Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Family Outreach Center

The Family Outreach Center provides families with a single point of entry into the many services and supports of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Vanderbilt University, and the community, including research projects, clinics, social work services, and recreational and arts programs. Contact the Family Outreach Center with any questions.

  • Get help finding clinics and services.
  • Connect with other people and families who can relate.
  • Access books, videos, and other information resources.
  • Get help navigating supports and services in the community.

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Services for People with Disabilities, Families and the Community

Autism Services

Services for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families, as well as professionals who work with Autism Spectrum Disorders are offered through the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Clinics and Programs

Specialized clinics and programs put knowledge obtained from the latest disabilities research into practice.

Disabilities, Religion and Spirituality

This program provides training and supports for individuals with disabilities and families, faith communities, and disability service providers .

Family Information Notebook (FIN)

Resource manual designed to help families move, steer, and keep balance as they work within their communities to care for their children.

Journeys in Disability

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt have partnered to offer two free 2-hour disability orientation sessions, twice per year, which are aptly named Journeys in Disability.

Next Steps at Vanderbilt - Postsecondary Education Program

Education, social skills, and vocational training program for students with intellectual disabilities. Next Steps at Vanderbilt provides educational experiences for students beyond high school and awards 2-year certification at graduation.

Sibling Programs

Support and networking programs designed specifically for the siblings of people with disabilities.

Social Work Services

Provides assessments, crisis intervention, brief counseling, and referral services to individuals and families with developmental disabilities.


By participating in research, sometimes free services are provided that will directly benefit you or a family member. The studies listed in this section offer services and/or compensation in return for your participation.

Summer Programs and Community Activities

Curriculums designed by multi-disciplinary teams of disabilities professionals make for an experience that is fun and beneficial for participants.

Tennessee Disability Pathfinder

Phone, web, and print resources in English and Spanish to connect the Tennessee disability community with service providers. Referral services, free of cost, are provided to persons with disabilities, family members, service providers, and advocates.

Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability

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

Tip Sheets

Tip sheets are tools for individuals and families with and without disabilities, service providers, students and trainees, and anyone interested in learning more about disabilities and disability-related topics.

VKC Arts Program

Programs include exhibits by artists with disabilities and activities for people with disabilities to practice and express themselves through art.


Giving: How Can Your Generosity Change Lives?

The Gift That Keeps Giving

Grants from our corporate donors have the ability to improve the lives of multiple children in Middle Tennessee. One child who benefitted from the generosity of Dollar General is nine-year-old McKenzie. Because of the scholarship they provided, she was able to enroll in the Reading Clinic at a critical point in her learning.

Read how corporate donors such as the Dollar General are able to help children in Middle Tennessee learn to read.

See Also...

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Links

Printable Materials and Resources

Research and Disability Topics