Vermont Leadership Series

Leadership Series Graduates in front of VT State HouseCongratulations to the Class of 2019! The application for the 2020 cohort, including specific dates and locations, is coming soon. 

Step 1: Read the Leadership Information Packet. As an example, see below for the dates and locations of the 2019 cohort’s three training weekends. We’re in the process of finalizing the dates and locations for the 2020 cohort.

Step 2: Complete the Application

Step 3: Attach your completed application to an email and send it to or mail it to Vermont Family Network, 600 Blair Park Rd., Suite 240, Williston, VT 05495, Attn: Joanne Wechsler

Questions? Call Joanne at 1-800-800-4005 or (802) 876-5315 x 217

The Vermont Leadership Series trains Vermonters with developmental disabilities, and their family members, to be advocates for positive social change. Lessons include steps to be a leader, how to get your point across, and key issues in disability rights. More than 100 Vermonters have attended to date!

Workshops consist of presentations, panels, and interactive exercises illustrating legislative advocacy skills, ways to promote positive attitudes about disability, and inclusive practices that harness the strengths of all.

Activities are designed to help participants build new partnerships and increase each developing leader’s commitment to making Vermont a better place to live for people with disabilities.

Leadership is for Vermonters with diverse experiences of disabilityExamples include: Parents of any age who support a son or daughter with a developmental disability; adults living with intellectual or other disabilities who want to take their advocacy to a new level; sisters, brothers, and grandparents who are growing into their role supporting a family member with a disability. “If you care about justice, an end to discrimination, rights of people with disabilities – do it!” (recent graduate)

When does Leadership training take place?

The weekend sessions begin Saturday morning and end Sunday afternoon. The locations and the scheduled dates for the 2018-2019 participants, allies, and trainers, are to be determined.

  • Weekend 1 – October 6-7, 2018 Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee VT
  • Weekend 2 – November 10-11, 2018, Capitol Plaza Hotel, Montpelier VT
  • Weekend 3 – December 1-2, 2019, Middlebury Inn, Middlebury VT
  • Graduation at Disability Awareness Day at Vermont State House – February 27, 2019

How do I become a candidate for participation?

The full application will be available soon. In the meantime, iff you think you may be interested or want to learn more, please contact or 802-876-5315 or 800-800-4005, x 217.

Who sponsors the Leadership Series?

The Leadership series is sponsored by the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council and Vermont Family Network, with support from Green Mountain Self-Advocates, the Vermont Department of Health, and the UVM Center on Disability and Community Inclusion.


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