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Tennessee Disability Pathfinder

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Tennessee Disability Pathfinder, a statewide information and referral center for disability resources run by Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, is one of the most important projects of the Council.

The Council and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center created this central source for disability information in 1997 after hearing from families all across Tennessee that they needed a single place to go to find information about disability services. TN Disability Pathfinder is a free resource for people of all ages, with all kinds of disabilty, and who speak any language.

You can get help from Pathfinder by exploring their website (, which was redesigned in 2021. You can search by:

  • Stage of Life
  • Topic of Interest
  • Diagnosis
  • Benefit / Payment Options
  • Location

You can also call their phone helpline at 1-800-640-4636 or fill out this contact form.

Today, many different partners fund and help lead Pathfinder with the Council and Vanderbilt:

  • Dept. of Education
  • Dept. of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Dept. of Health
  • Dept. of Human Services
  • Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
  • Commission on Aging and Disability.

Pathfinder’s Multicultural Outreach and Camino Seguro programs can help members of the multicultural, refugee and immigrant communities find needed disability services and supports. These programs also provide training to organizations serving multicultural communities on how to better address disability-related needs. 

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