Author Archives: Janice Sabett

Vermont’s Special Education Rules

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!

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Seeking Parents of High School Youth

Are you the parent of a high school aged youth who is working with a Transition Counselor from VocRehab and are 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 […]

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Augmentative and Alternative Communication Tools

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 […]

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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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