Strategic thinking, creative results.

There’s a great energy about Nashville, especially today. But there’s still a small-town charm about it that just blows people away. There’s a real generosity and there’s an openness and excitement about working together – and creating something better as a result. That’s the inspiration for Westwood Avenue. We want to bring the same collaboration, the same freedom, to creative marketing.
On The Avenue: Chris Ulmer

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

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On The Avenue: Cody Martin

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

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On The Avenue: Kalin Bennett

On The Avenue: Kalin Bennett

Today On The Avenue we want to share an inspiring story. Last month Kalin Bennett, 18, became the first person with autism to sign a letter of intent with a Division 1 University! He will be enrolling and playing basketball at Kent State next summer While Kalin had multiple offers from other colleges, he explained that he chose Kent University because of their programs involving students with Autism. These programs are aimed at learning more about autism, and helping students affected by it to thrive in their new college environment. Kalin has been very vocal about his journey with autism, and

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On The Avenue: The British Paraorchestra

On The Avenue: The British Paraorchestra

Today On The Avenue we wanted to share something that caught our attention this week. The British Paraorchestra, founded by Charles Hazlewood and Claire Whalley in 2011, is a music ensemble made up of musicians both with and without disabilities. All of the members of the orchestra are leading musicians with huge amounts of passion and talent. They are the perfect reminder that having a disability of any kind does not mean that you cannot find success in your field. Check out the trailer for The British Paraorchestra’s first short film documentary, “Towards Harmony, A Musical Integration, “bel

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On The Avenue: Amethyst Schaber

On The Avenue: Amethyst Schaber

Today On the Avenue I want to introduce you to Amethyst Schaber. Amythest is a young woman with autism, and an educator and public speaker focusing on disability and neurodiversity. On her website, neurowonderful.tumblr.com,  she covers a wide variety of topics all touching on autism, neurodiversity, and disability. She also has a YouTube series called “Ask an Autistic,” in which she answers a huge range of commonly asked questions. One of my favorites, “How To Be An Ally,” has some really great advice about how we can be a friend and a helping hand to those who are affected by a disability. Y

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On The Avenue: Becky Cox

On The Avenue: Becky Cox

Today On The Avenue we wanted to share Becky Cox’s story. She is a young woman with Autism speaking about the negative stereotypes that people with her disability often face. You can view her TEDTalk below, where she touches on the vast differences between everyone on the spectrum, the challenges with diagnosis, and her experience growing up in the mainstream educational system. Becky’s goal is very similar to ours here On The Avenue: To raise awareness about the challenges of those with any type of disability, and to learn to work together. Thanks for stopping by today. We’ll see you next tim

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