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Camps for Young People with Disabilities

Next Steps at Vanderbilt Summer Institute

Click here to apply for NSSI! 

Dates: Summer Institute dates: Sunday, June 21 - Friday, June 26, 2020

For potential counselors:

Click here to begin your counselor application!

NSSI provides Vanderbilt students a hands-on experience, and the responsibilities tasked to counselors greatly enhance one’s skills for an array of professions. The counselors receive training and support from Next Steps staff. Contact John Cayton at   for more information. 

Next Steps at Vanderbilt Summer Institute is a college transition program for rising high school juniors, seniors, and young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities from age 17 up to the age of 25.  This is a week-long residential program that will provide exposure to postsecondary education. Students will be given the opportunity to experience a college campus and to develop a broader understanding of the Next Steps at Vanderbilt postsecondary education program and other similar programs across the country.


If you have administrative questions regarding NSSI, such as content, cost, the week’s schedule, etc., please contact John Cayton at  or (615) 875-8090. 

If you have questions regarding the questions about the year round Next Steps program, please contact Emilee Bauer at or (615) 322-3978


 Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Camp Directory

The Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital camp directory provides information on summer programs for children with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Most of the camps and programs listed are in the Middle Tennessee region. National camps serving children with chronic conditions are included for some specific conditions.

Please visit the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Camp Directory for more information.

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