<p>Training families and professionals alike in effective practices is a core mission.</p>

Training families and professionals alike in effective practices is a core mission.

University Center for Excellence
In Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities provides innovative leadership in education, research and services to people with disabilities, the community, and families.

We promote the independence, self-determination, productivity, integration, and inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities and provide supports for families.

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Community Advisory Council

The guidance, support and feedback we receive from the community helps to ensure that our efforts continue to be focused and successful. The leadership of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center UCEDD is advised by the Community Advisory Council, which is made up of individuals with disabilities, family members, and others statewide who are knowledgeable in disability-related issues.

Community Partners

Partnerships with influential organizations throughout the local community and statewide help the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center UCEDD to serve individuals with disabilities and their families by enhancing collaboration.

Public Policy Team

The Public Policy Team focuses Vanderbilt Kennedy Center resources on local, state, and national disability-related public policy issues. Research findings and the research and clinical expertise of Vanderbilt Kennedy Center faculty, staff, and trainees are made available to inform public policy discussions and legislation.

Core Functions

In all four areas of emphasis (Education and Early Education, Employment, Health and Mental Health, and Quality of Life), Vanderbilt Kennedy Center faculty and staff are engaged in four core functions:

Part of National and Statewide Networks

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UCEDD Directors

Core Directors