• Women and Disability: An Empowered Lady’s Perspective

    Women and Disability: An Empowered Lady’s Perspective By: Lacey Lyons, Intro by April Meredith   March is Women’s History Month. In honor of this celebration and International Women’s Day (March 8), we reached out to one of the participants of our Empowered Ladies* peer support group to share her thoughts on womanhood and disabilities. We […]

  • Reflections, Aspirations and Appreciations

    Reflections, Aspirations, and Appreciations Brandon Brown, Executive Director I sit here in my office, looking at the white board across from my desk and pondering all that I’ve written under the headings of “plans,” “dreams,” and “needs.” I can’t help but think to myself, “How did we get here?” And I’m quickly reminded that of […]

  • Intersectionality: More Than Our Disabilities

    Intersectionality: More Than Our Disabilities -April Meredith   What is intersectionality? Merriam-Webster.com defines it as: “the complex, cumulative manner in which the effects of different forms of discrimination combine, overlap, or intersect”. Although this term has been around since the 1980s, it is still unfamiliar or unclear to many people. That does not make this […]

  • Building a Community of Empowered Voters

    Building a Community of Empowered Voters with Disabilities By: April Meredith   Tennessee having one of the lowest rates in the country for registered eligible voters and in election turnout is unfortunate and unacceptable. Motivation may be an issue in certain cases; but for some individuals with disabilities, lack of knowledge and accessibility are oftentimes […]

  • An unexpected discovery: A participant’s perspective on the 2018 Youth Leadership Academy

    2018 Youth Leadership Academy from a Participant’s Perspective By: Josh Riley Introduction Empower Tennessee hosted the 2018 Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) on June 27 and 28 in collaboration with the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities. This year’s YLA theme was, “I AM Who I AM (and that’s pretty cool)”. Peer Facilitators lead workshops and activities, […]

  • An Oasis for All in Hendersonville

    What Mary’s Magical Place Means to Me and Says to the World By: April Meredith   August 2018 marks the grand opening month of Mary’s Magical Place, an all-inclusive playground located in Hendersonville. I cannot express just how excited I am for this project to come to fruition. Many Middle Tennesseans have been thinking of […]

  • Time to Cure the Stigma

    “Happy birthday. I love you,” she said in a barely discernable whisper, mustering every bit of strength she had left. I was turning 14 years old and my mom had been a breast cancer survivor. However, the dreaded disease came back with a vengeance and on April 20, 1992 I visited my mom in her […]