Assistant Director, Tennessee Disability Coalition
Donna DeStefano is currently the Assistant Director of the Tennessee Disability Coalition. The Coalition has been the Tennessee State Affiliate for the Southeast ADA Center since 1992, and Donna has served as Network Administrator since 2000. Over the last 10-plus years, Donna has participated in training and meetings offered by the Southeast ADA Center and ADA Symposium. She has been lead presenter in ADA trainings and in-state resource to individuals with disabilities, state and local governments, and businesses within Tennessee. Donna has a Master’s in Special Education with emphasis in visual impairments from Peabody College/Vanderbilt University. Donna has been a teacher of children, youth and adults with multiple disabilities at the Boston Center for Blind Children and Perkins School for the Blind; worked with young children with hearing and multiple disabilities and their families as a Parent Advisor with the Tennessee Infant Parent Services; worked on/coordinated federal demonstration and outreach projects at Peabody College/Vanderbilt University; been the Education and Training Director or Community Rehabilitation Agencies of Tennessee (CMRA), and been Community Plan Coordinator with the Tennessee Division of Mental Retardation Services.