Events & Calendar

VFN’s upcoming events include webinars, workshops, Sibshops, and support groups. If you have a suggestion for a future event, please contact Janice Sabett. 


Guardianship: Consider the Alternatives: Wednesday, October 31 from 12 – 1 pm. Register NowHave you been working hard to support your son or daughter to be independent but are worried about keeping them safe? Join the Disability Law Project and the Office of Public Guardian to learn about effective strategies to support a family member or friend in being their own primary decision maker. This webinar will provide an overview of guardianship and alternatives to guardianship. It will also provide sample forms to use as alternatives to guardianship, and resources to help guide you through the process. Presenters: Nancy Breiden, Director, Disability Law Project of Vermont Legal Aid and Jackie Rogers, Director, Office of Public Guardianship

Creating a Vision for Adulthood: Thursday, November 29 from 12 – 1 pm. Register Now. If you are a parent of a young child, the transition to adulthood can seem like a distant bridge to cross. Arriving at that bridge can inspire anxiety, concern and trepidation. Those feelings can be minimized with early preparation and a plan for your child’s transition. Lisa DeNatale and her son Harrison Boutcher will share how they, together with their family and team, designed Harrison’s transition by focusing on the present while never losing sight of the bridge.


If you would like to host a workshop, please call Janice Sabett at 1-800-800-4005 x218 or email Janice Sabett

Morristown – Monday, October 15 from 6 – 8 pm: Navigating Special Education and the IEP. Register Now. Parents are equal partners in the development of their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). Learn about special education evaluations, what it takes to qualify for an IEP, how to develop a strong IEP, parents rights, and tips for successful school meetings.The Lamoille Family Center will provide childcare upon request. Please contact Jackie Stanton or (802) 888-5229 Ext. 149. If you need an interpreter or any other special accommodations, please  contact Janice Sabett  or 1-800-800-4005, x 218 by September 24.

Newport – Monday, October 22 from 10 – 11:30 am: Bullying & Harassment Forum. Learn the difference between bullying and harassment; learn how to prevent bullying and harassment; meet other parents and share ideas; resources ~ snacks ~ door prizes. Emory Hebard State Office Building, 100 Main St., Room 250 (second floor). RSVP to [email protected]  or (802) 373-5382.


Sibshops are fun events for the siblings of children with special needs. Take a look at our Sibshop Frequently Asked Questions and Answers or watch this video to learn more. Sibshops meet in the Burlington area. For information, questions, or to RSVP, please contact Jamie Rainville or call (802) 876-5315 or 1-800-800-4005, x 243.

Sibshop Schedule for Children and Youth Ages 6+

Each Sibshop includes an activity, conversation, and sharing a meal. Locations vary depending on the activity. Participants should dress comfortably and be ready for action! $10 donation per session. As always, scholarships are available! Activities are subject to change. 

Complete a Sibshop Registration form and save money! Fax (802-876-6291) or mail to: Vermont Family Network, 600 Blair Park Rd., Suite 240, Williston, VT 05495 Attn: Jamie Rainville

All activities are on Saturday except January 13 which is a Sunday. Below is the 2018-2019 schedule.

September 15 – Get Air Trampoline Park & Parent Sibshop Orientation (Get Air in Williston) February 9 – Love & Cupcakes (Knight Lane)
October 13 – Fall Festival (Knight Lane) March 9 – Rock Climbing (Metrorock in Essex)
November 17 – Puppets in Education (Knight Lane) April 13 – Spring Festival (Knight Lane)
December 8 – Paint & Soda (Knight Lane) May 18 – Family Pizza Party & Outdoor Games (Ethan Allen Homestead Picnic Area Burlington)
January 13 (Sunday) – Ice Skating (Essex Skating Facility) June 22 – Mini-golf  (Family Fun Center in Essex)

Support Groups

Here is a list of some support groups.


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