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. 


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

Advice from an Expert: Is My Child’s Development on Track? Wednesday, March 1 from 10-11 am. Register Now. Karen Rodgers is a Speech Language Pathologist at the Stern Center for Language and Learning. She has fourteen years of experience with young children. She will share her expertise in the areas of feeding, speech, social development, and language development. Presenter: Karen Rodgers, Speech Language Pathologist, Stern Center for Language and Learning

Alternatives to Guardianship: There are real options! Wednesday, March 22 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)


Stay tuned for future updates!


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.

Sunday March 12 – Ice skating from 2 – 5 pm at Essex Junction Skating Rink 2 Educational Dr, Essex Junction

Saturday April 8 – 10 am – 1 pm at the Howard Center’s McClure Gym, 1138 Pine St., Burlington

Saturday May 20Painting art project from 10 – 1 pm at the Howard Center’s McClure Gym, 1138 Pine St., Burlington

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

Support Groups

For information on parent-run support groups click here.

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