T.A.R.P advocates on behalf of people with disabilities and encourages them to advocate for themselves on disability related issues.
We celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act, help inform people with disabilities about their rights, and attempt to educate our elected officials and the community about issues and concerns.
We strive to achieve accessibility and inclusion in all aspects of community life, and encourage compliance with Federal Laws concerning People with disabilities, equal access, and equal opportunity.
T.A.R.P.'s Advocate goals are the empowerment of the disability community and individual consumers through education, outreach, workshops, forums, letter-writing campaigns, and organizing group participation at the local, state and federal levels. T.A.R.P.'s Advocate serves as technical support for eight counties. Advocate is a role that all T.A.R.P. staff play on behalf of any member of the disability community who is facing attitudinal, architectural, or systemic obstacles.
Equipment Exchange Program
T.A.R.P. provides, to our consumers, free of charge, durable medical equipment not covered by insurance or for uninsured individuals with disabilities.
The program is dependent on community support, individual donations and returned loaned equipment, therefore, equipment availability is subject to supply. This service is vital in keeping our disabled community independent and living in their own homes and community
Facilitates the transition of people with disabilities from nursing homes and other institutions to home and community based living, provides assistance to those at risk of entering an institution, and facilitates the transition of youth with disabilities into higher education, the workforce and the community.
Information and Referral (I&R)
Knowledge is power! Services offered by T.A.R.P. utilizing a vast list of other community resources to assist consumers obtaining needed services.
T.A.R.P. staff also performs outreach in the community by participating in expos, disability fairs, and other similar events and serves as a guest speaker on disability issues throughout our service area in West Tennessee
Independent Living Skills Training
Assist consumers in developing the skills needed to live independently as possible. T.A.R.P.'s Independent Living Skills Trainers empower consumers with the knowledge to perform the daily tasks essential for maintaining or obtaining independence.
Life skills can include the following: household budgeting and financial management, resume writing, job interviews, job etiquette, personal care, basic cooking skills, navigating through the social services system; problem-solving techniques, understanding reasonable accommodations, assistive technologies, and personal safety.
Provide one-to-one informal support and advice. T.A.R.P.'s Peer Counselors provide non-clinical counseling to consumers. They serve as peer mentors by understanding the obstacles faced by people with disabilities and by offering practical solutions.
They also empower consumers to achieve greater independence through their own examples of consumer-control and by sharing their own day-to-day experiences.
The program is funded by state dollars and designed to assist individuals with severe disabilities and their families to remain together in their homes and communities.
Click here for more information and to apply for the Family Support Program