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

Look for Ways to Support Our Black and Jewish Neighbors

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We held our monthly full staff meeting recently at the Vermont Center for Independent Living. At every staff meeting we pause to honor with a moment of silence those who have died within our movement. We say their names out loud and reflect on how they impacted our lives. This month the list was a bit longer as we honored… Continue Reading Look for Ways to Support Our Black and Jewish Neighbors

VCIL Opposes Weakening of Transgender Rights

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This week multiple news outlets reported that the Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, which will eliminate the rights of transgender people. The plan includes having the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) ignore modern science, medicine and the law. This is… Continue Reading VCIL Opposes Weakening of Transgender Rights