Events – October 2022


In October we celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities and showcase supportive, inclusive employment resources and organizations. Another important reason to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to shine a light on the importance of equitable practices in the workplace  for people with disabilities whether it be pay, accommodations, health insurance, etc.

Here’s a great resource on disability employment policy which can help you spread awareness about disability employment.


It’s Pink October and this is a friendly reminder to perform your annual breast self exam and then contact your doctor to set up an appointment for your mammogram. The best defense against breast cancer is early detection. And since it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month we want to be sure to spread awareness about available resources to help you fight against breast cancer. So head on over to and search breast cancer to find the community service agencies nearest you.


Image of a little girl with Down Syndrome wearing a pink sweater, white top and tan hat on a light color background. Text on the right of the image: "Down Syndrome Awareness Month October 2022." Pathfinder's branded graphic is on the top right of the image.

Down Syndrome Awareness Month is designated to make people aware that people with Down syndrome are just like everyone else. They have similar dreams and goals, and can be contributing members to society. They just happen to be extraordinairy!

Find out more about Down Syndrome and help to spread awareness this month. Here’s an event to go the Extra Mile.



Having a learning disability affects the way a person understands information, and how they communicate. During the month of October, we spread awareness of learning disabilities and support for individuals and families. Often support can be found at community events. Check our events page to see if there are events where you can get involved.


Image with a person in a wheelchair and another person leaning over her with her hands on her shoulders. Text a the bottom left of the image: "October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month" & Pathfinder's branded graphic replaces the second 'o' in the word October. Teal and yellow simi circle color blocks are in the top left and bottom right corners of the image.

October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month—a time to celebrate the hundreds of thousands of people living with Spina Bifida. Spina Bifida is a type of neural tube defect (NTD) that occurs when a babies neural tube fails to develop or close properly – the literal meaning for Spina Bifida is “split spine.”  To find out more about Spina Bifida and ways you can celebrate and bring about awareness click here.


ACE’ing The Spectrum: Benefits & Employment, Glenn McReylonds, MTP, WorkAbleTN presents a workshop on October 20, 2022 at 6:00 – 7:30 PM CST online.  Participants will learn about social security, work incentives and understand the impact of work on disability benefits.

Click here for access to more information about this workshop.



We Rock the Spectrum (WRTS) Nashville/Madison is officially opening! To commemorate the day, they are hosting a Grand Opening on October 22nd of their sensory gym, from 10 am to 5 pm CDT. There will be food, fun, music, surprises and exclusive discounts on all of their unique packages. Plus you’ll get to experience their specially designed sensory equipment! You don’t want to miss this grand day, we hear there’s going to be free ice cream!
For more information on WRTS and location information click here.

WALKTOBER is a month-long campaign that encourages our community to be more active by walking regularly. This push is led by the River’s Way Game Changers, a group of young adults with differing abilities that are highly involved with River’s Way programs. The Game Changers will be walking as much as possible during October and logging their miles with the MapMyWalk app by Under Armor. Not only will the Game Changers be walking on their own time, but they will be influencing hundreds
of students as walking leaders in local schools.
The Game Changers lead by example and prove that if they can walk, so can you!
Walking is the most inclusive and inexpensive form of physical activity!
Join them on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 9:30 am for the culminating event.
Please contact Matt Kyle at -or- (423)-715-0085 for any questions surrounding the event.
Click here to find out more about this event.



Early Autism Services is hosting an “Autism Friendly SPOOK-tacular” event. You are invited to wear your costumes and come for treats and activities, and to check out the ABA space – Nashville Clinic – a fun and inviting environment for your child to learn, explore, and grow, Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 12 pm – 3pm.

RSVP is required. Click here for more information.


Halloween can be a very fun time for the family.  However, we also have to be cautious about the activities that we do to celebrate the holiday.

Click the video image below for a ghoulie surprise and here for some Halloween safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Wishing all of our Pathfinder Pals a safe and Happy Halloween!

– Your Friends at Tennessee Disability Pathfinder


Blue background image with five artistic photos set between 4 arrow heads. Text on top of image: "Science Day 2022 Tuesday, November 1." Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Branded Graphic is at the top of text.

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day will take place Tuesday, Nov.1, 2022, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Vanderbilt University Student Life Center. Posters will be hung in the Commodore Ballroom from 10:00-11:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Commodore Ballroom. Science Day festivities will include lunch, two poster sessions, a keynote, and a Data Blitz, closing with a wine/cheese reception.

Advance registration from everyone — including presenters and faculty judges — is needed for accurate estimates toward catering and materials. Register by the WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26 deadline.


White background image with light blue banner at top of image with paper, pen, cellphone to the left and laptop to the right. Text on image: "ADULT RESOURCE EXPO EXHIBITOR Registration November 5, 2022 Open to public from 10am - 12pm Second harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee 331 Great Circle Rd, Nashville 37228

If you are an adult service provider in the MiddleTN area, there’s a chance to meet the community at an in-person Adult Resource Expo! The event is scheduled for November 5, 2022 from 10 am – 12 pm at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, 331 Great Circle Rd, Nashville, Tennessee 37228. 

Providers in the following areas are encouraged to join:

 Education  Skill Development
 Transportation  Employment
 Recreation  Social Networking
 Insurance  Financial Planning
 Housing  Medical or Dental
 Respite  Day Programs
 Mental Health Services  Transition Services

Click here for more information.