In the Community

  • May 9, 2018

Check out our current listing of community events! 

 

MAY

Parent Advocacy Training for Legislative Change

Saturday, May 19 | 8 am - 3 pm CST

Bartlett United Methodist Church, 5676 Stage Road, Bartlett, TN 38134

Support and Training for Exceptional Parents (STEP, Inc.) and the University of Illinios at Urbana-Champaign are offering this free training on legislative advocacy to parents and family members of children with disabilities. In addition to the training, attendees will participate in a focus group to share concerns about special education legislation, complete three surveys to document the effectiveness of the training, and be videotape for less than three minutes to share concerns about special education legislation. View event flyer here

 

Shelbyville - Let's Talk Independent Living

Monday, May 21 | 10:30 am CST

International House of Prayer Ministries, 865 Union St, Shelbyville, TN 37160

The Statewide Independent Living Council is hosting a discussion on Independent Living to be used in creation of the next Tennessee Statewide Plan on Independent Living which guides the work of local Centers for Independent Living (CILs). Come enjoy snacks and share your ideas on how to make your community work for you. View Facebook event

 

Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group - Cleveland

Monday, May 21 | 6 - 7:30 pm EST

Wesley United Methodist Church, 3405 Peerless Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312

This support group meets the 3rd Monday of each month. For more information contact Lisa Morgan at (423) 634-1572 or at ChattanoogaBrainInjury@gmail.com.

 

Chattanooga - Let's Talk Independent Living

Tuesday, May 22 | 11 am - 1 pm EST

Ray Evans Transit Center, 740 E 12th St, Chattanooga, TN 37403

The Statewide Independent Living Council is hosting a lunch and discussion on Independent Living to be used in creation of the next Tennessee Statewide Plan on Independent Living which guides the work of local Centers for Independent Living (CILs). Come enjoy lunch and share your ideas on how to make your community work for you. View program information and registration

 

Nashville - Employment and Community First (ECF) CHOICES Community Forum

Tuesday, May 22 | 5:30 - 8 pm CST

Kennedy Center, 110 Magnolia Circle, Nashville, TN 37212

This forum is for ECF CHOICES participants, their families, natural supports, and providers. This informative meeting will provide information on supported decision making, employment, community integration, independent living skills, consumer direction, and will include a caregiver to caregiver panel discussion. View event details online.

 

Nashville - Lifespan Respite Summit

Wednesday, May 23 | 9 am - 4 pm CST

Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37219

Learn about what respite is available in Tennessee and where there are gaps. The purpose of the Summit is to strengthen state and community partnerships to sustain Lifespan Respite activities; develop strategies to maximize use of existing respite resources and identify and leverage new respite funds; engage in sustainability planning; and generate innovative activities for future development. View Eventbrite to register

 

Smyrna - Let's Talk Independent Living

Wednesday, May 23 | 10 am CST

Tennessee Rehabilitation Center, 460 9th Ave, Smyrna, TN 37167

The Statewide Independent Living Council is hosting a lunch and discussion on Independent Living to be used in creation of the next Tennessee Statewide Plan on Independent Living which guides the work of local Centers for Independent Living (CILs). Come enjoy lunch and share your ideas on how to make your community work for you. 

 

Effective Communication in the Medical Setting

Wednesday, May 23 | 1 - 2:30 pm EST

Online webinar

Talking about medical issues can be difficult in any context. When a patient is speaking with their medical care provider, there are a variety of challenges, barriers, and misunderstandings that can get in the way. In this webinar we will discuss effective communication in the medical setting from both the patient with a disability and the medical provider perspective. We will also address best practices for creating a positive and clear exchange. Deadline to register is May 22. View information and register

 

Getting It Right 2018 National Inclusive Disaster Strategies Conference

May 23 - 25, 2018

Washington Marriott at Metro Center, 775 12th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

The focus of Getting it Right is on expanding our shared commitment to achieving and maintaining disability inclusive, whole community emergency preparedness, community resilience, response, recovery and mitigation before, during and after disasters. Deadline to register is May 22, 2018. Click here to register and for more information.

 

Tennessee Disability MegaConference

May 24 & 25, 2018

Nashville Airport Marriott, 600 Marriott Dr, Nashville, TN 37214

Registration is now open for the 16th annual Tennessee Disability MegaConference, the largest disability conference in the state. This years theme is Rising Strong Together. Register by clicking the event title above. 

