A New Frontier: Healthcare access for a doubly marginalized minority

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“I’d like to connect you with an advocate who can help you enroll in home and community-based services,” we told the young person in need. This call seemed like many of our calls – someone with developmental disabilities needed help to find a place to live and basic supports. This caller had just left their… Read more A New Frontier: Healthcare access for a doubly marginalized minority

Increasing Access to Healthcare for LGBTQ People with Disabilities

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The Vanderbilt Program for LGBTQ Health is dedicated to addressing the barriers of care faced by sexual and gender minority patients. For LGBTQ individuals with disabilities, these barriers are even more prominent. LGBTQ identity and disability are likely to intersect. The 2015 US Transgender Survey found that 39% of transgender adults have one or more… Read more Increasing Access to Healthcare for LGBTQ People with Disabilities

The Body is Not an Apology: Includes All of Us- Not Just Able-Bodied Individuals

Black and white image of Content Creator, YouTuber, Writer, Actor/Singer, Speaker and Activist Annie Segarra (aka Annie Elainey)To the right of her is an ivory post-it note with two black pieces of tape and text, "And I said to my body softly, 'I want to be your friend.' It took a long breath and replied, ' 'I have been waiting my whole life for this." - Nayyirah Waheed

I started reading The Body is Not An Apology (TBINAA) by Sonya Renee Taylor, thinking it would be just like every other body positivity book; the author, though well-meaning, imploring their readers to accept who they are, while often neglecting to include the experiences of marginalized bodies. However, I read TBINAA feeling like I had… Read more The Body is Not an Apology: Includes All of Us- Not Just Able-Bodied Individuals

Call Pathfinder

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Caller:   My sister has twins who are turning twelve this summer. I’m making some calls to help her. She always gets me to do the calling because I teach special education, and she thinks I know better what to ask than she does. Truth is she’s as busy as I am, and both twins have… Read more Call Pathfinder

Resource Corner – Disability & Sexuality

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Tennessee Disability Pathfinder offers a growing library of disability and sexuality resources available at TNPathfinder.org. Disability & Sexuality, a sensitive subject that often gets overlooked, which can lead to a lack of understanding, information, and support for individuals with disabilities. Pathfinder aims to share resources on the intersectionality between disability and sexuality. Click on our… Read more Resource Corner – Disability & Sexuality

AGING WELL: Championing Older Adults in Our Community

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What does ‘aging well’ mean to you? At AgeWell Middle Tennessee, we are reimagining aging through our programs and services that provide trusted information and online tools as well as elevating the voices of older adults throughout our 13-county service* area in MiddleTennessee. Founded as the Council on Aging of Greater Nashville in 1985, AgeWell… Read more AGING WELL: Championing Older Adults in Our Community

Following Your Path to Aging: Planning for the future

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Former British prime minister Winston Churchill once said, “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.” As we age, it is important to have a plan in place for the future and communicate this frequently with loved ones. Often when future planning is mentioned, one might think of planning where they want to live… Read more Following Your Path to Aging: Planning for the future

It’s the Legality of it All: Legal Assistance for Aging Adults in Rural East Tennessee

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Aging can be overwhelming especially as you start planning for the future. Whether it is estate planning, power of attorney, or seeking assistance with Medicaid benefits, older adults may find it difficult in getting all these documents in order, especially aging adults who live in rural areas that may not have easy access to resources.… Read more It’s the Legality of it All: Legal Assistance for Aging Adults in Rural East Tennessee

Navigating Medicare with TN SHIP

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Have Medicare questions? Looking for unbiased counseling and assistance? If you are a Medicare-eligible individual located in Tennessee– you’re in luck! The Tennessee State Health Insurance Assistance Program (TN SHIP), administered by the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability, is here to help answer your Medicare questions. While it may sound too good to be… Read more Navigating Medicare with TN SHIP