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Congressional Forum

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Be a part of the conversation! Vermont’s sole congressional seat is open and it is vital that you are part of the process.  The Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) and Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL) are holding a congressional forum on Tuesday, July 26 from 1:15-2:45 at the Capitol Plaza (also via zoom, link coming soon), followed by a… Continue Reading Congressional Forum

Notice of Pre-Application and Statement of Activities – USDA Rural Development Grant

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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 Street,… Continue Reading Notice of Pre-Application and Statement of Activities – USDA Rural Development Grant

Who Needs an Additional COVID-19 Vaccine?

Linda Meleady VCIL News

Currently, CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. This includes people who have: • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood( • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking… Continue Reading Who Needs an Additional COVID-19 Vaccine?

Notice of Pre-Application and Statement of Activities

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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’

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

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

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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 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