Skip to main content

Leadership Series

Jump to: Who can apply? | When does it take place? | Learn more | How to Apply | Downloadable Documents

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.

An illustration of three people holding hands, and in the center of them is the Vermont State House. This is the Vermont Leadershp Series logo.

These workshops are comprised of short talks, panels, and lots of hands-on, interactive activities. Trainers model advocating with legislators, 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 new leader’s commitment to making Vermont a better place to live for people with disabilities.

As nationally known self-advocate, Chester Finn, said one year at Leadership,  "Your motto should be 'If I don't do it, who will?'"

 

Leadership is for Vermonters with diverse experiences of disability.
Examples include:

•    Parents who support a son or daughter of any age with a developmental disability.
•    Adults living with intellectual or other disabilities who want to challenge themselves to speak up and learn new skills.
•    Sisters, brothers, and grandparents who are growing into their role supporting a family member with a disability.

 

The 2022 Leadership Series starts soon!

Each weekend session begins Saturday morning and ends Sunday afternoon.  Participants usually spend overnight at the workshop location.  Leadership sponsors cover the cost an overnight room and most meals.  Cost should not be a barrier to participating!

The 2022 Series starts in late fall and runs through to winter.  The Planning Team carefully consider venues for accessibility, cost, and location.

  • Weekend #1, Oct. 29-30, 2022 – Delta Hotels. South Burlington, VT.

  • Weekend #2, Dec. 3-4, 2022– Lake Morey Resort. Fairlee, VT.

  • Weekend #3, Jan. 7-8, 2023 – the Capitol Plaza. Montpelier, VT.

 

Want to learn about the Leadership Series before you apply?

You can read the full five-page packet or the plain language summary.
There is also a quick list of "What to Expect".

 

How do I apply to become a candidate for participation?

The Deadline for the 2022 Vermont Leadership Series is Friday, September 30, 2022. We encourage everyone to apply. Spaces are limited. Don't worry if you aren’t accepted this time. The Series repeats each year.

 

A Special Graduation Ceremony takes place at the end of the Series.

The Planning Team will announce the Date and Location of graduation soon.  Please check this page for updates.

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

An illustration of people running across a finish line.


Downloadable Documents seen on this page: