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CDCI Connects Issue 17, February 2022: When do you feel loved?
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Just like love, inclusion takes many forms. 

Maybe it's someone providing a glass of water without you asking, because they know your throat frequently gets dry.

Or it's saving you your favorite chair, the one that lets you stretch your bad leg comfortably.

Or making sure every meeting has live captions and an ASL interpreter as standard options, before anyone asks. And breaks in the agenda for you to rest your eyes, eat a snack, or just go outside and fill your lungs with as much air as they will hold.

The possibilities for inclusion are endless, and can show up in small ways, as well as grand gestures. They're the tiny kindnesses that we can all do to keep knitting our communities together. They're ways to begin redesigning systems so that people with disabilities don't face barriers to participation, but know that they are valued and welcome.


What do you need to feel more welcome in your community?
And what can you do to welcome in others?

New podcast episode: Winnie Looby & Sefakor Komabu-Pomeyie

From Ghana to Burlington by way of faith (and a very strong mom)

On the latest episode of our podcast, Dr. Sefakor Komabu-Pomeyie joins CDCI Academic Coordinator Dr. Winnie Looby to share her experience of growing up in Ghana as a person with a disability.

From contracting polio, to a life-changing accident, Dr. Komabu-Pomeyie shares how her mother and her faith supported her journey to respected professor and entrepreneur.  

Watch the full interview

"With Schools in Crisis Mode, Students with Disabilities Are Being Left Behind"

Why are Vermont's schools failing children with disabilities and their families? And how can we advocate for a system that does better? Seven Days VT takes a look at some of the stories of families impacted by support gaps in education: With Schools In Crisis Mode, Students With Disabilities Are Being Left Behind.
Read the article

Research for Applied Practice: 

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Developing Concepts with Children & Adults Who Have Limited Access to Vision & Hearing

Educators, families, and friends can support children and adults who have limited access to vision and hearing, or who are DeafBlind in developing concepts that contribute to happy and inclusive lives. Here are 15 ways careful partners can lean in with support. Available as an illustrated study guide (.pdf), plain text .pdf, or narrated video.

Download the study guide (.pdf)

UPCOMING EVENTS a plain icon of a calendar


Brain Club: Owning & Understanding Your Own Brain Rules vs. World Rules

SUNDAY FEB 13 @ 4 PM EST (virtual)

All Brains Belong VT. 
With Melinda Hauser M.D., family physician & All Brains Belong Executive Director.

Disability Awareness Day: Open to Change, Open to All

WEDNESDAY FEB 16 @ 5:30 PM EST (virtual)
Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights 
Highlights of VCDR's legislative priorities for 2022.

Brain Club: Tuning In: Recognizing Stress Responses in Ourselves & Others

SUNDAY FEB 20 @ 4 PM EST (virtual)
All Brains Belong VT. 
With Amy LePage, Somatic Movement Therapist & Therapeutic Yoga Expert. 

Training: Accessible Zoom Meetings & Events

TUESDAY MAR 1 @ 9:30 AM EST (virtual)
Inclusive Arts Vermont


Advocacy 101: Basic Training on Effective Advocacy for Change

WEDNESDAY MAR 2, 1 PM EST (virtual)
Vermont Family Network

Online training to help you become a powerful advocate to influence decision-makers on important policy issues that impact you, your family, and your community.

Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Clinicsan icon of a vaccine needle piercing the side of a stylized molecule of disease


COVID Sensory-Friendly Vaccination Clinic, Saturday 2/12 12:30-3:30PM, Montpelier VT.

Open to everyone looking for a customized experience to help support folks with anxiety, needle phobia, sensory processing differences, visible & invisible disabilities of all types, and anyone else who would benefit from an intentionally designed experience. Register online.

Think College Turns 10! with Taylor Terry

A white woman in her early twenties with chin-length fluffy brown hair stands shyly in front of a china cabinet. Text: Think College Vermont turns 10! "I'm living on my own now, I have a job as a cashier... I'm learning to do more things with my cupcake business. I've been working with Green Mountain Self Advocates and doing jobs and training and I'm a youth ambassador to help people with developmental disabilities to have different alternatives to guardianship." Taylor Terry.
Over on Facebook, Think College alum Taylor Terry shares how her experiences in the program have supported her in starting her own cupcake business, heading out to CookieCon in Orlando, and becoming a mentor to other self-advocates. 

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.
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