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Tenth Annual Tennessee Disability MegaConference

Updated on 5/15/2012 1:25:02 PM.

Tenth Annual Tennessee Disability MegaConference

The Tenth Annual Tennessee Disability MegaConference will be held on Thursday & Friday - May 31-June 1, 2012 at the Nashville Airport Marriott.

The 2012 conference has an overarching theme of “Sharing Our Strengths: Tools for Empowerment and Change” which has been organized into five tracks:

A. Tools for Economic Well Being: How to survive and thrive in today's economic climate.

B. Tools for Personal Fulfillment and Quality of Life: Enhancing life experiences.

C. Tools for Professional Development: From foundations to excellence, because what you do matters.

D. Tooling up to advocate: How, when, why, and what for positive outcomes.

E. Tools for Community Engagement: Enriching participation in local communities for people with disabilities.

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Representation at MegaConference:


Co-Chair Tennessee Disability MegaConference Program Committee:

Lynnette Henderson, Ph.D., Research Registry and Recruitment Coordinator, Associate Director of Community Services, and Research Assistant Professor in Pediatrics


Presentations and Workshops:


Erik Carter, Ph,D., Associate Professor of Special Education

Keynote address: "Inclusion in Meaningful Communities"


Carol Rabideau, L.C.S.W., Social Worker; Tammy Day, M.Ed., Director, Next Steps at Vanderbilt; and Jeanne Gavigan, Next Steps at Vanderbilt Graduate

"Best Practice in Action: Person – Centered Thinking Guides Postsecondary Education Programs"


Alexander Santana, Multicultural Program Coordinator, Tennessee Disability Pathfinder

"Factors to Consider When Serving Culturally Diverse Populations"


Amy Marie Gonzalez, M.S., Program Coordinator and Job Developer, Next Steps at Vanderbilt; Andrew Van Cleave, Next Steps at Vanderbilt Graduate

"Paving the Way Towards Employment"


Megan Hart, M.Ed., Coordinator of Education and Training Services, Tennessee Disability Pathfinder; Edward Nesbitt, Next Steps at Vanderbilt Graduate and VKC AmeriCorps Member; Suzanne Colsey, VKC UCEDD Community Advisory Council Member

"The Self Advocacy Movement in Tennessee"


Erik Carter, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Special Education; Courtney Taylor, M.Div, Associate Director of Communications and Coordinator, Disabilities, Religion, and Spirituality Program; Thomas Boehm, M.Div, Graduate Student, Special Education

"Faith and Disability: Stories, Strategies, and Starting Points"


Courtney Taylor, M.Div., Associate Director of Communications and Coordinator, Disabilities, Religion, and Spirituality Program

"Sharing Your Stories: Advocacy Through Personal Storytelling"


For detailed program information click here.

Tennessee Disability MegaConference is Tennessee’s largest disability-specific conference for individuals with disabilities, families, and professionals. At the conference, people share the latest information and innovations on many topics including housing, employment, education, health care, recreation and leisure, mental health, and others. Continuing education credits are offered in many categories. People attending make new friends and important connections as everyone works together to encourage the full participation of all people with disabilities in their own lives.

For more information on the Conference and to register, click here.

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