Resolution Run 2009 5K Run Walk or Roll Helps Persons with Disabilities

Resolution Run 2009 5K Run Walk or Roll

New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1, 2009

Starts at Country Music Hall of Fame Park across from Sommet Center, Nashville, TN

8:30 a.m. On-Site Registration

10:00 a.m. Race Begins

Proceeds benefit programs and services of United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee, providing direct assistance to over 4,100 people annually with all types of disabilities through programs like the Durable Medical Equipment Exchange Program.

Regarding last year’s event, the 2008 Resolution Run was an event that put running and durable medical equipment recycling to the test.

Also see the 2008 Results and Photos and become a UCP of Mid TN fan at Facebook.

RE: Facebook, at the Discussion Board, Deana Claiborne wrote (emphasis mine):

Tennessee Services for People with Developmental Disabilities

In a nutshell, state and federal law defines Developmental Disability
as “mental retardation or a severe, chronic disability that severely
impacts three or more major life activities, and is acquired prior to
age 22.”

The State of Tennessee provides a number of supports
and services to persons with intellectual disabilities through the
Division of Mental Retardation Services (http://www.state.tn.us/dmrs). There is a long waiting list for services.

There
are no comparable services offered to people with other developmental
disaiblities
such as cerebral palsy, autism, spina bifida, traumatic
brain or spinal cord injury acquired prior to age 22, etc., no matter
how severe the developmental disability. In fact, the State Department
of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities has no services for
persons with Developmental Disabilities.

Should all persons
with developmental disabilities have access to the similar supports and
services in Tennessee? Should all DD services be coordinated through
the same state diivision or department? What do you think?

For more information about this issue, go to: http://www.fulfillthepromise.org, or go to UCP’s Blog: http://ucpmidtn.wordpress.com/category/public-policy