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Nashville, Tennessee

Contact Information

If you, your business, or organization are interested in becoming a part of the Disability Initiative Workgroup, please contact Rachel Freeze at [email protected].

If you are already a member of the Disability Initiative Workgroup and have questions regarding the IRS participation, then please contact Pam Quayson at [email protected].

Disability Initiative Workgroup

Our efforts in the REI Tour are very new, but we have accomplished several benchmarks so far.

1. To get started, we have surveyed area nonprofits and research organizations focusing on local needs of individuals with disabilities and how those relate to our existing services.   Survey participants included: Tennessee Disability Pathfinder, Mental Health Cooperative, National Council on Aging, local metropolitan government, Goodwill, and more.   Through these surveys, we have collected names and organizations that we would like to invite to be a part of an ad-hoc subcommittee/workgroup serving under the Nashville Alliance for Financial Independence Advisory Council.   These surveys provide a good framework from which to begin discussions.   We collected such information as gaps in asset-building services, awareness of our existing programs, as well as how this community defines "financial stability."

2. Additionally, we have built partnerships with several direct service providers to provide mobile tax preparation for individuals with disabilities.

3. Our Advisory Council has recently approved an additional seat to represent the disabilities community on the 11-member governing body of our coalition.   This will ensure that the disabilities community will be present in the overall strategic plan for our coalition. Besides funding, this mini-grant will provide additional opportunities for learning best practices and strategies for growing our young effort.

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools in partnership with us, will maintain serving individuals with disabilities through mobile tax preparation for 50 hours during tax season. Mobile tax preparation will operate in partnership with direct service providers, such as League for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Goodwill, and others. This mobile tax preparation has the potential of serving an approximately 100 individuals that may not otherwise be able or willing to access our stationary sites due to lack of transportation, interpreters, or other barriers.