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 discovery, interdisciplinary training and service to promote the Independence, self-determination, community integration and inclusion of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan and to support their families guided by the following principles:

  • Strength-based perspective and individualized services and supports
  • Systems improvement
  • Public/private collaboration

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

UCEDD Co-Directors

Core Directors

The VKC UCEDD is funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Grant #90DD0825-02-02.