Education and Early Intervention

For self-advocates and families:

For graduate students and professionals:

  • The Vanderbilt Consortium LEND prepares graduate-level health professionals in 15 professions to assume leadership roles to serve children and adults with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities. LEND trainees learn the importance of promoting and teaching self-advocacy.
  • The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) collaborates with University of Tennessee College of Social Work to provide field placements for MSSW candidates. The social work trainees learn the importance of promoting and teaching self-advocacy, and work with self-advocates and faculty to meet learning objectives. Contact Carol Rabideau.
  • Vanderbilt Reading Clinic trains tutors from five or more disciplines to teach reading skills and help children with reading challenges find their voices in advocating for themselves.
  • Volunteer Advocacy Project, trains individuals to become special education advocates so they can provide instrumental and affective support to families of children with disabilities in Tennessee.

For all (Educating and Advocating):

  • Educate to Advocate is an annual training for students, researchers, health care professionals, service providers, educators, individuals with disabilities, and family members that provides information and tools to promote disability policy advocacy.
  • Disability Day on the Hill is an opportunity to meet with state legislators at the Capitol to talk about issues important to individuals with disabilities and their families.

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For more information contact:

Carol Rabideau