Join Us for EmpowerCon 2020

What is EmpowerCon?

EmpowerCon is an event where people with disabilities, their families, and other supporters can learn and share everyday skills and resources to live more independent lives. But more than that, it’s a place to be who you are and to have fun. 

EmpowerCon 2020 is a virtual event about Access, which is an important part of Independent Living. We’ll talk about voting, preparing, learning, sharing, working, advocating, playing, and living. You’ll share your stories of what access means to you and how we all can fight for our rights to equality — not just as people with disabilities, but as people with intersecting identities. 

EmpowerCon 2020 is a celebration! We’ll honor the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and its impact on everyday lives. We’ll celebrate an individual and a business who show the world what it means to be independent and accessible as we present the Floyd Stewart Everyday Hero Award and the Access Music City Business Champion Award. And we’ll celebrate people and the diversity that lives within the disability community. 

EmpowerCon is our place to show up, be seen, and be heard. So, come in your best Zoom comfy clothes, your Cosplay, your Drag, or whatever makes you feel your best. Come with your signs, Come with your ideas. Come with your friends. Come and make new friends. Y’all come! 

When is EmpowerCon?

Days: Tuesday, November 17- Wednesday November 18

Time: Events throughout the day and evening — from 10 am – 10 pm 

Join us for the entire time or pick and choose sessions that interest you!

What is the Floyd Stewart Everyday Hero Award?

The Floyd Stewart Everyday Hero Award is given annually to an outstanding member of the community that embodies the characteristics of Floyd Stewart who inspired others in the disability community to show their strength and integrity every day.  Floyd Stewart touched everyone with whom he came in contact. He  encouraged others to share their talents and make meaningful contributions to the world.  Please nominate up to 3 people and explain why they should be considered for the 2020 Floyd Stewart EveryDay Hero Award.

What is the Access Music City Business Award?

Each year Empower Tennessee chooses a local business that purposely makes strides to include people with disabilities. This business ensures that people within the disability community can participate, engage and be included in all the activities, goods and services that business provides. This business listens to the needs of the community and takes action.  Please nominate up to 3 businesses you believe meet or exceed the criteria of this award.

Interested in Partnering with us for EmpowerCon or adding Swag to the Swag Bags?