Disability & Accessibility

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Adult Protective Services (APS)
Call 1-800-564-1612 or 802-241-3918 to report abuse, neglect or exploitation of a vulnerable adult

Adult Protective Services (APS) is a public safety program within the Division of Licensing and Protection (DLP) of the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living. APS is tasked with receiving and investigating allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable elderly and disabled adults in Vermont. Investigations are conducted to determine the validity of allegations and when warranted, include the coordination of protective services to address critical safety concerns. The APS Program maintains a registry of substantiated perpetrators of abuse and performs checks of that registry for employers that provide care and services to vulnerable adults. APS is also involved in community education programs to raise public awareness of abuse issues, stimulate prevention efforts, and educate personal care staff members about their mandatory reporting responsibilities.

 

Vermont Family Network
600 Blair Park Rd, Ste 240
Williston, VT 05495
800-800-4005
http://www.vermontfamilynetwork.org/

Vermont Family Network (VFN), promotes better health, education, and well-being for children and families, with a focus on children and young adults with special needs. Vermont Family Network began in July, 2008, when Vermont Parent Information Center (VPIC) and Parent to Parent of Vermont (PPV) merged. Since the merger, VFN has continued to offer the same support, services, and referrals to children and families that were once offered by VPIC and Parent to Parent. Service areas for VFN include: assistive technology, developmental disabilities, early childhood development, health, mental health, parent involvement in school and special education.

 

Vermont Center for Independent Living
11 East State Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
800-639-1522
http://www.vcil.org/

Provides peer advocacy counseling which includes one-on-one support. By working with peer counselors, individuals with disabilities learn how to do their own problem solving and enhance their ability to advocate themselves. Through the Center, programs and resources such as Meals on Wheels, The Ed Roberts Library, and the Home Access Program are available by contacting any office for information.

VCIL is a New England ADA Center State Affiliate. Call 1-800-949-4232 of go to http://www.newenglandada.org/ with questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act

Montpelier:
11 East State Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 229-0501 / 800-639-1522
800-639-1522 (TTY)

Bennington:
P.O. Box 82
601 Main Street
Bennington,Vermont 05201
802-447-0574 (voice / TTY)
802-447-0001 (Videophone)

Brattleboro:
28 Vernon St., Suite 211
Brattleboro, VT 05301
802-254-6851 (voice / TTY)
866-552-8792 (Videophone)

Newport:
55 Seymour Lane, Suite 29
Newport, VT 05855
802-334-9000

Rutland:
1 Scale Ave., Suite 30
Rutland, VT 05701-4452
802-779-9021

Shelburne:
145 Pine Haven Shores Road, Suite 1137A
Shelburne, VT 05482
Sue Williams Freedom Fund: 802-985-9880
(voice / TTY) PAC Program: 802-985-9863
866-970-3107 Videophone

 

Disability Law Project of Vermont Legal Aid
Disability Law Project represents Vermonters with physical and developmental disabilities where their legal problem arises from their disability. Cases include guardianship, special education, discrimination in employment and housing, access to health care, and Social Security Disability-related benefits problems.

 

The Vermont Assistive Technology Project of the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living
103 South Main Street -- Weeks Building
Waterbury, Vermont 05671-2305
(802) 871-3065
(802) 241-3557 (TTY)

http://dail.vermont.gov/dail-programs

VATP is committed to enabling Vermonters with disabilities to be independent, productive and confident. We assist Vermonters with clear, direct avenues toward integration and inclusion in school, the workforce and the community. As an agent of change and advocacy, we seek to keep the benefits of assistive devices and technologies foremost in the minds of consumers, policy makers, and service providers. Our vision is that all individuals with disabilities receive the assistive technology they need and want, within a dependable, consistent system of service delivery that is consumer driven and consumer responsive.

 

Multiple Sclerosis Society, Vermont Office
75 Talcott Road
Williston, VT 05495
(800)-344-4867
http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/MAM/About-this-Chapter/Locations/Vermont-Regional-Office

The mission of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis. Providing accurate, up-to-date information to individuals with MS, their families, and healthcare providers is central to our mission.

 

Vermont Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Weeks Building, 103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05671-2304
(802) 241-2210
http://www.dbvi.vermont.gov/

DBVI's mission is to assist Vermonters who are blind and/or and visually impaired to achieve or maintain their fullest possible economic independence, self-reliance, and social integration. A wide range of services is offered to accommodate individual needs.

