Centers for Independent Living (CILs) offer services and support to help young people transition into life after high school. This presentation will highlight the aspects of “important to” vs. “important for” as well as the foundations of empowerment even when it’s not comfortable.

Presenter Bio:
Brandon Brown has served as the Executive Director of Empower Tennessee, Middle Tennessee’s Center for Independent Living, since 2015.

Brandon holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Alabama and a Master’s degree from Vanderbilt University. He has presented at the local, regional, and national level on topics of behavioral health, ethics, organizational wellness, intersectional identities, disability rights, and the Independent Living Philosophy.

As person with multiple disabilities, including genetic visual impairment, neurodiversity, and persistent mental illness, Brandon is invested both personally and professionally in building a community where people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.