FINDER Takes a New Path

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FINDER, Indianas state-wide disabilities resource portal, can now be found in Tennessee!

When Tennessee Disability Pathfinder decided to complete a major upgrade of their website that finds and connects people to disability resources across Tennessee, they chose to partner with AWS Foundation andIndiana Disability Resource FINDER. Its exciting to see how technology developed in Fort Wayne is now helping thousands of people across two states search for disability resources, training, and events in their local communities.

In September, Pathfinder unveiled their new website, using a Nashville-style launch celebration to spread the word. The event included live music, site demonstrations, a search-for-information contest, door prizes, and more. We were there (virtually) to celebrate with them.

It has been a great experience working with AWS, said Pathfinder program director Megan Hart. This upgrade has allowed us to keep the important parts of Pathfinders website while adding new features that allow users to better access and save information.

Tennessee Disability Pathfinder is a project of the Vanderbilt Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, part of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Tennessees Council on Developmental Disabilities Executive Director Wanda Willis said, This upgrade is a huge jump forward. It just got easier to find the support people with disabilities in Tennessee need to live great lives. I am especially proud of how many public and private partners came together to make this happen.

To help your organization, clients, and employees, you can easily connect FINDER to your website. Many have great results and its free. You can find instructions, icons, and FINDER materials to help you put FINDERs mission to work for you online.

Looking ahead, Tennessee is only a first step. AWS Foundation continues to offer states around the country an opportunity to implement FINDER, presenting Indianas state-wide program as the model that makes it easier for people of varied abilities to find the resources they need where they live, work, and play.

Learn more about Indiana Disability Resource FINDER and share in the mission!