 

Memphis Family Night

Friday, May 25 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm CST

Hope Church, Entrance #3, 8500 Walnut Grove Road, Cordova, TN 38018

Autism Resources of the Mid-South hosts Memphis Family Night. Activities inluce: LEGO Club, Mega LEGOs (Toddlers), SibShops, Young Adult Club, Childcare for infants. RSVP IS REQUIRED at autismresourcesmidsouth@gmail.com. RSVP at least 4 days prior to date to ensure space is available. Cost for dinner: $15.00 per family for Members; $20.00 per family for Non-Members; $7.50 per Individual for Members; $10.00 per Individual for Non-Members.

 

Family Matters: How to Include Families in Transition

Tuesday, May 29 | 3 pm Central

Online webcast

Sponsored by Transition TN, join this webcast on incorporating families into the transition process. View online registration

 

Columbia - Employment and Community First (ECF) CHOICES Community Forum

Thursday, May 31 | 5:30 - 8 pm CST

Maury Regional Hospital, Auxiliary Conference Room, 1224 Trotwood Ave, Columbia, TN 38401

This forum is for ECF CHOICES participants, their families, natural supports, and providers. This informative meeting will provide information on supported decision making, employment, community integration, independent living skills, consumer direction, and will include a caregiver to caregiver panel discussion. View event details online.

 

JUNE

Lipscomb IDEAL Summer Academy

June 3 - 8, 2018

Lipscomb University, One University Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37204

IDEAL Summer Academy is a week-long residential experience for students with intellectual disabilities who are rising seniors in high school to age 24, who are interested in learning about college and exploring whether post-secondary education is right for them. View more information online. 

 

Next Steps at Vanderbilt Open House

Monday, June 4 | 5 - 6:30 pm CST

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, 110 Magnolia Cir, Nashville, TN 37203

During the Open House, prospective students and parents will have the opportunity to tour the Next Steps at Vanderbilt offices and The Commons Center. For questions the day of an Open House tour, contact us at (615) 322-3978.

 

Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group - Knoxville

Monday, June 4 | 7 pm EST

Patricia Neal Rehab Center, 1901 Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916

This support group meets the 1st Monday of each month. For more information contact Patty Cruze at (865) 331-1499 or at PCruze@CovHlth.com. 

 

Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group - Nashville

Tuesday, June 5 | 6 - 7:30 pm CST

Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital, 1st Floor, 2201 Children's Way, Nashville, TN 37212

This support group meets the 1st Tuesday of each month. For more information contact Angela Pearson at (615) 383-9442or at apearson@braininjurytn.org.

 

ADA Live! Inclusive Healthy Communities and the ADA

Wednesday, June 6 | 1 - 1:30 pm EST/12 - 12:30 pm CST

Online audio broadcast

The ADA Live! is a free online broadcast produced by the Southeast ADA Center. This month the webcast tackles the health impact on inaccessible communities. View website and join broadcast.

 

Tennessee Disability Pathfinder's Spanish Workshop 

Wednesday, June 6 | 6 - 7 pm CST

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Salon 241, 110 Magnolia Circle, Nashville, TN 37203

For more information contact Alexander Santana at (615) 875-5083. English flyer. Spanish flyer.

 

Memphis - Youth Mental Health First Aid

Thursday, June 7 | 9 am - 5 pm CST

Location TBD

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. This training is for youth ages 12-18. This training is free through a project of the TennCareSelect Behavioral Health Advisory Committee. To register contact Joan Jenkins at joan_jenkins@bcbst.com or (615) 386-8617.

 

Memphis - Assistive Technology Reutilization & Networking

Thursday, June 7 | 10 am - 2 pm CST

Orange Mound Center, 2590 Park Ave, Memphis, TN 38111

Please join Mid-South Access Center for Technology with the University of Memphis to learn about the assistive technology loan, demonstration, and reuse programs. There will also be vendors and services on site. To register or for more information call Mid-South ACT at (901) 678-1489. 

 

Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group - Cookeville

Tuesday, June 12 | 10 am

Shane Henley Memorial Resource Center, 118 South Dixie Ave, Suite 6, Cookeville, TN 38501

This support group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month. For more information contact Rick Hall at (931) 372-8900 or at Harlanhall@yahoo.com.

 

Chattanooga - Mental Health Academy: Behavioral Health and Aging

Wednesday, June 13 | 8 am - 4 pm EST

UTC University Center, 642 East 5th Street, Chattanooga Rooms A-C, Chattanooga, TN 37403

Research has documented that persons with mental illnesses or addictions do not have the same life expectancy as their healthier peers, but that gap is closing. Many long-term care facilities and Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) are struggling to manage mental health issues and chemical dependency. What services are available for older adults, and what can we expect from the aging baby boomer population? View more information and register.

