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. The research and clinical expertise of Vanderbilt Kennedy Center faculty, staff, and trainees are made available to educate elected officials and inform public policy discussions and legislation that impacts individuals with disabilities and their families.
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, the team coordinates with these offices on key issues that affect individuals with disabilities and their families in the coming session. The team also coordinates 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.
About the VKC UCEDD Public Policy Team
In addition to VKC UCEDD faculty, staff, and trainees, activities are coordinated by a team of partners that includes representatives from: