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.

 

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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Check out Our Position Papers

For a closer look at legislative issues effecting the Disability Community please check out our Position Papers

Keep your Eyes on Bills of Interest

VCDR will be following the bills of interest very closely. We will be keeping a close eye on the following:

H.728 - AN ACT RELATING TO DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES’ SYSTEM OF CARE
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-728.pdf
This bill proposes to remove the requirement that the Commissioner of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living set priorities for developmental services based on available funds. It also identifies certain categories within the system of care plan that must be adopted by rule prior to taking effect.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Human Services.

S.287 – AN ACT RELATING TO INVOLUNTARY TREATMENT AND MEDICATION
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-287.pdf
This bill proposes a number of changes to the procedures for involuntary treatment and medication. Specifically, it proposes to substitute a mandatory preliminary hearing for a voluntary preliminary hearing, create an expedited application for involuntary treatment, enable joint filing of certain applications for involuntary treatment and petitions for involuntary medication, and eliminate automatic stays and automatic stays pending appeal for orders of involuntary medication.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H.555 - AN ACT RELATING TO THE COMMITMENT OF A CRIMINAL DEFENDANT WHO IS INCOMPETENT TO STAND TRIAL BECAUSE OF A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-555.pdf
This bill proposes to provide the               court with the authority to commit a criminal defendant who has been found to be incompetent to stand trial because of a traumatic brain injury to the Department of Mental Health.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

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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.

 

By Mail

VCDR
11 East State St., Suite 2
Montpelier, VT 05602

By Phone

VCDR can be contacted by phone via VCIL at:
Phone: 1-800-639-1522

By email

info@vcdr.org