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What’s On My Mind: Embracing neurodiversity in research and practice

Dec. 3, 2018—Exploring neurodiversity is important for educational development, and it is also driving new research with the potential to fuel innovation in a variety of fields, writes Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in this week's column.

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Cutting honored with NIH Merit Award and Leadership Award of Women in Cognitive Science

Nov. 29, 2018—Vanderbilt educational neuroscientist and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center investigator Laurie Cutting has received a rare $3 million National Institutes of Health Merit Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She also has been selected to receive the Leadership Award of Women in Cognitive Science.

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Grandin, advocate on autism, to give conference keynote, Chancellor’s Lecture Nov. 29

Nov. 12, 2018—Temple Grandin, a world-renowned author, inventor and spokesperson about the autism spectrum, will participate in a daylong conference in Nashville on Nov. 29, capped off with a keynote and conversation with Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos as part of the Chancellor’s Lecture Series.

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Vanderbilt University launches the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation

Nov. 8, 2018—A $10 million gift from alumna Jennifer R. Frist, BS’93, and husband William R. “Billy” Frist will endow a new center focused on supporting and developing the neurodiverse talents of individuals with autism at Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering.

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Grant to help explore critical issues in Down syndrome

Oct. 26, 2018—The grant will allow Kennedy Center researchers to analyze data from VUMC's Synthetic Derivative and BioVU databanks to study biomarkers associated with Down Syndrome.

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Register for Autism, Innovation and the Workforce fall conference featuring Temple Grandin by Nov. 9

Oct. 25, 2018—The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, along with the Vanderbilt Initiative for Autism, Innovation and the Workforce, will hold its daylong fall conference, "Envisioning the Future of Human Technology Partnerships," on Thursday, Nov. 29. The deadline to register is Nov. 9.

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Vanderbilt Kennedy Center hosts Rett Syndrome Education Day Oct. 27

Oct. 12, 2018—The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) has partnered with the International Rett Syndrome Foundation to host a Rett Syndrome Education Day on Saturday, Oct. 27

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Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards Youth Literary grant to VKC Reading Clinic

Sep. 6, 2018—The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded a $40,000 Youth Literacy grant to the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) Reading Clinic to provide partial and full scholarships to families of children who would not otherwise be able to afford clinic services.

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VKC TRIAD’s Families First program celebrates 10 years with festival

Sep. 4, 2018—The TRIAD Families First Program is celebrating 10 years of serving parents of young children with an autism spectrum disorder.

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Children with autism needed for study on sound processing

Jun. 12, 2018—Researchers at Vanderbilt are studying how nonverbal or minimally verbal children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), 8-14 years old, process different kinds of sounds in their environment.

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Network promotes inclusion for people with ASD

May. 3, 2018—The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorder (TRIAD) is bringing some of Nashville’s most prominent community organizations together to promote acceptance and inclusion of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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New report shows prevalence of autism rising in U.S.

Apr. 26, 2018—The prevalence of U.S. children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is now 1 in 59, according to new estimates released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a significant increase from the 1 in 68 estimate in 2016.

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