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InclusAbility Events


Autism 101

February 25, 2020 | 1-3 PM | Alumni Hall 206

An interactive presentation providing an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders, presented by Autism Tennessee.

At the conclusion of this session, you should be able to:

  • Accurately define “Autism Spectrum Disorders” (ASD)
  • Identify at least five common characteristics of individuals with ASD
  • Identify at least three areas of global functioning that may be impacted by ASD
  • Name at least three myths associated with ASD

After Autism Tennessee the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation will have a short presentation.

GME Credit.

Basics of Behavior, by Autism Tennessee

March 10, 2020 | 1-3:15 PM | Alumni Hall 206

An interactive presentation providing an overview of the basic principles of behavior. It will also include helpful information for incorporating optimal classroom arrangements and supports for unique learners with ASD; presented by Autism Tennessee.

At the conclusion of this session, you should be able to:

  • Define the ABC’s of behavior
  • List at least three functions of behavior
  • Define Sensory Processing Dysfunction/Disorder
  • Name at least three classroom supports that are beneficial for most students with ASD

After Autism Tennessee the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation will have a short presentation.

GME Credit.

Stories of Vanderbilt: Disability and Condition

March 12, 2020 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Alumni Memorial Hall 202

Come and take part in personal stories on disability and condition within the Vanderbilt community.

Light refreshments will be served.

GME credit.

Please contact for accommodations.

Previous Events

Deaf Awareness & Culture 101

January 28, 2020 | 2-3 PM | Alumni Hall 206

Mike Helms, Vice President of Adult Education and Outreach for Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, will be giving a workshop on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness designed to teach how to work with individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing. The training includes an overview of:

  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Cultural Awareness

  • American Sign Language

  • Modes of Communication

  • Tips for Working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals

  • Working with a Sign Language Interpreter

  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing ADA Guide for Government Services

  • Steps in Obtaining Interpreting Services

Light refreshments will be served.

Accessibility in Higher Education

November 12, 2019 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM | Alumni Hall 206

Dr. Sarah Rose, University of Texas Arlington, will be presenting an active learning workshop that caters to Graduate Students and Faculty with topics such as:

  • Navigating graduate and/or professional school as a student with disabilities
  • Navigating invisible disabilities and how student populations have changed since the passage of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008
  • Navigating disability accommodations as a faculty member/importance of role models for students
  • Disability studies & disability as an academic topic on par with race, class, gender, etc.

Please join us and RSVP to this email. This event will be limited to 30 graduate students and faculty. Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Refreshments will be served.

Share this with any students , staff, or faculty you think would be interested, but please let them know to email or to RSVP.


InclusAbility Launch Party 

October 4, 2018 l 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. l Student Life Center Plaza

  • Come celebrate the start of Disability Awareness Month with the Office for Inclusive Excellence and the InclusAbility Campaign!
  • Event will include music, free InclusAbility swag, pizza, and popsicles from King of Pops.


Access Music City: Community Service Event

October 5, 2018 l 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. l Kissam Multipurpose Room 210

  • Access Music City is a program sponsored by EmpowerTN that provides a “win-win” for Nashville-area businesses, their current or potential patrons who have disabilities, and the Nashville community at-large by identifying accessibility-friendly facilities and services so that all citizens of and visitors to Nashville can make informed choices of where to go in the city. A short training on the program will be provided, followed by an opportunity for participants to go into the city itself to map accessible and inaccessible locations for the organization’s database.
  • Refreshments provided.

Beyond Accommodations Discussion

October 16, 2018 l 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. l Sarratt 216/220

  • A conversation with representatives from Empower Tennessee and the Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence to discuss how to increase advocacy efforts both on campus and in the community. EmpowerTN works to promote opportunities for people with disabilities to strive for greater independence in the greater Nashville area and will lead this discussion on ways in which we can shift our perspectives for the benefit of all.

TIPS Autism and Innovation Panel

October 23, 2018 l 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. l Sarratt 216/220

  • The Initiative for Autism, Innovation, and the Workforce — a Vanderbilt Trans-Institutional Programs pilot initiative — represents a collaboration of Vanderbilt engineers, scientists, disabilities researchers, and business scholars, together with major employers in Nashville and leading autism-related organizations nationally to study the unique capabilities of autistic adults, as well as how to match these capabilities to 21st-century workforce needs and how to develop managers who can leverage the “autism advantage” to fuel innovation in their organizations. Join us for a presentation and discussion with several of the initiative’s collaborators on their progress, findings, and future goals.

IMPACT Film Series: Queer & Disabled

October 23, 2018 l 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. l Sarratt Cinema

  • A series of six, short episodes, “Queer and Disabled” addresses the intersections of sexuality and disability. Episode topics include misconceptions, representation affecting perceptions, and dating “Dos” and “Don’ts”. The discussion will be led by the Office of LGBTQI Life and the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
  • GME credit
  • Snacks and beverages provided!


Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Kaufman

October 25, 2018 l 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. l SLC Ballroom

  • Jonathan Kaufman is an innovative thought leader, business educator, and strategist who recognizes the impact of personal development on organizational growth. Born with Cerebral Palsy, Jonathan Kaufman’s disability has been a profound part of his personal, academic, and professional life. Whether hiking in the Ecuadorian highlands with his family, skiing down a mountain or repelling down the side of a cliff in the Middle East, to the simplicity of tying his own shoes one handed, he has pushed the idea that anything is possible if given the will. At this event, Kaufman will speak about his experiences with disability throughout his time at Oxford, University of Chicago, and Columbia, and how Vanderbilt can work to make our community more inclusive for individuals with varying strengths and challenges.
  • Reception to follow


Disability in the Black Community: Exploring Visible and Invisible Disabilities

February 26, 2019 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | BCC Auditorium

A Black History Month and InclusAbility panel discussing experiences and resources. The panel will discuss campus resources and personal experiences. Lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. and the panel will begin at 12:00 p.m. This event is open to students, staff, and faculty.

Panelists include:

  • Jamie Bojarski, director of Student access Services
  • Bianca Manago, Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Ciera Scott, UCC psychologist
  • Matthew Shaw, professor of education and law
  • JaNiene Peoples moderating, Student Wellness Coordinator at the Center for Student Wellbeing