Person Centered Care – Where do I start?

The Center for Future Planning helps adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families to plan for the future. It provides information and assistance on areas such as decision-making, housing options, and financial planning. Information includes: Future Planning 101 (learn about person-centered planning) Build Your Plan Tool (an online guided process that enables […]

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Early Childhood Inclusion Policy and Resources

Many young children with special needs continue to be educated in separate preschool settings and apart from regular developing children. In 1985, 36.8% of preschoolers with special needs were educated in early childhood settings with their non-disabled peers.  In 2012, after 27 years of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), 42.5% of young children are […]

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Leadership Corner

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 […]

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Meet New Friends at Sibshops

Sibshops are fun events for the siblings (ages 6+) of brothers and sisters with special needs. Join us on Saturday, June 3 from 11 am – 1:30 pm for bowling, laser tag, and pizza at Spare Time in Colchester.  A $10 suggested donation helps off-set the cost but full scholarships are always available! If your […]

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Augmentative and Alternative Communication Resources

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 […]

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VFN’s April E-News

Check out our April E-Newsletter! Let us know what you think by emailing [email protected] or calling 1-800-800-4005 or (802) 876-5315 x218.

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Parents Rights in Early Intervention

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, […]

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