Breaking Ground

Council Magazine
Subscribe to Breaking Ground for free, either to receive a print copy via mail or an email copy, by calling 615-532-6615 or emailing with your home or email address. [Braille copies also available.]

*Note: See our call for artwork for our special arts issue - accepting submissions through Oct. 31, 2017!

Breaking Ground, produced by the Council since 1990, informs readers of innovative programs and practices, disability policy issues, and stories about the lives of Tennesseans with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  

Approximately 5,400 copies of each issue are distributed to individuals with disabilities, family members, state agencies, advocacy organizations, and legislators. Each year, a special arts issue is produced, which shares artwork by and about Tennesseans with disabilities.

Are you an artist with disabilities who would like your artwork considered for our annual Breaking Ground Arts issue?  Do you know of any inclusive art programs in your community? Let us know anytime throughout the year by contacting!

The gallery of images at the bottom of the page shows covers of the recent issues of Breaking Ground; see the archive below for PDF and Word versions of each edition; contact the Council if you're looking for an older issue.

Current Issue

Check out our most recent issue of Breaking Ground [Issue 88, July 2017]

cover of breaking ground magazine; left side of cover page, Debbie standing outside of Dairy Queen; on right side of cover page, Tammy Denniston at Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy pictured with her friend Nick Vargos. Photo from the archives of the Southern Reins Center.

It features the following articles:

  • Moving Toward Full Community Inclusion: a philosophical and cultural transformation
  • A Provider Agency and Community Rise Up to Meet the Challenge
  • Partners Grad Develops Parent Support Group in East Tennessee
  • Congratulations, 2016-17 Partners in Policymaking Graduates
  • IDEAL Internship Program Promotes Inclusion, Prepares Students for Real-World Working Setting
  • Supported Decision-Making: what it is, how it works and why it’s important
  • Blind Athlete “Grows” with Achilles Running Program
  • Remembering Leaders in Our Community
  • Council on Autism Spectrum Disorder is a First Step in the Right Direction

View the PDF for Breaking Ground Number 88; View the text-only version in Word of Breaking Ground Number 88

Archive of Past Issues