Empower Tennessee

Middle Tennessee's Center For Independent Living

Employment Programs

Employment is not just a program offered by Empower Tennessee. 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. Our participation in the Employment Network and benefits counseling are two of our many programs.

Employment Network and Benefits Counseling

People with disabilities deserve every opportunity for integrated and competitive employment. We believe in empowering our consumers with the knowledge and skills to prepare for employment and the working world.

Whether it’s working with Vocational Rehabilitation, Social Security, or employers big and small, our job is to empower individuals to succeed in employment to achieve bigger Independent Living goals.

Scared to go back to work because of what it might do to your benefits? That’s okay. Our team can help you navigate the Social Security system and formulate plans that can help you make informed employment decisions.

Have a Ticket to Work and not sure what to do with it? No problem. Our staff can assist you in making informed decisions about how to utilize your ticket and make the most of your job exploration and employment journey. 

Empower Tennessee is an Employment Network (EN) provider. We also have Community Partner Work Incentives Counselors (CPWICs) on staff to assist in benefits counseling. These designations allow us to empower you with the most up-to-date information from Social Security.

More information can be found at the Social Security Administration’s Choose Work website by clicking here

For more information, complete the web form by clicking the button below.

We will contact you with information about these programs.

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Employment Network


Complete this form and we will contact you about our services for those wanting to return to work and the services offered through the Employment Network.

Employment Network  Inquiry