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


The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) provides innovative leadership in education, research, interdisciplinary training, and service. We call these activites our core funtions.

The activities of our core functions promote the independence, self-determination, community integration, and inclusion of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan. OUr work also supports and educates parents, families, teachers, students, professionals, policymakers, and others guided by the following principles:

  • Recognizing strength-based perspectives and holding high expectations
  • Individualized services and supports
  • Systems improvement
  • Public/private collaboration

Areas of Emphasis

Our activities fall into four main themes, or what we call our areas of emphasis: Education and Early Intervention, Employment, Health and Mental Health, and Quality of Life.

Core Functions

In all four areas of emphasis, our faculty and staff are engaged in:

Part of National and Statewide Networks

UCEDD Director

Core Directors

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