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Next Steps at Vanderbilt

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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Celebrate Free Cone Day April 3 and donate to Next Steps at Vanderbilt

Mar. 27, 2012—Ben & Jerry’s on 21st Avenue South will celebrate Free Cone Day Tuesday, April 3. The store is encouraging patrons to donate the money they will save on free ice cream to Next Steps at Vanderbilt. All donations between noon and 8 p.m. April 3 will benefit Next Steps, a two-year post-secondary certification program for students with...

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Next Steps: Redefining “team effort”

Dec. 19, 2011—VUCast’s Carole Bartoo tells us about the “Next Steps” program and the powerful impact it’s having on young adults with special needs-and the Vanderbilt students helping them. You can learn more about the Next Steps program at  You can read a feature on the program in the January edition of Vanderbilt Medicine magazine.

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VUCast: Four Stories to Inspire!

Dec. 16, 2011—This Week on VUCast, Vanderbilt’s weekly newscast highlighting research, experts, students, sports and everything Vanderbilt: Next Steps: Redefining “team effort” A student’s mission to save lives becomes reality A surgeon teaches compassion through memories Rascal Flatts brings harmony to sick children

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Next Steps program accepting applications

Apr. 18, 2011—Applications are now being accepted for Next Steps at Vanderbilt, a 2-year certificate program for students with intellectual disabilities. The second class of Next Steps at Vanderbilt will begin August 2011. Young adults seeking admission to Next Steps at Vanderbilt should be between 18 and 26 years old, have completed their high school studies and...

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