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DISABILITY AWARENESS DAY 2019 – February 27th

SAVE the DATE – February 27th at the Vermont State House

Disability Awareness happens every year in the state house.  Click here for a summary of this year’s activities

Read about Disability Awareness Day 2018

DISABILITY AWARENESS DAY 2018

Over 350 people flocked to the Statehouse on Feb. 28 for our annual “Disability Awareness Day”. They spread the word about the event’s theme: “Our Community, Our Health, and 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 President Sarah Launderville said, “Disability Awareness Day is a day of solidarity for the disability community. We share stories, teach and learn from one another, testify and advocate.

A highlight of the day was a graduation ceremony for graduates of the 2018 Vermont Leadership Series, which trains Vermonters with developmental disabilities, and their family members, to be advocates for positive social change.

The keynote address was given by Caroline Whiddon, executive director of the Me2/Orchestra, the world’s only classical music organization dedicated to erasing the stigma surrounding mental illness.

VCDR member organizations, staff members and volunteers engage individuals with disabilities and family members in Vermont’s legislative and policy activities, enabling them to have a voice in the administrative and legislative decisions that affect their daily lives and civil rights.