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TABS Chat: “Finding Supports for your Sibling and Family: Tennessee Disability Pathfinder”

Date: February 15, 2022

Time: 5:00PM to 6:30PM

Location: Online - Register for Zoom Link

TABS Chat: Finding Supports for your Sibling and Family: Tennessee Disability Pathfinder
February 15, 5:00-6:30 p.m. CT

Tennessee Disability Pathfinder (https://www.tnpathfinder.org/) helps people with disabilities, their family members, and professionals find and access resources, support, and services available to meet their needs. Pathfinder is a free resource for people of all ages, with all kinds of disability, and who speak any language. If you have ever wondered how you can find resources for your sibling with a disability or family, Pathfinder is a perfect place to start!

The Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center created Pathfinder in 1997 to be a central source for disability information and resources. In 2021, Pathfinder’s website went through a major upgrade based on feedback from the disability community and continues to improve how they offer support. Join this free, informal virtual chat hosted by Tennessee Adult Brothers and Sisters (TABS) to learn all about Pathfinder, see how to search for services and supports, and discover resources that may be able to help you and your family.

Speaker Linda Brown is an Information & Referral Coordinator for Tennessee Disability Pathfinder, a statewide information and referral program that includes a multilingual phone/email helpline and website of resources. Brown brings both professional and personal experience to the position as a former administrator with Tennessee Early Intervention System and Vanderbilt University, a parent of a son with a developmental disability, founder of The Arc Rutherford County, and a Partners in Policymaking graduate. In her role, Brown connects individuals with disabilities, their support networks, and public/private agencies appropriate to resources and social services in Tennessee, providing training presentations, and assisting with maintaining Pathfinder’s online database of resources.

TABS is supported by the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

Note: Siblings and sibling supporters (parents, self-advocates, professionals) are welcome to join this chat, including those outside of TN. However, the discussion will be focused on the needs and perspectives of brothers and sisters of people with disabilities.

For accessibility information or to request an accommodation

Contact kc@vumc.org or 615-322-8240 for disability access information; 2 weeks advance notice is recommended for some accommodations (e.g., Braille, signing).