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Mayor's Advisory Committee on Special Educaton report focuses on community-based classrooms

Updated on 9/29/2011 9:09:28 AM.

The Road to Inclusive Practices: 4th Annual Report of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Special Education was presented to the Mayor in September. The Committee is co-chaired by Elise McMillan, J.D., co-director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, and Linda DePriest, assistant superintendent of instructional support, Metro Nashville Public Schools. Other Vanderbilt members are Sara Ezell, M.Ed., and Rhonda Phillippi. This past year, the Committee focused on development of community-based classrooms, inclusive practices, and setting benchmarks. Metro Government has two new community-based classrooms, at the Police Department and at the Downtown Library, where the Report was presented. The Mayor met students working at the Library’s community-based classroom. VUMC’s Project Opportunity served as an exemplar of how employers can provide on-site training and promote the hiring of young adults with disabilities.

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