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.
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.
Guest speaker and nationally known self-advocate, Chester Finn, encourages Leadership Series participants by saying, "Your motto should be 'If I don't do it, who will?'"
- 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.
Each weekend session begins Saturday morning and ends Sunday afternoon. So, what’s different about this year?. The only thing that really changes is the when and where, which is described in the 2020 Leadership Series Coverpage. Leadership coordinators carefully consider venues for accessibility, cost, and location…
- Weekend one, November 9-10, 2019:
Windjammer Inn, Burlington
- Weekend two, December 7-8, 2019:
Middlebury Inn, Middlebury
- Weekend three, January 11-12, 2020:
Capitol Plaza, Montpelier
The Deadline for the 2020 Vermont Leadership Series has been extended to Monday, September 30, 2019. We encourage everyone to apply and spaces are limited. Don't fret if you weren't accepted this time or missed the application deadline - another class is always just around the corner.
- Save to your device and fill-out the application electronically by typing.
- Save to your device, print, and fill-out the application by hand writing.
The Leadership Graduation Ceremony takes place every year at the Vermont State House on Disability Awareness Day.
The series is sponsored by the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council and, with support from , , and .