Battle v. Tennessee
This case was filed on January 14, 2022 to challenge the State of Tennessee’s failure to ensure that effective communication is provided to d/Deaf people who receive services from the State’s Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) and its Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (DMHSAS). For instance, the Defendants have placed Plaintiffs in group homes without any signing staff or housemates and do not provide ASL at meetings where individualized DIDD and DMHSAS services are discussed and planned. The case is currently in discovery. DRA is partnering with Disability Rights Tennessee and Baker Donelson as co-counsel in this case.