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Empowering individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to progress toward their full potential.

Waves’ News

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month! To celebrate, Waves is joining Tennessee’s #HireMyStrengths campaign to recognize all the unique ways each of us makes our team and workforce better. With or without a disability, we all have valuable skills to bring to the table. #HireMyStrengths #NDEAM #HireMyStrengths is part of the larger National Disability […]

COVID-19 Precautions Update

UPDATE IN AFFECT AS OF 08/23/2022: As the CDC guidelines change with regard to COVID-19 restrictions, we want to address how these impact Waves, Inc. policies. As always, we encourage staff and program participants to self-report positive cases so that we can keep all staff and program participants healthy. In the event of a positive […]

Brews & Grooves: a concert benefitting Waves

Join Waves for an evening of music featuring original songs and covers by Sam Blasko and Rachel LaRen. Sam and Rachel will be accompanied by adults supported at Waves. This new and exciting event will take place at Curio Brewing Company in Franklin, TN. A food truck will be available in the parking lot of […]

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Children’s Program

Early Learning Program

Waves believes that parents and primary caregivers are naturally a child’s first and most important teachers. Our Early Learning Program provide a variety of play-based learning opportunities for babies, toddlers, and preschool aged children of all abilities in the child’s home or daycare/preschool.

Adult Programs


Adult Day Services

Waves operates two Center-based Day Programs; one in Franklin and one in Fairview. In addition, Waves operates a Community Transitions Program in Franklin. These programs encourage continued learning and life-skills training through art, music, exercise clubs, trips into the community, and volunteer work.


Adult Residential Programs

Waves offers residential support for individuals with a broad range of abilities. We currently operate eight homes and four apartments, giving our service recipients the opportunity to live as independently as possible.


Employment Program

Our Employment Program provides services for job training, placement, and monitoring. Employment not only provides independence, it also is another way for our service recipients to connect to their community.

Get Involved



In order for Waves to continue our work of empowering individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to progress toward their full potential, we need your help.

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Waves has a variety of volunteer opportunities for both individuals and groups. Contact us today to find out more.


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We are back for Season Three! This season we have so many incredible guests and co-hosts lined up. We have a new segment included on every episode called Waves on Wheels. We are so proud of the two seasons we have shared with the world and we are so thankful for every single guest host we have had on the show! Listen to Waves of Awareness on Apple or Spotify.
We can’t thank everyone enough that’s been involved! We have had some incredible guest hosts on the podcast so far. Waves of Awareness was created to bring the voices of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities to the podcast world so that the folks we support can share their stories and experiences with listeners. This podcast is creating a platform of awareness while also creating opportunities for technical job skill development. Listen along as Waves ventures on this podcast journey.
If you know anyone that would be interested in being on Waves of Awareness, please contact Chris at ctashima@wavesinc.com.
This podcast has been made possible through a partnership with Spread The Positive and grants from The Community Foundation of Middle TN and TN’s Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.