This is an incredible non-profit that goes into schools and promotes awareness about having a disability. They offer awareness curriculum, student presentations, and educator trainings. Sam Drazin struggled his whole life with hearing loss. Sam’s experiences as both a student with a disability and as a teacher working in an inclusive classroom, formed his interest in improving disability awareness and understanding. The goal of Changing Perspectives is to help everyone recognize their own challenges and to help promote understanding, respect, and acceptance of all people.
This is a wonderful self-advocacy organization that is run by individuals with developmental disabilities in Vermont. Groups meet to listen to each other, make new friends, learn about their rights, and tell politicians and others why people with disabilities are important!
Caffry Law has extensive experience with special needs planning and advocacy. Jim is an active member of the Special Needs Alliance. He also served on the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council for 5 years.
He and his wife, Amy, are strong believers in the advocacy and planning for children and/or adults with special needs. They assist families in navigating through the laws, policies, and regulations in regards to special needs. “We are committed to helping people with disabilities, their families and caregivers make informed choices by guiding them through some of life’s most important decisions”.
One parent says: “Jim, Amy and Laura are extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and wonderful to work with. Jim sat down with us and walked us through the entire estate planning process.
As a parent of a child with special needs, he has first hand knowledge of the issues and difficult decisions we have to make. He gave us the tools we needed to plan for the future.
Jim is personable, genuine and a pleasure to work with.”
Vermont Family Network offers support and services for children with various disabilities. VFN is also an incredible resource for information about: Advocacy and Leadership, Disabilities or Special Health Needs, General and Special Education, and Transition to Adulthood. They also have limited funding opportunities for families.
Check out their incredible toolbox for transition into adulthood! http://www.vermontfamilynetwork.org/services/transition/transition-to-adulthood-toolkit/