Family Resources


Open Arms Care is happy to provide links and resources to organizations that offer assistance, guidance and the latest information regarding a broad range of topics that may interest client families, our employees, or visitors to our website.



American Association of People with Disabilities
National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems
National Organization on Disability
Not Dead Yet
The Association for the Severely Handicapped (TASH)

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American Society on Aging
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
National Council on Aging


American Art Therapy Association
Artistic Realization Technologies


National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
Parenting with a Mental Illness: Programs and Resources Guide (PDF)
Partners for Youth with Disabilities


American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
DisabilityScoop – The Premier Source  for Developmental Disability News
Easter Seals
The National Association for the Dually Diagnosed
Through the Looking Glass
World Institute on Disability


CAST Center for Applied Special Technology
College Resources for Students with Disabilities Guidebook


Alliance for Full Participation
Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.


UsedHME: a free listing service for Home Medical Equipment


Collaborative on Faith and Disability

Federal Programs

Access Board
ADA National Network
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
National Council on Disability
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services
Social Security Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Disability
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Department of Transportation


National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)
Special Olympics
Special Olympics Tennessee

Health Management

American Council for the Blind
Autism Society
Autism Speaks
Families USA
Hearing Loss Association of America
National Association for the Deaf
National Brain Injury Association
National Federation of the Blind
National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
United Cerebral Palsy


Independent Living

disABILITY Resource Center
National Council on Independent Living
Research and Training Center on Independent Living (RTC/IL)



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Local Hospitals

Open Arms Care is pleased to rely on local healthcare providers. Follow the links below to see the services offered in each community.


Erlanger Health System
Memorial Health Care System
Parkridge Medical Center


East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (ETCH)
Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center (FSRMC)
Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge
Parkwest Medical Center
Turkey Creek Medical Center
The University of Tennessee Medical Center


Methodist North Hospital
Methodist University Hospital
Saint Francis Hospital


Centennial Medical Center
Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital
Saint Thomas West Hospital
Southern Hills Medical Center
StoneCrest Medical Center


American Bar Association: Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)

Provider Resources

Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)
Association of Professional Development Disabilities Administrators (APDDA)
CARF International (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities)
Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association
In The Know
Institute for National Resources (INR)
NADSP Accreditation: College of Direct Support
National Alliance for Direct Support Professional (NADSP)
Tennessee Community Organizations (TNCO)
Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD)
The National Association for the Dually Diagnosed
The National Association of Qualified Developmental Disability Professionals



ABILITY Magazine




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Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

State of Tennessee Programs

Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability
Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities – <Click here to sign up for the Supporting Families e-newsletter>

Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD)
Tennessee Disability Pathfinder


Cornell University U.S. Disability Statistics


Best Buddies
Best Buddies: Tennessee

Have a favorite resource not listed here? Contact us with information you’ve found valuable.

Helpful Links and Additional Information

Below are links to websites that might be helpful to those individuals seeking more information regarding intellectual and developmental disabilities. Please note that OAC does not endorse any of the following websites.