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Learn how to advocate effectively to improve disability service system

On Wednesday, February 17, three panelists will come together to share strategies on effective advocacy for the disabled. From noon to 1 p.m. in Room 241 of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's MRL Building in Nashville, the topic will be how to improve the disability service system through educating legislators and other public policy makers.

Elise McMillan, Co-Director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, will serve as moderator for the session. Panelists are:

  • Doria Panvini, Chair, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Community Advisory Council: How a bill becomes a law and some do's and don'ts of legislative advocacy
  • William Edington, Public Policy Director, Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities: Disability issues for the upcoming session of the Tennessee Legislature
  • Carol Westlake, Executive Director, Tennessee Disability Coalition: Federal disability issues, including healthcare policy/reform as it affects individuals with disabilities and their families

The training session is designed for individuals with disabilities and their families, researchers, health care professionals, service providers, educators and concerned citizens.

To register, access this website. For more information, contact Laurie Fleming.


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