Community Engagement Program

Inclusion Network of Nashville (INN)

The purpose or mission of the INN is to promote acceptance and inclusion of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families by building capacity throughout a community network of arts, education, athletic, and entertainment organizations. The network meets twice a year to discuss progress, growth, and successes. No other city is working to promote acceptance and inclusion of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities the way Nashville is and TRIAD couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this effort.

The organizations currently involved in the network working to make all of Nashville’s fun and exciting events accessible for all families include the following:

  • Community organizations involved include: Adventure Science Museum, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, Cheekwood Art & Gardens, Country Music Hall of Fame, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville Ballet, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Nashville Opera, Nashville Predators [hockey], Nashville Public Library, Nashville Symphony, Nashville Zoo, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Tennessee State Fair, YMCA of Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt Athletics; as well as Metro Nashville Police Dept. and Tenn. Dept. of Children’s Services.
  • Disabilities-focused organizations include: ARC of TN, Autism Tennessee, Disability Rights TN, DSAMT, Representative from the Mayor’s Office (invitation sent but no presence yet), Metro Nashville Schools, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, and VSA TN.

Contact Information

Lauren Weaver, M.S., BCBA, (615) 322-6027 or email lauren.weaver@vanderbilt.edu
Kelly Wendel, M.Ed., (615) 322-1886 or email kelly.f.wendel@vanderbilt.edu