Co-Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities; Director of Community Engagement and Public Policy; Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
The Arc Tennessee and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities collaborate on projects to tackle deep and complex issues that individuals with disabilities and their families face. A story project invites University students and Tennesseans with disabilities to craft messages that are then shared on Capitol Hill. Volunteers are trained on campus to become special education advocates and are matched through The Arc with families who need support in advocating for the educational rights of their sons and daughters. A collaborative research opportunity seeks to identify communication apps that are most effective and will benefit people with I/DD. These project examples are making a difference in large part due to combined organizational efforts sprung from strong commitments to collaboration among Tennessee disability agencies.
Attendees will hear examples to spark ideas for partnerships with agencies outside their own. They will receive key advice and information on how to build partnerships with Developmental Disabilities Networks, including UCEDDs (University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities) across the country (there's at least one in every state). All who believe that collaboration is likely the key to profound and lasting impact are invited!