Central Office:
Weeks Building, 103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05671-2304
(802) 241-2210 / 888-405-5005

Barre/Montpelier Regional Office:
10 Main Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 828-2762 / 800-708-7681

Burlington Regional Office:
110 Cherry Street, Suite 2-1
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 863-7530 / 800-708-7703

Rutland Regional Office:
190 Asa Bloomer Building
Rutland, VT 05701-9408
(802) 786-5822 / 800-708-7712

Springfield Regional Office:
100 Mineral Street, Suite 301
Springfield, VT 05156-2306
(802) 885-9133 / 800-356-1526

 

Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
http://www.vabvi.org/

The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI) is a non-profit organization and the only private agency to offer free training, services and support to visually impaired Vermonters. There are four offices located in the state:

Brattleboro
38 Park Place, Suite 2,
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 254-8761 / 877-350-8840

South Burlington
60 Kimball Avenue
South Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 863-1358 / 800-639-5861

Montpelier
10 Main Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 828-5997 / 877-350-8838

Rutland
80 West Street, Suite 202
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 775-6452 / 877-350-8839

 

Disability Rights Vermont
141 Main Street, Suite 7
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 229-1355 / 800-834-7890 (Disability Rights Hotline)
http://www.disabilityrightsvt.org/

Rutland office:
1 Scale Ave, Suite 23
Howe Center, Building 14
Rutland VT, 05701
(802) 773-4994 / (802) 773-3944

St Johnsbury office:
PO Box 311, 108 Cherry Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-1154

Disability Rights Vermont is a statewide agency dedicated to advancing the rights of people with disabilities and mental health issues. They are separate and independent from all state agencies, hospitals, and community mental health centers. They work towards a system that honors the dignity and needs of all people with disabilities. They support human and civil rights by investigating complaints of abuse and neglect (physical or sexual assault, verbal & physical abuse, restraint and seclusion, forced treatment, and harassment); and complaints of violations of individual rights (the right to refuse treatment, right to privacy, access to medical records, confidentiality, etc.). They offer: Information, support, referrals to other agencies and services, assistance preparing a durable power of attorney for health care (legal document stating treatment wishes in case an individual becomes unable to make health care decisions), advocacy and legal representation.

 

Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights
11 East State St., Suite #2
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
800-639-1522
http://www.vcdr.org/

The Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights (VCDR) is a cross-disability advocacy organization that seeks to increase awareness of disability issues and effect systemic change through legislative and administrative processes. VCDR staff work closely with member organizations to empower people with disabilities, thus enabling them to directly participate in legislative decisions which will expand their civil rights.

 

Developmental Disabilities Council
103 S. Main Street
1 North Suite 117
Waterbury VT 05671-0206
802-828-1319 or 888-317-2006
http://www.ddc.vermont.gov/

The mission of VTDDC is to facilitate connections and to promote supports that bring people with developmental disabilities into the heart of Vermont Communities.

 

Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living
Division of Disability and Aging Services

103 South Main Street
One North, Suite 117
Waterbury, Vermont 05671-1601
(802) 241-2648
 

Temporarily located at
322 Industrial Lane
Berlin, Vermont
(802)-828-1310

http://www.ddas.vermont.gov/

The Division of Disability and Aging Services (DDAS) is responsible for all community-based long-term care services for older Vermonters, individuals with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries and physical disabilities. The Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living is the center of the Agency of Human Services' program management and policy development with respect to older persons and persons with disabilities. The Department works to assure quality of care and life to individuals receiving health care and/or long term care services from licensed or certified health care providers and protect elderly and disabled adults from abuse, neglect and exploitation

 

Vermont Statewide Independent Living Council
P.O. Box 56
Winooski, VT 05404
(802) 233-4908
www.vtsilc.org/

The Vermont Statewide Independent Living Council exists to advance the equality with which people with disabilities enjoy, participate in and contribute to the lives of their communities, families and friends.

 

Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council
103 South Main Street
One North, Suite 117
Waterbury, Vermont 05671-1601
(802) 241-2648
 

Temporarily located at
322 Industrial Lane
Berlin, Vermont
(802)-828-1310

(802) 241-2612 (TTY)
http://ddc.vermont.gov/

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.

 

Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services (DVAS)
PO Box 61
South Barre, Vermont 05670
(802) 479-1934 (voice / TTY)
800-303-3827 (TTY)
http://www.dvas.org/

Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services (DVAS) provides advocacy for deaf victims of abuse, as well as information and referral for area agencies, including how to get an interpreter, how to buy certain equipment, or how to use TTY or relay services to talk to deaf people on the phone. In addition, DVAS offers a deaf victim advocate who will work with deaf victims statewide in legal, medical or whatever kind of advocacy needed. DVAS provides trainings to Domestic Violence agencies on how to communicate with deaf people.

 

Vermont Interpreter Referral Service (VIRS)
130 Austine Drive, Suite 110
Brattleboro, VT 05301
802-254-3920 / 800-639-1519
http://www.virs.org/

The Vermont Interpreter Referral Service (VIRS) provides statewide interpreter and CART referral services for American Sign Language (ASL)/spoken English/oral interpreting assignments in settings such as medical, legal, mental health, employment, educational, civil and recreational situations (fee charged).

