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.

 

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Testifying

Throughout the year, public hearings are held on a variety of issues before the legislature or administration, particularly when new initiatives or changes to existing programs are in process. When a bill is being considered by a legislative committee during the session, meetings are open to members of the interested public and time is typically available for testimony. If stakeholder testimony is not sought, you should contact the chair of the Legislative committee requesting an opportunity to testify. Testimony by a concerned citizen will often have great impact on the end result of a bill.

REMEMBER:

We have the right to participate in our government. If too many people are afraid to participate, it allows just a few people to make the decisions. Often, showing up for an event, whether or not you speak, can send a strong message to policymakers that a significant number of their constituents care enough to monitor an issue. Participating by being there is an important and powerful step.

Before a Hearing/Committee Meeting:

Verify the date, time and place of the hearing. To do this, call the agency or office holding the hearing. For proposed legislation, contact the sponsor of the bill or the clerk of the appropriate committee. You can check the Legislative Schedule online at:
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/Committee01.cfm

For weekly committee agendas:
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/schedule/fullagenda.cfm

At the hearing:


Adapted by VCDR from the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families

VCDR receives support from a grant from the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council, dues from its member organizations, and individual contributions.

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To Contact VCDR by mail:
VCDR
11 East State St., Suite 2
Montpelier, VT 05602

VCDR can be contacted by phone via VCIL at:
Phone: 1-800-639-1522