Upcoming Events – October 2023

Find what’s happening in your area by visiting our Community Calendar and begin your journey with events that enhance your life experiences.  Also, follow us on social media to stay up to date with events in the disability community.

You are invited to Centro Hispano’s last health fair of the year! Offering general medical appointments, free mammography exams, physicals for under 18, free flu and Covid-19 vaccines, free distribution of healthy food for the family and much more! The first 25 people to get vaccinated will receive a $50 gift card for every vaccine they receive. Contact  Celeste Paula, health promoter, at (865) 910-7763 to schedule an appointment.


Sunnyside Up is hosting its quarterly baby shower on Saturday, October 14th from 12 pm to 2 pm at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. They have space to celebrate 6 more young moms ages 13-21 and up to four of their family members and friends. They will have food, games, and music as well as lots of gifts! Registration is required. Please use this link for more information and to register.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS: For Vanderbilt Kennedy Center‘s next plain-language conversation on Research in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities!

“Advocating for Supports to Improve Transition for Autistic Young Adults”
Tuesday, October 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m. CT

It can be difficult for youth on the autism spectrum to get the services they need after they leave high school. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures that youth with disabilities (including autism) are eligible for mandated services through the school system until the age of 22 years or until they exit high school. However, after high school exit, these youth encounter an adult service system that is often inadequately funded and difficult to navigate. To make matters worse, studies have shown that individuals from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups and those from families with lower incomes are even less likely to receive the services that they need. Because of this, many caregivers have expressed feelings of being overwhelmed and ill-equipped to advocate for their young adult with autism after high school.

Join us on Oct. 24 as we talk with two researchers who took this feedback from families into consideration and developed a 12-week advocacy training program to help parents and caregivers learn how to best advocate for services for their young adult on the autism spectrum.

For more information and to register click here.


The Commodity Program is responsible for receiving, storing and distributing USDA Tennessee Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) available foods to low-income families in Southwest Tennessee. To qualify, the income level must fall under 185% of the poverty scale. A household may also qualify based upon their participation in any of the following programs: TANF, SSI, Food Stamps, Tenn Care, Public Housing or the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. This project is funded under a grant contract with the State of Tennessee. Interested applicants should contact their local Community Service Center. For more information, full schedule, and to apply click here.
Everyone knows October is famous for Halloween and Fall Festival fun. With so many people plannng to dress up and have fun with family and friends in surrounding communities, we thought we’d make sure to add some fun events for people with disabilities.
Click each image for details. Have a Spooktacular Halloween and Happy Fall Y’all!  


A great collaboration of community. Follow this trail of Trunk and Treat fun.