Intellectual disability

Intellectual disability, a term that is replacing "mental retadation" in common and professional useage, refers to persons exhibiting impaired intellectual and adaptive functioning manifested during the developmental period (before 22 years of age).

News items related to the topic: Intellectual disability

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.”

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.

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.

Erik Carter was expert speaker at Congressional briefing
Changing post-school pathways of youth and young adults with severe disabilities was the focus of Erik Carter’s presentation at a Congressional briefing, March 4, 2016, sponsored by the Friends of the Institute of Education Sciences (FIES).

IDD Health Care Toolkit telehealth training aims to increase access to community-based care
A new model of case-based telehealth training will offer practical advice to Tennessee community health care providers on how to manage the health concerns of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

VKC researchers provide expertise on national disability policy and research initiatives
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Next Steps at Vanderbilt takes huge leap forward, thanks to federal grants
The quality, impact, and reach of Next Steps at Vanderbilt will be expanded thanks to a 5-year, $1.93 million grant to Peabody College awarded by the Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education.

Working together to improve health care for adults with IDD in Tennessee
Two free, short online training series focused on improving health care for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been created by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC), in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) and TennCare.

Measuring quality of life –the National Core Indicators and Tennessee
How do you measure quality of life? How do you measure whether persons with intellectual disabilities are living a life similar to their neighbors? These questions lie at the heart of the National Core Indicators, and the VKC UCEDD is now part of this important effort in Tennessee.

Studies related to the topic: Intellectual disability

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Grants related to the topic: Intellectual disability

  • Behavioral Inflexibility in IDD Outcome Measurement
    PI: Bodfish, Jim

People related to the topic: Intellectual disability

Jim Bodfish, Ph.D.
Professor of Hearing & Speech Sciences and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Erik Carter, Ph.D.
Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and Professor of Special Education

Paul Dressler, M.D., MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Developmental Medicine

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

H. Carl Haywood, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, Peabody College

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

Victoria Knight, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Special Education

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

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