Updated on 5/8/2013 11:12:08 AM.
Source: Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
Many of Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s researchers, faculty, staff, and students will participate in the 11th Annual Tennessee Disability MegaConference held May 30-31, 2013. For more detailed information on Vanderbilt Kennedy Center representation at Tennessee Disability MegaConference, see the list below.
Only VKC presenters are listed.
The Tennessee Disability MegaConference is an annual two-day event that brings a wealth of resources for Tennesseans with disabilities together under one roof. Sessions are held throughout the two days and are designed to inform and inspire not only people with disabilities, but also their families and professionals.
For more information about the 11th Annual Tennessee Disability MegaConference, including a full conference program visit: www.tndisabilitymegaconference.org/
Alexander Santana and Carolina Meyerson
Cultural roots often influence how individuals provide and receive services. This session will give participants a better understanding of how to work more effectively with diverse individuals through the following information discussed: the influence of participants' personal cultural beliefs, cultural attitudes about disabilities, cultural considerations when establishing a Spanish-speaking support group, and demographic statistics of culturally diverse populations in Tennessee.
SENSE Theatre is a unique intervention program for children with autism spectrum disorders. An overview of the program will be presented including findings showing improvement in social and adaptive functioning and reductions in stress for participants and parents. Inspiring and entertaining video clips of previous performances from the SENSE Theatre Summer Camps will be shared.
Kelly Wendel and Amy Gonzalez
Next Steps at Vanderbilt is a two-year, non-degree college program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By looking at actual case stories of students, Next Steps staff will describe challenging behaviors exhibited in classrooms, internships, and social settings. A description of challenges will be followed by the strategies and supports used to assist students in learning appropriate behaviors.
Tammy Day and William McMillan
Tennessee now has three, postsecondary education programs for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, UT FUTURE, Next Steps at Vanderbilt, and University of Memphis TigerLIFE. During this session, a current student from each program will describe their college experience. The students will describe the self-determination skills they are learning as well as the supports they have when needed.
Tennessee Disability Pathfinder, a statewide clearinghouse of disability-related resources and multilingual helpline, has many branches of its program to assist individuals in finding available services. This session will educate participants about Pathfinder's phone helpline, online database, community calendar, resources library, and multicultural program, as well as, encourage collaboration to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.
This workshop will explore the power of personal stories of disability in advocacy efforts. Participants will outline their own stories with assistance from facilitators from Vanderbilt, Belmont, and the professional blogosphere. There will be a variety of ways to record the stories. Participants also will be provided with an opportunity to share their stories to educate policymakers about the challenges individuals with disabilities and families face.
Come and learn about Tennessee network initiatives to support and promote self-advocacy among individuals with disabilities. We will show the importance of self-advocacy among individuals with disabilities. Individualss will have an opportunity to provide valuable input about how Tennessee Allies in Self-Advocacy can support and promote self-advocacy among individuals with disabilities
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