New Program at Vanderbilt Opens Doors for Intellectually Disabled

New Program at Vanderbilt Opens Doors for Intellectually Disabled 1

John Russell, Vanderbilt U.

Tammy L. Day, program director of Vanderbilt's Next Step certificate program, works with participants in a technology-training class, where they learn skills that can eventually help them win jobs.

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John Russell, Vanderbilt U.

Tammy L. Day, program director of Vanderbilt's Next Step certificate program, works with participants in a technology-training class, where they learn skills that can eventually help them win jobs.

Sean C. Faulkner, a student at Vanderbilt University, likes proving people wrong when they expect him to fail. Sometimes he listens to "I Want it All," a song by Queen, for motivation. The rock ballad includes the lyric: "Gotta find me a future, move out of my way."

"The song reminds me that if there's a goal that you have set for yourself, you go for it," he says. "You keep going until you get it done."

Mr. Faulkner, 22, enrolled at Vanderbilt in spite of a