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On The Avenue: No Edits. No Filter.
Today On The Avenue we want to introduce you to a new project that we are super excited about. The "No Edits. No Filter." podcast is a simple, candid conversation with our employees here at Westwood Avenue & Woodard Bros. We have noticed that when people with and without disabilities sit down and actually talk and share, we have more in common than any of us could ever could have imagined. Each week we will be having an open and honest conversation about a subject that affects us all. All of God’s children have something to contribute, a window into something that might help all of us.
On The Avenue: Best Buddies Prom
Today On The Avenue we're talking about the 2019 Best Buddies Prom. Held just a few weeks ago at our very own Bridgestone arena, the Best Buddies Prom brought together over 2,000 young adults with and without disabilities to have the night of their life. With the event centered around the idea of inclusion, it's participants got to enjoy a night of singing and dancing with their friends free of judgement, isolation, or pressure. At a local high school, McGavock High, one student got a surprise from his best buddy that made his day and mine. Check it out below. If you would like to learn more a
On The Avenue: UCLA PEERS Program
Today On The Avenue we want to shed some light on another program that we LOVE. For individuals on the spectrum, making and maintaining meaningful relationships with peers is often a huge challenge in their lives. While we at On The Avenue focus mostly on education meant to push work-based skills forward, and increased social skills are often a positive side effect from that process, the skills needed to advance those interpersonal relationships are a curriculum all on their own. PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills), is a program out of UCLA fulfilling just tha
On The Avenue: Friends Life Community
Today On The Avenue we want to highlight an organization that is true to our heart. With a mission to create an opportunity for teenagers and adults with disabilities to develop socially, grow personally, and enjoy community as they experience life together, Friends Life Community shares so many of our core values. Founded in 2008, Friends life is based right here in Nashville. With programs including social clubs, career coaching, life coaching, and day programs, this nonprofit is touching the lives of those it serves in multiple meaningful ways. The video below gives you a glimpse into Frien
On The Avenue: Chris Ulmer
Today On The Avenue we wanted to recognize Chris Ulmer, who is making a big splash in the disabled community. As a former special education teacher, Chris was a witness of the amazing things his students had to offer. In his efforts to show the rest of the world just how funny, engaging, and charismatic his students were, he attempted to publish a book of stories called “Special Books by Special Kids.” After the book idea was rejected by almost 50 publishers, Chris turned to social media to get out his message. He created the Special books for Special Kids Facebook page, and began interviewing
On The Avenue: Cody Martin
Cody Martin is an illustrator from Murfreesboro, Tennessee who is turning his lifelong love of drawing into a career that will allow him to become more self-sufficient. Instead of letting autism hinder him, he works very hard to purse his dreams of entertaining people with his gift. With direction and encouragement from the staff at Westwood Avenue, Cody is pursuing his dream of being a working illustrator. One of Cody’s biggest sources of encouragement is Westwood Avenue designer Brenden Melton. When Cody Martin was first hired to work at Westwood, Brenden quickly discovered how to work with