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3 years to 22 years: School-Age

Pathfinder Resources

Database of Services: Relevant keywords may include: Developmental or Psychological Testing, Early Intervention Program for Young Children, IDEA Information and/or Training Programs, Secondary Transition Services, and Special Education Program. is an online hub and special needs community for parents and professionals to learn, connect and live a more balanced life - through all phases of a child's growth and development. The website combines social networking features with expert content from’s team of educators, parents, therapists and medical professionals.

Alignment Nashville

The mission is to bring community organizations and resources into alignment so that their coordinated support of Nashville’s youth has a positive impact on public school success, children’s health, and the success of our community as a whole.

Assistive Technology Training Online Project (ATTO)

Provides information on AT applications that help students with disabilities learn in elementary classrooms.

Council for Exceptional Children

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) works to improve the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

Disability Law & Advocacy Center of Tennessee (DLAC)

Disability Law & Advocacy Center of Tennessee (DLAC) advocates for the rights of Tennesseans with disabilities to ensure they have an equal opportunity to be productive and respected members of our society.

A federal information website that connects people with disabilities, their family members, veterans, caregivers, employers, service providers and others with the resources they need to ensure that people with disabilities can fully participate in the workplace and in their communities.

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)

An online digital library of education research and information.

Homeschool Resources

Information and resources regarding home schooling in Tennessee, especially in the Loudon County area.

Offers person-centered resource materials for training and education as well as workshops and training events for inclusion.


A free online professional development library of education resources developed by the IDEA Partnership.

National Inclusive Schools Week

Recognizes the importance of building schools and communities that are welcoming of all children and youth.

National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

The TA Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports has been established by the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education to give schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices.

Pacer Center

The mission of PACER Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.

Project Participate

This website provides family members and professionals with strategies to increase active participation of students with disabilities in school programs.

Support and Training for Exceptional Parents (STEP)

STEP is a statewide family-to-family program in Tennessee, established in 1989 by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of STEP is to support families by providing free information, advocacy training, and support services to parents of children eligible to receive special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) who reside in Tennessee.

Tennessee Department of Education, Division of Special Education

Tennessee State Board of Education (SBE)

The State Board of Education governs and makes policy for Tennessee public elementary and secondary education. Its work touches all aspects of education from accountability and evaluation to curriculum and teacher education. Its work includes special education.

Tennessee Technical Assistance and Resources for Enhancing Deafblind Supports (TREDS)

A federally funded program designed to equip families, educators, and other professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to improve outcomes for individuals from birth through age twenty-one who have both vision and hearing impairments.

Tennessee Voices for Children

Supports the Tennessee Parent Information and Resource Center Program (TPIRC) which provides training and technical assistance to parents and educators to effectively manage students with challenging behaviors due to severe mental and emotional health issues.

The HSC Foundation - Information and Resources for Families of Children with Health and/or Mental Health Care Needs.

Designed to help parents of children who have been diagnosed with health or mental health care needs to learn about available resources and to develop a partnership with their children’s school.

The IRIS Center

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the IRIS Center develops training enhancement materials to be used by faculty and professional development providers for the preparation of current and future school personnel.

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