2nd Annual Low Vision Expo

Do you have Vision Impairment?

Come learn about your rights, find services, explore assistive technology vendors, and connect with a community…

Free Low Vision Expo 2017

Saturday, October 7th

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Nashville Public Library – Conference Center

615 Church St., Nashville, TN 37219

For more information contact:

Ruth Hemphill, Tennessee State Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped

(615) 741-3917 or


10:00am – Low Vision Expo Welcome , Sandy Cohen, Equal Access Coordinator, Nashville Public Library

10:15am – Ask the Low Vision Doctor – Dr. Deepa Chandrasekaran, Vanderbilt Eye Institute

10:45am – Legal Rights and Low Vision – Bianca Knight Henry, Attorney at Law

11:30am – Living a Fulfilled Life with Low Vision – Peggy Ivie, Mid-Tennessee Council of the Blind

12:00pm – Door Prizes and Concluding Remarks


Technology Access Center’s Annual Fundraiser, Light up a Life, unveils new logo, and additional event.

Blue Light bulb with Light up a Life written in side. Give somone with a disability a chance to shine is written along the top edge.

Nashville Metro area’s annual Light up a Life campaign unveils new brand identity preceding launch of month-long holiday fundraising drive for The Arc Tennessee and Technology Access Center.
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (NEWSWIRE) 21, November, 2016 – Light up a Life, Nashville’s annual fundraising campaign benefiting The Arc Tennessee and Technology Access Center, has unveiled a new logo to herald the beginning of its annual donations drive and other branded-events for the 2016 holiday season.
Inspired by the campaign’s slogan, “give someone with a disability a chance to shine,” the new logo (seen above ) was created by national public relations agency 1680PR. “Our goal was to create a distinctive mark that communicates the connecting of action and result: by donating to or assisting with the fundraising effort, one truly ‘lights” up a life – or lives – of people with disabilities in their own community,” says Makayla Telfer, Senior Marketing Strategist of 1680PR.

Light up a Life is an annual holiday-season fundraising campaign supporting the Technology Access Center (TAC) and the The Arc Tennessee. Every December, the two organizations join together to field events and a donations drive to raise critically needed funds that will directly support their continued work for people with disabilities in the Nashville Metro area. As many of the programs that support the region’s disability community continue to be cut or severely slashed, Light up a Life’s sole mission is to enable direct funding support for services and access to assistance for those most in need without the reliance on state programs and services which have been affected by budget cuts and other factors. Funds raised through the Light up a Life campaign go directly to services and support for people with disabilities.
The first event of the month-long fundraising campaign is the annual “Kick-off” celebration and silent auction to be held at the Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation at 2120 West End Avenue, in Nashville on 6pm December 2, 2016. Recognized as a must-see spectacle every December, all are welcome to join the respective organizations’ leadership and staff to witness the transformation of the Caterpillar Financial Services building into a vibrant and festive venue illuminated by over 200 candles in recognition of donations received that will directly support the critical work of the Technology Access Center and The Arc Tennessee  for people with disabilities. The evening’s agenda features a silent auction amidst a backdrop of live music and the serving of light victuals.

Details on the second event – an upscale social ceremony at Nashville’s new hot spot, Thompson Hotel – including VIP Ticket information and attendees list, will be announced on the campaign’s official website on Friday, November 25, 2016.

The Next 25 Years

August 15, 2014 marked the beginning of the Technology Access Center’s twenty fifth year of service to the middle Tennessee disability community.  This is a time to reflect on the celebrations over the years of people of who realized their aspirations in part by using technology solutions to achieve their important personal goals.  It is time to also reflect on the celebrations of parents, teachers and therapists who aspired to raise, teach, and treat children with technology solutions and were successful in doing so.

The principles learned from the goals, dreams, achievements and accomplishments of each of these individuals will guide the members of the Board of Directors and staff of the Technology Access Center as they embark on the next 25 years of service.  Increasingly, technology is the key to education, employment, and participation in community life.  Technology must be and it will be available to all people in middle Tennessee in a very big way due to the services of the Technology Access Center.

Technology will advance at an amazingly much faster pace over the next twenty five years than it has over the last twenty five. The achievements and accomplishments people with disabilities of all ages will experience by using their personal technology will be nothing like anyone has seen before. Let the celebrations continue!