Community Engagement Program

Inclusion Network of Nashville (INN)

The purpose or mission of the INN is to promote awareness, accessibility 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 Center, Cheekwood Art & Gardens, Country Music Hall of Fame, Creative Discovery Museum, Dickson County Library, Discovery Center, FRIST Art Museum, Hermitage, Nashville Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Nashville Opera, Nashville Predators, Nashville Public Library, Nashville Shores, Nashville Sounds, Nashville Symphony, Nashville Zoo, TPAC, Tennessee Library for Accessible Books & Media, Tennessee State Museum, YMCA; as well as MNPD.
  • Disabilities-focused organizations include: ARC of Tennessee, Autism Tennessee, Disability Rights TN, Down Syndrome Assocation of Middle Tennessee, Empower TN, Frist Center for Autism and Innovation, Music, Mind, and Society, Next Steps at Vanderbilt University, Picking Up the Pieces, Tennessee Disability Pathfinder, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, and VSA TN.

View Video Below

INN Video from TRIAD on Vimeo.



Online Toolkit: Promoting Inclusive Practices in the Community

This toolkit outlines important steps and evidence-based practices to help organizations continue to create an inclusive culture and community for all. It is intended for anyone interested in making their organization more accessible and inclusive. This includes any key organization member who works at or contributes to their community organization. Key organization members include owners, members of the board, directors, supervisors, performers, staff, interns, and volunteers. This interactive online toolkit is free, but you must log in to acess using these instructions:

  1. Go to triad.vkclearning.org
  2. Create a free account by clicking on “Register.” You will create a username and password. Fill out the form and select “TRIAD” under the doorway. You will receive an email verification. Once you do, click the link to verify your account and log in.
  3. Choose Informational Toolkits
  4. Click “open” next to “Promoting Neurodiversity and Inclusion in Community Organizations”
If you already have a TRIAD online learning account you can view the interactive online course here. An abbreviated, printable version of the content in this toolkit is available in PDF format here.

Contact Information

Lauren Weaver, M.S., BCBA, (615) 322-6027 or email lauren.weaver@vumc.org
Kelly Luo, M.Ed., (615) 322-1886 or email kelly.luo@vumc.org
Blaire Donnelly-Mason, CTRS, MSRLS, blaire.donnelly-mason@vumc.org