About The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (One Magnolia Circle)

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

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What We Do

  • Researchers work together to solve the mysteries of developmental disabilities and human development. Our approach to research is interdisciplinary, forming partnerships between researchers and clinicians in behavior, education, genetics and neuroscience in order to make breakthroughs in prevention and treatment.

  • Services are offered to people with disabilities, families, educators and healthcare and other service providers. Our programs apply the latest knowledge obtained through disabilities research and provide service models.

  • Training allows our progress to benefit communities. Clinicians, students and researchers, nationally and internationally, come to learn the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's latest innovations.

  • Impacting communities. We reach out to the community for opportunities to learn more about the science of developmental disabilities and the needs and strengths of the people affected by them. As a result, our research, training and services are focused and effective, having a strong impact on communities.

  • View the Opening Doors, Transforming Lives video.

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What is a developmental disability?

A developmental disability is a condition that is significant and ongoing, begins before age 22, and substantially limits functioning in daily activities of living.

Examples of developmental disabilities include autism, brain injury, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, intellectual disabilities, Prader-Willi syndrome, spina bifida, and Williams syndrome.

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center serves persons with developmental disabilities and their families, as well as persons with all types of disabilities, including those whose disabilities occur after age 22.