Events & Calendar

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 

Home Supports for Adults in Vermont Home and Community-Based Developmental Disability Services: Wednesday, April 24 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am. Register Now. The State of Vermont System of Care for people receiving developmental disability services offers several options for residential support. This webinar will discuss current existing models and offer perspectives from the Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DDSD) about statewide issues in home supports, and how to address the changing needs and wishes of individuals and their families. Presenter: Amy Roth, Assistant Director, DAIL/DDSD

Update on Universal Pre-Kindergarten in Vermont: Wednesday, May 9 from 12 – 1 pm. Register Now.  The State of Vermont has invested in Pre-Kindergarten in recent years and sees this set of services as a critical focus for improved outcomes for children across our state. Act 166 was passed to provide access to high quality Pre-Kindergarten services to all Vermont children through creating private-public partnerships between private Pre-K providers and school districts. This session will focus on an overview of the process by which private providers partner with school districts and what this means as a parent who is seeking to access this resource. Providers will also benefit in hearing from a public school leader who is responsible for managing implementation of this law. Presenter: Erin Maguire, Director of Student Support Services, Essex Westford School District

Helpful Approaches to Navigating Sensory Sensitivities in the Community: Wednesday, June 5 from 12 – 1 pm. Register Now. There are many considerations and approaches that can be helpful when introducing or re-introducing a child to a setting that is out of routine (e.g., medical appointments, hospitalizations, haircuts, etc.) These approaches can be especially helpful for children with sensory sensitivities. Child Life Specialists from the UVM Children’s Hospital are trained to set up the environment, provide developmentally-appropriate education and support to children and families with a wide array of cognitive, emotional and physical needs in order to help process experiences in a way that is meaningful. We invite you to explore our toolbox of knowledge and encourage you to help us continue to fill it with the strategies that have been successful in your own journey. Please email your strategies and approaches to the presenters: Presenters from the UVM Children’s Hospital: Jennifer Eddy, CCLS (Certified Child Life Specialist) – Comfort Zone (Outpatient Pediatric Sedation Center) Jennifer.C.Eddy@uvmhealth.org and Jennifer Dawson, CCLS – Baird 5 and PICU (Inpatient) Jennifer.Dawson@uvmhealth.org

Workshops

If you would like to host a workshop, please call Janice Sabett at 1-800-800-4005 x218 or email Janice Sabett

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 Williston 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 except January 13 which is a Sunday. Below is the 2018-2019 schedule.

September 15 – Get Air Trampoline Park & Parent Sibshop Orientation (Get Air in Williston) February 9 – Love & Cupcakes (Knight Lane)
October 13 – Fall Festival (Knight Lane) March 9 – Rock Climbing (Metrorock in Essex)
November 17 – Puppets in Education (Knight Lane) April 13 – Spring Festival (Knight Lane)
December 8 – Paint & Soda (Knight Lane) May 18 – Family Pizza Party & Outdoor Games (Ethan Allen Homestead Picnic Area Burlington)
January 13, Sunday – Ice Skating (Essex Skating Facility) June 22 – Mini-golf  (Family Fun Center in Essex)

Support Groups

Here is a list of some support groups.

 

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