Imagine needing to access community services without being able to get there. Unfortunately, this is a common experience among many Tennesseans with disabilities and their families. Transportation is a frequent need that Pathfinder and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) are committed to addressing together through our new partnership.
When TDOT launched the Office of Accessible Transportation and Mobility a few years ago they determined that finding existing services is a key barrier to accessing transportation, which led to their investment in Pathfinder. We are so pleased that TDOT recognized Pathfinder as a partner in meeting the transportation needs of Tennesseans with disabilities. Whether it’s a ride-share program, door-to-door service, senior ride, community provider, or a private company, Pathfinder’s website includes hundreds of transportation resources that will continue to grow. Our information and referral specialists also assist individuals in accessing transportation services that can get them where they need to go.
In addition to our founders, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, TDOT is the newest of 6 state government agencies—Departments of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (DIDD), Education, Health, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, and Human Services/Vocational Rehabilitation. Their support ensures that we are able connect more people with all types of disabilities to community services to meet their needs through our helpline, website, and outreach.
To find out more about TDOT and their initiatives for the disability community visit our listing on TNPatfhfinder.org.