Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Resources Especially for Families

Disability resources for families. Also useful for professionals working within the disabilities community.

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is a national resource center for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.

Family Voices

A national grassroots clearinghouse for information and education about ways to assure and improve health care for children with disabilities and chronic conditions

Going to College: A resource for teens with disabilities

provides video clips, activities, and resources that can help students get a head start in planning for college. Video interviews with college students with disabilities offer a way to hear firsthand from students with disabilities who have been successful. Modules include activities that will help students explore more about themselves, learn what to expect from college, and equip them with important considerations and tasks to complete when planning for college.

Institute for Community Inclusion

Offers training, clinical, and employment services, conducts research, and provides assistance to organizations to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in school, work, and community activities.

Life Span Institute at the University of Kansas

The LSI brings together scientists of diverse disciplines including psychology, psychiatry, speech pathology, sociology, education, biology, pharmacology, physiology and medicine to study human development from its genetic origins through the final stages of life.

New Health and Wellness Library Online

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt has a new online health and wellness library, which features articles written especially for parents, teens, and children. Each area has illustrations, interactive tools, and videos about physical conditions and emotional issues from before birth through the teen years.

Pacer Center

The mission of PACER Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.

Parents Helping Parents

A parent-directed family resource center for children with special needs. PHP provides information, support, and training for families of children of any age with any kind of special need (mental, physical, emotional, or learning disability) resulting from accident, illness, or birth defect.

Sibling Support Project

The Sibling Support Project is a national effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental, or mental health concerns.

Team William

Charity organization raises money to create scholarships for children with Down syndrome at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Reading Clinic.

Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability

Families, friends and service providers share their stories about people living with disability in Tennessee.

Resource regarding postsecondary education options for people with disabilities.

Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth

Seeks to identify and aid academically talented youth from diverse educational, racial, and economic backgrounds by providing academic enrichment and challenge, while fostering balance and healthfulness in their lives.

Week of the Young Child

The National Week of the Young Child focuses public attention on the rights and needs of young children. It is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which is dedicated to improving the quality of early childhood education for all young children and their families.