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Former Commodore running back to host Down syndrome clinic May 5

May. 2, 2018—Former Commodore All-SEC running back Zac Stacy will host the first annual Zac Stacy/National Down Syndrome Society All-Star Clinic on Saturday, May 5, at the Vanderbilt Recreation Center. The event will feature football drills and games, lunch and a photo and autograph session for children with Down syndrome and other disorders.

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Alumna, former faculty member Alison Piepmeier honored with Sept. 25 lecture

Sep. 12, 2017—The Alison Piepmeier Memorial Lecture is set for Sept. 25, featuring speaker George Estreich, author of a book about raising his daughter who has Down syndrome.

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Special education researcher honored by White House

May. 6, 2016—President Barack Obama honored Christopher J. Lemons during the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers at the White House May 5.

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Next Steps students celebrate courage and dreams

Mar. 4, 2016—The students of Next Steps at Vanderbilt are this year’s recipient of the Perry Wallace Courage Award.

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Peabody faculty pioneer Down syndrome speech and learning interventions

Apr. 17, 2015—Vanderbilt researchers are blazing new trails in language and learning programs designed to ensure children with Down syndrome have the brightest possible futures.

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Down Syndrome group honors McMillan

Nov. 20, 2014—Elise McMillan, J.D., received the Mollie Burd Gavigan Service Award from the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee (DSAMT) in recognition of McMillan’s “instrumental role in improving the lives of individuals with Down syndrome in Middle Tennessee.” The award was presented recently at the annual DSAMT Buddy Race.

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Graduate of Next Steps program receives 2013 Self-Advocate Award

Oct. 25, 2013—The Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee has honored Will McMillan, a 2013 graduate of Next Steps at Vanderbilt, with the 2013 Self-Advocate Award.

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Team William raises funds

May. 30, 2013—Inspired by William Spickard, Peabody alumna Andrea McDermott Sanders, M.Ed., founded “Team William” in 2005 to support scholarships for children with Down syndrome to the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Reading Clinic.

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Canadian educators visit Next Steps at Vanderbilt program

Apr. 3, 2012—Canadian college officials toured Vanderbilt March 26 to get a closer look at the work being done in the Next Steps at Vanderbilt program. Next Steps at Vanderbilt is a two-year post-secondary certification program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program’s unique self-directed study allows students to audit university classes, practice independent living skills,...

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Implications of prenatal testing examined at Grand Rounds event April 13

Mar. 22, 2012—It is now possible to receive a noninvasive prenatal test for Down syndrome that can be administered at 10 weeks of gestation and is reportedly 99 percent accurate. As technology advances and allows for genetic tests, such as MaterniT21, to be developed, what ethical considerations arise? This topic will be explored at “Crossroads of Technology...

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Offspring of childhood cancer survivors have no increased risk for birth defects

Dec. 15, 2011—Children of childhood cancer survivors who were treated with radiation or some forms of do not have an increased risk for birth defects compared to children of cancer survivors who did not receive such treatments.

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Grammy-nominated artist LynnMarie holds show to benefit Susan Gray School

Sep. 20, 2011—Vanderbilt University will host Grammy-nominated artist LynnMarie Oct. 16 as a benefit and fundraiser for The Susan Gray School.

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