 

Nashville - Mental Health Academy: Behavioral Health and Aging

Thursday, June 14 | 8 am - 4 pm CST

Trevecca University Church, 335 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210

Research has documented that persons with mental illnesses or addictions do not have the same life expectancy as their healthier peers, but that gap is closing. Many long-term care facilities and Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) are struggling to manage mental health issues and chemical dependency. What services are available for older adults, and what can we expect from the aging baby boomer population? View more information and register

 

ECF Choices Listening Session

Thursday, June 14 | 6 - 7:30 pm Central

The Arc Williamson County Community Services Building, 129 W. Fowlkes St, #151, Franklin, TN 37064

Family Voices of Tennessee, which is a part of the Tennessee Disability Coalition, has been awarded a Consumer Advocacy for Transformation grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The two-year project, called Voices 4 Choices, will train and support consumer leaders serving on Employment and Community First (ECF) CHOICES advisory groups in the first year and state advisory committees in the second. Their first objective is to hold Listening Sessions  Dinner will be provided, but registration is required. View Eventbrite page and register.

 

Autism Tennessee Events

Thursday, June 14 | 6:30 pm

CrossPoint Church, 299 Cowan Street, Nashville, TN 37213

  • THRIVE Transition Skills Workshop - THRIVE Transition Skills is a teen and young adult monthly group. Using technology, teens & young adults (14-22) will learn social skills and workplace readiness facilitated by an adult on the spectrum. This group will utilize the website and app Conover to address social skills and workplace readiness. Register here.
  • HFA CONNECT - A monthly group provided for adults (18+) with high-functioning autism who are seeking a safe social outlet. Register here.

 

2018 CARES Conference on Aging

June 14 & 15, 2018

TSU Avon Williams Campus, 330 10th Ave. North, Nashville, TN 37203

Sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Human Services and Tennessee State University's Center on Aging and Education Service, this year's conference themes is "Promoting  Excellence in Service Delivery to Tennessee's Aging Citizens." The conference is designed to enhance attendees knowledge of the aging service delivery system, raise public awareness of elder abuse, and provide opportunities to network with other professionals who serve, treat, or represent aging adults. View conference flyer for more information. 

 

Memphis - Mental Health Academy: Behavioral Health and Aging

Friday, June 15 | 8 am - 4 pm CST

FedEx Institute of Technology, 365 Innovation of Technology, 365 Innovation Drive, Memphis, TN 38152

Research has documented that persons with mental illnesses or addictions do not have the same life expectancy as their healthier peers, but that gap is closing. Many long-term care facilities and Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) are struggling to manage mental health issues and chemical dependency. What services are available for older adults, and what can we expect from the aging baby boomer population? View more information and register

 

Next Steps at Vanderbilt Summer Institute 

June 17- 22, 2018

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Next Steps at Vanderbilt Summer Institute is an inclusive higher education preparatory experience for rising high school juniors (17+ years old), seniors, and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities up to the age of 25. Applications are now being accepted for summer 2018. For more information and the link to apply, click here.

 

Cookeville - Mental Health Academy: Telehealth/Telemedicine

Tuesday, June 19 | 8 am - 12 pm CST

Progressive Savings Bank, 1080 Interstate Drive, Cookeville, TN 38501

In this workshop, learn about grief counseling, suicide prevention in trauma survivors, the role of professionals in disaster response, and more!  View more information and register

 

Nashville - Mental Health Academy: Telehealth/Telemedicine

Tuesday, June 19 | 8 am - 12 pm CST

Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee, 446 Metroplex Drive, #A-224, Nashville, TN 37211

In this workshop, learn about grief counseling, suicide prevention in trauma survivors, the role of professionals in disaster response, and more!  View more information and register

 

Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group - Chattanooga

Tuesday, June 19 | 6 - 7:30 pm EST

Siskin Rehab Hospital, One Siskin Plaza, Chattanooga, TN 37403

This support group meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Please contact Lisa Morgan at (423) 634-1572 or at ChattanoogaBrainInjury@gmail.com before attending. 

 

Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group - Jackson

Tuesday, June 19 | 6:30 pm CST

West TN Health Care Building, 1804 Hwy 45 South, Jackson, TN 38340

This support group meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month. For more information contact Jimmie Lee Morris at (731) 541-4941 or at jimmie.morris@wth.org. 

 

Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group - Memphis

Tuesday, June 19 | 5:30 - 6:30 pm CST

Regional One Health Rehab Hospital, 890 Madison Ave, Turner Tower Building, 3rd Floor, Memphis, TN 38103

This support group meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month. For more information contact Carolyn Chambers at (901) 545-8487 or at CChambers@the-med.org.

