Vermont Communication Task Force (VCTF)
The purpose of the VCTF is to improve supports for communication primarily for transition age students and adults with developmental disabilities so that they can communicate more effectively in order to participate more fully in community life, make decisions and better advocate for themselves. The Task Force provides information, education, training and resources to people with disabilities, family members, service providers and community members.
Information and Resources
- Communication Consultants Serving Vermont - A list of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) evaluators and other communication/assistive technology access specialists who work with adults with developmental disabilities in Vermont.
- Vermont Communication Task Force Flyer (May 2016)
- An annotated guide to communication resources, including basic information on Augmentative and Alternative Communication(AAC). The guide provides some excellent guidance to help get started or advance work already being done.
- A funding guide to help people who are eligible follow the Medicaid process to obtain a communication evaluation and a communication device/system. Includes newly covered mobile devices (e.g., iPads)."
- Making Communication Happen - Tools to Help Teams Plan and Provide Communication Supports (Spring 2003) (Updated May 2008)
- Vermont Facilitated Communication Guidelines - These guidelines provide formalized standard practice regarding the processes (orientation, assessment, team planning, training and review) that assure that facilitated communication is used appropriately and effectively.
- Information on Facilitated Communication Training in Vermont
Summary of facilitated communication training in Vermont that is part of the total communication approach used by Pascal Cheng and Harvey Lavoy
- Training and Technical Assistance for Facilitated Communication - A brief summary of the role of training and technical assistance for FC and descriptions of the different levels of training.
- Facilitated Communication Training: Practice Guidelines and Validation Guidelines - Guidance developed in 1994 by the Vermont Facilitated Communication Network (now the Vermont Communication Task Force) to help ensure valid communication and provide safeguards against improper use of FC.
- Best Practices in Facilitated Communication Training (2000)
Recommended Best Practices when using facilitated communication (adapted from the Facilitated Communication Institute Training Standards)
- Institute on Communication and Inclusion
The Institute on Communication and Inclusion at Syracuse University conducts research, training, and public education designed to expand opportunities for people with disabilities to be heard and to participate fully in society.
- Making Meetings Accessible: How to Enable Real Participation
A users guide to make meetings accessible so people with developmental disabilities can participate and contribute to the fullest extent possible.
Making Communication Happen Worldwide Conference - October 26, 2010
- Making Communication Happen Worldwide Conference (Conference Brochure)
- Biographies and Contact Information: Conference Presenters, Vendors and Exhibitors
- Wretches & Jabberers Website - A film by Gerardine Wurzburg
- Presentation Handouts
Meeting Schedule, and Minutes
- The VCTF meets on a quarterly basis or more frequently as needed.
- Minutes of meetings can be obtained by contacting the Division of Developmental Disability and Aging Services at 802-871-3050.
June Bascom, Program Devel. and Policy Analyst, Division of Disability and Aging Services