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Our stories on Youtube 

The films are slices from the lives of Vermonters who contribute to their communities, each in different ways. These Vermonters are sucessful members of Vermont's welcoming communities.

A special thanks to our contributors for opening their lives and paving the way.


Breaking Barriers

These three shorts follow and admire Vermonter’s who are active role-models in their communities. Ben, Nicole, and Stirling were all featured on Vermont Public Television, and had public service announcements on mainstream radio and television.screen capture of ben, a young man with a disability, on a skilift  from breaking barriers.

Click their names to watch their stories.

Produced in 2011 by Mad River Media of Waitsfield, Vermont.


disABILITY Story Project

Meet David, Robin, and Sherri, as they share their workspace and describe their job responcibilities. The goal of this project is to share the message that we all volunteer, work, advocate, and grow in our communities. The disABILITY Story Project was aired on the radio and television.screencapture of the disability starting segment - there are mountains and trees.

Click their names to watch their stories.

Produced in 2008 by Shadow Productions of Burlington, Vermont.



Vermont Is My Home

"When you can't speak words people feel you have nothing to say to make a difference." - Kyle Moriarty

Three Vermonters with developmental disabilities are in control of their own lives and go to work, school, and participate in the community.

two students working together in a college class. nicole, a woman with a disability, is in deep thought.

Click their names to watch their stories.

Produced in 2014 by CCTV of Burlington, Vermont.


Speak UP! Speaks out.

Self-advocates of "SpeakUp! Addison County." were trained and supported by MCTV to use film equipment, act, direct, and edit film.

Through their hard work they've created a 20 minute film about their advocacy group and members.

a screencapture from speak up! a woman with a disability wears a headset, while another woman in the background is in charge of a large light.

Click here to watch their mini-documentary.

Produced in 2011 by Tim Joy and Speak UP! Addison County of Middlebury, Vermont.


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Living Connections: Voices and Visions for Shared Lives Exhibit 

An exhibit currently touring Vermont, Living Connections features the services in Vermont and individuals with and without disability who have built ever-lasting friendships from these services.

These photographs and displays were created by Mary Claire Carroll and was funded by a grant from VTDDC in 2011.

For details on where the show is currently, please visit Mary Claire's website located at:

"For the last few years I have been taking images for a grant driven project called Living Connections: Voices and Visions for Shared Lives. Living Connections captures the voices and experiences of individuals with and without disabilities who have stories to tell about the new directions for disability services. The exhibit, with my images and text written by Deborah Lisi-Baker, consists of ten panels with images and interviews from a diverse group of Vermonters.

These interviews take place at a time when many Vermonters with developmental and other disabilities remember life in institutions. The right to self-determination and community options is still new and it is transforming how we live and work together. The images and voices in this exhibit reflect a growing expectation-by individuals with disabilities and by those who know them as individuals - that people with developmental and other disabilities are more than service recipients: they are friends, advisors, contributors, students, teachers, allies, and active members of their households, workplaces, social groups, and chosen communities. They also show us the human strength and promise of a society where we are all valued and where we all belong." - Mary Claire Carroll

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Kit, Dawn and Joanna
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Bob and Errica
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Jay and Karen
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Nicole and Taylor
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Patrick and Bubba
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Ronnie and Linda
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Tracey and Harvey
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VTDDCouncil Connections 

Get the latest information regarding key issues for individuals with disabilities and their family members, and learn how local and national issues affect Vermonters in the heart of our communities.

We have a newsletter! VTDDCouncil Connections delivers everything you need about current activities, bills, news, and organizations, and supports you to be a strong advocate. Each issue interviews and highlights an accomplished Vermonter with a developmental disability, titled our "V.I.V".

 Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council Connections Newsletter  

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  • What is a Very Independent Vermonter (V.I.V)?
    A V.I.V is a Vermonter with a disability who speaks up, sets the bar high, and fulfills their goals. They are role models to their neighbors and friends. They have a positive attitude and never accept the word “can’t”.
  • Who can be a Very Independent Vermonter (V.I.V)?
    Any Vermonter of any age with a disability who’s out to achieve. A V.I.V. can be a student, a mentor, an advocate, an athlete, an artist, a musician, a hard worker, a business owner … anybody!
  • How can I become a Very Independent Vermonter (V.I.V)?
    Please call (802-828-1310) or email ( if you or someone you know would make a great candidate for us to interview. We’ll chat, ask a few questions, and ask your help to proof-read your article before we publish it in VT Council Connections.



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