A Message from Pathfinder’s Communications Manager

Dear Pathfinder Pals, It’s May already, can you believe it? May is chock-full of celebratory events including Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Lupus Awareness Month, and Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, just to name a few. Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month (OAM). The theme for 2024… Read more A Message from Pathfinder’s Communications Manager

Giving Older Adults a State Agency “Home”: Introducing the New Department of Disability and Aging

Gradient dark blue background image with DIDD logo on top left and TCAD logo on bottom left of the image. Separating the two logos is two blue merging arrows pointed right to a picture with a white border of Tennessee Governor Bill Lee wearing a Navy blazer, white dress shirt, and a diagonal striped green, blue and white tie, sitting behind a dark brown desk sighing a document in a green cover. Standing on his left looking over his shoulder smiling is DIDD Commissioner Brad Turner wearing a navy suit, white dress shirt, and a red tie. Standing on his right is Senator Becky Massey wearing a blue jacket with silver rings and dark bottoms. They all are in front of a the US flag on the left and the TN flag on the right in front of a two windows with brown wooden frames and blinds.

It’s no secret that Tennessee has become a hotspot for relocations from different parts of the United States over the past five years, as people are attracted to our state’s natural beauty, low taxes, and business-friendly climate. But did you know that adults 65 and over are the fastest-growing demographic? With the rapidly increasing aging… Read more Giving Older Adults a State Agency “Home”: Introducing the New Department of Disability and Aging

Forging Paths: Crafting Supportive Systems for Youth’s Journey into Adulthood

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“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”― Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince On the eve of her 18th birthday, Clara’s tears mirrored the uncertainty that loomed ahead. While most teenagers her age were filled with anticipation for the… Read more Forging Paths: Crafting Supportive Systems for Youth’s Journey into Adulthood

Spotlight (May 2024) – Directory of Resources for I/DD Mental Health

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Remember when I said in my opening statement that the lack of resources for the dual diagnosis of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD or IDD) and Mental Health is an area of concern for those we serve in the I/DD community? Since locating professionals in the IDD/Mental Health community and support groups are two areas… Read more Spotlight (May 2024) – Directory of Resources for I/DD Mental Health

In the Know (May 2024) – Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being in Schools

Black background image with Pathfinder's logo in the upper left corner. Three yellow stars on the right side of the image surrounding a blue graphic with text "NEW Mental Health Action Guide for School and District Leaders. On the top right of that graphic is a photo of a woman sitting on a desk in a classroom setting appearing to be speaking to students who are facing her. The CDC's logo is on the bottom right of the graphic. Text on left of the image "In the Know Ground breaking information that affects the disability community. On the bottom right of the image on a light blue color block is TNPathfinder.org.

To effectively spread awareness about things that matter to people in the community, we’ve chosen to share information shared by community partners directly from the source. Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being in Schools An Action Guide for School and District Leaders Via Center for Disease Control (CDC)  | March 22, 2024 At a Glance Schools… Read more In the Know (May 2024) – Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being in Schools

EmployAbility – May 2024

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Hey job seekers! Are you ready to embark on a transformative journey to a more inclusive and understanding workplace? Whether you’re looking for your dream job or the perfect volunteer opportunity, we’re sharing employment and volunteer opportunities and resources in the Tennessee disability community. Join us in embracing a future where every person has the… Read more EmployAbility – May 2024

Summer Events – 2024

Tennessee Disability Pathfinder offers a growing library of disability resources available at TNPathfinder.org. In addition to the growing directory of resources on Pathfinder’s website, here are some we’re highlighting this month. Another month packed with Pathfinder webinars! First up… After taking a deep dive into navigating support for dual diagnosis and exploring the journey of… Read more Summer Events – 2024

Resource Corner – May 2024

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Tennessee Disability Pathfinder offers a growing library of disability resources available at TNPathfinder.org. In addition to the growing directory of resources on Pathfinder’s website, here are some we’re highlighting this month. TERRA and Electronics Recycling Solutions has launched Devices for Autism Program The Devices for Autism program, is an initiative spearheaded by TERRA and the… Read more Resource Corner – May 2024