About VTDDC and Membership
THE VERMONT DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES COUNCIL is a state-wide board that works to increase public awareness about critical issues affecting people with developmental disabilities and their families.
In addition to state agency and nonprofit representatives, at least 60% of council members are self-advocates and family members. The council may at any time have between 21 and 25 members.
Created under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, VTDDC uses its federal funding to build capacity and advocate for changes to systems so that Vermonters with developmental disabilities are at the heart of Vermont’s communities.
People with developmental disabilities, their families and guardians play a key role in letting VTDDC know what is happening for those with developmental disabilities throughout Vermont, and in deciding how to use its funds to have the greatest impact on people's lives. VTDDC develops a State Plan every 5 years that drives its work and the grants it awards. Its projects focus on public education, leadership training, and advocacy aimed at enhancing individual and family-centered supports and services, the ability of people to speak for themselves and make choices, and to exercise all the rights and protections of full community participants.
WHAT IS A Developmental Disability?
Under federal law the legal definition of a Developmental Disability is a severe, often lifelong disability that affects people before they reach age 22 and substantially limits functioning ability in three or more life activities such as self-care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, independent living, and employability.
An individual from birth to age nine who has a substantial developmental delay or specific congenital or acquired condition, may be considered to have a developmental disability without meeting three or more of these criteria if the individual, without services and supports, has a high probability of meeting those criteria later in life.
VTDDC Board Members as of February 2017
VTDDC has four individuals with developmental disabilities, and family members, who are still awaiting appointment by the Governor.
Self-Advocates and Family
Agencies Represented on the Council
Fred Breunig from Brattleboro
Cinn Smith from Fair Haven
Stacey Emerson from Hyde Park
Mike Gruteke from Derby
Terry Holden from Jeffersonville
Catherine Hybels from Norwich
Dion LaShay from Bennington
Lisa Rudiakov from Bennington
Marcy Ryan from Winooski
Kay Stambler from Shelburne
Miriam Stoll from Burlington
Adrian Vaut from South Burlington
Julie Arel from the Agency of Human Services:
Betsy Choquette from the Agency of Human Services:
Carol Hassler, MD from the Agency of Human Services:
Clare McFadden from the Agency of Human Services:
Ed Paquin from the Coalition for Disability Rights:
Susan Ryan from the University of Vermont:
John Spinney from the Agency of Education:
Jennifer Stratton from Vermont Designated Agencies:
People with developmental disabilities, self-advocates, and family members are appointed for three year terms by the Governor. They play a key role in letting VTDDC know what is happening for those with developmental disabilities in Vermont and in deciding how to use its funds to have the greatest impact on peoples' lives.
|Members work together to increase public awareness about critical issues affecting people with developmental disabilities and their families and to encourage systems change. They are expected to attend four day-long meetings each year and to be active participants on a committee or work group. They may receive stipends and are reimbursed for expenses needed to attend these meetings.|| |
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These meeting minutes and related attachments were recorded at the time of the Quarterly Meeting. Meeting Agendas are the planned activities and timeline for the day.
|What about Sub-Committee Meeting Minutes? |
Notes are taken at the Membership Committee, Policy Committee, and Program Committee, but there are no official minutes that are voted on.
Exeuctive Committee Meetings
By-laws, policies and procedures provide the framework for VTDDC to fulfill its Mission and State Plan.
These general policies guide VTDDC in its work:
| ||VTDDC's By-Laws|
guides members and staff through its authority, purpose, mission, and duties. By-Laws can only be changed by majority vote of the full council.
VTDDC's By-Laws have proposed changes.
|The Developmental Disabilities Assistance|
and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 is 64 pages and outlines laws that protect all United States citizens with developmental disabilities.