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Over 350 people flocked to the Statehouse on Feb. 28 for Disability Awareness Day. They spread the word about the event’s theme: “Our Community, Our Health, Our Well-Being.” Members of the Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights let lawmakers know that health begins where people live, learn, work and play. VCDR Read more…


Grant Activities

With the help of a grant from the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council, VCDR is building a grass-roots campaign to involve more Vermonters who experience a physical, sensory, psychiatric, developmental or other disability, and their families, in our work. We are also reaching out for new organizational members and other allies, Read more…


VCDR 2018 Weekly Summary of Legislative Activities, Committee Agendas and Calendar of Events May 7 – May 11 Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights   VCDR publishes a weekly legislative calendar of events, committee schedules, and floor activities during the 2018 Legislative Session. This is the second year of the two year legislative Read more…


SENATE APPROPRIATIONS FY 2019 Budget   The Senate Appropriations Committee voted out a Budget last week and debated it on the Senate floor on Friday. The bill H.924 will be up for a final vote in the Senate on Tuesday May 1st. The bill will go back to the House Read more…


***ARTICLES of INTERST*** ***NEW Senate OKs $5.86 billion budget – VTDigger 4/27/18 https://vtdigger.org/2018/04/27/senate-oks-5-86-billion-budget/   ***NEW Lawmakers work to help struggling Vt. dairy farmers  http://www.wcax.com/content/news/Lawmakers-work-to-help-struggling-Vt-dairy-farmers-481096001.html   ***NEW Senate jettisons Vermont National Guard tuition assistance, ThinkVermont initiatives – VTDigger 4/27/18 https://vtdigger.org/2018/04/27/senate-jettisons-vermont-national-guard-tuition-assistance-thinkvermont-initiatives/   ***NEW Lawmakers push back on Scott veto threats                                          By Dave Read more…


  Testimony Page for FY 2019 Budget https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/document/2018/23/Date/4-4-2018#documents-section https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/document/2018/23/Date/4-5-2018#documents-section Testimony in Senate Appropriations on Disabilities: Ed Paquin, VT Coalition for Disability Rights                                            H.924: Support for developmental disability and mental health services Pam McCarthy, VT Family Network H.924: Support for funding increase for Children’s Integrated Services Patricia Tedesco, VT Center for Read more…


S.152 An act relating to an endorsement for three-wheeled motorcycles Introduced by Senator Joe Benning Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to offer a motorcycle endorsement specific to three-wheeled motorcycles. https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0152/S-0152%20As%20Introduced.pdf   S.159 An act relating to the evidentiary Read more…


Bills of Interest 2018 In the House H.640 An act relating to the right to a hospice consultation Introduced by Representatives Elizabeth “Betsy” Dunn, Clement Bissonnette, William Botzow, Susan Buckholz, Stephen Carr, Annmarie Christensen, Kevin “Coach” Christie, Daniel Connor, David L. Deen, Johannah Donovan, Marcia Gardner, Diana Gonzalez, Helen Head, Read more…


A message from Sarah Launderville,  the President of the Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights and Executive Director of the Vermont Center for Independent Living. The Vermont House and Senate Committees on Appropriations are seeking public input on the Governor’s Recommended FY2019 State Budget. We encourage people with disabilities to attend Read more…


Personal Story

Dear Sen. Leahy, I am writing to let you know what an important role Medicaid plays in my life and urge you to continue your opposition to any cuts to this life-saving resource. My name is Nathan, I am a C4/C5 quadriplegic, I am a bilateral arm amputee and I Read more…


I am a 58 year-old male who lives in a small city in a very rural state. I have a few things that I would like to say about what I can honestly say is the worst piece of legislation ever to come out of Washington, D.C. in my lifetime. Read more…