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.

Navigating Special Education and the IEP Wednesday, August 30 from 10 – 11 am. 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. Presenters from the Vermont Family Network: Karen Price, Director of Family Support-Education and Christine Kilpatrick, Family Support Consultant-Education

** Cancelled and Will be Rescheduled ** 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

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

Newport: Let’s Get Organized! Monday, September 11 from 10 am – 12 noon. Come meet and chat with other parents as you get your child’s paperwork organized in a Care Notebook that we’ll provide. Learn some tips on advocating for your child. A light breakfast will be provided. Emory Hebard State Office Building (Room 250). RSVP to Lori.Gilbar@vtfn.org or call (802) 373-5382. 

Morristown: Navigating Special Education and the IEP. Monday, September 25 from 6- 8 pm at the Lamoille Family Center. 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. A light meal will be provided. The Lamoille Family Center will provide childcare upon request. Please contact Jackie Stanton at (802) 888-5229 Ext. 149 or jstanton@lamoillefamilycenter.org. 

Newport: Bullying and Harassment Forum. Tuesday, October 3 from 10 am – 12:30 pm. Learn the difference between bullying and harassment and steps you can take to prevent it. Meet and chat with other parents over lunch that will be provided. Emory Hebard State Office Building (Room 250). RSVP to Lori.Gilbar@vtfn.org or call (802) 373-5382.

Newport: Transition to Adulthood for Youth with Disabilities Forum. Wednesday, November 8 from 10 am – 2 pm. Enjoy presentations, resources, lunch and door prizes! Speakers: Laura Lawson, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and Lori Gilbar, Vermont Family Network. Eastside Restaurant, 47 Landing St. RSVP to Paula Manzi (pmanzi@uvm.edu)(802) 895-4529 or Lori.Gilbar@vtfn.org (802) 373-5382

Sibshops

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 (Baird Gym) April 14 – Music Festival (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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