Next Steps at Vanderbilt Summer Institute (NSSI), Peabody College at Vanderbilt University

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Next Steps at Vanderbilt Summer Institute (NSSI), Peabody College at Vanderbilt University

Agency Contacts

John Cayton, Director of Student Supports & Campus Life

Phone Numbers



PMB 552
230 Appleton Place
Nashville, TN 37203

Web Location

Open Agency Website

Services Provided

  • Camps and/or Summer Programs
  • Secondary Transition Services

Service Summary

Next Steps at Vanderbilt Summer Institute is an inclusive higher education preparatory experience for rising high school juniors (17+ years old), seniors, and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities up to the age of 25.

With more and more inclusive higher education (IHE) options available around the country, a question arises about whether students and families have a good understanding of what a college program will entail for them? What do they expect about fully engaging on a college campus? How do they begin planning for a full-time college experience? Is their son/daughter ready? Since 2010, the Next Steps at Vanderbilt program has sought to orient families to these new programs by providing students with a one-week, experiential, summer college program. The Next Steps Summer Institute (NSSI) aims to expose young adults with intellectual disability/developmental disability to the main tenants of inclusive higher education opportunities. NSSI also serves as an orientation for the incoming first-year students of the Next Steps at Vanderbilt program.

Institute dates: Sunday, June 21 - Friday, June 26, 2020

Eligibility Guidelines

Serves ages 17 to 25 years old. Needs to be relatively independent with no aggressive behaviors or wandering away. Required skills of independence needed for acceptance include the ability to independently:

Take care of all personal hygiene
Get themselves up and dressed at start of day
Prepare own basic breakfast and pack a sack lunch (minimal verbal prompting and modeling are acceptable)
Basic use of cell phone (answer and make calls, texting is good if verbal/auditory skills are poor)

Interpreter Availability

Not Available

Agency Hours

Mon - Fri, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Wheelchair Access


Fee and Payment Methods

  • Private Pay

Disabilities Served

  • Autism
  • Developmental Disability
  • Intellectual Disability

Counties Served


This record was last updated: 3/2/2020

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