The VKC UCEDD Public Policy Team focuses Vanderbilt Kennedy Center resources on local, state, and national disability-related public policy issues. Research findings and the research and clinical expertise of Vanderbilt Kennedy Center faculty, staff, and trainees are made available to inform public policy discussions and legislation.
The VKC UCEDD Public Policy Team enlists VKC, Vanderbilt University, community, and state resources to develop a proactive approach to advocating a legislative agenda and policies to support individuals with disabilities and their families. The Team also introduces VKC UCEDD trainees to policy issues. Activities are coordinated with members of the Tennessee Developmental Disability Network.
The Team works closely with the Vanderbilt Office of Neighborhood, Community, and Governmental Relations and the Vanderbilt Federal Office of Governmental Relations. At the beginning of each legislative session, they coordinate with these offices key issues that affect individuals with disabilities and their families in the coming sessions. They also coordinate regular visits and tours of the VKC UCEDD for local, state, and national legislative and congressional members and their staffs. Team members participate in public policy events such as the annual Vanderbilt Day on the Hill and the annual Disability Awareness Day with the Tennessee Legislature. Team members serve on national and state public policy and planning committees and task forces.
The Team includes VKC UCEDD faculty and staff, the chair of the UCEDD Community Advisory Council, trainees with interest in disability public policy, and community members.
Disability Days on the Hill 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.
The next Disability Day on the Hill will take place on January 29, 2014.
For more information about Disability Days on the Hill, please contact Peggy Cooper at The Arc of Tennessee, firstname.lastname@example.org, (615) 248-5878 ext. 15.
Elise McMillan, J.D., (615) 343-2540