 

Green Mountain Self- Advocates
2 Prospect Street, Suite 6
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
802-229-2600 / 1-800-564-9990
www.gmsavt.org/

Green Mountain Self-Advocates (GMSA) is a statewide self-advocacy network run and operated by people with developmental disabilities. The GMSA board includes representatives from 17 local self-advocacy groups. The groups come together to listen to each other, make new friends, learn about people's rights and tell politicians and others why people with disabilities are important. Green Mountain Self-Advocates is building a movement for self-advocacy through public education and awareness, peer mentoring, support, advocacy and direct action.

The purpose of Green Mountain Self-Advocates is for people with developmental disabilities to take control over their own lives, make decisions, solve problems and speak for themselves. We educate and make the public aware of the strengths, rights, wants and needs of people with developmental disabilities.

 

VT-ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Savings Plan
treasurers.office@vermont.gov
https://www.vermontable.com/

VT-ABLE is a federally tax-deferred plan allowing eligible Vermonters to save for disability related expenses like housing, transportation, employment training, and other important needs. Balances and distributions do not affect needs-based financial aid such as Medicaid or SSI.  Earnings on savings are tax-deferred and tax-free when used to pay for qualified expenses.  VT-ABLE participants will be able contribute up to $14,000 annually.  This program is a way parents and other relatives can put aside money for the future of a family member with a disability. It also allows working adults with disabilities to keep what they earn without frequent adjustments to benefits like Social Security, which has a $2000 asset limit. Savings remains in the name of the person with the disability.

 

Adaptive Driving Associates
220 Holiday Drive, Suite 24
White River Junction, VT 05001
802 296-2004

Provides driver training or re-training to adaptive driving candidates; adaptive equipment is provided as necessary.

 

Brain Injury Association of Vermont
92 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05671
(877) 856-1772 Helpline
(802) 244-6850

Provides: information about brain injury; referrals to professionals; assistance in accessing resources; individual and family advocacy; brain injury prevention information and education; employment-focused case management.

 

Home Share Vermont
Burlington Office:
412 Farrel Street
South Burlington, Vermont 05403
(802) 863-5625
http://http://www.homesharevermont.org/

Central Vermont Office: 
105 North Main Street, No. 1114
Barre, Vermont 05641
(802) 479-8544
http://www.homesharecvt.org/

HomeShare Vermont, provides matching services for home sharing and care giving. They assist elders and persons with disabilities to live independently in their own homes by bringing them together with persons who seek affordable housing and/or care giving opportunities. HomeShare Vermont provides a comprehensive screening and matching service and our services are available to anyone in Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties in Vermont.

 

Project Independence of Elderly Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 581
Exchange Street
Middlebury, Vermont 05753
(802) 388-3983
http://www.elderlyservices.org/

Offers adults day services including therapeutic, recreational, social, and cultural activities. Also provides counseling to care givers of participants. Services are available to adults who need restorative or rehabilitative services and adults who are isolated and have difficulty staying alone during the day.

 

The Howard Center
208 Flynn Avenue, Suite 3J
Burlington, Vermont 05401
(802) 499-6000
http://www.howardcenter.org/

Offers community programs for the severely disabled mentally ill including treatment and rehabilitation services. Also gives assistance as needed for daily living, housing, and employment.

 

Vermont Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program (VT-EDP) of the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
209 Austine Dr
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 258-9549 / 888-254-3323
http://www.vtedp.org/

Offered through the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the VT-EDP helps provide free TTY or other special equipment to use the phone to qualified applicants.

 

Vermont Telecommunications Relay Service
34 Jerome Avenue, Suite 220
Bloomfield, CT 06002
Customer Service: 800-676-3777 (TTY/Voice)
http://www.vermontrelay.com/

711
or
1-800-253-0191
(TTY)
1-800-253-0195
(Voice)
1-877-253-8260
(VCO)
1-877-243-2823
(CapTel)
1-800-253-0191
(HCO)
1-877-253-0446
(STS)
1-877-253-7244
(French)
1-877-253-5424
(Spanish)

The Vermont Telecommunications Relay Service is a free service for all Vermonters, connecting deaf, hard-of hearing, deaf-blind and speech-disabled individuals with users of regular telephones. Whether calling on a standard telephone or a text telephone (TTY, a special phone with a typewriter-style keyboard), relay makes communication simple, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

 

Healthcare and Rehabilitation Services
Crisis/Emergency 24-Hour Hotline: 800-622-4235
http://www.hcrs.org/

Health Care and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS ) is a major community mental health agency, providing comprehensive services for mental health and substance abuse issues to community members across Windsor and Windham counties. They offer five major service programs: Adult Outpatient, Children’s Division, Community Rehabilitation and Treatment (CRT), Developmental Services (DS), and Windham/Windsor Recovery Assistance Program (WRAP). There are five offices located within the state:

