Vermont
This Executive Order establishes the Vermont Interagency Afterschool Youth Task Force, which includes the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Program Manager. The Task Force is responsible for targeting specific infrastructure gaps in the existing afterschool system, such as access for children and youth with disabilities, and ensuring options exist for youth employment and for education and acquisition of job skills.
This bill requires the Department of Labor to increase the availability of training programs that lead to a credential of value and to create an integrated postsecondary career and technical education system. In doing so the Department is required to recognize issues faced by people with historical barriers to employment or who are underrepresented in the workforce, including people with disabilities.
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, Vermont Assistive Technology Program (VATP)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides consultation and information for those receiving disability benefits, who need help understanding eligibility and the impact work may have on their benefits.
Operating Entity: Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Vermont Legal Aid, Disability Law Project
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides personalized college support for students with learning and social challenges. This includes providing high school students with an introduction to college, and college students with ongoing support. The program consists of an Individualized College Plan, peer mentorship, pre-employment training, self-advocacy training, and more. It is a collaboration between College Steps, high schools, colleges, families, and agencies.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Core Transition Teams increase capacity of high school special education staff, Agency of Human Services (AHS) staff, and community partners at the local level to develop, provide, and manage an effective transition process for students with disabilities. They also coordinates services between multiple agencies.
Operating Entity: Vermont Family Network
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides financial, medical, and legal information to help Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, late Deafened, and Deaf-Blind people access community resources.
Operating Entity: Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity: Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides people with disabilities, family members, and organizations with referrals and information on an array of issues, to help individuals find the resources they need to achieve or maintain their independence.
Operating Entity: Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program offers intensive assistance to youth transitioning to adulthood to help them access and succeed in employment, education, housing, positive relationships, community connections, and independent living. The program is available to youth ages 16 to 21 who are experiencing significant emotional or behavioral challenges that interfere with their potential. It is a collaboration between the Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Departments of Corrections, Mental Health, and Children and Families.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides paid summer employment to blind and visually impaired youth in a residential setting. It requires students to also secure internships in their local community, in order to make connections and expand their summer experience into year-long career exploration.
Operating Entity: Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 12 eastern states plus DC and two territories. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: Navigating Excellence Parent Center Assistance & Collaboration Team (NE-PACT)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Vermont Family Network
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Peer advocate counselors (PACs) work one-on-one and in groups with individuals with disabilities, to find solutions and improve options for independent living. Together, PACs and peers create independent living plans to reach their goals, which might include budgeting finances, acquiring adaptive equipment, communicating more effectively, or finding a job.
Operating Entity: Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Progressive employment consists of short-term placement opportunities that allow individuals to try out a new work scenario, build valuable skills, and demonstrate their capabilities to employers. Work placement opportunities can include everything from an informational interview and company tour to job shadowing and short-term placements.
Operating Entity: Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights Vermont, Inc. (DRVT)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides information, training and technical assistance, and support to youth and young adults with disabilities and their families, including transition services to help youth and their families navigate multiple programs and service systems; actively participate in the development of plans for independence; and collaborate with transition professionals. It is a collaborative effort between Parent Centers in nine northeastern states.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
SUCCEED is a post-secondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities or autism. It focuses on education, campus life, career development, and student housing. While enrolled in the program, students receive support from SUCCEED staff and feedback from their peers, professors, and employers.
Operating Entity: Howard Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps individuals with developmental disabilities find and keep employment. Employment specialists help clients find a job that matches their needs and interests; identify the need for training, and work with employers to provide it; adapt the work site; and design the supports needed to do a job. The program provides support for as long as it is needed.
Operating Entity: Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities attain gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation, access appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program trains Vermonters with developmental disabilities to be advocates for positive social change. Lessons include steps to be a leader, how to get your point across, and key issues in disability rights. Workshops are comprised of presentations, panels, and interactive exercises.
Operating Entity: State of Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council
Entity Type: Other
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Vermont State Treasurer
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: Maine Medical Center, Department of Vocational Services
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL) offers a number of youth transition services including youth group support, a youth advocacy council, and numerous trainings around employment skills, communication skills, confidence and leadership, and more.
Operating Entity: Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This webinar series provides recommendations for the local-level provision of transition services during the COVID-19 outbreak, with the goal of ensuring continued quality implementation of special education.
Operating Entity: Vermont Department of Education
Topic(s): Transition
This document will help families know what to expect from their child’s teachers during distance learning. It includes State level requirements for virtual instruction of students with disabilities, the provision of necessary materials for students with disabilities, and assignment adjustments to best accomodate students with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Vermont Department of Education