Empower News

We are in a temporary location due to the damage done by the tornado here in Nashville and continue to work remotely because of COVID-19. We remain available to our consumers and partners, as needed.

Here are ways you can keep in touch:

  • email us at info@empowertn.org;
  • call us at 615-292-5803 or 615-200-6028;
  • mail us at 2601 Elm Hill Pike, Suite O, Nashville, TN 37214;
  • send a message through the Contact Us page on our website.

Job Opening: Independent Living Specialist

Empower Tennessee is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Independent Living Specialist. For consideration, applicants should submit a cover letter, professional resume, and online application form via the

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06 Oct
10/06/2022    
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
About Our Group:Empowered Gents is a social group that gathers to learn about assistive technology and other resources that increase the independence and confidence of [...]
12 Oct
10/12/2022    
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
About Our Group: Empowered Ladies is a social group of women who live in Tennessee that gathers to talk, learn, laugh, and empower one another. [...]
12 Oct
10/12/2022    
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
About Our Group: Empowered Ladies is a social group of women who live in Tennessee that gathers to talk, learn, laugh, and empower one another. [...]
27 Oct
10/27/2022    
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
About Our Group: Living Your Best Empowered Life has discussions about employment and housing, including strategies and tips to help you Live Your Best Life. [...]
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10/28/2022    
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
About Our Group: Blind and Low Vision Access, Support & Tech (BLAST) (fka Tech Talk & More) is a social group that gathers to learn [...]
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11/03/2022    
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
About Our Group:Empowered Gents is a social group that gathers to learn about assistive technology and other resources that increase the independence and confidence of [...]
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Upcoming Events

  • Empowered Gents
    • 10/06/2022
    • 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Empowered Ladies: Afternoon Session
    • 10/12/2022
    • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Empowered Ladies: Evening Session
    • 10/12/2022
    • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

  • Living Your Best Empowered Life
    • 10/27/2022
    • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

  • Empower BLAST (Blind and Low Vision Access, Support, & Tech)
    • 10/28/2022
    • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Empowered Gents
    • 11/03/2022
    • 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Empowered Ladies: Afternoon Session
    • 11/09/2022
    • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Empowered Ladies: Evening Session
    • 11/09/2022
    • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

  • Empower BLAST (Blind and Low Vision Access, Support, & Tech)
    • 11/18/2022
    • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Empowered Gents
    • 12/01/2022
    • 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Empowered Ladies: Afternoon Session
    • 12/14/2022
    • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Empowered Ladies: Evening Session
    • 12/14/2022
    • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

  • Covid-19 Resources

    The CDC has a page dedicated to sharing information about COVID-19 for people with disabilities. 

    If you or someone you care for are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, take steps to prevent getting sick. In addition to practicing everyday preventive actions, people with disabilities who have direct support providers can help protect themselves from respiratory illness.

    More information can be found at this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-disabilities.html

    Links to the following resources have been curated by ILRU and are available on the ILRU website along with trainings, publications and other resources that are produced in-house. 

    Administration for Community Living (ACL)

    Other Federal Government Resources

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    Department of Education

    Health and Human Services (HHS)

    Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

    Resources from Centers for Independent Living and the IL-NET T&TA Center

    Resources from Disability Organizations

    Resources from Other Sources

    IL-NET National T&TA Center’s Training on COVID-19

    https://www.ilru.org/resources-covid-19

    Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) offers several plain-language guides in both English and Spanish about COVID-19 on their Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC) project website.

    Topics include:

    — Know Your Rights: People with Disabilities Can Have a Supporter in the Hospital during COVID-19

    — COVID-19 Vaccine Information in Plain Language

    — A Plain Language Toolkit on COVID-19

    https://selfadvocacyinfo.org/?s=COVID

    Information about preventing the spread of COVID-19 are found on this page of the State of Tennessee website.

    They point out that cloth face coverings (masks) are an important step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with other everyday preventive actions, including social distancing and frequent handwashing.

    https://covid19.tn.gov/prevention/

    Visit this page on the State of Tennessee’s website to keep up with the latest information that you need in order to stay informed about how to fight COVID-19.

    https://covid19.tn.gov/stay-informed/

    Use this tool on the State of Tennessee’s website to assess your next steps if you are concerned about your risk of COVID-19.

    Remember: when in doubt, get tested.

    https://covid19.tn.gov/screening-tool/

    Looking for a testing site close to you? Use this tool on the State of Tennessee’s website to search for testing site options.

    https://covid19.tn.gov/testing-sites/

    Use this tool on the State of Tennessee’s website to determine your COVID-19 vaccine distribution phase.

    While the vaccine supply is limited it is necessary to prioritize who receives it, with people who are at highest risk of getting the virus or becoming seriously ill receiving it first. The state has worked with a group of stakeholders and followed federal guidance to develop a vaccine distribution plan.

    https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/eligibility/

    Information regarding COVID-19 vaccines can be found on this page of the State of Tennessee website. Tennesseans are encouraged to discuss with their doctor if a COVID-19 vaccine is right for them.

    https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/

    The Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities (CDD) updates this page frequently with a variety of resources, memos, and information about COVID-19 targeted to Tennesseans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

     https://www.tn.gov/cdd/training-and-news/covid-resources-disability.html

    This page of the FDA’s website includes the latest information about COVID-19 including updates about the vaccines, links to additional resources, and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) in both English and Spanish. 

    Some of the topics covered include: Coronavirus Testing, Coronavirus Treatments, COVID-19 Vaccines, Investigational Convalescent Plasma, Information for People with Health Conditions, Fraudulent Products, Food Safety, Innovation, Remdesivir, and Hand Sanitizer Safety.

    https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/counterterrorism-and-emerging-threats/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

    This page on the Department of Treasury’s website is part of their Personal Finance and Consumer Protection section and offers steps for quicker financial relief. 

    There are links on this page to topics such as: General Tips for Protecting Yourself Financially during the COVID Pandemic; General Information for Bank and Credit Union Customers; Mortgage and Housing Assistance; Consumer Credit and Other Loans And Debt; Telephone, Cellphone, and Internet; Utility Bills (Water, Gas/Oil, Electricity); and Five Things You Can Do to Avoid Coronavirus Scams.

    https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/consumer-policy/personal-finance-and-consumer-protection-steps-for-quicker-financial-relief

    This page on the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs website includes information about how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting people with disabilities and how policies can improve those outcomes.

    https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/covid-19.html