In the Community

  • April 5, 2017

Check out our current listing of community events and get involved! 




Saturday, April 1, 2017

Locations across the state

Tennesseans can get free legal help online or in person at clinics across the state! There will also be legal education events! Click through to find events near you. If you are attorney this is a great opportunity to volunteer. Volunteer information can be found on the #Help4TNDay website. 


Frist Center for Visual Arts Autism Affinity Day

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Frist Center for Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203

Join the Frist on Autism Affinity Day and view current exhibitions. Complete a brief survey to obtain a voucher for free adult admission. Click above for more information. 


Planning for Life After High School hosted by STEP, Inc.

Thursday, April 20 | 5 - 7 pm

Hillsboro High School, 3812 Hillsboro Rd, Nashville, TN 37215

Step, Inc. presents a transition fair and information session free to the public. Exhibitors from the community will be available and provide information about the support they provide to students after high school. Additionally, dinner and information will be shared from 5-7 pm. 


Third Annual Going Blue Autism Awareness Event and Resource Fair hosted by Cheatham County Kids, Inc 

Saturday, April 22 | 12 - 5 pm

Sycamore High School, 1021 Old Clarksville Pike, Pleasant View, TN 37146

This free public event is open to the public. Education about autism and how it affects people in the community as well as food, games, prizes, vides and more will be provided. To participate as a vendor or for more information contact Becky Shelton at (615) 426-7820 or at


Community Health Fair in Arlington, TN

Satruday, April 22 | 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Arlington High School, Football and Track Area, 5475 Airline Rd, Arlington, TN 38002

Join the Arlington community for a health and fitness event. Get information on nutrition, health, fitness and more! Join others in a 1-mile fun run. An Apple Watch will be given away! More information at the link above. 


Brain Inury: Finding a New Rhythm Conference

Wednesday, April 26th, 7:45 am - 4:45 pm EST

Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402

Join the Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association's Annual Education Conference. CEU's are offered and pre-registration begins February 15th. Click above for the conference agenda! Sponsors and exhibitors are welcome. Contact for more details.


Next Steps Transition Conference

Saturday, April 29 | 8 am - 9 pm

Bearden High School, 8352 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919

Join the Knox County Schools Special Education Department and STEP (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents) at the Next Steps Transition Conference. The event is FREE and open for students and their families to beging planning for "life after high school". There will be opportunities to meet and ask questions of regional programs, agencies and businesses that support students as well as breakout sessions. You can find more information and register at the link above. 


"I Matter" Conference

Saturday, April 29 | 10 am - 1 pm

University Center, River Room at University of Memphis

Attend this Arc of the Mid-South conference for information on preparing for life after your child with a disability turns 18. Topics include Social Security, Guardianship and Consent, among others. Speakers include voices from the legal community. Conference fee is $25. Registration information can be found at the link above. 


Autism Awareness Day at Nashville Zoo Grassmere

Sunday, April 30 | 9 am - 4 pm

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

Visit the Zoo during Autism Awareness Day and participate in activities across the zoo such as a scavenger hunt or sensory tour. In preparation for your visit, check out the Zoo's website to download support tools for visitors on the austism spectrum. More information can be found at the link above, including a schedule of activities. Tickets to the Zoo may be purchased in advanced or at the gates. 


14th Annual Adult Abuse Coalition Conference

Tuesday, May 2 | 7:45 am - 4:15 pm

Northfield Workforce Development and Conference Center, 5000 Northfield Lane, Spring Hill, TN 37174

The 14th Annual Adult Abuse Coalition Conference will be held in Spring Hill, TN in partnership with Life Care Centers of America and Adult Protective Services. Lisa Smart will provide the keynote address titled, "I Thought I Was A People Person...Until I Started Working With People." Additional sesions include ethics, prescribing psychiatric medications to seniors and a panel on TennCare/Medicaid financial planning. Click the link about for registration information. Click HERE for the conference agenda. 


DSAMT Extraordinary Lives Conference on Down Syndrome 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Brentwood United Methodist Church, 309 Franklin Rd, Brentwood, TN 37027

Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee presents this regional, one day conference. Designed for self-advocates, their parents, caregivers and family members, the conference provides local and national experts sharing information on research and best practices for helping those with Down syndrome. 


National ADA Symposium 2017

May 14-17, 2017

Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, IL 60018

The National ADA Symposium is noted as the most comprehensive conference on the ADA. This four-day conference includes the latest on the ADA, implementation, strategies and best practices.


Tennessee Disability MegaConference

May 25-26, 2017

Nashville Airport Marriott, 600 Marriott Drive, Nashville, TN 37214

Mark your calendars for Tennessee's largest disability-specific conference for self-advocates, familes and service providers. This year's theme is Community + Collaboration = Success. Registration is open and stipends are available to help cover costs to attend. Click link above for more information. 


Third Annual Inclusive Southeastern Post-Secondary Education Conference and Capacity Building Institute

June 26-27, 2017

Vanderbilt University

Hosted by Vanderbilt University, this conference shares best practices in all aspects of college for students with intellectual disabilities. Attend for presentations on student perspectives, transition to college, programs of study, administration, collaboration and policy. Visit the conference website, above, for more details. 


Autism Society of East Tennessee Knoxville Educational Conference

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Bridgewater Place, 205 Bridgewater Rd NW, Knoxville, TN 37923

This annual conference provides current and helpful information about autism, including an exhibit hall where attendees can learn about services available in the community. Early bird registration is $40. Registration and other conference information can be found at the link above.