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Volunteers Needed to Assist Special Needs Families

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The State of Tennessee is looking for volunteers to help families with members who have special needs.

Jim Henry, head of the state’s Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, says Tennessee is already providing services to more than 8500 individuals with disabilities. But he says 7,000 more families are on state lists waiting for assistance.

“Many people don’t understand what it’s like to have a kid with disabilities and it’s a very difficult job. Government is never going to be able to afford to take care of all the problems, but if we could get some volunteers it would really be a big help.”

Commissioner Henry expressed his appreciation to those Tennesseans already volunteering to assist special needs families. To learn how you might help, call the Department of Disabilities at 615-532-6538, or visit tn.gov/didd.