Lincoln Memorial University

LMU-DCOM to Host Disability Day for Health Professional Students and Local Providers

Disability Day

Harrogate, Tennessee, July 26, 2019 —Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) will host Disability Day on Wednesday, August 7 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Hamilton Math and Science Building on the LMU main campus in Harrogate. Health care providers from the community are invited to attend.


The goal of Disability Day is for medical students, physician assistant students, nursing students and other health care providers to learn about the various aspects of providing care to individuals with disabilities. The event was made possible through a grant from American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry and the support of Bella Soul, a non-profit with a mission to empower college students confronting chronic illness or disability through scholarships and emotional support. Fourth-year osteopathic medical students, Shannon Strader, Andrew Villaseñor and third-year student Candyce Mehler applied for the grant and organized the event with university partners.


“Our hope is to reduce the disparity in health care for individuals with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities,” Strader said. “Our school believes all individuals with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities deserve comprehensive, affordable, respectful, safe and accessible health care.”


The event will include experts from around the United States including:

  • Mary Dubon, pediatric physiatrist at Boston Children's Hospital/HarvardMedical School/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital  
  • Priya Chandan, physician-scientist at University of Louisville who is the program director for the National Curriculum Initiative in Developmental Medicine funded by the CDC
  • Janet Shouse, program coordinator for the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Toolkit Project at Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, and mother of a young adult living with autism


A panel of speakers from the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (TDIDD) will present information on behavioral health, body language and non-verbal cues, protection from the harm system, interprofessional collaboration, ethical dilemmas, developmental disabilities nursing, seating and positioning mobile clinic, person centered thinking, enabling technology, and education on fall prevention, aspiration and choking. The panel includes:

  • Amy Ford, PT, clinic director, East Regional Office
  • Andy Wood, director, East Regional Office Behavior Analysis Unit
  • Danny Ricker, RN, nursing director, East Regional Office
  • Kandace L. Turner, MS, CCC-SLP, therapeutic services team coordinator, East Regional Office
  • Shannon Westerman, licensed senior psychological examiner
  • Victor Schueler, MD, psychiatry specialist

TDIDD provides an extensive amount of services for those living with a spectrum of diseases and disabilities under the intellectual and developmental umbrella including employment, health care, home health, equipment, and seating and positioning services. TDIDD is helping organize Disability Day as well as possible future clinical rotation locations for students at their partnered clinics.


The event is open to health care providers in the area and is free to attend. For more information on the event contact Shannon Strader at [email protected].


The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7082, email [email protected], or visit us online at


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Harrogate, TN 37752