Abigail Kidd, Lesa Kidd, and Tommy Lee Kidd were a part of the Tennessee disability advocacy delegation chosen to attend the National Disability Policy Seminar in Washington D.C. from April 15th through April 17th. Tommy Lee was appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen in 2009 to serve on the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities (TCODD). In 2011, Tommy Lee accepted the position of Legislative Chairman to the Council and was re-appointed by Governor Bill Haslam for a second three year term in 2012. Abigail was asked by the TCODD to attend the disability seminar in Washington this year as a self-advocate. The three day seminar consisted of two days of classes to prepare all advocates for face-to-face meetings with Senators and Congressman at their offices on Capitol Hill. The seminar drew disability advocates from 50 states with approximately 800 people attending.
ABOVE: Abigail and Ruthie (Ruthie is Abigail’s doll with a matching outfit) is pictured meeting with Representative Diane Black.
LEFT: Pictured from left to right are: Lesa Kidd, Tommy Lee Kidd, and Abigail Kidd with the TCODD, Senator Lamar Alexander, Frank Meeuwis with the Arc of TN, Senator Bob Corker, Wanda Willis with the TCODD, Tiffany Mason with the TCODD, and Elise McMillian with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.