50 Years - Opening Doors, Transforming Lives

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Timeline

How quickly the world has changed for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in 50 years. Families, community organizations, researchers, clinicians, staff, students, educators, public policy makers - all have worked together to create change. We will create an even better future together over the next 50 years. The VKC Timeline places VKC milestones within the context of the national disabilities rights movement.

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Photo of Hobbs, Dunne, and Rhodes

1954 — Research Behavioral Scientists in Mental Retardation training program established at Peabody College; nation’s first doctoral-level program in intellectual disabilities research, continuously funded by NICHD for over 50 years.

Photo of the Peabody Reflector special edition magazine, January 1959

1954 — Peabody College created Division of Human Development; included Department of Psychology, Department of Education of Exceptional Children, and Child Study Center.

[Unless noted all photos are from the George Peabody College Photograph Collection, Vanderbilt University Special Collections and University Archives]

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