration between Vanderbilt University and more than 30 state agencies and disability organizations is striving to improve outcomes for people with disabilities across the state. For more information, visit

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