Vermont Leadership Series

Leadership Series Graduates in front of VT State HouseThe Vermont Leadership Series trains Vermonters with developmental disabilities, and their family members, to be advocates for positive social change. Lessons include steps to be a leader, how to get your point across, and key issues in disability rights. More than 100 Vermonters have attended to date!

Workshops consist of presentations, panels, and interactive exercises illustrating legislative advocacy skills, ways to promote positive attitudes about disability, and inclusive practices that harness the strengths of all.

Activities are designed to help participants build new partnerships and increase each developing leader’s commitment to making Vermont a better place to live for people with disabilities.

Leadership is for Vermonters with diverse experiences of disabilityExamples include: Parents of any age who support a son or daughter with a developmental disability; adults living with intellectual or other disabilities who want to take their advocacy to a new level; sisters, brothers, and grandparents who are growing into their role supporting a family member with a disability. “If you care about justice, an end to discrimination, rights of people with disabilities – do it!” (recent graduate)

When does Leadership training take place?

The weekend sessions begin Saturday morning and end Sunday afternoon. The locations and the scheduled dates for the 2018-2019 participants, allies, and trainers, are to be determined.

  • 1st weekend – October TBD, 2018
  • 2nd weekend – December TBD, 2018
  • 3rd weekend – January TBD, 2019

Want to learn more about the Leadership Series?

You can read the full six-page packet or the brief two-page summary.

How do I become a candidate for participation?

The full application will be available soon. In the meantime, iff you think you may be interested or want to learn more, please contact [email protected] or 802-876-5315 or 800-800-4005, x 217.

Who sponsors the Leadership Series?

The Leadership series is sponsored by the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council and Vermont Family Network, with support from Green Mountain Self-Advocates, the Vermont Department of Health, and the UVM Center on Disability and Community Inclusion.


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