Notice of Pre-Application and Statement of Activities

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The Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL) intends to apply to the USDA Rural Development for a grant to provide assistance to approximately 15 low-income Vermont homeowners for home repairs/access modifications in the following counties: Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans. The process for selection of recipients for home repairs/access modifications will be by application to VCIL at 11 East State St.,… Continue Reading Notice of Pre-Application and Statement of Activities

VCIL Statement Against Inspiration and ‘Promposals’

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by Ericka Jones, Peer Advocate Counselor Prom season is the period between April and June in the United States. High school students start preparing for their prom in April and then the conversation tends to die down in June after prom is held. As this season starts to infiltrate social media posts, so does an influx of posts depicting the… Continue Reading VCIL Statement Against Inspiration and ‘Promposals’

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How You Can Honor the ADA

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Hire qualified candidates with disabilities who come to you for job opportunities and learn about the different ways to accommodate workers with disabilities. Ask your town officials to redesign sidewalks to eliminate single step entrances in your town. Remember to make accessibility changes when you do a major renovation of a place the public uses. Make your domestic violence shelter,… Continue Reading How You Can Honor the ADA

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New Report Shines Light on Workers with Disabilities

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The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed deep-rooted structural inequalities in the U.S. Immense, historic and racialized inequity in health and health care and the near-invisible “essential workers” that makes everyone’s daily lives possible. Who is “essential?” Who is invisible? What rights do people have to safety and dignity in the workplace? Who is considered expendable? These issues are not new for… Continue Reading New Report Shines Light on Workers with Disabilities

VCIL Welcomes New Staff Members

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The Vermont Center for Independent Living has added three new members to its team. Two of them, Sefakor Komabu-Pomeyie and Cara Sachs, will devote a significant amount of time to COVID-19 response and the third, Laura Siegel, will serve as VCIL’s Deaf Independence Program coordinator. Sefakor Komabu-Pomeyie Sefakor Komabu-Pomeyie of Colchester began in early August as VCIL’s independent living coordinator.… Continue Reading VCIL Welcomes New Staff Members

Working with Disability

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The “Working with Disability: Toward a Truly Inclusive Vermont Labor Force” report is complete! We are proud to have worked with many amazing project partners on this report, including: Diane Dalmasse and James Smith of the Vermont Division for Vocational Rehabilitation; Fred Jones of the Vermont Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired; Kirsten Murphy of the Vermont Developmental Disabilities… Continue Reading Working with Disability

Applicants Sought for Housing Preservation Grant

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The Vermont Center for Independent Living, a statewide disability rights group, is seeking applicants in the state of Vermont who may be eligible for projects under a U.S. Department of Agriculture Housing Preservation Grant. Applicants should be homeowners with a permanent physical disability looking to improve the accessibility of their home with an exterior ramp and/or a bathroom modification, such… Continue Reading Applicants Sought for Housing Preservation Grant

Reimagine Policing in Vermont

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To Vermont’s elected leaders, candidates for office, and other public officials, We the undersigned organizations, our members and supporters, and Vermonters across the state know the safest communities do not have more police—they have more resources. Vermonters want healthy, vibrant communities that support their needs—needs like health care, housing, childcare, education, and jobs. Instead, Vermont has prioritized investing in a… Continue Reading Reimagine Policing in Vermont

VCIL Statement on Police Violence

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The Vermont Center for Independent Living condemns the police violence and systemic racism that pulses through our country. We are in solidarity with a Statement on Police Violence that the National Council on Independent Living released in May. Racism, police brutality, communal grief and trauma have been magnified in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, but these issues are not… Continue Reading VCIL Statement on Police Violence

VCIL Hires New Peer Advocate Counselor in Rutland

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The Vermont Center for Independent Living has a new addition to its team. Ericka Jones joins VCIL as a Peer Advocate Counselor for the Rutland office. In this role, she will work with peers one-on-one and in group settings to improve options for independent living in the community. VCIL Executive Director Sarah Launderville said, “We are thrilled to have Ericka… Continue Reading VCIL Hires New Peer Advocate Counselor in Rutland