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VCDR Commentary

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 and speak out about what’s important to them.

VCDR membership is concerned about cuts to services including the proposed elimination of the Attendant Services Program and level funding to important programs that serve people with disabilities including through Home Health and the Designated Agencies.

There will be community-based public hearings on Monday, Feb. 12, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the following six locations:

  • Johnson State College: Stearns Student Center, Performance Space, second floor in Stearns.
  • Rutland City: Rutland Public Schools, Longfellow School Building, Board Room.
  • St. Johnsbury: St. Johnsbury House, Main dining room, 1207 Main St.
  • Albans City: St. Albans City School, Library, 29 Bellows St.
  • Winooski: Community College of Vermont, Room 401, fourth floor.

There will also be an additional hearing on Monday, Feb. 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Springfield Town Hall, 96 Main St., third-floor conference room (selectmen’s hall).

An additional public hearing will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Room 11 of the State House in Montpelier.

The committees will take testimony on the governor’s recommended state budget at the above dates and times. Anyone interested in testifying should come to one of the hearings. Time limits on testimony may apply depending on volume of participants. If you have a story you would like to share privately with the committee members, please contact Theresa to schedule this at the end of one of the hearings.

To view or print a copy of the proposed budget, go to:

For more information about the format of these events, or to submit written testimony, contact Theresa Utton-Jerman or Rebecca Buck ( or or at 802-828-5767 or toll-free within Vermont at 1-800-322-5616. Requests for interpreters should be made by Monday, Jan. 29.