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CDCI Connects Issue 16, January 2022: New year, new hashtag.
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We believe a new year deserves a new hashtag.

And much, much more.

We're all going into a year of truly unprecedented change. While the COVID-19 pandemic rages unabated, we're seeing it highlight the holes in our social safety net. To the surprise of exactly zero people with disabilities, those holes largely exist around our safety and wellbeing. 

We've long been fans of the hashtag #AccessIsLove. Popularized by activist and author Alice Wong as part of her Disability Visibility project, it's a hashtag with reach and longetivity. It unlocks doors, and pushes people to think and do better.

And it is not enough. 

The rush to lock down while preserving business as usual means that schools, businesses and civic organizations all over the world have discovered new ways to open those doors to remote learning, commerce and participation, and we need those doors to stay open for everyone's sake.

Accessibility may be love, but it should also, at this point be the bare minimum. The default. Long COVID may completely change the conversation on disability, but it cannot eclipse it. People with disabilities are worth protecting, and saving, and access to the communities of their choosing should be standard.

So we choose instead this year #InclusionIsLove. While we fight to keep those doors open, let's do it with open hearts, and find comfy, adjustable seats at the table for everyone. We're glad you choose to be here, and we want you to stay. Happy new year!

The view from the other side of the bed:

CDCI Connects Rachel Wright & Pamela Cummings

Lessons learned from the journey from medical professional to mother of a child with complex needs

Nurse, author, trainer and founder of Born at the Right Time Rachel Wright joins the CDCI's own Pamela Cummings for a powerful conversation. They talk best practices for medical professionals in partnering with parents and families around caring for and talking about children with complex needs. A must-watch for families and medical professional both.

Make time for this instructive conversation

UPCOMING EVENTS a plain icon of a calendar


Brain Club: Stuff in the Environment You Don't Realize Is Stressing You Out
SUNDAY JAN 16 4 PM EST (virtual)
All Brains Belong VT

This session will introduce everyday processes of sensory processing, explain how this impacts our stress levels and interactions at home, school, work, and in the community, and introduce some strategies for learning to better understand our own and our families' needs.

Wellness Through Art
WEDNESDAY JAN 19 6 PM EST (virtual)
COVID Support VT

Do you find art and creative projects to be a helpful outlet for managing stress? Would you like to learn some simple ways to practice art in your daily life as a way to practice wellness? Join COVID Support VT staff and special guest facilitator, Jen Berger, for a unique workshop on exploring wellness through art.
Continence Research Brown Bag
WEDNESDAY JAN 19 Noon EST (virtual)
Vermont Continence Project

This year, we are reading articles that relate to parental self-efficacy and/or supporting parental participation and success in intervention. TRIPSCY coordinator Adrienne Miao hosts a half hour chat on this topic as it applies to the winter research review.
Adaptive Cross-Country Ski Open House
SUNDAY JAN 23 Noon EST (Craftsbury VT)
Green Mtn Adaptive Sports

Present will be trained ski instructors from the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, and other professionals serving individuals with disabilities to provide instructions, and support as needed. Home made cookies and hot cocoa will be served. Register online.
Digital Access Workshop: Beyond the Physical: Meeting Sensory Needs
TUESDAY FEB 1, 9:30AM EST (virtual)
Inclusive Arts Vermont

In partnership with Vermont Arts Council, Inclusive Arts Vermont presents a series of workshops using IAV’s unique interactive and conversational teaching style. A week after each workshop, IAV will host office hours where participants can ask in-depth questions.

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COVID Sensory-Friendly Vaccination Clinic,
Saturday 1/15 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.

COVID Vaccines for Deaf, Hard of Hearing or DeafBlind VTers
Saturday 1/22, 10am-3pm. South Burlington VT.

Hearing and Deaf interpreters will be available on-site, along with medical personnel in clear face mask, as kids 5+ to adults get 1st, 2nd or booster vaccines at the Doubletree Hotel, 870 Williston Road, South Burlington.
No registration necessary.

Get training on supporting opioid addiction in Vermont

Meet Project SCOPE Vermont

Project SCOPE Vermont provides training for medical professionals supporting young children and families dealing with Neonatal Addiction Syndrome and other effects of opioid addiction. The interdisciplinary team is looking for providers to join an active peer community for training and resources.

Find out more


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Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD)

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities is seeking a highly qualified, full-time, Program Specialist to support our Maternal and Child Health Technical Assistance (MCH TA) Team in providing TA to interdisciplinary training and research programs across the United States. (Silver Spring MD).
University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability

This position will conduct quantitative research using nationally representative survey data to examine disability and government sponsored programs, disability and health, and disability and employment, in collaboration with national leaders in the area of disability research. (Concord NH).

Thank you for helping us celebrate 10 years of Think College VT!

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