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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…


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…


Brain Injury Association of Vermont VIDEO – Brain Injury – It’s about Hope https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbDGpirhOUs   Health Care Is a Human Right By Julie Brisson I have gotten an education in health insurance since October, 2015 when I had a health crisis. I went from platinum Blue Cross Blue Shield to 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…


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…