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MEDIA ADVISORY: Next Steps program to receive Perry Wallace Courage Award; bloggers on hand to join celebration

Mar. 1, 2016—The Vanderbilt University athletics will present the Next Steps at Vanderbilt program with the Perry Wallace Courage Award on Tuesday.

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Next Steps at Vanderbilt takes huge leap forward thanks to federal grant

Nov. 24, 2015—Tennessee’s first postsecondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities, Next Steps at Vanderbilt, will expand significantly thanks to new federal funding.

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Photo: Kennedy Center celebration

Oct. 15, 2015— U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, fourth from left, recently met with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center leadership and Next Steps at Vanderbilt students to celebrate VKC’s 50th anniversary.

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Vanderbilt Star competition rescheduled for March 22

Jan. 29, 2015—Ten students from Vanderbilt University and Belmont University will compete for a one-song record deal.

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VUCast: See why this giant helicopter is the first step in creating a massive lab

Mar. 24, 2014—See what a Vanderbilt researcher is doing with a military helicopter in his lab, and hear the first-ever Vanderbilt Star. All this and more in the latest VUCast, Vanderbilt's online newscast. Watch now.

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With summer approaching, make children’s camp plans now

Mar. 18, 2014—Daffodils are blooming, redbud trees are bursting with pink blooms, and an adventurous few have broken out the Bermuda shorts. All are portents of spring but also signs that it’s time for parents of school-aged children to organize summer plans.

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Watch: A star is born … Vandy-style

Mar. 14, 2014—Sarah Jennings, a third-year master's student at Vanderbilt Divinity School, won the Vanderbilt Star songwriting contest March 14. Watch Jennings perform her winning song "Addicted to You."

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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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Leap of Faith — A small group of unconventional students makes a big impact on the campus community

Sep. 4, 2013—Although Crystal Finley, BS’13, entered Vanderbilt with a clear plan for success, her life mission would soon change when she became a volunteer mentor with Next Steps at Vanderbilt, a postsecondary program for students with intellectual or other disabilities.

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Volunteers needed for disAbilty Mentoring Day

Sep. 27, 2012—The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities is seeking staff to mentor an individual with a disability through job shadowing on disAbility Mentoring Day at Vanderbilt, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. disAbility Mentoring Day at Vanderbilt includes job-shadow and career exploration opportunities designed to link students and jobseekers with disabilities to employers...

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Next Steps at Vanderbilt holds spring commencement

Apr. 30, 2012—Second class graduates from Next Steps at Vanderbilt, a two-year certificate program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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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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