Patricia Powell has been leading Nashville Autism Peer Support as its president and facilitating its monthly meeting since the spring of 2018. She was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome in 2001 as a sophomore in high school. Although she was born in Mission Viejo, CA, and grew up in Santa Ana, CA. She calls Tennessee her home. She currently resides in Antioch, TN.
Nashville Autism Peer Support was founded by Chad Beadles in 2015. He came up with the idea for the group from a Partners in Policymaking Leadership Institute homework assignment. The Partners in Policymaking Leadership Insititute is a program provided by the TN Council on Developmental Disabilities and offers individuals with a disability and/or their loved one(s) the knowledge of how to become a better advocate for themself or their loved one(s).
We offer individuals with an autism spectrum disorder, professionally or self-diagnosed, a safe place to find peer support and be supported. Each meeting provides participants the ability to speak their minds as they embrace their like-minded peers with compassion and understanding.