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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U.S. Supreme Court Issues Important Ruling on Special Education

On March 22, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in the case of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. [http://www.wrightslaw.com/law/caselaw/2017/ussupct.endrew.douglas.15-827.pdf] 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 […]

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VFN Conference Highlights

On Wednesday April 5, we hosted our annual conference, welcoming 330 people to the Sheraton in Burlington for a day of learning, support and connections.  Alix Generous, known for her Ted Talk My Life with Asperger’s was our keynote speaker, and delighted everyone with her dry wit and inspiring story. We are so grateful to […]

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Augmentative and Alternative Communication Resources

Vermont Family Network staff 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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Need Families for Toolkit Review

We Need Your Voice: Family & Community Engagement Toolkit Review Please come join us to inform how we put into practice high-quality Family and Community Engagement! One of the sections of the Family and Community Engagement Toolkit that is in development will include a self-assessment effort and rating rubric along with a screener tool. The […]

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Multi-Tiered System of Supports

A Multi-Tiered System of Supports or MTSS unifies general education and special education to teach all children, with and without disabilities, to be successful learners. It provides supports in both academics and behavior and can promote the inclusion of children with disabilities in school. Families are involved every step of the way and work collaboratively […]

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February 28 Concert Supports Tom Sustic Fund

Congratulations to Young Tradition Vermont on securing co-sponsorship from the UVM Children’s Hospital for their February 28th Mardi Gras Concert to benefit the Tom Sustic Fund! Kudos to the young performers of traditional music, their families and teachers, musicians, and supporters of the Tom Sustic Fund. Their fund-raising efforts support children and families in life-altering […]

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VFN Restaurant Raffle

A $5 raffle ticket can win you one of 20+ gift certificates from restaurants all over the area! This important fundraiser will support the work we do with families of children with disabilities all over the State of Vermont!Check out the list of restaurants, and buy your tickets here:http://www.vermontfamilynetwork.org/donate/dine-to-donate/

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