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Keep Calm Lead On! – Disability Awareness Day 2019 – February 27

7:45 to 9:30 Grab a cup of coffee and a pastry in Room 10. Plan

for an exciting day of advocacy and fun!

                                  8:00 to 9:00 Register outside of Room 10.

9:00 to 9:45 Room 11: Gather for opening remarks by Governor

Phil Scott, staff members of Vermont’s congressional delegation

and VCDR President Sarah Launderville.

10:00 to 10:30 Room 11: Workshop, “Bringing Down the House

and the Senate, Too: How to Talk to Your

Legislator.” Join Green Mountain Self-Advocates

and practice how to pivot and get your message

across when advocating with legislators.

10:30 to 11:00 Room 10: Workshop. Join Action Circles to learn

about Vermont’s budget process and how to


11:00 to 11:30 Room 11: Workshop, “Sports Are for Every Body.”

Join Nate Besio of the Northeast Disabled Athletic

Association and learn about the emotional and

physical benefits of adaptive sports for people with


11:30 to 12:00 Room 11: Workshop, “Deaf Culture and

Communication.” Join Keri Darling of Deaf

Vermonters Advocacy Services and learn about

communication methods, different kinds of hearing

loss and what it’s like to have hearing loss.

12:00 to 1:00 Lunch. Complimentary pizza (regular and gluten

free) will be served in Room 10!

1:00 Disability Awareness Day will be announced on the

House floor. Advocates can take a bow!

1:30 Press conference in Room 11.

2 to 2:30 Room 10: Workshop, “The Quest for Cognitive

Liberty.” Join Calvin Moen of Vermont Psychiatric

Survivors to learn about the right to mental self-determination,

the right to use or reject drugs and

other therapeutic services and what supports

psychiatric survivors are calling for in order to lead

free and fulfilling lives.

2:30 to 3:15 Go on a tour of the State House! Space is limited.


3:00 to 4:00 Room 11: Come cheer on graduates of the

2019 Leadership Series!

4:00 to 4:30 Cafeteria: Evening program. Enjoy appetizers and

mingle. Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman will

stop by to address the group at 4:30.

4:30 to 6:00 Keynote by Patrick Standen and a panel featuring

moderator Deborah Lisi-Baker and graduates of the

Vermont Leadership Series (Anastasia Douglas,

Erika Smith, Candice Price and Kyle Riopel).

Throughout the day, DAD attendees will be testifying on a number of

important issues before various House and Senate committees.

Special thanks to the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council, the

Vermont Statewide Independent Living Council, the Center on Disability

and Community Inclusion, UVM, and Vermont Care Partners