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. 


Person-Centered Thinking for Families, May 9 from 12:00 noon – 1 pm. Register Now. This presentation will provide an overview of what the Person-Centered Thinking process is all about. When making decisions or plans that affect your child, the strategies described in Person Centered-Thinking provide ways to put your child at the forefront. The strategies also offer practical ways to guide how care routines are set up as well as how to choose medical treatments and make decisions around school. The presenter will share stories of families that have used the Person-Centered Thinking process and how they are being applied in Vermont and other parts of the country. Presenter: Roy Gerstenberger, Principal, First Person Services

Preparing for a Healthy College Experience for Youth with Learning or Health Challenges, May 14 from 12 noon – 1 pm. Register Now. The excitement of applying to and choosing a college to attend sometimes pushes important considerations to the background. But those considerations–how to communicate with college personnel, what services and support to expect, and how to interpret campus policies–are critical when a student may struggle with health, mental health and learning challenges. This webinar will help students, families and educators become wiser participants in both the college decision process and in efforts to get off to a good start once they’ve arrived on campus. Presenter: Lee Burdette Williams, Ph.D., Higher Education Consultant; Director of Higher Education Training and Development, College Autism Network; Lecturer, University of Vermont Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program

The Power of Positive Reinforcement: Strategies for Teaching Young Children, May 23 from 12:00 noon – 1 pm. Register Now. Reinforcement is a powerful tool to teach new skills. This webinar will explain the principles of reinforcement, as well as give practical strategies drawn from the science of Applied Behavior Analysis to aid in behavior change. Presenter: Molly H. Bumpas, MEd, CCC/SLP, BCBA holds certifications in both Behavior Analysis and Speech-Language Pathology. She has worked in the field of autism for the past 19 years in a variety of settings, including schools, clinics, and homes. Currently she is the Early Childhood Services Coordinator at SD Associates, a private behavioral consultation company.


If you would like to host a workshop, please email Janice Sabett

No workshops are scheduled at this time.


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.

September 16 – Hike Mt. Philo February 10 – Valentine’s Party (Baird Gym)
October 14 – Fall Festival (Baird Gym) March 10 – Rock Climbing (Metrorock)
Nov 18 – Puppets in Education (VFN Office) April 7 – Puppets in Education (Baird Gym)
December 9 – Paint & Soda (One Arts Place) May 19 – Picnic & Outdoor Games (Oakledge)
January 20 – Clowning Around (Baird Gym) June 2 – Bowling Party (Spare Time)

Support Groups

Here is a list of some parent-run support groups.



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