In The Community

  • July 13, 2018

Check out our current listing of community events! 

Have an event you'd like us to share? Email kelseyl@disabilityrightstn.org. 

 

 

JULY

 

Early Voting period for August 2 election

July 13 - July 28

 

Webinar - STEP's Lunchtime Leaders Webinar on "Tennessee Diploma and Post Secondary Options"

Thursday, July 19 | 12:30pm-1:30pm Eastern 

Click here to register 

 

Nashville - Youth Advisory Council Open House 

Thursday, July 19 | 4:30-6:30 pm 

Tennesee Disability Coalition, 955 Woodland St, Nashville TN, 37206 

The TN Department of Health, Family Voices of TN, and the TN Disability Coalition are hosting an open house about the Youth Advisory Councile for individuals 14-26 with health care needs and disabilities. The Coucil advocates for young adults with special health care needs and policies that impact that. The event is free but registration is required. Click here to register

 

Chattanooga - Reverse Career Fair for Individuals with Disabilties 

Thusday, July 19 | 9:30-12 pm

Chattanooga, TN. Location TBA

Hosted by the Chattanooga Autism Center: To create a less stressful environment, employers will go to the tables of job applicants that interest them. This is for individuals with autism. Contact the Chattanooga Autism Center at 423-531-6961 or info@chattanoogaautismcenter.org for more information. 

 

Nashville - Mental Health Academy: Diversity, LGBTQ and Multiculturalism 

Friday, July 20 | 8:30 - 4pm CST

Skyline Madison Medical Campus, 510 Hospital Dr., Nashville, TN 37115

From event website, "this workshop helps you understand why LGBTQ individuals are 3 times more likely to experince a mental health condition and 4 times more likely to attempt suicide; what discrimination looks like legally and in practice; and how to remove barriers that might include to insirance coverage, stigma, and cultural beliefs. Qualifies for 6 CEUs ( 5 ethics, 1 general)" Register here

 

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. View conference website and register

 

Nashville - 1Touch Project Convention 2018: 2nd Annual Coach's Conference

July 20: Pre-Conference Activities 

July 21 & 22: Conference

La Quinta Inn and Suites, 120 S Cartwright Street, Goodlettsville, TN 37202

Self-defense courses for individuals with disabilites. Click here to register and for more information.  

 

Murfreesboro - Parent Special Education Rights: Navigating Your Child's IEP 

Saturday, July 21 9:30-1:30 pm

Patternson Park Recreation Center, 512 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Hosted by the Arc Rutherford County. Bring a brown bag lunch! To register, contact The Arc Rutherford County at 615-419-3281 or arcrutherfordcounty@gmail.com

 

TN - STEP, Inc's Alternate Academic Diploma Training Sessions for Parents

Monday, July 23 | 5:30-7:00pm

JCM Early College High, 215 Allen Ave, Jackson, TN 38301

To register call: Deborah McBride, STEP Inc. 731-225-6034 or via email: deborah.mcbride@tnstep.org

Tuesday, July 24 | 5-8 pm

Special Kids Therapy & Nursing Center, 2208 East Main Street, Murfreesboro, TN. 

To register, contact Connor Ladd at 615-809-2632 or cladd@specialkidstn.com 

Tuesday, July 31 | 6:00-7:30pm

Benjamin L. Hooks (Memphis Public) Central Library, Meeting Room C, 3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 3811

To register call: Shuntea Price, STEP, Inc. 901-726-4334 or via email: shuntea.price@tnstep.org

Attend the session led by the TN Departmnet of Education to learn more about the AAD, various diploma options for students, and the impact of assessment decision making. 

 

Online - Small Employer Webinar 

Wednesday, July 25 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Sponsored by: Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University. Free webinar about small businesses and their responsibilites related to disability, the ADA, and accommodation. Deadline to register is July 24. To register and for more information click here

 

Celebrate the 28th Anniversary of the ADA

Monday, July 26 

Various Locations 

Click here for more

 

Nashville - 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.

 

Chattanooga - ADA Anniversary Celebration and Carnival

Thursday, July 26

Miller Plaza Pavilion

Hosted by the Mayor's Council on Disability. Click here for more information

 

Cordova - 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 CST

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

Web - ADA Live - Episode 59: Voting Rights and Accessible Polling Places

Wednesday, August 1 | 1-1:30pm (Eastern)

This is a free broadcast produced by the Southeast ADA Center. Listen here. 

