Author Archives: Janice Sabett

Puppets in Education Joins VFN Family

Puppets in Education (PiE) is excited to join the VFN Family! PiE has been bringing puppet shows to children throughout Vermont for thirty-seven years, reaching between 5-10,000 children annually. Their twenty programs address a wide range of topics including: Demystifying Autism, Celebrating Individual Differences, Social and Personal Safety, Healthy Bodies, Children’s Mental Health and Alcolhol, […]

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Adult Guardianship and Alternatives

As a child nears 18, there are many things to consider, for example, there are options relating to guardianship. Guardianship is a legal process where the court gives a parent, or other adult the authority to care for and make ALL decisions for another adult. Whether this is the best option for an individual should […]

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Seeking Parents of High School Youth

Are you the parent of a high school aged youth who is working with a Transition Counselor from VocRehab? Are you interested in improving transition services to adulthood for students? Each of the 12 regions in Vermont has an interagency team (with schools) tasked with creating smooth processes and specific student collaboration for high schoolers in each […]

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Augmentative and Alternative Communication Tools

We would like to share some augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) tools with families who have children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is an umbrella term that encompasses the communication methods used to supplement or replace speech or writing for those with impairments in the production or comprehension of spoken or written language.One […]

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Person Centered Care – Where do I start?

The Center for Future Planning helps adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families to plan for the future. It provides information and assistance on areas such as decision-making, housing options, and financial planning. Information includes: Future Planning 101 (learn about person-centered planning) Build Your Plan Tool (an online guided process that enables […]

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Early Childhood Inclusion Policy and Resources

Many young children with special needs continue to be educated in separate preschool settings and apart from regular developing children. In 1985, 36.8% of preschoolers with special needs were educated in early childhood settings with their non-disabled peers.  In 2012, after 27 years of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), 42.5% of young children are […]

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