Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Event Details

Educate to Advocate: Strategies to Advance Disability Public Policies

Date: January 26, 2011

Time: 11:30AM to 1:00PM

Location: Room 241 Vanderbilt Kennedy Center/MRL Building

Registration Closed


Whatever our perspective-trainees and students, researchers, health care professionals, service providers, educators, individuals with disabilities or family members, or simply concerned citizens-we see ways that the disability service system can be improved. We see ways to apply knowledge gained through research or innovative practices. One dimension of changing service systems is educating legislators and other public policy makers. Three panelists who are experienced in working with public policy makers will share their strategies in how to advocate effectively to improve the disability service system. Training will conclude with a question/answer session.

Panelists and topics:

Elise McMillan, Co-Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities--Moderator

Doria Panvini, Chair, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Community Advisory Council
How a bill becomes a law and some do’s and don’ts of legislative advocacy

William Edington, Public Policy Director, Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities
Disability issues for the upcoming session of the Tennessee Legislature

Carol Westlake, Executive Director, Tennessee Disability Coalition
Federal disability issues

Drinks and snacks will be provided.

For more information, contact


Laurie Fleming, (615) 936-8852

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