 

Election Day

August 2

 

Crossville, Franklin - Enabling Technology Forums

Crossville: Thursday, August 2 | 11:30am - 1pm

HIlltoppers, 151 Sweeney Drive, Crossville, TN 38555

Franklin: Tuesday, August 28 | 11:30am - 1pm

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

The Arc Tennesee and the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are hosting multiple Community Forums about enabling technology. The events are free but registration is required. To register for an event click here. Contact cguiden@thearctn.org with questions.  

 

Knoxville - Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group

Monday, August 6 | 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. 

 

Nashville - Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group

Tuesday, August 7 | 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.

 

Nashville - Autism Tennesee THRIVE Transition Skills Workshop & HFA CONNECT

Thursday, July 12 | 6:30pm

CrossPoint Church, 299 Cowan Street, Nashville, TN. 

THRIVE: Teens and young adults will learn skills to prepare them for the workplace, along with social skills. Adults on the autism spectrum will faciliate the training and conversations. This group meets the second Thursday of each month.

CONNECT: Support group for adults with high-functioning autism. 

Click here to register. 

 

Nashville - Autism Tennesee Orientation

Thursday, August 9 | 6:30pm

CrossPoint Church, 299 Cowan Street, Nashville, TN 

Informational session for parents about autism spectrium disorders. This orientation is for parents of newly and previously diagnosed family and community members. Click here to register

 

Cookeville - Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group

Tuesday, August 14 | 10am CST

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

 

Jackson, Memphis - Autism Resources -  Family Night

Thursday, August 16 | 6-9 pm

65 RidgeCrest Road, Jackson, TN 38305

You must RSVP by 5pm the Friday BEFORE Family Support Night. Register here on the website. Or register by emailing ARMSJackson@gmail.com or by calling Shiloh Benne at 731-446-5441

Friday, August 24 | 6:30-8:30 pm

8500 Walnut Grove Road, Entrance #3, Memphis TN 38018

RSVP at autismresourcesmidsouth@gmail.com. Click here for cost and more information

 

Nashville - Stress Management 

Friday, August 17 | 8am - 4pm

Argosy University, 100 Centerview Dr, Class 2110, Nashville, TN 37214

Learn techniques for stress reduction along with discussing how stress changes the brain and impairs judgement. Hosted by Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee, register here. $125 Registration fee includes 6 CEUS, 1 hours of ethics, lunch, and more. 

 

Murfreesboro - TN Dept. of Children's Services Foster Care Conference

August 17-19 | 12-2 pm 

Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, 1200 Conference Center Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37129

A weekend of education, training, and inspiriation for foster parents. Training and supprt will be given through workshops and special events. Click here for more information

 

Jackson - STEP, Inc. Presents: Understanding and Using Evaluations: Eligibility, Programming, and Progress

Saturday, August 18 | 9 am - 12 pm

The Star Center, 1119 Old Humboldt Road, Jackson TN

From event website, "come and learn about your child's special education, including understanding and using evaluations in the development of an appropriate education plan & what RTI is and how it can provide timely support to struggling learners. Registration is required for this FREE workshop." Contact Deborah Yates-MacBride at 731-225-6034 or deborah.mcbride@tnstep.org

 

Nashville - The Next STEP - IEP Planning Preparing for Effective Particiation in IEP Meetings

Thursday, August 23 | 9 am - 12 pm 

TN Deaf Blind Project, Division of Developmental Medicine and the Center for Child Development Monroe Carell Jr., 3401 West End Ave, Suite 460 West, Nashville, TN

Participants will be educated on how to understand and participate in the IEP team process. Registration is required for this free workshop. To register, contact Danna Conn at 615-936-0262 or danna.conn@vanderbilt.edu

 

Murfreesboro - Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (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

Knoxville - Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group

Monday, September 3 | 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. 

 

Nashville - Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group

Tuesday, September 4 | 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.

 

Nashville - Next Steps at Vanderbilt Open House 

Thursday, September 6 | 2:30-4pm 

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 

 

Bartlett - Parent Advocacy Training for Legislative Change hosted by STEP, Inc

Saturday, September 8 | 9 am - 3 pm CST

Bartlett U.M. Church, 5676 Stage Road, Bartlett, TN 38134

This is a free event! Learn legislative advocacy skills to strengthen special education policy. For more information contact Meghan Burke at meghanbm@illinois.edu or 217-300-1226.

 

Cookeville- Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group

Tuesday, September 11 | 10 am CST

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 Harlanhall@yahoo.com

 

Online Webinar - Ticket to Work Program: An Aligned Mission with WIOA 

Wednesday, September 12 | 1pm - 2:30pm 

From event website, "this webinar focuses on how Ticket to Work operates and the different partnership models now available consistent with the goals of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Register here. 

 

Nashville - Advocating for School Age Children: Down Syndrome Association of Middle TN Workshop

Wednesday, September 12 | 5-7pm

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, 110 Magnolia Cir, Room 241, Nashville TN 37203

Learn how to be a better advocate for your child, prepare for IEP meetings, and when and how to use an advocate. Register here. 

 

Nashville - Dept. of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities' Enabling Technology Summit 

September 12-13

Save the date - more info TBA 

 

Jackson - STEP, Inc. Presents: Belonging! A Workshop about Inclusion

Saturday, September 22 | 9am-12pm 

The Star Center, 1119 Old Humboldt Road, Jackson TN

Learn more about your child's right to be educated with students who do not have disabilites. The workshop will cover how placements are made and what a "continuum of placement options" is. Registration is required for this free event. To register, contact Deborah Yates-McBride at 731-225-6034 or deborah.mcbride@tnstep.org

 

Knoxville - 2018 Autism Educational Conference

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. 

 

Outside TN - Assistive Technology Makers' Fair: Make AT for All Conference and Expo & the Make AT Cafe

Saturday, September 29 |  8 am - 4:30 pm 

Grappone Conference Center, Conford, NH

Join 200+ individuals in learning skills that create solutions for using assistive technology. Register and learn more about the fair here. 

 

OCTOBER

Knoxville - Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group

Monday, October 1 | 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. 

 

Nashville - Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group

Tuesday, October 2 | 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.

 

Cookeville - Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group

Tuesday, October 9  | 10 am CST

Shane Henley Memorial Resrouce 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 Harlanhall@yahoo.com

 

Nashville - Next Steps at Vanderbilt College Night

Thursday, October 11 | 5:30-7 pm

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, 110 Magnolia Cir, Nashville TN 37203

Prospective students and parents will learn more about different aspects of our program from staff, alumni, and current student. A panel will conduct at Q&A. Click here to learn more

 

Nashville - TNCO (TN Community Organizations) Fall Conference 

October 23 & 24

The conference typically has about 250 registrants, all who work in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilites along with aging-related disabilites. Register here

 

Nashville - Disability Employment Awareness Luncheon

Thursday, October 25 | 11:30 am - 1 pm CST

Music City Center, Karl F. Dean Grand Ballroom 1, 201 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

SAVE THE DATE for the 5th Annual Disability Employment Awareness Luncheon! It's a BIG DEAL! This event is attended by cross-sector stakeholders who are committed to competitive, integrated employment for people with disabilities and revolutionary ways to change the markets for inclusion. Hear from an engaging keynote speakers and more!

 

NOVEMBER

Knoxville - Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group

Monday, November 5 | 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. 

 

Election Day

November 6

 

Nashville - Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group

Tuesday, November 6 | 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.

 

Nashville - 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

 

Cookeville - Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group

Tuesday, November 13  | 10 am CST

Shane Henley Memorial Resrouce 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

 

Nashville - Next Steps at Vanderbilt Open House

Thursday, November 15 2:30 - 4 pm

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

 

 

DECEMBER

Knoxville - Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group

Monday, December 3 | 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. 

 

Nashville - Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group

Tuesday, December 4 | 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.

 

Cookeville - Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group

Tuesday, December 11  | 10 am CST

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

 

JANUARY 2019

Nashville - Transition Tennessee Conference: Passport to the Future

Monday, January 28, 2019

Music City Center, Nashville, TN 

This event is held as a pre-conference transition day in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education's Partners in Education conference (Jan 28-31). Passport to the Future will give teachers, family members, and other professionals the tools and strategies to prepare young people with disabilities for life after high school. Click here for more information about the conference. 

 

FEBRUARY 2019

Outside TN - 2019 Pacific Coast Research Conference

February 21-23, 2019

San Diego, CA 

For researchers concerned about teaching, learning and schooling for students with mild to moderate disabilites. Click here to visit the website. Or, contact pcrc@vanderbilt.edu for more information. 

 

APRIL 2019

Outside TN - SRLN19 National Conference 

April 11-12, 2019

Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, IL 

Affiliated with the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts and the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice. Click here for more information

 

MARCH 2020

Nashville - SRLN20 National Conference

March 2020

Affilliated with the Tennesee Supreme Court Administrative Office of the Courts and the Tennesee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission. Click here for more information. 

 

 

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