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Listed below are resources that may be of additional assistance.

These resources are not the Division of Disability and Aging Services, but are related resources that are available to Vermonters.


 

Aging Resources

  • US Administration on Aging
    This site contains a large amount of information focused specifically on elders. It includes: news, research, government publications, access to related sites, statistics, and numerous fact sheets. This may be the best site on the web for general information on aging.
  • Alzheimer's Association
    The Alzheimer’s Association, the world leader in Alzheimer research and support, is the first and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and an eventual cure for Alzheimer’s.
  • Gerontological Society of America
    The Gerontological Society of America is a non-profit professional organization with more than 5000 members in the field of aging. GSA provides researchers, educators, practitioners, and policy makers with opportunities to understand, advance, integrate, and use basic and applied research on aging to improve the quality of life as one ages.
  • Green Mountain Passport
    Holders of this card have free admission to Vermont State Parks (overnight camping and other park fees are excluded), Vermont State Historic Sites, and events which are fully State Sponsored. For application click here
  • Managed Care Central
    This site is sponsored by Families USA and is helpful for those interested in the consumers' point of view on managed care.
  • Medicaid Information
    A clearinghouse for government reports, laws, regulations, research, and information about Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Medicaid Waivers
    This site run by HCFA is dedicated to providing information specific to the Medicaid Waiver program. It provides basic information and access to other Medicaid information.
  • Medline Research
    A service of the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. A comprehensive search tool for articles related to all aspect of medicine and preventative care. This has very current research information along with abstracts and an article retrieval service.
  • National Center of Health Statistics
    Access to nationwide and state information about health related topics. This site includes search engines for government sponsored health reports.
  • Senior Sites
    This internet site lists nationwide nonprofit senior housing facilities by state and by county.
  • US Census Bureau Home Page
    The last word in demographics. This site includes research reports, access to census data, and other government sites.
  • US Gazetteer
    This may be the most useful site on the entire internet for local demographic information. This site allows you to select information by zip code, town, county, or state. Information is available on age, gender, poverty, income, housing and population. Hundreds of different tables are available for every town.

 

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Advocacy

  • ARC of Northwestern Vermont
    ARC of Northwestern Vermont a local chapter of the ARC of Vermont based out of St. Albans.
    Phone: 802-524-5197
  • ARC-Rutland Area
    ARC-Rutland Area a local chapter of the ARC of Vermont based out of Rutland.
    Phone: 802-775-1370
  • Central Vermont ARC
    Central Vermont ARC is a local chapter of the ARC of Vermont based out of Montpelier.
    Phone: 802-223-6149
  • Green Mountain Self-Advocates Our Bill of Rights Video
    Contact the Division of Disability and Aging Services at (802) 241-2648 to obtain a copy of the video or DVD.
  • Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights (VCDR)
    Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights is a statewide coalition of disability advocacy organizations that works closely with its member organizations to empower people with disabilities and assist them to directly participate in legislative decision-making.
    Phone: 1-802-223-6140 voice/TTY
  • Vermont Family Network
    Parent-to-Parent and Vermont Parent Information Center (VPIC) have merged to become Vermont Family Network.
    Network of support and information for families whose child has a chronic illness or disability or has been born prematurely. Information Center provides families of children who have special needs with information and support regarding their child's disability, the education process, and community resources.

 

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Legal Advocacy

  • Vermont Disability Law Project
    Disability Law Project (DLP) provides information, referral, investigation and resolution of legal problems and complaints for people with developmental disabilities.
    Phone: 1-800-747-5022
  • Vermont Law Help
    Vermont Law Help is a non-profit legal website for non-lawyers. It explains laws that affect Vermonters in an easy-to-read format. It's target audience is low-income Vermonters. They provide legal information, referrals to free legal help, the courts, and social service agencies. They also provide guided links to court forms on the Judiciary's website.
  • Vermont Legal Aid
    Vermont Legal Aid is a non-profit law firm organized into specialized projects serving clients from six offices located throughout Vermont. It helps Vermonters with non-criminal legal problems if they have low incomes, are elderly, or have a disability.
    Phone: 1-800-889-2047
  • Vermont Protection and Advocacy
    Vermont Protection and Advocacy works with individuals who are labeled mentally ill and are receiving mental health treatment in a residential facility or hospital, or were recently discharged from a hospital or other residential facility. It investigates: complaints of abuse (physical or sexual assault, verbal abuse, restraint and seclusion, forced treatment, and harassment;) and of violations of individual rights (the right to refuse treatment, right to privacy, access to medical records, confidentiality).
    Phone: 1-800-834-7890

 

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Assistive Technology

  • Assistive Technology Program
    The Vermont Assistive Technology Program serves Vermonters of all ages and abilities. VATP provides information and referrals, training for service providers and others, equipment and software demonstrations, tryouts, and technical assistance. Other activities include public awareness, an equipment exchange program, and short term lending of assistive technology equipment.
  • Assistive Technology Exchange New England
    A web-based equipment exchange that puts assistive technology (AT) equipment not currently being used into the hands of those who need it. The program is designed to facilitate equipment exchange between individuals.

 

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Developmental Disabilities

  • Quality Mall
    A place where you can find lots of free information about person-centered supports for people with developmental disabilities.

