Mark your calendars for upcoming events in 2018

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Upcoming events include “Educate to Advocate,” educational events for families and professionals to enhance knowledge of developmental disabilities, the VKC Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemorative Lecture on supported decision-making, and the 10th Annual VKC Science Day.

All events will be held in Room 241 of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center/One Magnolia Circle Building (110 Magnolia Circle, Nashville) unless otherwise noted.

2018 Educate to Advocate – Jan. 17

The 2018 Educate to Advocate public policy workshop will be held Wednesday, Jan. 17, 4-5:30 p.m. Whatever our perspective—trainees and students, researchers, health care professionals, service providers, educators, individuals with disabilities or family members, or simply concerned citizens—we see ways that the disability service system can be improved. One dimension of changing service systems is educating legislators and other public policy makers. This event will feature panels of experienced public servants, disability professionals, and parents of individuals with disabilities to teach you about making your voice heard.

There is no charge to attend, and the event is open to the public. Register to attend by clicking here.

Those who are unable to attend Educate to Advocate in person can view the event from your computer or smartphone via Zoom livestream. Register to attend, and connection information will be provided in the registration confirmation email.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemorative Kennedy Center Lecture: Supported Decision-Making: Protecting Rights, Ensuring Choices – Jan. 18

Jonathan Martinis, J.D., senior director for Law & Policy, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University, will present the VKC 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemorative Lecture titled “Supported Decision-Making: Protecting Rights, Ensuring Choices” on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, 4:10-5:10 p.m.

This presentation will introduce the theory and practice of Supported Decision-Making, where older adults and people with disabilities work with trusted friends, family members, and professionals to understand the situations and choices they face, so they may make their own decisions. Supported decision making is associated with increased self-determination, or life control, which has been linked with improved life outcomes.

Click here to register before the Jan. 12, 2018, deadline. For more information, call (615) 322-8240.

Becoming a better advocate for your child with a disability – Jan. 20

This free event aims to help parents become better advocates for their child with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD). Experts in the field of IDD will speak about a variety of topics, including autism, intellectual disability, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), cerebral palsy, and learning disability. Each topic will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Parents also will learn about local resources and organizations dedicated to helping those with IDD. Child care will not be provided, but every family will receive a $20 gift certificate to Target. Lunch will be served. For information, contact tara.j.minor@vanderbilt.edu. Register here. Location and time: Sat. Jan. 20, 2018, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Wadlington Conference Room, 2nd floor, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville. Free parking in the South Parking Garage at the corner of Children’s Way and 24th Ave. S.

This course also will be held in other Tennessee locations: Johnson City on Feb. 10; Knoxville on April 28; Chattanooga on May 12. The course is provided by the Vanderbilt Consortium Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program in collaboration with Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Center for Children Development; East Tennessee State University; and the State of Tennessee Department of Health.

Interprofessional Course on Developmental Disabilities in Pediatrics (including Congenital Zika) – Jan. 20

This free conference is designed for community pediatricians, family physicians, pediatric and family nurse practitioners, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, special education teachers, school administrators, audiologists, social workers, and clinical and developmental psychologists. This conference will use an interprofessional approach to identifying and managing developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and behavior problems. Presenters also will discuss the myriad of causes in intellectual and developmental disabilities, including congenital Zika. Patient- and family centered care and web-based resources will be emphasized. CME/CNE credits are available. Course director: Tyler Reimschisel, M.D., MHPE; Director, Vanderbilt Consortium LEND; Director, Division of Developmental Medicine and Center for Child Development. For information, contact tara.j.minor@vanderbilt.edu. Register here. Location and time: Sat., Jan. 20., 7:30 a.m. (registration) -4:45 p.m., Children’s Hospital Theater, 2nd floor, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville. Free parking in the South Parking Garage at the corner of Children’s Way and 24th Ave. S.

This course also will be held in other Tennessee locations: Johnson City on Feb. 10; Knoxville on April 28; Chattanooga on May 12. The course is provided by the Vanderbilt Consortium Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program in collaboration with Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Center for Children Development; East Tennessee State University; and the State of Tennessee Department of Health.

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day focuses on the science of development and developmental disabilities – Jan. 23

Technology as a tool in research and services for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities will be the keynote topic at the 10th Annual Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day, Tuesday, January 23, 1-5 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center.

Following a lunch buffet that opens at noon, the Science Day Welcome begins 1 p.m.

At 1:15 p.m., graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will present “data blitz” or “lightning talks.” All are winners of the Warren Lambert Memorial Travel Awards for best poster abstracts in Science Day’s three theme areas of Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience; Clinical, Behavioral, and Intervention Research; and Systems Neuroscience.

The keynote address at 2 p.m. will be delivered by Leonard Abbeduto, Ph.D., Tsakopoulos-Vismara Endowed Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the MIND Institute, University of California Davis. Like the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC), the MIND Institute is a national Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center.

The poster sessions begin at 3 p.m. with approximately 100 posters in the three theme areas presented by undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working with VKC researchers.

Science Day will conclude at 4:30 p.m. with a quiz and prices, and a wine and cheese reception.

The 2018 VKC Science Day planning committee is chaired by Ron Emeson, with theme chairs Aaron Bowman, Melanie Schuele, David Zald.

Register to attend by clicking here. For more information, contact Science Day coordinator Elizabeth Turner at elizabeth.turner@vanderbilt.edu or (615) 322-8240.

Elizabeth Turner is associate program manager for VKC Communications.

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