Transition to Adulthood Services
Other TN Transition Resources
Transition Tennessee (www.transitiontn.org) is a free professional development and learning portal for educators and also families that brings together resources for promoting successful transitions for students with disabilities.
Postsecondary Education Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
Tennessee has several postsecondary education programs on college campuses specifically for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These non-degree programs teach employment and independent living skills, allow students to take college courses, have internships and jobs, and to continue building relationships with their peers without disabilities. A primary goal of all postsecondary education programs is to provide career exploration through internships that help the student experience a variety of potential work environments.
- University of Tennessee Knoxville FUTURE program
- Lipscomb University IDEAL program
- Vanderbilt University Next Steps program
- University of Memphis Tiger LIFE program
- Union University EDGE program
Visit the TN Inclusive Higher Education Alliance website for more information.
The Tennessee Works Partnership connects employment efforts across the state among the various state agencies, universities, service providers, community organizations, families and self-advocates working to advance employment for people with disabilities. The Partnership has just completed a 3 year strategic plan, a requirement for the Employment First Task Force. Other significant activities include a series of “community conversations” about employment and building connections to Tennessee businesses. The Tennessee Works website at www.tennesseeworks.org has a variety of resources and information for job seekers with disabilities, families, educators, employers, disability professionals and more.
Tennessee Disability Pathfinder
Tennessee Disability Pathfinder is a statewide multilingual information and referral service for disability resources operated by Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and created by the Council in 1997. Information is available via a phone helpline, as well as an online searchable database containing over 2,200 agencies. Pathfinder’s Multicultural Outreach and Camino Seguro programs are equipped to help members of the multicultural, refugee and immigrant communities find needed disability services and supports.
To contact TN Disability Pathfinder, call 1-800-640-4636, email email@example.com or visit http://kc.vanderbilt.edu/pathfinder/.
kidcentraltn.com is a one-stop resource for Tennessee families to raise healthy and happy kids. Families using kidcentral tn can learn about and locate helpful programs, read about popular parenting topics, and even track important milestones. kidcentraltn.com features a comprehensive directory of state-operated and state-funded services for children and families.