Updated on 10/12/2009 9:56:52 AM.
The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) received Exceptional Parent magazine’s 2009 EP Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award. The award is given to organizations working on behalf of those with disabilities, that are involved in scientific research leading to early detection and appropriate intervention therapies, and that demonstrate leadership in expanding the awareness that people with disabilities can be productive citizens in our society.
The VKC was nominated by Capital Finance Group/Mass Mutual. VKC director Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D., accepted the award on home plate at Greer Stadium, home of the Nashville Sounds, on Disability Awareness Night.
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Robb and Mary Jane Swaney were able to apply their life passions to the support of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center mission. Robb, an architect and committed philanthropist, brought to life a specially designed, accessible playground where young children with and without disabilities can now play together. Mary Jane, an artist, supports programs that nurture budding artists with developmental disabilities.