Central Office:
390 River Street
Springfield, VT 05156
(802) 886-4500

Brattleboro Office:
51 Fairview Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 254-7501

Bellows Falls Office:
1 Hospital Court, Suite 410
Bellows Falls, VT 05101
(802) 463-3947

Windsor Office:
14 River Street
Windsor, VT 05089
(802) 674-2539

Hartford Region Office:
49 School Street
Hartford, VT 05047
(802) 295-3031

 

Deaf Independence Program of the Vermont Center for Independent Living
11 East State Street
Montpelier,Vermont 05602
800-639-1522 (voice / TTY)

The Deaf Independence Program serves as an important resource for all deaf and hard-of –hearing people in Vermont by helping them reach personal and professional goals in education, employment, communication, recreation, legal issues, finance, recreation, housing and others.

 

Vermont Communication Support Project
P.O. Box 36
Brandon, VT 05733
(802) 247-5135 / 800-317-2006

Assistance with the court/legal process for people with disabilities that interfere with their ability to communicate effectively.

 

Vermont AgrAbility Project

Vermont AgrAbility provides education and assistance to famers and farmworkers with disabilities who are engaged in production agriculture and want to continue farming. Famers eligible for Vermont AgrAbility services may have any type of acquired or traumatic disability – physical, cognitive or sensory. Services include information and referral and on-site and technical assistance. Contact area UVM Extension service for more information.

 

Human Rights Commission
14-16 Baldwin Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05633
(877)-294-9200 TTY
800-416-2010 Voice/TTY
http://hrc.vermont.gov/

The Vermont Human Rights Commission enforces civil rights laws that protect people from discrimination in housing, state government employment, and in places of public accommodation such as restaurants, stores, and schools. The Commission investigates discrimination claims, helps parties resolve disputes, and takes legal action in the courts when necessary. In addition, the Commission conducts workshops on civil rights issues and provides information and referral services. Finally, the Commission furnishes research and testimony about the potential impact of civil rights bills under consideration by the state Legislature.

 

Vermont Department of Public Safety, Division of Fire Safety
1311 US Route 302-Berlin Suite 600
Barre,VT 05641-2351
Tel:(802)479-7562/ Toll Free: 1-800-640-2106
http://www.dps.vermont.gov/

The Division of Fire Safety administers fire, electrical, building and the life safety codes as well as handicapped accessibility requirements in public buildings. They address accessibility violations in the state.

 

Kidpower Vermont
P.O. Box 94
North Ferrisburgh, VT 05473
(802) 425-KIDS
http://www.kidpower.org/

Kidpower is an innovative and effective nonprofit program that teaches children, teens, and adults of all ages and abilities how to detect and deter potential violence, bullying and abuse. Skills are taught in a safe, supportive environment to increase self-esteem and confidence in a way that is positive and enjoyable, not scary. Kidpower is endorsed by mental health professionals, law-enforcement officials, educators and parents.

 

National Advocacy/Legal Assistance Resources

The Access Board
1331 F Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20004-1111
(202) 272-5434 /800-872-2253
(202) 272-5449 / 800-993-2822 (TTY)
http://www.access-board.gov/

The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. It operates with about 30 staff and a governing board of representatives from Federal departments and public members appointed by the President. Key responsibilities of the Board include developing and maintaining accessibility requirements for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology, providing technical assistance and training on these guidelines and standards, and enforcing accessibility standards for federally funded facilities.

 

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
1801 L Street NW
Washington, DC 20501
800-872-3362
800-800-3302 (TDD)
http://www.eeoc.gov/

To obtain information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements affecting employment, contact the EEOC.

 

Federal Communications Commission
1919 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20554
(202) 634-1837
(202) 632-1836 (TDD)
http://www.fcc.gov/

To obtain information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements affecting telecommunications, contact the FCC.

 

Office for Civil Rights
Department of Health and Human Services
Region 1
Room 1875, John F. Kennedy
Federal Building
Boston, Massachusetts 02203
(617) 565-1340
(617) 545-1343 (TTY)
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html

Information and assistance are available from the Office for Civil Rights, which enforces laws that prohibit discrimination in programs receiving funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, such as hospitals and nursing homes.

 

Department of Transportation
400 Seventh Street SW
Washington, DC 20590
(202) 366-9305
(202) 755-7687 (TDD)
http://www.dot.gov/

For specific information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act and how it affects transportation, contact the DOT.

 
Civil Rights Division of the Office on the Americans with Disabilities Act
U.S. Department of Justice
P.O. Box 66118
Washington, DC 20035-6118
(202) 514-0301 (voice)
(202) 514-0381 / (202) 514-0383 (TDD)
http://www.ada.gov/

The Americans with Disabilities Act Information Line.