The mission of VCDR is to advance the human and civil rights of people with disabilities to ensure full and equal participation in all aspects of community life and the political process.


VCDR urgent requests

VCDR frequently alerts its members when there are bills needing testimony, feedback requested or action needed on issues that involve and effect the disability community. For more information on any of the items listed below please contact us at

support for Senator Harkin's bill to regulate seclusion & restraint in schools - December 29, 2011

Dear Parents and Advocates,

Your help is needed with the email request below.

Please take the time this week to write a short letter of support for the Keeping All Students Safe Act, S.2020 (U.S. Federal Bill).

Everyday children with disabilities are injured physically and mentally by being restrained put in seclusion or subjected to other aversive practices by school staff in the name of treatment. Your help is needed to get laws passed to keep our children safe. Please help STOP these abusive practices from being used on our children any longer. If your child has not been subjected to these abusive practices, please don't wait until this does happen to your child. Act now by writing a letter to support the Keeping All Students Safe Act, S.2020.

Please read the email below to help guide you in writing your letter.


Phyllis Musumeci
Anna Moore
Families Against restraint and Seclusion

Feedback wanted on health reform

The Agency of Administration is hosting a listening session to help inform the design of future health care reform financing plans. The session will be held from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 12 at Catamount Arts, 115 Eastern Ave., in St. Johnsbury. It will include presentations on the challenges facing Vermont's health care system, possible principles for a health care financing system, and an overview of potential funding sources.

Participants will use these informational presentations and their own experiences to offer input on the potential principles and funding sources for health care reform financing.

Those attending the session include Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding, Tax Commissioner Mary Peterson, and Director of Health Care Reform Robin Lunge, as well as Commerce Secretary Lawrence Miller. The session is designed for the general public, as well as stakeholder groups specifically identified by the Legislature – health care professionals and employers.

For more information, go to


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VCDR Mission statement & history

The mission of VCDR is to advance the human and civil rights of people with disabilities to ensure full and equal participation in all aspects of community life and the political process.

The Coalition is funded primarily through grants provided by the Developmental Disabilities Council and dues from membership organizations.

Originally established as the Vermont Coalition of the Handicapped (VCH) in 1974, VCH changed its name to the Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights in 1990.  VCDR is comprised of 26 member organizations including local and statewide organizations of Vermonters with disabilities, parents, advocates and service providers. 

VCDR's Board of Governors consists of two representatives from each member organization.  On behalf of their organizations, these Board members vote on decisions regarding the Coalition's internal structure and policies.  In addition, the Board adopts the Coalition's annual legislative platform.  VCDR also offers a non-voting, individual membership and welcomes participation at all of its meetings and activities.


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Phone: 1-800-639-1522

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