Inclusion & Disability Awareness – August 2023

Disability inclusion means understanding the relationship between how people function and how they participate in society and ensuring everybody has the same opportunities to participate in every aspect of life to the best of their abilities and desires. In an effort to effectively spread awareness and foster inclusion, each month we commemorate and share Disability Awareness information, resources, and celebrations.

August is National Wellness Month! We’re committing to developing a healthy lifestyle & ditching bad eating habits. Join us by following these steps to start your journey to wellness:



Tennessee Department of Health, BRFSS Fact Sheet and How Much Do You Know About Fats and Oils?


University of Tennessee Knoxville Center for Health Education and Wellness, Sleep.


Green background image with a photo of a female in a wheelchair on the right side of the image. On the left size of the image is text, "Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month," A list of four things to know about SMA is below. Pathfinder's branded graphic is on the pathway in the photo.

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord and impacts the muscles used for activities such as breathing, eating, crawling, and walking. The month of August is SMA Awareness Month in which we strive to raise awareness of the condition caused by the deficiency of a motor neuron protein called SMN and other rare forms of SMA that stem from chromosome mutations. To find out more about SMA check out this SMA Tennessee Fact Sheet.


Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis is a severe life threatening adverse reaction which can be triggered by almost any medication and in some instances viral infections.

Symptoms can include:

– Painful blistering of the skin and mucous membrane involvement.
– In many cases preceded with flu like symptoms and high fever.
– As it evolves the skin literally sloughs off.
– Ocular involvement includes severe conjunctivis, iritis, palpebral edema, conjunctival and corneal blisters and erosions, and corneal perforation.

Almost any DRUG can cause SJS/TEN, including over the counter drugs. To find out more about SJS click here.


White background image with a yellow horizontal color block at the bottom of the image. Text at the very tiop of the image says, "August 21 NATIONAL SENIOR CITIZEN DAY." Pathfinder's branded graphic is on the top right corner of image.

National Senior Citizens Day, is celebrated on August 21st. It is a day to let the older adults in your life know how much you care about them and it’s an opportunity to recognize their accomplishments. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed this holiday to raise awareness about issues that affect senior citizens and their quality of life.

We celebrate our older Tennesseans on this day and everyday.  We honor them and their stories, their wisdom and full lives they’ve lived!

For information on resource to assist the older adult in your life, contact us at 1-800-640-4636. We’re happy to help them on their journey.