In This Together Summit 2020


The In This Together Summit is a one-day educational event aimed at creating relevant and meaningful conversation around topics on disability. With a cutting-edge keynote, innovative panel discussions on self-advocacy, and empowering breakout sessions, this event will spark thoughtful dialogue around what it truly means to be "in this together" with Tennesseans with disabilities. Will you join us at this exciting event?


What to Expect at the Summit:

  • Networking Opportunities
  • Cutting-Edge Keynote Speaker
  • Breakout Sessions Designed to Facilitate Conversation Around Disability
  • Self-Advocacy & Empowerment Session
  • Community & Legislative Reception


"Welcome to the Event" to help with envisioning your day at the Summit:


For other inquiries, reach out to or call us at 615-383-9442. 



9:00 am – 10:00 amDoors Open & Museum Exhibits Open 

9:00 am – 5:00 pmChildren's Gallery/Quiet Room Open

10:00 am – 10:30 amWelcome / Introductions

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Keynote: Susan Robinson, “Dis-labeled: You Are Not Who They Say You Are”

Susan is an advisor to global business leaders, speaker, blogger, tango dancer, world traveler, cyclist and TED Speaker with nearly 1.5M views. And she's legally blind.  In her interactive keynote, she'll share her inspirational and humorous insights on curiosity, adaptability and fearlessness for successfully pursuing audacious goals, as well as encourages participants to fully recognize the value, potential and possibility for themselves and others, enhancing the opportunity for everyone to have equal success.

11:30 am – 12:00 pmNetworking Coffee Break & Museum Exhibits Open

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch & Panel Discussion

Access to Care Panel Discussion, ft. representatives from the American Cancer Society, National Psoriasis Foudation, TN Gen. Assembly, and Matthew Walker Health Center.
Good health is the foundation on which we build our personal, civic and work lives. Access to quality, affordable care is a complex topic that includes whether sufficient health care resources exist to meet people’s needs, as well as whether individuals experience physical, financial or other barriers to those services and the effectiveness of their service delivery system. Moderated by our keynote Susan Robinson, our lunchtime panelists will share unique challenges their communities face and discuss cross-cutting policies and practices that can contribute to improving access to care for us all.

1:00 pm – 1:15 pmNetworking Coffee Break & Museum Exhibits Open

1:15 pm – 2:15 pmBreakout Sessions #1

Breakout A: Dr. Michelle Nario-Redmond, Hiram College, “What Does Ableism Look Like and How Do We Address It in Our Communities?”
This discussion with Dr. Michelle Nario-Redmond will address ableism, what we gain from community pride, and how these two concepts work together to leverage effective advocacy and true societal change.

Breakout B: Jerry Ashton, RIP Medical Debt - Disabilities and Medical Debt: They Don’t Have to be Mutually Inclusive
In this breakout session, Jerry will address the impact of unpayable medical debt on people with disabilities. A former medical debt collector himself, Jerry knows how the system works, and more importantly - how you can escape (and prevent!) being a victim of it. What do you do when the bill collector calls? And better yet, what can you do to prevent accumulating medical debt to begin with? Jerry will provide real and actionable insights you can use to climb out and prevent it in the future. Expect to take notes and prepare to put what you learn into action!

2:15 pm – 2:45 pmNetworking Coffee Break & Museum Exhibits Open

2:45 pm – 3:45 pmBreakout Sessions #2

Breakout A: Daryl Farler, The Surgical Clinic, PLLC - No Feet, No Excuses – Tools for a Purpose Driven Life
Join us for a candid discussion on the struggle, perseverance, and resolve of living with a disability. Daryl will explore several topics that have real world applications for all individuals. He will provide intimate details of his emotional rollercoaster since amputation and how he found purpose. You will be inspired to set aside your excuses and jump into life.

Breakout B: Film Screening – Accessibility: An Everyday Experience
It’s no secret that accessibility is a challenge in navigating life’s experiences. During this session, expect to watch Access, a short film on everyday accessibility and technology. The viewing will be followed by a Q&A discussion with film director Chris Higgins on the making and importance of the film.

3:45 pm – 4:00 pmNetworking Coffee Break & Museum Exhibits Open 

4:00 pm – 5:00 pmPanel Discussion
Self-Advocacy & Community Empowerment Panel Discussion
Moderated by breakout speaker, Michell Nario-Redmond, we’ll speak with three panelists of various ages from across the state of Tennessee. What worked for them, what didn’t, and what each of can do to ensure our collective voices are heard.

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Reception
Community & Legislative Reception 
Join members of the community, advocacy groups, and your elected representatives in a relaxed atmosphere with heavy appetizers, and drinks as Jerry “DJ Jerry” Pentecost of Old Crowe Medicine Show spins the tables and rounds off a great day of education, awareness, and self-advocacy.

*Schedule subject to change. All times listed are in Central Daylight Time.



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Tennessee Disability Coalition

The Coalition is an alliance of organizations and individuals who have joined to promote the full and equal participation of men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. We work together to advocate for public policy that ensures self-determination, independence, empowerment, and inclusion for people with disabilities in areas such as accessibility, education, healthcare, housing, and voting rights.

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