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Vermont Family Network is a state-wide non-profit organization that promotes better health, education, and well-being for all children and families, with a focus on children and young adults with special needs. Our staff members have a variety of knowlege and experience to help you with many of your questions an concerns surriounding special needs. We offer support, services, advocacy, and referrals in the following areas:
- Assistive Technology: Assistive Technology (AT) helps children and adults with any type of disability make the most of their abilities by assisting them in completing tasks more independently and successfully.
- Developmental Disabilities: VFN provides individuals with developmental disabilities— children, youth, and young adults, and the people who support them— up-to-date, accessible information and assistance, and referral to other agencies if needed. Our Developmental Disabilities Specialist assists families and individuals with navigating complex systems of care, answering questions, and connecting them with resources.
- Early Childhood Development: Provides family centered services for children up to three years of age who have a delay in development or how have a condition that may lead to a delay in development.
- Health: Provide families and individuals with the support they need to make informed decisions and choices about their health care. Our family support consultants can help you make connections with other families and individuals to find the information and resources that you are seeking. We are here to support you as you navigate the medical/health care system(s) and as you provide a family voice on your own care teams or on boards and committees at the local and state level. We also empower you to advocate for improved public and private policies and build partnerships with the professionals in your lives.
- Mental Health: Whether your child is suspected of having a mental illness or has already been diagnosed, you may be confused about where to seek services and how to navigate the mental health system of care. Vermont Family Network (VFN) provides information and guidance so that families can access appropriate services and supports in school and at home.
- Parent Involvement In School: Parent involvement in school is an essential component to a child’s success and well-being . As a parent, you play an important role in your child’s education, starting as your baby’s first teacher. Remaining involved with your child’s schooling and working together with teachers and administrators as your child goes from kindergarten through high school will make a big difference in your child’s success in school.
- Special Education: Parenting a child with a disability presents unique challenges and navigating the special education system can often be one of them. The staff at Vermont Family Network understands and can provide the support and information you need to be an active and affective participant in the special education process for your child.
Can’t find what you’re looking for here? Contact us directly and we’ll try to help. We are available from 9 am until 5 pm Monday through Friday. You can reach us at 1-800-800-4005.