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

A Win for Many SSI Recipients: Automatic Economic Impact Payments

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On April 16, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Treasury Department, and SSA announced that SSI recipients will automatically receive their payments. Payments will be received by the same method they usually receive their SSI benefits, and they should be received by early May. This is a big victory that will ensure millions of people can access much-needed payments to help… Continue Reading A Win for Many SSI Recipients: Automatic Economic Impact Payments

COVID-19 Resources for the Disability Community

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The following is a list of recent COVID resources: Vermont State Response and Resources The ADA and Face Mask Policies Video: Know Your Rights: People with Disabilities Can Have a Supporter in the Hospital During COVID-19 COVID-19 resources from Disability Rights Vermont Crisis hotlines COVID-19 and Social Insurance and Benefit Programs Facebook group, Amplifying Voices – National Disability COVID-19 The… Continue Reading COVID-19 Resources for the Disability Community

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VCIL Celebrates 40 Years

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The Vermont Center for Independent Living, a statewide nonprofit organization, is celebrating 40 years of people with disabilities working together for dignity, independence and civil rights. Like other independent living centers across the country, VCIL is committed to cross-disability services, the promotion of active citizenship and working with others to create services that support self-determination and full participation in community… Continue Reading VCIL Celebrates 40 Years

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VCIL Honors Vermont Arts Council

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On Dec. 18, the Vermont Center for Independent Living, a statewide disability rights organization, honored the Vermont Arts Council with an Ally of Accessibility Award. The Vermont Arts Council has been on the forefront of accessibility for years and has shown a strong commitment to disability. The organization has a staff person dedicated to offering technical assistance to arts organizations… Continue Reading VCIL Honors Vermont Arts Council

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VCIL Honors Amazing Young Advocate

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On Dec. 21, the Vermont Center for Independent Living honored a young Grand Isle woman who is striving to make the world a better place. Jacqueline Kelley received the Deborah Lisi-Baker Youth Leader Award. VCIL, a nonprofit organization directed and staffed by individuals with disabilities, works to promote the dignity, independence and civil rights of Vermonters with disabilities. The VCIL… Continue Reading VCIL Honors Amazing Young Advocate

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Butch & Babe’s Honored for Accessibility

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The Vermont Center for Independent Living, a statewide disability rights organization, recognized a Burlington restaurant on Nov. 29 for its commitment to accessibility. Butch & Babe’s owner Kortnee Bush received the Rosemary J. Miller Dining for All Award. Bush opened the Old North End eatery in 2015. Butch & Babe’s serves up good American food and a welcoming family and… Continue Reading Butch & Babe’s Honored for Accessibility