Welcome to TNSTEP's new location, www.tnstep.info!

Thank you for your patience as we work to update our domain and email information on our downloadable resources.

As Tennessee's Parent Training and Information Center, we are dedicated to supporting families of children and youth with disabilities who are navigating special education services and youth who are transitioning from high school into adulthood. We provide accurate, timely, and relevant information and training related to special education rights, equal access to quality education, and connections to community resources.

Welcome to TNSTEP

New Transition Guides Unveiled


Is My Child Eligible for Special Education Services in Tennessee?

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Toolkit Now Available

The ACEs Toolkit is a repository of resources related to ACEs, Trauma, and our state’s Building Strong Brains and Resilient Tennessee initiatives. The Toolkit is divided into a handful of categories: PowerPoint and Other Presentations on ACEs and Trauma; Informational Videos; ACEs and Tennessee; and National ACEs Resources. Be sure and check it out.

34.8 million children in the US are affected by ACEs

Latest Posts

Supporting Students with Behavioral and Emotional Needs: A Conversation with Carl Sumi

May 20, 2024

Student behavioral challenges aren’t a new phenomenon. For generations, educators and researchers have sought better approaches and interventions to support…

Celebre los 10 años de HOLA Lakeway (Celebrate 10 years of HOLA Lakeway)

May 16, 2024

¡Únete a nosotros este mes para nuestra fiesta de recaudación de fondos por nuestro cumpleaños! Celebremos 10 años desde la…

TN Special Education & Student Support Update 5/2/24

May 2, 2024

The latest Special Education & Student Support Update is out from the Tennessee Department of Education.

Upcoming Events




Path to Success: Employment as an Option (a WAZE to Adulthood – Parent and Professional Training)

Many young people with disabilities want to work after high school or college, just like their peers. Vocational rehabilitation (VR) is a program that provides services and supports to help people with disabilities prepare for,…

  • 10:00am11:00am




Virtual IEP Training with Joey Ellis

Back to school means IEP meetings! Join us to discuss basic information families will find helpful during their student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting. Do you have questions or need direction? Join Joey Ellis, TNSTEPs…




Intro to Special Education Workshop

This free Basic Rights: Training on IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) is designed for parents, caregivers, and professionals to gain a working knowledge of special education laws including your role in developing an appropriate…

  • 6:00pm8:00pm




The Next STEP – IEP Planning Preparing for Effective Participation in Individualized Education Program (IEP) Meetings Workshop

This free workshop is designed to enable attendees to understand and fully participate in the IEP Team process. You will learn: The types of services that can be provided through special education. The information on…

  • 6:00pm8:00pm
Parent Manual Under Construction - Title Page

TNSTEP’s Parent Manual is currently undergoing revisions to ensure it remains a comprehensive resource for families and caregivers navigating the complexities of Special Education rights and responsibilities under federal and state laws, particularly the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The revised edition will be digital and fully searchable for easier access to information, empowering families to advocate effectively for their children and youth’s educational needs. TNSTEP remains dedicated to providing invaluable, accurate information and resources to support Tennessee families.

While the manual is under revision, visit the following:

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TNSTEP Basic Rights Workshop Online!

Youth attended free trainings and workshops (Oct. 2019-Sept. 2020)
Parents & professionals served (in-person & virtual) (Oct. 2019-Sept. 2020)
Folks connected with TNSTEP online through social media (Oct. 2019-Sept. 2020)

Guidestar Silver Transparency 2021 Seal

Our organization earned a 2021 Silver Seal of Transparency!
Now, everyone can learn more about our programs and areas served and find us on social media.
Check out our updated #NonprofitProfile on Candid: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/62-1739593