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Resolution RS2020-195

A Resolution recognizing the tenth anniversary of Vanderbilt University’s Next Steps at Vanderbilt program.

WHEREAS, in 2008 the LDB Foundation, the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Vanderbilt University and the Tennessee Task Force on Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities all worked together to support the creation of Tennessee’s first inclusive higher education program; and

WHEREAS, in January 2010, Next Steps at Vanderbilt and Vanderbilt University welcomed the first class of six students to begin their studies; and

WHEREAS, Next Steps at Vanderbilt now supports 34 students with intellectual disability to complete their four-year college certificate program; and

WHEREAS, Tennessee now has six inclusive higher education programs at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, the University of Tennessee Knoxville, the University of Memphis, Lipscomb University in Nashville, Union University in Jackson and East Tennessee State University in Johnson City; and

WHEREAS, these programs mirror the life and expectations of university students with coursework, career exploration and development experiences, and extra-curricular activities; and

WHEREAS, these programs also provide a vast array of opportunities for university faculty, staff and students to learn about supporting and including people with disabilities and graduate and undergraduate students gain experience with lesson planning, employment supports, social skills training, and the building of inclusive communities; and

WHEREAS, program graduates at Next Steps at Vanderbilt enjoy a more than 90 percent employment rate; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Metropolitan Council recognize the tenth anniversary of Next Steps at Vanderbilt providing inclusive higher education to students in Nashville.


Section 1. That the Metropolitan County Council hereby goes on record as extend congratulations on Next Steps at Vanderbilt’s tenth anniversary and Tennessee’s tenth anniversary of inclusive higher education. Further, the Council goes on record as wishing Next Steps at Vanderbilt and similar programs throughout Tennessee continued expansion and success.

Section 2. That an appropriate copy of this resolution be prepared for presentation with this final clause omitted from such copy.

Section 3. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.


Thom Druffel, Ginny Welsch, Burkley Allen, Freddie O'Connell, Kevin Rhoten, Delishia Porterfield

Legislative History

Referred toRules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Committee

IntroducedFebruary 4, 2020

AdoptedFebruary 4, 2020

ApprovedFebruary 4, 2020

ByMayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 02/11/2020 11:31 AM