 

ECF Choices Listening Session

Tuesday, June 26 | 6 - 7:30 pm Central

Hermitage Library, 3700 James Kay Lane, Hermitage, TN 37076

Family Voices of Tennessee, which is a part of the Tennessee Disability Coalition, has been awarded a Consumer Advocacy for Transformation grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The two-year project, called Voices 4 Choices, will train and support consumer leaders serving on Employment and Community First (ECF) CHOICES advisory groups in the first year and state advisory committees in the second. Their first objective is to hold Listening Sessions  Dinner will be provided, but registration is required. View Eventbrite page and register.

 

Memphis Family Night

Friday, June 29 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm CST

Hope Church, Entrance #3, 8500 Walnut Grove Road, Cordova, TN 38018

Autism Resources of the Mid-South hosts Memphis Family Night. Activities inluce: LEGO Club, Mega LEGOs (Toddlers), SibShops, Young Adult Club, Childcare for infants. RSVP IS REQUIRED at autismresourcesmidsouth@gmail.com. RSVP at least 4 days prior to date to ensure space is available. Cost for dinner: $15.00 per family for Members; $20.00 per family for Non-Members; $7.50 per Individual for Members; $10.00 per Individual for Non-Members.

 

DeafBlind Technology and Awareness Expo 

Saturday, June 30 | 10:00 am- 2:00 pm 

Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37219

This expo is open to anyone who is DeafBlind, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, or Blind, as well as their families and the general public. Come learn about the latest in DeafBlind technology and human service resource to assist with accessbility at home, work, or recreation. There will be presentations and vendors available to answer questions about their newest service or products. For more information you can visit the Facebook page here. You can also contact John Forbes at the Tennessee Organization of the Deaf-Blind at jc.forbes@comcast.net. 

 

JULY

Chattanooga 2nd Annual Southeast Adult Autism Symposium

Saturday, July 21

Chattanoogan Hotel, 1201 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402

Themes of the symposium will include: employment, independent living, social relationships, and health and wellness. Lunch will be provided. The symposium will also host vendors, door prizes, and social networking opportunities for adults with autism. Early bird registration ends June 30. Regular registration ends July 11. Prices vary and can be found on the event's flyer. For more information and access to the flyer click here.

 

Next Steps at Vanderbilt Open House

Monday, July 26 | 5 - 6:30 pm CST

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, 110 Magnolia Cir, Nashville, TN 37203

During the Open House, prospective students and parents will have the opportunity to tour the Next Steps at Vanderbilt offices and The Commons Center. For questions the day of an Open House tour, contact us at (615) 322-3978.

 

Memphis Family Night

Friday, July 27 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm CST

Hope Church, Entrance #3, 8500 Walnut Grove Road, Cordova, TN 38018

Autism Resources of the Mid-South hosts Memphis Family Night. Activities inluce: LEGO Club, Mega LEGOs (Toddlers), SibShops, Young Adult Club, Childcare for infants. RSVP IS REQUIRED at autismresourcesmidsouth@gmail.com. RSVP at least 4 days prior to date to ensure space is available. Cost for dinner: $15.00 per family for Members; $20.00 per family for Non-Members; $7.50 per Individual for Members; $10.00 per Individual for Non-Members.

 

Nashville - Deaf Education Town Hall

Tuesday, July 31 | 11 am - 2 pm Central

Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 935 Edgehill Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203

Bridges invites parents, students, Deaf educators, and education policymakers to a town hall discussion on Deaf education. Lunch will be provided. 

 

AUGUST

TALS Equal Justice University Conference

August 28 - 30, 2018

Embassy Suites Murfreesboro

Equal Justice University (EJU) is the annual gathering of approximately 200 lawyers, advocates, social worker professionals, and pro bono attorneys involved in providing civil legal assistance across Tennessee hosted by the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services. View conference website.

 

SEPTEMBER

2018 Autism Educational Conference - Knoxville

Saturday, September 29 | 8 am - 3 pm EST

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

Join Autism Society of East Tennessee for their annual Knoxville autism education conference. There will be opportunities to learn from experts across the state including The Arc of TN, STEP, Special Needs Law Center, Tennessee Respite, and others to bring you the most current and helpful information about autism. Register at the link above. 

 

OCTOBER

 

NOVEMBER

The Arc 2018 National Convetion

November 8-10, 2018

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214

Join the Arc US for an exciting convention to connect with disability professionals and advocates and get inspired by new ideas and best practices. View convention website

 

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