DIDD’s councils collaborate on issues affecting not only the department but providers, families, and advocates. They play an important role in the development and improvement of DIDD programs and policies.
Through their collaboration, the councils have put together several resources that could be useful to persons supported, families, providers, and others in the IDD community. While these are not required to be used, we hope the information and tools found within this page can be used as a resource for Tennesseans with disabilities and our provider community.
Tennessee Disability Pathfinder
Tennessee Disability Pathfinder (“Pathfinder”) helps people with disabilities, their family members, educators, and other professionals find and access resources, support, and services available to meet their needs.
The Tennessee Disability Pathfinder website has valuable information with resources covering a wide range of relevant topics including financial assistance, legal matters, direct care and much more. Through the website, users can tailor their search to be as broad or as narrow as they’d like using criteria such as Stage of Life, Topic of Interest, Diagnosis, Benefit/Payment Options and Service Area.
Visit tnpathfinder.org for more information and to find disability resources.
Resources for Families and People Supported
A manual created by the West Tennessee Planning and Policy Council to help families, Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), and people with disabilities understand what residential support options there are and what quality indicators they need to look for in residential supports.
A toolkit created by the West Tennessee Planning and Policy Council to assist Tennesseans with disabilities living in West Tennessee find reliable transportation.
Resources for Providers and Staff
Toolkit created by the East Tennessee Planning and Policy Council with resources for people considering a career supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as a Direct Support Professional. It also includes resources for current DSPs and leadership.
Training created by the TEIS Early Intervention Resource Agency Advisory Council for EIRAs onboarding new employees.
The TEIS EIRA Training is not required by the department but we hope EIRAs across the state find it as a useful resource as they onboard new employees.