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About VTDDC and Membership

VTDDC Board Members | Becoming a Member | Meeting Minutes | VTDDC By-laws and General Policies

THE VERMONT  DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES COUNCIL is a state-wide board that works to increase public awareness about critical issues affecting people with developmental disabilities and their families.

In addition to state agency and nonprofit representatives, at least 60% of council members are self-advocates and family members. The council may at any time have between 21 and 25 members.

Created under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, VTDDC uses its federal funding to build capacity and advocate for changes to systems so that Vermonters with developmental disabilities are at the heart of Vermont’s communities. 

People with developmental disabilities, their families and guardians play a key role in letting VTDDC know what is happening for those with developmental disabilities throughout Vermont, and in deciding how to use its funds to have the greatest impact on people's lives. VTDDC develops a State Plan every 5 years that drives its work and the grants it awards. Its projects focus on public education, leadership  training, and advocacy aimed at enhancing individual and family-centered supports and services, the ability of people to speak for themselves and make choices, and to exercise all the rights and protections of full community participants.

 

WHAT IS A Developmental Disability?

Under federal law the legal definition of a Developmental Disability is a severe, often lifelong disability that affects people before they reach age 22 and substantially limits functioning ability in three or more life activities such as self-care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, independent living, and employability.

An individual from birth to age nine who has a substantial developmental delay or specific congenital or acquired condition, may be considered to have a developmental disability without meeting three or more of these criteria if the individual, without services and supports, has a high probability of meeting those criteria later in life.

 

 

VTDDC Board Members as of February 2017

VTDDC has four individuals with developmental disabilities, and family members, who are still awaiting appointment by the Governor.

Self-Advocates and Family

   

Agencies Represented on the Council

Fred Breunig from Brattleboro
President and Family

Stacey Emerson from Hyde Park
Vice President and Family

Kaiya Andrews from Waterbury
Member and Self-Advocate

Mike Gruteke from Derby
Member and Self-Advocate

Terry Holden from Jeffersonville
Member and Family

Catherine Hybels from Norwich
Member and Family

Steve Kieselstein from Burlington
Member and Family

Dion LaShay from Bennington
Member and Self-Advocate

Hannah Neff from Brattleboro
Member and Family

Lisa Rudiakov from Bennington
Member and Self-Advocate

Kay Stambler from Shelburne
Member and Family

Miriam Stoll from Burlington
Member and Family

Adrian Vaut from South Burlington
Member and Self-Advocate

  

 

 


 

Julie Arel from the Agency of Human Services:
Department of Health

Betsy Choquette from the Agency of Human Services:
Vocational Rehab

Carol Hassler, MD from the Agency of Human Services:
Children with Special Health Needs

Clare McFadden from the Agency of Human Services:
Department of Aging and Independent Living

Ed Paquin from the Coalition for Disability Rights:
Disability Rights Vermont

Jesse Suter from the University of Vermont:
Center on Disability and Community Inclusion

John Spinney from the Agency of Education:
Transition Aged Youth

Jennifer Stratton from Vermont Designated Agencies:
Lamoille County Mental Health

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Becoming a Member

People with developmental disabilities, self-advocates, and family members are appointed for three year terms by the Governor.  They play a key role in letting VTDDC know what is happening for those with developmental disabilities in Vermont and in deciding how to use its funds to have the greatest impact on peoples' lives.

Members work together to increase public awareness about critical issues affecting people with developmental disabilities and their families and to encourage systems change. They are expected to attend four day-long meetings each year and to be active participants on a committee or work group. They may receive stipends and are reimbursed for expenses needed to attend these meetings.

a thumbnail of vtddc's member application.
Apply to join VTDDC by filling out a member application.

If you would like
more information or need the application in another format please contact us at:

1-802-828-1310  toll free 1-888-317-2006 or e-mail vtddc@vermont.gov

 

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VTDDC Public Meeting Minutes and Agenda

These meeting minutes and related attachments were recorded at the time of the Quarterly Meeting. Meeting Agendas are the planned activities and timeline for the day.

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Quarterly Meetings
Minutes within the last year are shared as they are voted on and finalized. Contact VTDDC for minutes older than a year.

 

What about Sub-Committee Meeting Minutes?
Notes are taken at the Membership Committee, Policy Committee, and Program Committee, but there are no official minutes that are voted on.

 

Exeuctive Committee Meetings

  • Minutes from June 6, 2016 and Agenda. Passed September 6, 2016.
  • Minutes from September 6, 2016 and Agenda. Minutes will be voted on at a later meeting.
  • Minutes from October 8, 2016 was by phone. Minutes will be voted on at a later meeting.
  • Minutes from November 7, 2016 and Agenda. Minutes will be voted on at a later meeting.
  • Minutes from December 5, 2016 and Agenda. Minutes will be voted on at a later meeting.
  • Minutes from January 5, 2017 and Agenda. Passed February 6, 2017.
  • Minutes from February 6, 2017 and Agenda. Minutes will be voted on at a later meeting.
  • Minutes from March 6, 2017 and Agenda. Passed April 3, 2017.
  • Minutes from April 3, 2017 and Agenda. Minutes will be voted on at a later meeting.
  • Minutes from May 2, 2017 with no Agenda. Passed June 5, 2017.
  • Minutes from June 5, 2017 and Agenda. Minutes will be voted on at a later meeting.
  • Minutes from July 17,2017 and Agenda. Minutes will be voted on at a later meeting.

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VTDDC By-Laws and General Policies

 By-laws, policies and procedures provide the framework for VTDDC to fulfill its Mission and State Plan.

These general policies guide VTDDC in its work:
 
 
 
VTDDC's By-Laws
guides members and staff through its authority, purpose, mission, and duties. By-Laws can only be changed by majority vote of the full council.
 the cover to vtddc's member handbook.

VTDDC's By-Laws have proposed changes.
Review the draft that will be voted-on at the next Quarterly Meeting.

The Developmental Disabilities Assistance
and Bill of Rights Act of 2000
is 64 pages and outlines laws that protect all United States citizens with developmental disabilities.

 

 

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