VFN will be closed on Friday, January 5th due to severe weather. We will reopen on Monday for our regularly scheduled hours.
Puppets in Education (PiE) is excited to join the VFN Family! PiE has been bringing puppet shows to children throughout Vermont for thirty-seven years, reaching between 5-10,000 children annually. Their twenty programs address a wide range of topics including: Demystifying Autism, Celebrating Individual Differences, Social and Personal Safety, Healthy Bodies, Children’s Mental Health and Alcolhol, […]
As a child nears 18, there are many things to consider, for example, there are options relating to guardianship. Guardianship is a legal process where the court gives a parent, or other adult the authority to care for and make ALL decisions for another adult. Whether this is the best option for an individual should […]
How can a Coordinated Services Plan (CSP) meeting help your child? A CSP meeting (also referred to as an Act 264 meeting) can be helpful if your child receives services from two or more organizations. The CSP meeting brings together all the parties involved in a child’s care. Members from Education and Mental Health are […]
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 […]
Are you the parent of a high school aged youth who is working with a Transition Counselor from VocRehab? Are you interested in improving transition services to adulthood for students? Each of the 12 regions in Vermont has an interagency team (with schools) tasked with creating smooth processes and specific student collaboration for high schoolers in each […]
Greetings! Happy back to school time! It has been a busy summer here at VFN and we are looking forward to the arrival of our new Puppets in Education (PiE) partners at VFN the first week of September. It is exciting to think about including their considerable creativity and curricula around inclusivity and anti-bullying as we reinforce […]
We would like to share some augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) tools with families who have children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is an umbrella term that encompasses the communication methods used to supplement or replace speech or writing for those with impairments in the production or comprehension of spoken or written language.One […]