Vermont Family Network is closed Monday, May 29th in honor of Memorial Day. We will re-open Tuesday, May 30th for our normal business hours, 9am-4:30pm.
Vermont’s current Special Education Rules (dated 6/1/13) issued by the Vermont Agency of Education are now available on the Vermont Family Network website. Please call our helpline at 1-800-800-4005 or (802) 876-5315 whenever you have questions about special education or the Rules. We’re here to listen and help!
On March 22, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in the case of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District in favor of children with special needs and their parents. The 20-page decision clarifies the purpose of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). The court ruled that schools must do more than provide a […]
Eighty self-advocates and family members have graduated from the Vermont Leadership Series so far! The application process for the seventh Leadership Series will begin soon. Participants will need to commit to attending all three weekend training sessions, which are tentatively scheduled for October 21-22; December 2-3; and January 13-14, 2018. Graduation will be at Disability […]
Sibshops are fun events for the siblings (ages 6+) of brothers and sisters with special needs. Join us on Saturday, May 20 from 10 am – 1 pm for indoor rock climbing at Metrorock in Essex . We’ll climb, share a meal, chat, and play some board games. A $10 suggested donation helps off-set the cost […]
Vermont Family Network employees recently attended an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) conference and would like to share some tools with families! For children with communication disorders, the Communication Matrix is a free assessment tool that families can use to easily understand the communication status, progress, and unique needs of anyone functioning at the early stages […]
Do you feel your young child with a disability is not receiving the services they need? As a parent of a child receiving Early Intervention services, you have many rights. If you feel that changes are needed in your child’s services or you are unhappy with the amount or type of services your child is receiving, […]
Income-eligible families of children with special health needs (birth to 21) may apply for up to $1,000 per 12 month period for their child’s unmet medically necessary needs such as equipment, medications, travel, and therapies. For more information, contact [email protected]; 1-800-800-4005 or (802) 876-5315 x217.
There is much to celebrate as we head into May! On April 5th, VFN hosted its annual conference for the first time at the Sheraton, truly fulfilling participants’ “High Hopes and Great Expectations,” if the evaluations are any indication! Alix Generous, an amazing young advocate known for her TED Talk My Life with Asperger’s , […]