This informative session discussed Tennessee Tech Connect (TN Tech Connect), a collaborative program between Pathfinder and the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD). TN Tech Connect provides resource information on assistive and enabling technology. The website portal connects individuals with disabilities to tools available to increase their capabilities.

Presenter Bios:
Margaret “Mimi” Sanders is a Nashville native and loves everything about the city. Mimi studied Elementary Education at Lipscomb University and graduated from Vanderbilt University with a master’s degree in special education, which gives her a great foundation to work on the Pathfinder team. As an Education and Resources Coordinator, Mimi works to add more resources to Pathfinder’s website. She also helps coordinate trainings and webinars on various topics and has been involved in special projects that include the identification and dissemination of COVID-19 resources for individuals with disabilities, the development of Tennessee Tech Connect, and the creation of a Pathfinder training and guide for educators. Mimi has over 15 years of special needs ministry experience, as well as teaching experience.

Megan Hart is the Program Director of Tennessee Disability Pathfinder (Pathfinder) within the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. In her role, she is responsible for leading the direction and development of the program by overseeing the daily operations, building collaborations with other agencies, and providing trainings. These efforts aim to increase access to resource information for Tennesseans with disabilities. Prior to Pathfinder, she earned a B.A. in Psychology from Sewanee: The University of the South and a master’s degree in counseling from Vanderbilt University. Megan has approximately 20 years of professional experience working in the disability field, which include 14 years at Pathfinder.