The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) provides innovative leadership in education, research, interdisciplinary training, and service. We call these activites our core funtions.
The activities of our core functions promote the independence, self-determination, community integration, and inclusion of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan. OUr work also supports and educates parents, families, teachers, students, professionals, policymakers, and others guided by the following principles:
- Recognizing strength-based perspectives and holding high expectations
- Individualized services and supports
- Systems improvement
- Public/private collaboration
Areas of Emphasis
Our activities fall into four main themes, or what we call our areas of emphasis: Education and Early Intervention, Employment, Health and Mental Health, and Quality of Life.
In all four areas of emphasis, our faculty and staff are engaged in:
Part of National and Statewide Networks