EFWT Mission

The Exceptional Foundation of West Tennessee enriches the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by meeting their social, recreational and continued educational needs.

The Exceptional Community

We respect those with intellectual disabilities and recognize their individual worth, strengths and capabilities.

Safety & Peace of Mind

We create an environment that allows family members to experience a comfortable respite.

Personal Growth & Enrichment

We strive to help our participants grow personally and socially through stimulating activities.


We provide opportunities for participants to thrive while having fun and making friends.

Community Interaction

We believe the community and our exceptional participants benefit mutually through knowledge, awareness and interaction.


We work to earn the trust of our participants and their families.

Our History

In 2006, a small group of individuals began to look for a model on which to base a new program in Memphis by researching existing organizations that serve the mentally challenged population. After an extensive search, they found the Exceptional Foundation in Birmingham (EFB), Alabama, and upon contacting them found they were very interested in expanding their program.

Partnering with EFB has been a tremendous success. This program, created in 1993, now serving approximately 350 people in Birmingham, has given the West Tennessee program a huge amount of guidance and support from their leadership and board, with whom EFWT works with regularly.

The EFWT is a separate Tennessee 501 (c) (3). All EFWT funds raised stay with the West Tennessee program.

Exceptional Foundation of Birmingham
Exceptional Foundation of the Gulf Coast
Exceptional Foundation of the Charlotte

What Our Participants and Their Families Are Saying

Don’t just take it from us, let them do the talking!

“I love the Exceptional Foundation because it’s like a home away from home, I have so many friends there, the staff is wonderful… If there was no Exceptional Foundation it would be a sad world and there wouldn’t be much to do.”

Jeff M.

EFWTN Participant

“Words cannot express the love I have for EFWTN. With me, it’s all about trust. My son is autistic and very easily persuaded. I used to always keep him close because people can be cruel. EFWTN is the only place in the world where he can go without me and I am perfectly comfortable. I love EFWTN!”

Brenda Y.

Mother of EFWTN Participant Marviel

“Roseanne loves to leave our house to mix and mingle. I love that EFWTN is a safe place for me to send her. I appreciate Roseanne being treated like everyone else, not treated based on a disability but treated right.”

Maxine S.

Aunt of Participant Roseanne