Vanderbilt to Hold Conference on Co-Occurrence of Down Syndrome and Autism

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is hosting a conference for family members, advocates, school personnel and related service providers entitled “Down Syndrome and Autism: Improving the Supports and Service for Individuals with Co-Occurring Conditions.” It will be held on April 8, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 241 Kennedy Center/MRL Building on the Peabody Campus at Vanderbilt University.

The conference aims to provide an overview of current knowledge about the co-occurrence of Down syndrome and autism, diagnosis, treatment, education, care coordination and family perspectives.

Topics such as Red Flags, Referrals, and Diagnosis, What Does a Co-Occurrence Mean to the Family, Medication Management, A Coordinated Professional Approach to Intervention, and Next Steps will all be discussed.

Conference sponsors are the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee, the Autism Society of Middle Tennessee, the Mid-Tennessee Interdisciplinary Instruction in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (MIND Training Project) at Vanderbilt, and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service.

There is a $15 registration fee to cover a box lunch and workshop expenses. To register or for further information, call (615) 386-9002 or e-mail

Free parking is available at designated Peabody campus lots in spaces not reserved for other purposes. See map at for further parking instructions.

Media Contacts:

Contacts: Traci Fleischman (615) 322-6526

Craig Boerner (615) 343-7421