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VTDDC's 5 Year State Plan, Goals and Objectives

Every five years the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council engages in a review of the needs of people with developmental disabilities in our state.  From this, the Council builds a new Five Year State Plan that will guide how the Council uses its resources -- including VTDDC’s annual allocation of federal funds -- to improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities. 


council member hosting a presentation to the rest of the council.

"The first barrier is money. It’s easier to identify economic barrier, as it’s the reason why people are underserved."

- Terry Holden, Council Member

 When Council Members wrote VTDDC’s 2017-2022 5 Year State Plan Goals and Objectives, they focused on supporting and improving the lives of those with developmental disabilities who are unserved and underserved in Vermont’s communities. 
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You can read the
5 Year State Plan Goals and Objectives
in the Simple Version or the Accessible Version.


As an important part of VTDDC’s Needs Assessment, the Council hired an independent firm, Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to collect and analyze information from many sources. HSRI's research came from public documents,  stakeholder interviews, an online survey, and focus groups. hsri's logothumbnail of the cover of hsri's report
To learn what Vermonters said and see HSRI's research,
read their report and read the supporting documentation. Both files are .pdfs.



Statewide Projects funded by VTDDC, and Publications


2017 Disability Awareness Day

Celebrating our Strengths.

The Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights, with help from the Vermont Center for Independent Living, is hosts their yearly gathering at the Statehouse. They organize workshops, press contact, testimony, and networking for self-advocates, and their allies, to connect with Vermont's elected policymakers.

2017 disability awareness day logo. it says "break barriers. build bridges".


Self-Advocacy Project

Building a Strong Network.

Green Mountain Self-Advocates, a statewide organization governed by people with developmental disabilities, provided peer-led support, training and technical assistance to over 20 local self-advocacy groups.


We Can

Ensuring our Voices are Heard.

Through the We Can grant to Green Mountain Self-Advocates, VTDDC ensured that self-advocates received the coaching, accessible materials, and support that they need to speak with their elected officials.


Start Spreadin’ the News

Promoting Positive Perceptions.

Champlain Community Services, Inc. guided self-advocates in composing their personal stories. The group hosted a regional gathering of community leaders invited to listen and learn.


Information, Referral and Assistance

Empowering Vermonters.

Vermont Family Network has developed a model program that fields nearly 10,000 inquiries each year from individuals and families impacted by a disability and requiring support to advocate for their needs.

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Annual Reports

The Annual Report is published yearly and summarizes the Councils accomplishments and partnerships for that fiscal year.

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What is VTDDC?

View VTDDC's 2016 Brochure for a brief introduction on its activities, goals, and investments.
All advocacy begins by saying,
“Nothing about us, without us.”


Choosing Words with Dignity

What you write and what you say can enhance the dignity of people with disabilities and promote positive attitudes about our abilities.

thumbnail of vtddc's choosing words pamphlet

Remember that I am a person first; and second that I have a disability.

Some examples of People First language would be "People with disabilities" or "a person with a disability."

Raise awareness and give examples
of People First Language!

Choosing Words with Dignity is available as a handout and for electronic distribution.

a large r with a red "no circle" over it.
Never say that someone is
handicapped or slow, and never
use the "R-Word".





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