Developmental disabilities

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 include autism spectrum disorders, brain or spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, intellectual disabilities, Prader-Willi syndrome, spin bifida, and Williams syndrome. There are approximately 4.5 million individuals with developmental disabilities in the United States.

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Participant Recruitment and Assessment Core Training Series: "Addressing Mental Health Issues in Research Contexts"

Future of IDD services, research, and policy in good hands with VKC UCEDD, LEND trainees
The mission of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is to facilitate discoveries and best practices that make positive differences in the lives of persons with developmental disabilities and their families. In order to ensure that such work continues for years to come, the VKC University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND seek and prepare young professionals who want to learn how best to serve children and adults.

Volunteer Advocacy Project trains family advocates to serve across Tennessee
The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Volunteer Advocacy Project saw its fifteenth cohort of volunteers graduate from the biannual training program on November 15. These graduates are now educated, ready, and willing to serve families of individuals with disabilities across Tennessee who may seek advocacy assistance in their school systems.

Making our voices heard in our nation’s capitol
I count myself very fortunate to have been able to attend the annual Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C., again this year, March 20-22, and to make visits to our Tennessee Congressional Delegation on Capitol Hill. As we chanted at the Seminar: “This is what democracy looks like.”

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Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics; Co-Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Robert Hodapp, Ph.D.
Professor of Special Education; Director of Research, UCEDD

Evon B. Lee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Psychology, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Director of Training, UCEDD; Associate Director, Vanderbilt Consortium LEND; Neurobehavioral Phenotypes Coordinator, IDDRC Clinical Translational Core B

Elise McMillan, J.D.
Co-Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Director of Community Engagement and Public Policy
Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

John Phillips III, M.D.
David T. Karzon Professor of Pediatrics; Director, Division of Pediatric Genetics; Professor of Biochemistry; Professor of Medicine; Professor of Pathology; Clinical Professor of Nursing

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