Is your daughter or son with disabilities interested in finding paid employment? Would you like guidance and support connecting them to a good job?

Principal Investigator:

Other researchers: Elise McMillan, J.D. and Julie Lounds Taylor, Ph.D.


The Tennessee Employment Pathways Project is helping parents learn how to connect their family members with intellectual and developmental disabilities to paid employment.

What does it involve?

  • Attend our “short course” focused on practical steps you can take to connect your family member to paid employment (5 sessions, 6 hours total)
  • Receive check-ins from the project team every other month for a year
  • Some—but not all—parents will also be matched with an informal mentor who helped their own family member find paid work

Participant Criteria

Live in Middle TN, be at least 18 years old, and have a family member with intellectual disability or autism who is interested in working and has already exited high school.


Parents will receive $250 for completing the “short course” and all project measures.


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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 02, 2022

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