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Next Steps at Vanderbilt

Become a Next Steps Ambassadore

Aug. 7, 2020—Next Steps at Vanderbilt is a four-year certificate program for students with intellectual disabilities. Next Steps Ambassadores pairs Vanderbilt undergrads and graduate students with Next Steps students to empower them through positive peer-to-peer relationships.

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Next Steps at Vanderbilt celebrates first four-year class, 10th anniversary

May. 6, 2020—As Next Steps at Vanderbilt marks its 10th anniversary throughout 2020, the year also brings another significant milestone: The first class of Next Steps at Vanderbilt students will graduate from its expanded four-year program.

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CANCELED: Get involved with Disability Awareness Week programming and events March 9–13

Mar. 9, 2020—From March 9 to 13, Vanderbilt will recognize Disability Awareness Week with a series of interactive programs and events on intersecting topics related to disability. All programs and events are free and open to Vanderbilt students, faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars.

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Next Steps at Vanderbilt, TN’s first inclusive higher ed program for students with intellectual disability, celebrates 10 years of impact

Feb. 17, 2020—For the past decade, students with intellectual disability have found an inclusive postsecondary education experience through Next Steps at Vanderbilt. The program, housed in Peabody College of education and human development’s Department of Special Education, is marking its 10th anniversary with events and commemorations throughout 2020.

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Counselors wanted for Next Steps Summer Institute

Feb. 14, 2020—The Next Steps at Vanderbilt Summer Institute is an inclusive higher education preparatory experience for young adults with intellectual disability, ages 17-25. NSSI is now accepting applications for counselors. All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply.

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Student counselors needed for Next Steps at Vanderbilt Summer Institute

Feb. 12, 2019—The Next Steps at Vanderbilt Summer Institute is an inclusive higher education preparatory experience for rising high school juniors (17+ years old), seniors, and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities up to the age of 25.

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Next Steps program visits USAC

Oct. 11, 2018—At its October meeting, the University Staff Advisory Council welcomed Emilee Bauer, program coordinator for Next Steps at Vanderbilt, which serves students with intellectual disabilities who are interested in obtaining a college education.

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Next Steps at Vanderbilt faculty discussion: ‘A Look Into an Inclusive Classroom’

Aug. 23, 2018—This seminar will share insight into what a dynamic and inclusive classroom might entail at the college level. In addition to sharing a brief overview of the Next Steps at Vanderbilt postsecondary program, professors and key Vanderbilt leaders from three different schools will share lessons learned from their own experiences interacting and supporting students enrolled through the Next Steps at Vanderbilt program.

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Dinner in the Dark lets guests experience challenges of vision impairment

Apr. 19, 2018—Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff gathered for the unique dinner experience designed to challenge participants’ perceptions, build empathy and break down social barriers.

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Design professor’s vision for Mr. Commodore’s makeover

Aug. 30, 2017—When it comes to getting a stellar makeover, Mr. Commodore goes straight to Vanderbilt fashion design professor Alexandra Sargent-Capps.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Next Steps graduation is April 26

Apr. 20, 2017—Five graduating students will be recognized at the Faye and Joe Wyatt Center for Education.

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Next Steps at Vanderbilt receives grant, will become 4-year program

Aug. 25, 2016—A nearly $2 million grant has been given to a program offering students with intellectual and developmental disabilities the chance to go to college. Jamal Underwood and Amber Cameron are students in the Next Steps program at Vanderbilt, which teaches independent life and social skills, gives students the opportunity to audit Vanderbilt undergraduate courses, and complete internships to land a full-time job.

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