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The Tennessee Employment Pathways Project teaches parents or siblings how to help connect their family member with intellectual disability or autism to paid employment. Families will receive practical information and resources by participating in a “short course” on pursuing employment successfully. Some – but not all – participants will be matched with an informal mentor who can be a guide along the way. Learn more and sign up below!

Are you a parent or sibling interested in supporting other families who are starting their employment journey?

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Is your family member with disabilities interested in finding employment?


Contact Emily Lanchak at or 615-343-9664 with questions or to complete the interest survey over the phone.

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The research is being conducted by a team from Vanderbilt University and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VKC-UCEDD). We are also receiving guidance from an advisory board comprised of individuals with disabilities, family members, professionals, and state leaders.

View success stories of Tennesseans with disabilities working in a range of jobs.