June 7, 2016

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center leaders receive awards from The Arc Tennessee

The Arc Tennessee recognized the accomplishments of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) leaders with three awards at Tennessee Disability Mega Conference in May.

Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D., VKC director and VKC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities co-director, received the Respect Award for pioneering efforts to introduce the principles of positive psychology into the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities, and for her distinguished career in health and mental health research and advocacy.

Next Steps at Vanderbilt director Tammy Day, M.Ed., was recognized with the Exemplary Educator Award. Her creativity in integrating students into the many aspects of university and community life was noted, as was her commitment to growing postsecondary education programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) across Tennessee and nationally.

Carolyn Meyer, VKC UCEDD Community Advisory Council member, received the Self-Determination Award for her enthusiastic involvement in numerous disability organizations and for being a role model for others with IDD. 

“We are so proud of Elisabeth, Tammy, and Carolyn,” said Elise McMillan, J.D., VKC UCEDD co-director who also served as a Master of Ceremony at the Awards Banquet. “Their individual contributions to research, inclusive postsecondary education, and self-determination are remarkable. We congratulate them and thank them for their work in supporting and improving quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”