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Tennessee Employment Resources

Programs that provide employment opportunities for people who are searching for jobs; assist people who are able and willing to work by helping them prepare for, find, secure and retain suitable employment; provide work site evaluation and/or modification support; and/or seek to develop employment opportunities in various fields for people who need a position.

National Employment Resources

Pathfinder Resources

Database of Services: Relevant keywords may include: Adult Day Services, Employment Resources, and Vocational Training.

Alliance for Full Participation

The mission of the Alliance for Full Participation (AFP) is to dream, plan, work, mobilize and organize with people with developmental disabilities, their families, and supporting communities and organizations to make the promise of inclusion, integration, productivity, independence and quality of life a reality in policy and practice.

Benefits to Work Program

The Tennessee Disability Coalition is an Employment Network (EN) agency which provides Benefits to Work services to individuals in Tennessee. Benefits to Work Project (also known as Ticket to Work) is a free voluntary program of the Social Security Administration which allows individuals who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits because of a disability to enter or reenter the workforce.

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.

Tennessee Career Center System

A network of centers across the state where employers can go to find the workers they need and job seekers can get assistance and career information. Each center offers computerized labor market information, internet access, workshops, and an online talent bank, in addition to job placement, recruitment, and training referrals.

Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Provides, in addition to Vocational Rehabilitation Services, other vocational programs which are funded by state government and federal grants to provide adults with intellectual disabilities a range of vocational services including supported employment, vocational training and day vocational programs.

Tennessee Employment Consortium

The Tennessee Employment Consortium is a statewide organization focused on increasing the number of Tennesseans in integrated employment.

Tennessee Small Business Development Centers (TSBDC)

TSBDC offers free assistance to help business owners develop successful businesses through a network of experienced counselors, trainers and volunteer business people. This program also guarantees small business loans through private lenders (not individuals).

Tennessee Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal and state-funded program providing services to help individuals with disabilities enter or return to employment. It is designed to assist individuals of work age with physical and/or mental disabilities compete successfully with others in earning a livelihood. is an information hub for employment resources for individuals with disabilities. The website was developed by the Tennessee Collaborative for Meaningful Work, which is focused on obtaining equal access to employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

University of Tennessee Knoxville Connections for Disability and Employment

Provides resources and tools to advance universal access to employment for people with disabilities.

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  • Project Opportunity
    An employment training program for individuals with developmental disabilities. Project Opportunity provides hands-on job training and placement for those who qualify for open positions at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

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