Trousdale School receives TN DIDD Licensure
Cleveland based special education school is the first and only organization in the state of Tennessee to hold a license as a Developmental Disabilities Adult Habilitation Day Facility
CLEVELAND, Tenn. (February 9, 2017) - Students and staff poured in the doors of Trousdale School on Wednesday morning, buzzing with excitement and energetic smiles. While mornings at the school traditionally enjoy a joyful welcome, the anticipation of the culmination of a nine year journey electrified the air. But before students sat down to lunch a few hours later, the successful final inspections verified what thousands of hours of effort had made possible: Trousdale School is now officially licensed by the State of Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD). The school is the first and only organization in the state of Tennessee to hold a license as a Developmental Disabilities Adult Habilitation Day Facility, newly created last fall after years of effort in conjunction with DIDD.
The uphill road to state licensure proved arduous and demanding. In 2015, Trousdale School became fully accredited through the National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services, a subsidiary of the National Association for Private Special Education Centers. Fewer than thirty organizations across the nation have earned accreditation. Seeking new ways to serve their population of high-functioning adults with intellectual disabilities, the school pursued licensure, but discovered that the designation did not exist for a program like Trousdale School. Not to be deterred, they sought out lawyers and lawmakers that could help them pave the way and create legislation to include Trousdale School’s unique offerings under the State’s oversight.
To the delight of staff and students, the payoff came on Wednesday in the form of a final review by the state inspector. That payoff, while rewarding, will bring a new challenge: the new licensure holds the keys to ultimately expand the school’s services into a residential program by 2020, an addition eagerly anticipated by students and families.
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Shannon Clark, Executive Director