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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, and staff will pass this information to the Program Committee.

VTDDC distributes grants to organizations for training, policy-maker education, coalition building, and outreach.


Current, open registration for participation...

A highschool graduate with a disability poses with their diploma and robes. Their parents are with them.SDM STRONG!, July 30-July 31, 2022

Learn about alternatives to guardianship, including supported decision-making.  This weekend workshop is taught by Vermont Family Network, Green Mountain Self-Advocates, and the Disability Law Project on the campus of Castleton University. Register for SDM Strong! if...
•    You’re transitioning out of high school.
•    You’re a part of a team (family + support person) that aids someone transitioning to adulthood.


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Past Projects and Trainings sponsored by VTDDC...

Self-advocates and family members brainstorm ideas. Someone is taking notes.

Self-Advocacy Project

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."


Working with a Disability

There is a job for everyone. Vermonters with disabilities want meaningful, career-driven employment. By working alongside several network partners, the Council is crafting a unique campaign that will find gaps in the workforce and educate employers. Our message is simple: "Having an inclusive workforce will strengthen our small businesses and power our little State." Working with a Disability is the first of many published research papers that will lead the campaign and reverse Vermont's shrinking workforce. Are you using reader software? Consider opening Working with a Disability (alternative version for reading software) instead.


Vermont Story-Telling Project

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-advocates and family members. Participants learned that through careful crafting and considerate messaging they may inspire action in others and ultimately influence state-wide change.



Self-advocates, family members, and allies, listen to a welcoming speech by Governor Peter Shumlin.

Disability Awareness Day

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.





Request for Proposals

The Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council is not seeking proposals at this time.