The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) has been transforming the lives of children with disabilities and supporting their families through innovative research, clinical services, and research and clinical training for over four decades. It is among the nation's 14 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers and the 67 University Centers for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), which provide model services and technical assistance, training, research, and dissemination. The VKC UCEDD offers more than 40 programs including: Behavior Analysis Clinic, Family Outreach Center, Reading Clinic, School to Adult Transitions Clinic (with Psychiatry), Sibling Supports, Tennessee Disability Pathfinder information and referral, and Camps and Arts. In collaboration with Pediatrics, the VKC offers Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities to prepare graduate-level health professionals.
The VKC Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) provides services and training for children, families, educators, and health professionals, and research on the causes and treatments of autism. Programs include the Vanderbilt Autism Clinic (intake and referral), Infant Toddler Screening Clinic (under 2), Parent Support and Education Program (5 and under), School-Age Clinic (6 and older), Ann and Monroe Carell Jr. Family First Program workshops (ages 2-5), Individualized Family Consultation Program (18 months-5 years), Social Skills Summer Camp, and training programs for educators and pediatric providers. Vanderbilt provides coordinated medical care as one of 15 Autism Treatment Network (ATN) sites in North America. Click here to learn more about the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.