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History and Mission of the Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights


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…


  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 Vermont Health Connect Silver Blue Cross Blue Shield to Medicaid to Medicare with no 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…


VCDR’s 2017 “End of Session” Legislative Report VCDR and the disability community developed a platform, proposed legislation, and participated in both budget and policy discussions throughout the Legislative session, with success in advancing our disability issues. Together with their families and allies, Vermonters with disabilities made Disability Awareness Day at Read more…