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VT Leadership Series

Recruitment for the sixth Vermont Leadership Series
will take place in the autumn of 2017!

The Vermont Leadership Series trains Vermonters with developmental disabilities, and their family members, to be advocates for positive social change. Lessons include steps to be a leader, how to get your point across, and key issues in disability rights.

vermont leadership series logo. it is an illustration of three blue people holding hands around the vermont state house. 

These workshops are comprised of presentations, panels, and interactive exercises illustrating legislative advocacy skills, ways to promote positive attitudes about disability, and inclusive practices that harness the strengths of all. Activities are designed to help participants build new partnerships and increase each developing leader’s commitment to making Vermont a better place to live for people with disabilities.

Leadership is for Vermonters with diverse experiences of disability. Examples include: Parents of any age who support a son or daughter with a developmental disability; adults living with intellectual or other disabilities who want to take their advocacy to a new level; sisters, brothers, and grandparents who are growing into their role supporting a family member with a disability.

This training is divided over three weekends:

  • October 21-22, 2017
  • December 2-3, 2017
  • January 13-14, 2018

three leadership series participants are having a discussion and taking notes.

These weekend sessions begin Saturday morning and end Sunday afternoon.

The Graduation ceremony and reception take place every year at the
Vermont State House on Disability Awareness Day.


thumbnail of the leadership series handout

Learn more about the Leadership Series...

... and see the sample application from the previous year.


2015's leadership series graduates sit on the steps of the vermont state house on a sunny day. 

 Did you know? More than half of the 2015 Leadership Class has joined a board or advisory work group.


"Your moto should be 'If I don't do it, who will?'"

- Chester Finn, guest speaker and self-advocate

Want to participate?

Keep watch for when applications are made available and the announced deadline.

The Vermont Leadership Series is sponsored by the Vermont Family Network and the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council, with support from Green Mountain Self-Advocates, the Vermont Department of Health, and the UVM Center on Disability & Community Inclusion.



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