The Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council often seeks community partners interested in implementing specific parts of the Five-Year Plan.
The process starts with a Request-for-Proposals (RFP), which is posted below and on the Vermont Bid System. Applicants can submit a proposal by the posted deadline following the guidelines in the RFP. Proposals are reviewed by the Program Committee, which makes recommendations to the full Council. Not all applications reach the full Council. The Program Committee does not review unsolicited proposals, but any Vermonter with a project that supports the Five-Year Plan can call VTDDC to share their ideas; staff will pass this information to the Program Committee.
VTDDC distributes grants to organizations for training, policy-maker education, coalition building, and outreach.
Strengthening Self-Advocacy. Green Mountain Self-Advocates, a statewide organization governed by people with developmental disabilities, provides peer-led support, training and technical assistance to over 20 local self-advocacy groups. The Council supports GMSA to realize its core mission "for people with developmental disabilities to educate peers to take control over their own lives, make decisions, solve problems, and speak for themselves."
Supporting parents of students. Scholarships were awarded to seventeen (17) Vermont parents to complete the Level 1 Training in special education law through the Council on Parent Attorney Advocates. Over the twenty-two (22) hour program, participants learned how to navigate the special education system and understand special education as a civil right, with an additional two classes specially customzied for Vermont special education laws and issues.
Researching Vermonters in the workplace. What is the situation for employment of people who are not receiving Disability Long Term Services and Supports? The Council is working alongside the Public Assets Institute, the Vermont Center for Independent Living, and several other organizations to share the story of employment, gaps in the workforce, and how hiring people with disabilities strengthens communities.
"It helps our Council to be seen as a real force, as experts, and that can help us with a variety of projects in the future."
- Council member, Steve Kieselstein
Sharing our stories gives us power. Representative Mary-Beth Redmond, from the Vermont Story-Lab, hosted three (3) free workshops around the State for self-advcoates and family members. Participants learned that through careful crafting and considerate messaging they may inspire action in others and ultimately influence state-wide change.
Celebrating our Strengths. The Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights rallies than three-hundred (300) self‐advocates, family members, and allies gather at the State House annually. They educate policy makers, participate in workshops, and witness the graduation ceremony for the Vermont Leadership Series. There is also a press conference and reception. Save the date for March 2020.
The Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council is not seeking proposals at this time.
What does the State of Vermont Grant Agreements Attachments look like if you were to recieve the award?
Projects recently awarded:
- The Vermont Self-Advocacy Project grant was renewed, awarding $60,000 for twelve (12) months. The grant ends September 30, 2020.
- The Cross-Disability Coordinator grant was renewed, awarding the for $40,000 for tweleve (12) months. The grant ends September 30, 2020.
- Support for Disability Awareness Day was awarded to the at $7,500. They will plan and host the event in March 2020.