Faith, flourishing, and disabilities the focus of April conference in Nashville

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On April 22, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and TASH are co-hosting a 1-day conference titled Faith and Flourishing: Embracing Inclusion for People with Disabilities, Their Families, and Congregations. This unique event will bring together faith community members and leaders, people with disabilities and their families, disability service providers and advocates, and many others for a day of inspiring speakers, practical learning, and networking.

The morning includes a series of keynotes from national leaders like Erik Carter, Amy Fenton Lee, Bill Gaventa, Jackie Mills, and Gail Fanjoy. These experts will share insights on topics like:

  • Incomplete Without You: Welcoming People with Disabilities and Their Families Well
  • A Parent’s Perspective: The Role of a Faith Community in Enriching Life
  • Designing Supports for People to Flourish
  • Stirring the Soul with Stories of Inclusion
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Strategies for Welcoming People with Disabilities and their Families in Faith Communities

In addition, there will be afternoon workshops such as:

  • The Nuts and Bolts of Disability Ministry
  • Breaking Down the Barriers for Inclusion in Faith Communities
  • Putting Faith to Work: Empowering Congregations to Support People with Disabilities to Find Good Jobs
  • Strategies to Promote the Inclusion of Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities
  • Spirituality in Inclusive Postsecondary Education Programs
  • And so much more!

Location: Christ Presbyterian Church, 2323 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville, TN 37215

Sponsored by: Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, TASH, Anthem, Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee, SRVS, and the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Register soon since early bird rates end March 25.

Learn more and register at:

Courtney Taylor is VKC associate director of Communications.

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