EmpowerCON 2020

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!
17 November - 18 November, 2020 | Nashville, TN, USA
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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! 

2
Day Event
16
Speakers
26
Sessions
17 - 18 November, 2020 | Nashville, TN, USA

EmpowerCON 2020

Speakers

Evan Espey
Evan Espey
Technology & Access Coordinator Empower Tennessee
Ebony Cole
Ebony Cole
Independent Living Specialist Empower Tennessee
Brandon Brown
Brandon Brown
Executive Director Empower Tennessee
Crystal Fisher
Crystal Fisher
Regional Mass Care and Logistics Manager Red Cross - Tennessee Region
Byron Meador
Byron Meador
Teacher/Facilitator Signal Centers
Ezra Reynolds
Ezra Reynolds
Assistive Technology Design Specialist Signal Centers
Milton Neuenschwander
Milton Neuenschwander
State Director of Enabling Technology Division of Program Innovation Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities of Program Innovation East Tennessee Regional Offic
Ben Roberts
Ben Roberts
Counselor Purpose Life, LLC
Aiesha Walker
Aiesha Walker
Counselor Aiesha Walker Counseling and Consultation Services
Sarah Love McCoy
Sarah Love McCoy
Artist/Writer/Teacher I Stand for Love
Lydia Young
Lydia Young
Sophomore Next Steps at Vanderbilt Student
Rodrigo Rivas
Rodrigo Rivas
Junior Vanderbilt Next Steps
Jeff Harry
Jeff Harry
INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER AND POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY PLAY COACH. RediscoverYourPlay.com
Tonya Bowman
Tonya Bowman
Lead Trainer/Statewide Family Voices Resource Specialist Family Voices
Gina Lynette
Gina Lynette
Associate Director Empower Tennessee
Marissa Smith-Fletcher
Marissa Smith-Fletcher
Independent Living Specialist Empower Tennessee

Agenda

10:00 AM - 10:10 AM

Housekeeping/Zoom: Get Ready to Learn, Share and Celebrate!

Main Hall

10:10 AM - 10:30 AM

Welcome

Main Hall

Brandon Brown

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Be Red Cross Ready: Preparedness Essentials

Main Hall

Crystal Fisher

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lunch Break

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Managing Anxiety in 2020

Main Hall

Ben Roberts

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Break

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Screen Readers 101

Main Hall

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Break

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Social Isolation During Covid-19: 10 Innovative Ways to Beat Loneliness

Main Hall

Aiesha Walker

3:50 PM - 4:00 PM

Break

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Award Presentation: Floyd Stewart Everyday Hero of the Year

Main Hall

Ebony Cole

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Share! Vendor Fair

Main Hall

Occupancy: 1 / 100

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Dinner Break

6:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Welcome Back

Main Hall

Brandon Brown

6:15 PM - 6:50 PM

Rediscover Your Play!

Main Hall

Jeff Harry

Occupancy: 2 / 100

6:50 PM - 7:00 PM

Break

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Empowered with Love and Art

Main Hall

Sarah Love McCoy

Occupancy: 3 / 100

8:00 PM - 8:10 PM

Session Wrap Up and Evaluations

Main Hall

Gina Lynette

8:10 PM - 10:00 PM

After Party: Stay, Play, Create, and Celebrate!

Main Hall

Occupancy: 4 / 100