The Vermont Leadership Series is proud to share that 22 advocates for disability rights have successfully completed their requirements for graduation. Although the ceremony was originally planned to happen on Disability Awareness Day at the Vermont State House in March, an in-person event was not possible this year due to Covid-19. The actual ceremony took place via Zoom on October 20th, 2020. It was hosted by Green Mountain Self-Advocates (GMSA), the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council (VTDDC) and Vermont Family Network (VFN). It was facilitated by Max Barrows of GMSA and featured a guest appearance by VT Dept. of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living Commissioner Monica Caserta Hutt. With 56 attendees watching, the four Action Teams presented their team advocacy projects and each graduate had an opportunity to share their advocacy goals for the upcoming year. In addition, each graduate received by mail a signed certificate, a letter of recognition, a Vermont Leadership Series lapel pin to wear while advocating, and a mask with Rep. John Lewis’ words “Good Trouble.” The graduates came from across the State and included 10 self-advocates and 12 family members, including parents and siblings. For more information about the Vermont Leadership Series click here. Congratulations Class of 2020! Photo credit: VTDDC