Vanderbilt Kennedy Center UCEDD Offers Free Disability Materials with Customizable Local Resources

July 15, 2012

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD) has developed a variety of disability-related materials for individuals with disabilities, families, and professionals. These products are available for distribution by other agencies and can be customized with resources relevant for the agencies' constituents. A variety of topics and formats are available, including Tips and Resources fact sheets, manuals, and booklets. A few examples of autism-related materials include:

  • Autism Parent Guides: One for parents of toddlers and another for parents of school-age children. The booklet includes questions that parents frequently ask when their toddler or school-age child receives an ASD diagnosis, and brief answers containing links to resources with more detailed information.
  • Planning Life After High School for Students on the Autism Spectrum: This guide is intended to help families start early to plan for the future. It includes answers to questions that youth and family members ask, plus resources for additional information.
  • No-Tech and Low-Tech AAC for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: This guide outlines many different types of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies so that an individual's strengths and needs may be matched with the most appropriate type(s) of AAC.

 Also available are two-sided Tips and Resources fact sheets that cover information on:

  • Specific disabilities, including ADHD, Angelman syndrome, autism, CHARGE Syndrome, Down syndrome, Fragile X, Prader-Willi, Idic(15), and Williams syndrome. 
  • Education Supports, including autism information for librarians, federal and state public policy, hearing loss, inclusion in the classroom, and postsecondary education.
  • Employment, including resource sheets about employment of persons with disabilities, for employment professionals, jobseekers with disabilities, transition from school to employment, and transition from school to postsecondary education.
  • Religion and Spirituality, including children and adults with disabilities in religious education, coping with loss and intellectual disabilities, faith community visual supports, and inclusion in a faith community tips for congregational care committees, individuals and families, and religious and spiritual leaders.
  • Individual and Family Supports, including information for siblings, artists with disabilities, emergency preparedness, going to the doctor, sleep,  better sleep, parenting,
  • hospitalization, oral health, and getting outdoors.
  • And more...

 Many resources are available in English and in Spanish. All materials may be viewed and downloaded here (or cut and paste the link below into your browser).

For information on customizable versions, contact