Upcoming Events

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

Webinars

Visit  VFN’s YouTube channel to watch previously-recorded webinars.

Emergency Medical Services: What Families of Children with Disabilities Need to Know Wednesday, May 17 from 10 – 11 am. Register Now. What happens when you call 9-1-1 and ask for EMS (Emergency Medical Services) for your child? If your child has special needs, it’s even more important to understand how the process works, what to expect, and how you can plan ahead so that your family has the best experience possible. Learn practical tips that will help your family and local EMS agency. Presenter: Stephanie Busch, NREMT, Vermont Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program Coordinator, Division of Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Injury Prevention, Vermont Department of Health

Navigating the Adult Service System:  Rough Seas Ahead Wednesday, May 24 from 10 – 11 am. Register Now.  Families are strongly encouraged to begin planning early for adult services. But what do those services look like? Where are they located administratively? What are the eligibility requirements? And how can you blend and braid funding to ensure necessary supports are in place?  This webinar gives a basic overview of the various systems that deliver services to adults with complex physical and intellectual disabilities. These include Vocational Rehabilitation, Developmental Services, and Choices for Care. Special attention will be given to programs that promote competitive employment while protecting access to Medicaid and other public benefits. Presenter:  Kirsten Murphy, Executive Director of the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council.  Ms. Murphy is the parent of three young adults with developmental disabilities or mental health challenges.

Alternatives to Guardianship: There are real options! Wednesday, May 31 from 10 – 11 am. Register Now. Have 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 Green Mountain Self-Advocates to learn about effective strategies to support someone to make health care and financial decisions while maximizing self-determination. Also learn about the legal alternatives to private guardianship in Vermont for adults. Presenters: Laura A. Gans, Staff Attorney, Disability Law Project, Karen Topper, GMSA Administrative Director, and a self-advocate (TBD)

Workshops

Stay tuned for future updates! If you would like to host a workshop, please email Janice Sabett.

Sibshops

Sibshops are fun events for the siblings of children with special needs. 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! $5-10 donation per session depending on the activity. As always, scholarships are available! Activities shown are subject to change.

Saturday May 20 – 10 am – 1 pm at Metrorock, 6 Susie Wilson Road, Essex. 

Saturday June 3 Bowling party from 11 – 1:30 pm at Spare Time215 Lower Mountain View Dr., Colchester

Support Groups

For information on parent-run support groups click here.

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