VERMONT COALITION FOR DISABILITY RIGHTS
The Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights (VCDR) is a cross-disability advocacy organization that seeks to increase awareness of disability issues and effect systemic change through legislative and administrative processes. VCDR staff work closely with member organizations to empower people with disabilities, thus enabling them to directly participate in legislative decisions which will expand their civil rights.
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For a closer look at legislative issues effecting the Disability Community please check out our Position Papers
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The Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights is seeking feedback from members and others to help guide the work of our coalition. This survey will be used to craft the work of the coalition in the coming year. Thank you in advance for taking time to answer these questions. Please respond by Friday, December 16, 2016.
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VCDR Mission statement & history
The mission of VCDR is to advance the human and civil rights of people with disabilities to ensure full and equal participation in all aspects of community life and the political process.
The Coalition is funded primarily through grants provided by the Developmental Disabilities Council and dues from membership organizations.
Originally established as the Vermont Coalition of the Handicapped (VCH) in 1974, VCH changed its name to the Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights in 1990. VCDR is comprised of 26 member organizations including local and statewide organizations of Vermonters with disabilities, parents, advocates and service providers.
VCDR's Board of Governors consists of two representatives from each member organization. On behalf of their organizations, these Board members vote on decisions regarding the Coalition's internal structure and policies. In addition, the Board adopts the Coalition's annual legislative platform. VCDR also offers a non-voting, individual membership and welcomes participation at all of its meetings and activities.
11 East State St., Suite 2
Montpelier, VT 05602
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