UCEDD Public Policy Team
The VKC UCEDD Public Policy Team focuses Vanderbilt Kennedy Center resources on local, state, and national disability-related public policy issues. Research findings and the research and clinical expertise of Vanderbilt Kennedy Center faculty, staff, and trainees are made available to inform public policy discussions and legislation.
About the VKC UCEDD Public Policy Team
The VKC UCEDD Public Policy Team enlists VKC, Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, community, and state resources to develop a proactive approach to advocating a legislative agenda and policies to support individuals with disabilities and their families. The Team also introduces VKC UCEDD trainees to policy issues. Activities are coordinated with members of the Tennessee Developmental Disabilities Network.
The Team works closely with the both the Vanderbilt University and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Offices of Federal Relations. At the beginning of each legislative session, they coordinate with these offices key issues that affect individuals with disabilities and their families in the coming sessions. They also coordinate regular visits and tours of the VKC UCEDD for local, state, and national legislative and congressional members and their staffs. Team members participate in public policy events such as the annual Vanderbilt Day on the Hill and the annual Disability Awareness Day with the Tennessee Legislature. Team members serve on national and state public policy and planning committees and task forces.
The Team includes VKC UCEDD faculty and staff, members of the UCEDD's Community Advisory Council, trainees, and community members.