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Director’s Message
Jeffrey Neul, M.D., Ph.D., reflects upon 5 years as director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, highlights advances, and introduces the content of this issue. Read More >>

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From the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC)
Members share how VKC internal grants have encouraged innovation, allowed their research to adapt during the pandemic, and led to funded external grants. This section also highlights the special research project on weight gain in individuals with autism spectrum disorder who use antipsychotic medications. Read More >>

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From the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)
TennesseeWorks, Next Steps at Vanderbilt, and the Britt Henderson Training Series celebrate anniversaries, while TN Disability Pathfinder expands its partnerships. Also highlighted is the UCEDD’s role in forming partnerships to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for future public health challenges. Read More >>

From the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities)
Past and current Vanderbilt Consortium LEND trainees share what led them to the training program and what impact participation has had (or will have) in the trajectories of their careers. Read More >>

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From the Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD)
Highlights include continued partnership with the TN Department of Education, centering autistic perspectives in applied behavior analysis, development of a new emergency room protocol, and a national collaboration to expand inclusivity in cultural programs. Read More >>

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ACM Lifting Lives
ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, SENSE Theatre®, the Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab, and the All-Access Inclusion Network have thrived thanks to gifts from ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic partner of the Academy of Country Music. Read More >>

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New Resources
New resources include a series of vaccine confidence videos, toolkits that address self-determination, promoting neurodiversity in early childhood services, and The Promise of Discovery podcast, now in it’s third season. Read More >>