Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

VKC Video Available on Strategies to Advance Disability Public Policies

Whatever our perspective—trainees and students, researchers, health care professionals, service providers, educators, individuals with disabilities or family members, or simply concerned citizens—we see ways that the disability service system can be improved. We see ways to apply knowledge gained through research or innovative practices. One dimension of changing service systems is educating legislators and other public policy makers.

During the annual event, “Educate to Advocate,” three panelists who are experienced in working with public policy makers shared their strategies on how to advocate effectively to improve the disability service system. They also highlighted 2012 Tennessee and National Issues. The video is now available for viewing. Click here to view.
(http://kc.vanderbilt.edu/site/newsandevents/podcastandvideo/page.aspx?id=3307)

Topics and panelists included :

Doria Panvini, Chair, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Community Advisory Council, "How a Bill Becomes a Law and Some Do’s and Don’ts of Legislative Advocacy"

William Edington, Public Policy Director, Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, "Disability Issues for the Upcoming Session of the Tennessee Legislature"

Carol Westlake, Executive Director, Tennessee Disability Coalition, "Federal Disability Issues"

Don’t forget the 2012 dates for Tennessee Disability Days on the Hill. This is an opportunity to meet with state legislators at the Capitol to talk about issues important to individuals with disabilities and their families. Disability agencies, individuals with disabilities, family members, and advocates from across the State will participate.

2012 Dates for Tennessee Disability Days on the Hill

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Time: All day (schedule meetings with legislators)
Location: Legislative Plaza, Nashville

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Time: All day (schedule meetings with legislators)
Location: Legislative Plaza, Nashville

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Time: All day (schedule meetings with legislators)
Location: Legislative Plaza, Nashville

For more information about Disability Days on the Hill, please contact Peggy Cooper at The Arc of Tennessee, pcooper@thearcoftn.org,
(615) 248-5878 ext. 15.