Our Programs

Independent living is not just a program offered by Empower TN. It is a way of looking at disability and society, and a worldwide movement of people with disabilities working for self-determination, self-respect and equal opportunities. We operate according to a strict philosophy of consumer control, wherein people with all types of disabilities directly govern and staff the organization. The programs we offer reflect that, and they all center on our five core services: Peer Support, Information and Referral, Individual and Systems Advocacy, and Independent Living Skills Training.

Access Music City

Access Music City is a program that provides a “win-win” for Nashville-area businesses, their current or potential patrons who have disabilities, and the Nashville community at-large by identifying accessibility-friendly facilities and services so that all citizens of... Read more

Website Accessibility Testing

Did you know that a number of websites are inaccessible to someone who is blind? That's because they are, for various reasons, unable to be read by screenreaders—the software used by people who are blind that reads... Read more

Accessibility Consultations

Empower Tennessee is proud to provide Accessibility Consultations throughout Middle Tennessee. We believe every person deserves the opportunity to have equal access, whether to a business, school, grocery store, church, recreational area, or anything else you may... Read more

Business Sensitivity Training

In an effort to make Nashville one of the most accessible and disability friendly cities in the country, our staff has partnered with the Convention and Visitors Corporation. Our staff has conducted sensitivity training with all Nashville... Read more

Benefits to Work

Did you know that you can work and still keep your Social Security disability benefits? We can help you understand how to increase financial independence with WIPA -- the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance program (locally known as... Read more

Employment Network

So you’re receiving disability benefits and you’ve decided that you want to work? But how do you find a job in such a tough job market? Our Employment Network is here to help. We can assist you... Read more

Technology Courses

Do you want to learn to use a computer? Are you looking at your iPhone wondering just what to do with it? We’ve got you covered. Our technology program is the place to go with your adaptive technology... Read more


These amazing little bumps—on paper, plastic or metal—open the world of literacy, learning, living and employment to independent living for people who are blind. ... Read more

Controls 4 Control

What is Controls4Control? Controls4Control is a program offered by Empower Tennessee, via funding from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, that provides individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) with financial resources to equip their personal vehicles with hand... Read more

Peer Groups

Sometimes a person with disabilities may struggle with feeling like the world is not designed for them or feel like they are the only person on the planet living with a disability. Empower Tennessee is here to... Read more


Empower Tennessee joins forces with community providers throughout the Middle TN area to advocate for individuals with disabilities on every level. We have strong collaborations with... Read more

Community Based Transition Program

Empower Tennessee works with over 50 students a month, across all Community Based Transition Programs (CBTP) in Nashville classrooms. The CBTP helps young adults transition into life outside of school and into the workforce.

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