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  VCDR 2020 Weekly Summary of Legislative Activities, Committee Agendas and Calendar of Events February 10 – February 14, 2020 Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights VCDR publishes a weekly legislative calendar of events, committee schedules, and floor activities during the 2020 Legislative Session. This is the second year of a two year legislative Read more…


        DISABILITY AWARENESS DAY – March 12, 2020 Justice and Access for All!   Disability Awareness Day to Focus on Justice and Access for All  The Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights is looking forward to celebrating Disability Awareness Day this year and working toward Justice and Access Read more…


Developmental Services – Vermont is restructuring the system for managing and delivering community-based services to people with developmental disabilities   Article: State overhauls disabilities services By Lola Duffort Sep 15 2019 | “Vermont is restructuring the system for managing and delivering community-based services to people with developmental disabilities. While state officials and advocates Read more…


  VCDR 2019 “End of Session” Legislative Report  VCDR Platform Statement:   Lead On! VCDR shared our legislative and policy priorities for the 2019 legislative session. The list was informed by the experiences and concerns of Vermonters with disabilities and their families and our hopes for this legislative session Not all Read more…


Sarah’s Story: A Discussion on Mental Health By Shannan Fields, Integrated Marketing Coordinator    Apr. 30, 2019 Q and A Sarah Launderville has found success as the executive director for the Vermont Center for Independent Living, an adjunct faculty member for Springfield College St. Johnsbury, and alumna of Springfield College, but the journey wasn’t Read more…


Select Testimony  from the Senate Appropriations Advocate Hearing on Tuesday below – To view all: Tuesday Posting : https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/document/2020/23/Date/4-16-2019#documents-section Wednesday Posting: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/document/2020/23/Date/4-17-2019#documents-section Select: Sarah Launderville         H.542: VT Coalition for Disability Rights Ed Paquin  H.542: Disability Rights VT Keri Darling         H.542: VT Association for the Deaf Pam McCarthy        H.542: VT Family Read more…


  Susan Aranoff: Vermont health care is headed in the wrong direction  Editor’s note: This commentary is by Susan Aranoff, senior planner and policy analyst for the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council. The Council is a federally funded public board that supports the advocacy of people with developmental disabilities and their Read more…


People with disabilities working together for dignity, independence, and civil rights ● website: www.vcil.org There are very few people even with the most severe disabilities who can’t take control of their own life. The problem is that people around us don’t expect us to. We built a system, a political Read more…


***LEGISLATION INTRODUCED OF INTEREST*** This is an ongoing list of bills introduced this session of interest to the disability community with a short summary of each courtesy of Disability Rights Vermont. HOUSE BILLS: H. 3 An act relating to ethnic and social equity studies standards for public schools Introduced by Read more…


  The Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights 2020 Legislative Platform VCDR thanks you for your service to ALL Vermonters! VCDR hopes that we can assist you throughout the session as you consider issues that affect the lives of your constituents with disabilities.  Please contact us for input and education on Read more…