Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Event Details

The Power of Your Voice: Impacting Public Policy Today

Date: January 16, 2014

Time: 4:00PM to 5:30PM

Location: Room 241, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center/One Magnolia Circle

Registration Closed


The Power of Your Voice: Impacting Public Policy Today

Thursday, Jan. 16, 4:00-5:30p.m.

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. One dimension of changing service systems is educating legislators and other public policy makers. Speakers and panelists who are experienced in working with public policy makers and advocating for the rights of people with disabilities will share their strategies. The training will conclude with a question/answer session.

Topics and panelists:

  • Moderator Elise McMillan, J.D., Co-Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
  • Communicating With Legislators: Carrie Guiden, Executive Director, The Arc Tennessee
  • Overview of Key Issues in Tennessee: Carol Westlake, Executive Director, Tennessee Disability Coalition
  • Panel Discussion: Advocacy Experiences: Self-advocates and parents will discuss a variety of experiences advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities

For planning purposes, please register with the link above. Prior to the training, you will be asked to watch a video review of how legislation becomes law. A link will be provided upon registration.

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Laurie Fleming, (615) 936-8852

See Also...

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Links

  • Public Policy
    The VKC UCEDD Public Policy Team focuses Vanderbilt Kennedy Center resources on local, state, and national disability-related public policy issues.

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