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What is Tennessee Disability Pathfinder?

Tennessee Disability Pathfinder (“Pathfinder”) provides free information, resources, support, and referrals to Tennesseans with disabilities and their families.

Through three major program components, we provide information and resources to individuals of all ages, all types of disabilities, and language spoken.

Information and Referrals

Through a helpline and online database, we connect individuals with disabilities, their families, caregivers, and service providers to appropriate community resources that suit their needs. Our diverse staff includes professionals, family members, and/or individuals with disabilities that have many years of experience working in the disability-field. You can access these resources by:

  • Calling our toll-free statewide helpline (800) 640-4636. Staff is available to provide free assistance in English, Spanish, and Arabic as well as all other languages through the use of telephone interpretation services.
  • Searching our free online database
  • Navigating our online resource library that includes state and national resources on a wide range of topics.
  • Checking our community calendar to find out what disability-related events are happening in your area each month. Events often include support group meetings, workshops, recreational activities, fundraisers, and many more types of activities -- something for everyone!

Education and Training

Pathfinder facilitates and participates in a variety of educational and outreach opportunities.

  • Trainings/Presentations: Pathfinder staff provide innovative trainings and presentations at a variety of local and statewide workshops and conferences. In addition to sharing information about Pathfinder services, we also address Disability Etiquette and People First Language and Working with Multicultural Populations.
  • Community Education Series: This training and lecture series is our opportunity to work with agencies in the Pathfinder Services Database to educate the public on a specific topic and to familiarize them with resources.

Multicultural Outreach Program

The program’s mission is to remove the barriers that many culturally diverse communities find when trying to access disability resources. We also aim to provide cultural awareness, education and training, and case management. Multicultural Outreach includes:

  • Multilingual help line: Regardless of nationality or language spoken, assistance for individuals with disabilities and their families is just a phone call away.
  • Camino Seguro: This cooperative project links individuals directly with Spanish-speaking providers.
  • Parent Support Groups: Educational and networking opportunities available for parents of children with disabilities and technical assistance available for organizations interested in developing support groups for diverse populations.
  • Disability and Cultural Awareness and Multicultural Alliance on Disability Meetings: To bring a greater understanding of cultural diversity and the specific needs required by people with disabilities, we provide education and training workshops to area groups and agencies.

Tennessee Disability Pathfinder Staff

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Meet Our Staff


Megan Hart, Program Director
(615) 875-5082
megan.hart@vanderbilt.edu

Alexander Santana, Multicultural Program Coordinator
(615) 875-5083
alexander.santana@vanderbilt.edu

Cecilia Melo-Romie, Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Liaison / Statewide Spanish Outreach Coordinator
(615) 875-9850
cecilia.melo-romie@vanderbilt.edu

Karen Mevis, Information and Referral Coordinator
(615) 322-8529
karen.mevis@vanderbilt.edu

Sarah Kassas, Bilingual Information and Referral Coordinator / Department of Health Liaison
(615) 875-9578
sarah.kassas@vanderbilt.edu

Kimmie Jones, Social Media/Outreach Coordinator
(615) 875-5085
kimmie.jones@vanderbilt.edu

Elise McMillan, Faculty Director & Co-Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Director of Community Outreach
(615) 343-2540
elise.mcmillan@vanderbilt.edu



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Vanderbilt University
1211 21st Avenue South
Suite 539
Nashville, Tennessee 37212-2708

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