Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Community Partners

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center partners with leading community organizations that serve individuals with disabilities and their families with the goal of enhancing collaborations.

Center outreach staff members arrange visits to the Center by agency board members, leadership staff, and families involved with the organization. The Center’s Community Partners are asked to share information within their organization about the Center’s research, services, and training. In turn, the Center shares information about the organization’s mission, services, and events through the Center’s communication programs.

Community Partners are invited by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center to partner with the Center on specific initiatives, programs, or events that are of mutual interest. Organization representatives are recognized at an annual Vanderbilt Kennedy Center event.

  • Autism Tennessee

    Monthly workshops, orientations, annual conferences, support groups, referral to local resources, phone support, educational and legislative advocacy, public awareness opportunities and trainings, and an active involvement in the larger disability community.

  • Catholic Charities of Tennessee

    Through its many programs, Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc., serves thousands of people in communities throughout Middle Tennessee. They proudly offer services to people of any religion, race, and ethnicity. Catholic Charities provides human services, which enhance and enrich the quality of life for people in need. They exist to perform acts of love, goodwill, and kindness.

  • Cumberland Pediatric Foundation

    Promotes the health care of children of the Cumberland Region. Members work to improve the quality of care, to increase efficiency, and to lower the cost of delivering pediatric health care services. Their website includes a resource library and information for parents and children.

  • Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee

    Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee is a community-based organization of more than 500 families. Their mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with Down syndrome by providing support, information, and education to those individuals, their families, professionals, and the communities that make up the Middle Tennessee region.

  • Frist Art Museum

    The mission of the Frist Art Museum is to present and originate high quality exhibitions with related educational programs and community outreach activities.

  • Mental Health America of the MidSouth

    Mental Health America of the MidSouth is a non-profit organization that connects the community with specialized mental health and wellness resources.

  • Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

    Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, where dedicated professionals are helping more than 75,000 students prepare for the future. Within 137 schools you’ll find students and teachers making great achievements every day. MNPS believes every student should be challenged to reach his or her peak performance. They focus on students as individuals, each with unique needs and capabilities. MNPS welcomes and encourages parents to be involved; they seek community ownership and support; and they constantly pursue new initiatives to help all students reach higher goals.

  • Rochelle Center

    The Rochelle Center offers supports for adults with developmental abilities to enhance the skills necessary for these individuals to become as independent as possible in their community. The Center offers on-campus day programming in addition to residential services.

  • Saddle Up!

    Saddle Up! provides a recreational therapeutic horseback riding program that makes a positive difference in the lives of Middle Tennessee children and youth, ages 4 to 18, with more than 40 types of documented disabilities.

  • Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

    An organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

  • Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare

    The Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare (TCSW) is a multi-issue statewide organization with six regional volunteer networks dedicated to the mission of “improving the social and economic well-being of Tennesseans, particularly for those most vulnerable.” With more than 1,500 individual members and 160 organizational members, TCSW works as a powerful system steward and weaver to implement best programs, policies, proficiencies, and public awareness of short- and long-term opportunities for advancement. TCSW program services include state-level issue education with decision-makers, community connections for service learning, and regional networks to strengthen families and communities.

  • Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities

    The Council on Developmental Disabilities provides leadership to ensure independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the community through promotion of systems change.

  • Tennessee Disability Coalition

    The Tennessee Disability Coalition is an alliance of organizations and individuals who have joined to promote the full and equal participation of men, women, and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.

  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center

    TPAC is located in the James K. Polk Cultural Center at 505 Deaderick Street in downtown Nashville, occupying an entire city block between 5th and 6th Avenues and Deaderick and Union Streets. The cultural center adjoins the 18-story James K. Polk Office Tower. The performance venues at TPAC are Andrew Jackson Hall (2,472 seats), James K. Polk Theater (1,075), Andrew Johnson Theater (256), and War Memorial Auditorium (1,661), the historic landmark located across 6th Avenue and the plaza from the Center. Among its many operations, TPAC presents a series of Broadway shows and special engagements, and administers a comprehensive education program.

  • Tennessee Special Olympics

    The mission statement of the Tennessee Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

  • The Arc Tennessee

    The Arc Tennessee is a grassroots, non-profit, statewide organization on intellectual and developmental disabilities. It was founded in 1952 and is affiliated with The Arc of the United States. The Arc Tennessee is also a membership organization composed of people with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities, their parents, friends, and the professionals who assist them in reaching their goals.

  • University School of Nashville

    At University School of Nashville, teaching and learning come first. Everything they do is rooted in a commitment to celebrate the potential of each day in a community of learners, to explore the remarkable dimensions of a K-12 school in an educational setting unlike any other. Students and faculty can count on being asked for their very best and on being encouraged at every step along the way.

UCEDD Director

Core Directors

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