EmployAbility – May 2024

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Hey job seekers! Are you ready to embark on a transformative journey to a more inclusive and understanding workplace? Whether you’re looking for your dream job or the perfect volunteer opportunity, we’re sharing employment and volunteer opportunities and resources in the Tennessee disability community. Join us in embracing a future where every person has the opportunity to contribute their *strengths* and *talents.*

Employment Opportunities

The Tennessee Disability Coalition has a couple of paid opportunities:

First they are looking to hire a person with a disability to serve as an advocate on their REVUP TN Coalition! As a REVUP TN advocate, you will participate in voting and civic engagement activities, attend meetings, and help share information about REVUP TN events. Head to this link or scan the QR code on the image to learn more about this opportunity and apply.

They also have opportunities for content creators!

To help raise awareness and increase voter turnout in Tennessee, TDC is looking to hire a handful of creators to create content specifically related to voting. The deadline to apply is May 15th. Head to this link or scan the QR code to learn more about this opportunity and apply today!
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Our Place Nashville is growing and so is our team! We are seeking candidates for the position of Resident Support Specialist to work alongside our team, providing support to our current and future residents. Please share far and wide to help us get the best candidates! More information at www.OurPlaceNashville.org/JoinOurTeam.

Entrepreneurial Opportunities

From Memphis to the Tri-Cities, Launch Tennessee and their Network Partners aim to serve as front doors to entrepreneurship in all 95 counties. They are a public-private partnership uniquely positioned to provide direct investment, while also supporting collaboration among entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, private sector institutions and government.

Find out more about their Regional Entrepreneur Center Partners and connect with them today if you’re planning to start a business. https://launchtn.org/regional-entrepreneur-centers/

Leadership Opportunities

Graphic features a photo of a tall, white man in a dark suit standing with an older, Black man in hat, shirt, and tie who is using canes to stand in front of a wheelchair. The men are smiling at the camera. The background is a government building hallway, with marble walls, shining floors, a heavy wood door and a bench visible. Graphic text shows the Council logo and reads: “Join the upcoming 2024-25 Partners in Policymaking Class - Now accepting applications through May 20”

Partners in Policymaking is now accepting applications for the 2024-25 class!

Partners in Policymaking® is a FREE leadership and advocacy training program from the TN Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Partners is for Tennessee residents who are:

  • Adults with a developmental disability, including intellectual disability
  • Parents, adult siblings, and other family members of a person with a developmental disability

Over the course of 8 months, Partners scholars will learn skills and resources to answer:

  • What does a good life look like for me, my family, and other people with developmental disabilities?
  • What is needed for that vision to come true?
  • How can I help make change toward that vision?

The application window is open through May 20. Visit the Council’s website for more information – including session dates – and to apply.

Questions? Email Cathlyn.K.Smith@tn.gov.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability, soon to be a part of the Department of Disability and Aging, has a variety of volunteer opportunities across the state and among several different programs.  Click this link to choose a program to learn more about volunteer opportunities in your area and complete the Volunteer Interest Form to be connected to your local program.

Program Interest 
  • MyRide – Volunteer Transportation Program (not available in all counties)
  • TN SHIP/SMP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program – Medicare Counseling)