The Union Edge Program
The Union Edge Program is a two year, 48-hour Postsecondary Education Program for students between the ages of 18-26 with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD). This program is based on the Think College national standards. Graduating student will receive a 2-year certificate, not a degree.
B. E. S. T (The Bridge to Employment in Service and Tourism)
The Bridge to Employment in Service and Tourism (B. E. S. T.) project provides career exploration in the hospitality, service and tourism industry through onsite training and placement in a hospitality, service or tourism setting for working-aged adults with significant disabilities and barriers to employment.
The Division of Rehabilitation Services
The Division of Rehabilitation Services is responsible for the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services program, which includes determination of eligibility, determination of the nature and scope of VR service and the provision of employment-focused rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities consistent with their strengths, priorities, and resources.
K-Town Youth Empowerment Network
For those who live on the Knox County line: K-Town Youth Empowerment Network is a community partnership of local agencies, schools, faith-based organizations, government, businesses, youth leaders, and families working together to provide a "System of Care" for Knox County, Tennessee, youth ages 14-21 with serious emotional and behavioral challenges, and their families. If a young person has needs that touch more than one system-such as mental health, juvenile justice, special education, or child welfare-searching for help can seem like wandering through a maze of wrong doors and hidden barriers. Systems of Care help youth and their families navigate the maze.
STEP (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents)
We improve the lives of families of children with disabilities by guiding them through challenges they face accessing education and community programs.
We provide services that promote working together with school staff to resolve issues often faced by children with disabilities at school such as harassment, bullying, low expectations, and social isolation.
We believe every child matters; every child should have access to an education that leads to self-sufficiency, employment, and meaningful community involvement.
With our services, familes and schools increase expectations and provide opportunities for student with disabilities to aim for high achievement standards.
With our services, familes are able to be actively involved in navigating the special education process; research shows that when parents are involved in their child's education, children have better outcomes.
Emory Valley Center
To enhance the lives of children, adults and families in an environment that promotes independence, dignity and respect.
Sertoma Center's mission is to provide the programs and services to empower adults with intellectual disabilities to achieve their fullest potential.
disABILITY Resource Center
disABILITY Resource Center, a center for Independent Living, is a nonresidential, cross-disability nonprofit that provides services to people with disABILITIES so they may thrive and actively participate within their communities.