Resources in Vermont
AANE offers support and services to individuals Asperger’s Syndrome and others with similar neurological conditions, such as High Functioning Autism (HFA), PDD-NOS, and Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities. They provide information on resources, books, support and social groups, upcoming trainings and events, local chapters, articles, newsletter, legislative advocacy, adult services and programs.
The AT Tryout & Access Center provides information, referral and hands-on experience with Assistive Technology for Vermonters of all ages and abilities. The AT Tryout Center at CDCI is partnering with the Vermont Assistive Technology Program to house the Chittenden County Tryout Center location.
Autism Puzzle Foundation helps families find services, equipment or toys that will enhance your child’s development- muscle development and coordination, cognitive processing, sensory integration, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, tactile skills, relaxation, and building self esteem. They may also be able to assist families in purchasing services and therapies for children with autism disorders.
ARCH provides and develops resources for children, teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorders and those who support them in the Upper Valley of NH and VT and the surrounding area.
Autism Society of New Hampshire offers parent support and referral information, education, resources, scholarships to educational workshops/conferences.
Autism Support Daily is a non-profit charitable organization, provides financial assistance for medical, educational or professional services, treatments or programs for those with autism, as well as guidance, support, informational resources and family-oriented activities.
The Mission of the Vermont Autism Task Force is to coordinate the efforts of interested parties who serve individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families, and to promote the implementation of best practices throughout the state of Vermont. Membership is comprised of over twenty different individuals concerned about autism, including both professionals and parents.
This guide was developed by a the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living and a committee of clinicians and professionals. The goal of this plan was to increase timely identification and diagnosis to enable access to appropriate services. This guide was created as a result of the Vermont Interagency Autism Plan.
CDCI (in collaboration and coordination with individuals with developmental disabilities promotes opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the areas of personal choice and control, meaningful activities, safety and health and living in the community. They have numerous projects within their department.
CIS is a resource for families with children from birth to age six, and help families when they have questions or concerns about a suspected developmental delay or condition. CIS also has an autism team (serving Chittenden County) at the Vermont Family Network, Children’s Integrated Services-Early Intervention program.
CSHN provides a number of services to Vermont children – birth to age 21 – who have complex health conditions, and to their families including a clinic. Services are provided by teams that may include physician specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, physical or occupational therapists, nutritionists, orthotists, speech and language specialists, audiologists, dentists and orthodontists; each team is unique to the child.
The Disability Law Project represents Vermonters with disabilities in a wide range of civil legal problems related to their disability. The project provides counsel and advice, brief service, and full representation to eligible clients and their family members.The DLP also engages in public policy advocacy to protect and expand the rights of Vermonters with disabilities.
The Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living has information regarding supports and services in Vermont for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. The website also includes information regarding state planning for developing and improving services. Clare McFadden, Autism Specialist can help locate resources and brainstorm solutions for individual situations in home and community services. Contact at (802) 241-2863.
The goal of getATstuff is to help get Assistive Technology devices that are no longer being used into the hands of people who need and can benefit from them in New England. It is designed to facilitate equipment exchange between individuals and is not for vendors or distributors to buy and sell equipment. Vendor participation through donations of equipment is welcome.
Maple Leaf Center organizes and hosts conferences, trade shows, provides publications, and resources on Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Nonverbal Learning Disabilities and Social Skills Training. The center has resources for books, DVDs, toys, and learning aids relating to Autism Spectrum Disorders, NLD and Social Skills Training . They also host a summer camp for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Non Verbal Learning Disabilities (Camp Maple Leaf).
THE NEXT FRONTIER, the first Vermont autism, disabilities and diagnoses weekly radio program. The program includes national as well as international guests, and is created and hosted by Anne Barbano.
This booklet provides parents and others involved with families of children with ASD basic information and resources for assistance. It includes information on available resources and available services.
The Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights (VCDR) is a cross-disability advocacy organization that seeks to increase awareness of disability issues and effect systemic change through legislative and administrative processes. VCDR staff work closely with member organizations to empower people with disabilities, thus enabling them to directly participate in legislative decisions which will expand their civil rights.
The Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL), a non-profit organization directed and staffed by individuals with disabilities, works to promote the dignity, independence and civil rights of Vermonters with disabilities.
The Department of Education offers a wide variety of programs and services in support of Vermont’s students, teachers, educators, administrators, families, and community members. Patti Shane, Low Incidence Disability Specialist, can help locate resources and brainstorm solutions for individual situations in home and community services. Contact at 828-5416.
Developmental Disability Council is a state-wide board that works to increase public awareness about critical issues affecting people with developmental disabilities and their families. Created under the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, VTDDC uses its federal funding to build capacity and advocate for changes to systems so that Vermonters with developmental disabilities are at the heart of Vermont’s communities.
State Board of Education Guide to Special Education Rules and Other Pertinent Rules
This site includes links to public and private resources. It is not a comprehensive collection; however, many of the organizations, documents, and agencies referenced do provide numerous additional links and resources.
The Vermont Family Network is the newly merged organization that was created when Parent to Parent and the Vermont Parent Information Center merged in July 2008. The Vermont Family Network provides information, support and advocacy for families and professionals. Vermont Family Network (VFN) promotes better health, education and well-being for all children and families, with a focus on children and young adults with special needs.
The Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental health supports families and children where a youth is experiencing or at risk to experience emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges. They provide support and advocacy to families.
Vermont 2-1-1 provides all people in Vermont with free access to community resources through information and referral (I&R) . This access includes personal assistance by telephone and online through a searchable database of services.