Tennessee has many resources available to help you support young people with disabilities in securing and maintaining employment, and it is easy to find them using Tennessee Disability Pathfinder.
Pathfinder is a free, statewide clearinghouse of disability-related resources and services for persons with disabilities, their family members, service providers, and advocates. The site provides comprehensive information on a wide array of topics related to disability, including employment.
Start exploring the Tennessee Disability Pathfinder database. “Employment” is listed as a separate category. Pathfinder includes information on Adult Day Services, Employment Resources, Secondary Transition Services, and Vocational Training, all broken down by county.
Search for employment events on the Tennessee Disability Pathfinder calendar. As with their database, you can narrow your focus to search only employment or transition events. Start exploring today!
ABLE TN will encourage and assist individuals and families to save private funds to support individuals with disabilities by offering tax-advantaged investment plans to pay for expenses including, but not limited to: education, housing, transportation, employment training and support, assistive technology, personal support services, and funeral and burial expenses. The private funds saved through ABLE TN will supplement benefits provided through private insurance, Medicaid benefits, Supplemental Social Security Income and the account beneficiary’s income, as well as any other sources. Check out more at http://abletn.gov/about.html
Benefits to Work staff offer accurate information so individuals can make informed choices about working, pursing training or further education while helping to ease fear of losing healthcare and other public benefits. We have years of experience about the Social Security work incentives including Ticket to Work. Careful planning is the key to a successful work experience. Our services are free and statewide. Benefits to Work is a collaboration Between Tennessee Disability Coalition (TDC) and the Center for Independent Living of Middle Tennessee (CIL-MT)
Benefits To Work
955 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN 37206
888-839-5333 or 615-383-9442
Employment First is a concept to facilitate the full inclusion of individuals with varying degrees of abilities in the workplace and in the community. Under the Employment First approach, community-based integrated employment is the first and preferred employment service option for youth and adults with significant disabilities. Use this website to watch a video highlighting Employment First efforts, discover new resources to help inform your work, and find events and trainings related to employment first.
Other Helpful Tennessee Websites
- Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA): Access Ride and Travel Training
Paratransit door-to-door service for people with disabilities. People interested in applying for AccessRide service may call (615) 880-3970 or download an application from the MTS website at NashvilleMTA.org.
- Tennessee Career Centers
- Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- University of Tennessee Center for Literacy, Education and Employment
- Tennessee Vocational Rehabilitation
- The Arc Tennessee
- Autism Tennessee
- Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee
- Tennessee Disability Coalition
- Disability Rights Tennessee
- Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities
- University of Tennessee Boling Center UCEDD
- Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
- Empower Tennessee
- United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee
- Support and Training for Exceptional Parents (STEP, Inc.)