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CDCI Connects Issue 17, February 2022: In like a lion, out like a lamb.
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We are heartbroken at the news that Deborah Lisi-Baker has died. She was an amazing advocate, mentor, colleague, and friend.

At the CDCI, Deborah was our Associate Director from 2009-2017. Her work on the Family Support 360 Special Initiative Emergency Planning Project helped create the Green Mountain Guide for Emergency Planning, a tool so useful it was released again at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As director of the graduate certificate in Disability Studies, she taught new generations about disability rights, and that the movement was far from over. She re-imagined our Community Advisory Council to give self-advocates and family advocates more voice in shaping our work.

Even after she retired from CDCI, she continued to support and encourage our work, as she did many other partners around Vermont. 

Rest in Power.

New podcast episode: Ming M. Canaday


On the latest episode of our podcast, multi-faceted entrepreneur and disability coach, Ming M. Canaday talks about her journeys, her projects, and why it's so important to know which gas stations to stop at along the way. 

Watch the full interview

Power Mobility Prototype Built on Collaboration (and a Hoverboard)

A group of masked students gather around a worktable atop which sits a power wheelchair prototype built from a hoverboard, and being ridden by a toy doll.

For children across Vermont whose bodies require support for independent movement and mobility, help may be arriving in the form of the humble hoverboard.

By combining the basic structure of a hoverboard with in-depth knowledge of both movement-related disabilities and DIY kits, UVM students are prototyping a new way for Vermonters to build custom power mobility units with the Vermont Early Mobility Project. 

Read the article

UPCOMING EVENTS a plain icon of a calendar



Bringing Together Disability & Race: COVID Strategies & Intersectionality

THURSDAY MAR 24 @ 6:30 PM EST (virtual)

Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD)
For all ages and abilities, this class is part of a series for diverse brains and bodies who want to explore ballet, jazz and contemporary dance.


Brain Club: Effective Communication for All: Exchanging Ideas in a Diverse World

SUNDAY MAR 27 @ 5PM EST (virtual)
All Brains Belong VT
With Laura Bonazinga, speech language pathologist and communication coach

Adaptive Dance Class

MONDAY MAR 28 @ 5PM EST (South Burlington)

Spotlight Theater Academy
For all ages and abilities, this class is part of a series for diverse brains and bodies who want to explore ballet, jazz and contemporary dance.

Sexuality & Healthy Relationships for Self-Advocates, Taught by Self-Advocates

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD)
"What do you want in a relationship? How do you let someone know you are interested? How do you know if someone is interested in you?" One in a series.

Supporting Employment for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

TUESDAY APRIL 5 @ 9AM - 4PM EST (virtual)
Supported Employment (CDCI)
With Bryan Dague, Alan Kurtz, and Nicole LeBlanc

Project SCOPE VT: Having Difficult Conversations

MONDAY APRIL 4 @ 1PM EST (virtual)
A continuing series for health care professionals working with families affected by Vermont's opioid crisis.

Queer Disability Affinity Space

ONGOING (hybrid)
UVM Prism Center

Queer Disability Affinity Space is for any students who identify as queer and disabled. Both terms are used broadly, with queer applying to any aspect within the LGBTQ2SIA+ community and disability applying to any mental, physical, invisible, and/or visible ways of being that the individual considers a disability in today's society. Attend in person or on Teams. Email to be added to the Teams invite.

Think College Turns 10! with Stirling Peebles

Stirling Peebles, a white woman in her mid-thirties with Down Syndrome, sits with her arm around the shoulders of another white woman, with shoulder-length brown hair, who is wearing a backpack. They sit on the steps of the library.
Over on Facebook, Think College alum and current Think College dissemination assistant Stirling Peebles shares what she's learned from this innovative program that supports students with disabilities in crafting a path through UVM.

Please consider a donation to Think College on its 10-year anniversary.

Your support makes it possible to pay peer mentors and continue to provide access for Vermonters with disabilities to attend UVM.

Job Opportunities

New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities (NHCDD)

To supervise secretarial support activities and support the Executive Director of the Developmental Disabilities Council and the Council Chairperson, as needed. (Concord NH).

Association of University Centers on Developmental Disabilities (AUCD)

This position provides leadership, guidance, and creativity for the AUCD network of Centers to conduct capacity building, research, and education activities in the areas of disability and public health. (Silver Springs MD).

Association of University Centers on Developmental Disabilities (AUCD)

AUCD is seeking a new Data Support Manager to assist approximately 130 federally funded, university-based disability training and research centers with their data collection, organization, analysis, and federal reporting requirements.(Silver Springs MD).

CDCI Research Results

Let's take a look at the top takeaways from recent research into "Understanding the Experiences of Suspension and Expulsion from Early Childhood Settings: Parents' Perspectives": what the study was about, how we did it, and what we discovered, with Valerie F. Wood.
Watch the video

To the Legislature:

This week, the Final Report on the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments (.pdf) was released to the Vermont House and Senate Commissions on Education.

Thank you to Amy Wheeler-Sutton and Darren McIntyre for their hard work and expertise in getting this important work to our legislature. 

This important work continues with Amy scheduled to testify before the Vermont Senate Education Committee today.
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