DISABILITY AWARENESS DAY EVENT
“Stronger Standing Together”
May 13, 2021
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Vermont student leaders share their lived social experience of disability and call for respect, rights and education justice in our schools. We invite other students, families, allies, educators and policy makers to join the conversation. This VCDR event is cosponsored by the Education Justice Coalition of Vermont. Captioning and interpreters will be available.
Register in advance:
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Disability Awareness Days
“Justice & Access for All:
More Important Now Than Ever”
This year Disability Awareness Day will be a series of online events that will include a legislative panel, a keynote speaker, workshops and a collection of stories. Look for dates on the VCDR Facebook Page and this Website www.vcdr.org
Disability Awareness Day Event
KEYNOTE SPEECHES AND Q&A
April 19, 2021 – noon to 1 p.m.
Join us in welcoming Sean Barrett, Team Lead for the Office of Independent Living Programs within the Administration for Community Living at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He will address COVID response and disability from the federal perspective. Afterward, Monica White, interim commissioner of the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living will discuss vaccine rollout and disability in Vermont. (This is part of a series comprising this year’s virtual Disability Awareness Day events!) Captioning will be provided.
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Legislative Panel 5:00 to 6:00 pm, March 17
Please join us on Wednesday March 17th at 5:00 PM for an hour discussion with VT Legislators:
Rep. John Killacky – https://legislature.vermont.gov/people/single/2022/30949
Rep. Anne Donahue – https://legislature.vermont.gov/people/single/2022/14557
Sen. Anthony Pollina – https://legislature.vermont.gov/people/single/2022/15795
Rep. Kevin “Coach” Christie https://legislature.vermont.gov/people/single/2022/15774
The Legislators will share their personal experiences with disabilities as it relates to their legislative work, and the legislative response to the COVID pandemic. We encourage attendees to bring questions as we hope this will be an interactive exchange! VCDR Past President, Ed Paquin will moderate the panel.
Captioning and Interpreters Available.
Here is a link to that Event: https://youtu.be/ttJUlTYB1mc
STATE of VERMONT Concurrent Resolution
No. R-339. House concurrent resolution remembering former Rutland City Board of Aldermen President David Sagi on Disability Awareness Day.
Offered by: Representatives Killacky of South Burlington, Cupoli of Rutland City, Fagan of Rutland City, Haas of Rochester, Howard of Rutland City, Lanpher of Vergennes, Notte of Rutland City, Pugh of South Burlington, Redmond of Essex, Townsend of South Burlington, Wood of Waterbury, and Yacovone of Morristown
Offered by: Senators Collamore, Hooker, and McNeil
Whereas, David Sagi was long associated with disability issues, and he served two terms as President of the Rutland Board of Aldermen, and
Whereas, he was a cofounder and board member of the Vermont Center for Independent Living, the nation’s first statewide independent living center, and
Whereas, among his public-sector positions, David Sagi was Vermont’s first Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Employment Coordinator and worked as the ADA Program Manager for the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living, and
Whereas, Vermont’s David Sagi Memorial Spirit of the ADA Award was named in his honor, and Disability Awareness Day is an ideal occasion to remember David Sagi, who died in February 2019, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly remembers former Rutland City Board of Aldermen President David Sagi on Disability Awareness Day and extends its sincere condolences to his family, and be it further
Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the members of David Sagi’s family and to the Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights.
Disability Awareness Day 2020 Cancelled
The Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights (VCDR) has decided to cancel Disability Awareness Day at the Statehouse that had been scheduled for this Thursday, March 12, 2020.
We are doing this in light of concerns around the coronavirus and people with disabilities and elders being more at risk of getting very sick from the virus and potentially not fully recovering.
Disability Awareness Day is an important opportunity that brings together over 300 people with disabilities and allies annually. The decision to cancel this event was a difficult one. We know our important advocacy work needs to continue.