 

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Autism Resources

 

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Family Supports

DCF Family Services Division Resource Page 
A list of documents that will help families understand why Family Services become involved with families and what that involvement means.

 

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Veterans Resources

  • White River Junction Geriatric Services
    A listing of all the of long-term care programs offered by the White River Junction VA Medical Center. It also includes names and contact information for all the key personnel.
  • VA Health and Long-Term Care Services
    A description of the structure of the VA Health System with a focus on the White River Junction Medical Center. The programs are mostly in list form so for details you may need to refer to the VA.gov website or other publications listed here for a detailed description of the services themselves.
  • Contract Nursing Homes of the White River Junction VA Medical Center
    This is a list, as of November 2012, of the nursing homes in the White River Junction VA Medical Center's catchment area that have contracts with the VA.  This means that eligible veterans can be placed with them.  Please note that the contact people may change but that the list of facilities is stable.
  • Contract Adult Day Programs of the White River Junction VA Medical Center
    This is a list, as of November 2012, of the adult day programs in the White River Junction VA Medical Center's catchment area that have contracts with the VA.  This means that eligible veterans can attend them.  Please note that the contact people may change but that the list of programs is fairly stable.  Confirming that the program is still participating with the VA at the time of your referral is advised.
  • Links for Veterans' Benefits
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    If additional information is needed or if you are unable to open one of the documents please call 802-871-3357.

     

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    General Resources

    • Information, Referral and Assistance (IR&A)
      There are several IR&A resources for Vermonters who are older or have disabilities. IR&As help people with disabilities, older adults, family members, personal assistants, and caregivers find the right service, educate themselves about important issues, and understand various eligibility requirements. In many cases, contacting an IR&A provider is the first step for individuals who need assistance and wish to maintain and/or increase their independence.
    • Department of Libraries
      The Department of Libraries is responsible for announcing all Public Meetings. This website also contains other helpful links.
    • University of Vermont's I-Team
      University of Vermont's I-Team (Interdisciplinary Team for Intensive Special Education) assists local teams of families, educators, and other service providers to deliver quality educational services to students with intensive educational needs through technical assistance, professional development, and family support.
      Phone: 802-656-4031

     

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    Help for Vermonters

    Help for Vermonters is an Agency of Human Services (AHS) website which contains the following helpful resources:

      • AHS Contacts - Includes listings for Central Office and Departments.
      • Screen Door - The Screen Door is a web-based tool to help Vermonters find out more about the AHS services that might be available to meet their specific needs.
      • Vermont 211 - For community, regional, state, and faith based human services information, including AHS services, contact Vermont 2-1-1 by dialing 211 from anywhere in Vermont, or visit their website.
      • District Offices - Provides contact information for the 12 AHS District Offices, which can help connect you with human services in your community.
      • Emergency Programs - Alphabetical listing of Emergency AHS-related programs, services and supports available to Vermonters.
      • Field Services - Created through the 2004 reorganization of the Agency of Human Services, the Field Services Division maximizes the effectiveness of human services in each region of the state. The Division’s scope covers the entire Agency of Human Services, including services provided through state-operated entities as well as those operated by private “designated” agencies.
      • Programs & Services - Alphabetical listing of AHS-related programs, services and supports available to Vermonters.
    • Vermont Relay Service
      The Vermont Telecommunications Relay Service is a free service for all Vermonters, connecting deaf, hard-of hearing, deaf-blind and speech-disabled individuals with users of regular telephones. Whether calling on a standard telephone or a text telephone (TTY, a special phone with a typewriter-style keyboard), relay makes communication simple, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
    • Vermont Interpreter Referral Services
      The Vermont Interpreter Referral Service (VIRS) provides statewide interpreter and CART referral services for American Sign Language (ASL)/spoken English/oral interpreting assignments in settings such as medical, legal, mental health, employment, educational, civil and recreational situations.
    • Volunteer Opportunities
      This page gives a listing of a number of volunteer opportunities for Seniors and Retired Professionals.

     

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    Other State Links

    • Agency of Human Services (AHS) Departments
    • Department of Education (DOE) - Special Education
      The department’s special education consultants provide technical assistance to schools and other organizations to help ensure that schools understand and comply with federal and state laws and regulations related to providing special education services. In addition, the special education division offers a due process procedure to parents who have concerns about the services offered to their children.
    • Vermont Commission on National and Community Service
      VTCNCS administers funding to the state's AmeriCorps National service programs and promotes, supports, and recognizes volunteerism and community service throughout Vermont.  The commission consists of 15 governor-appointed citizens supported by a staff of four housed in the Secretary's Office in the Agency of Human Services.
    • Department of Transportation (DOT)
      Whether you walk, ride a bike, drive a car, or rely on public transit, rail or air service VTrans plays a role in providing those services to Vermonters, the Vermont business community, and those who visit our state.
    • HIPAA
      The Division of Disability and Aging Services is a division of the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living and the department being under the Agency of Human Services is therefore covered under the HIPAA rules, compliances, and regulations imposed by the Agency of Human Services. For more on HIPAA see the link to the State of Vermont Agency of Human Services HIPAA Regulations.
          State of Vermont Agency of Human Services HIPAA Regulations
          HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) The Agency of Human Services meets HIPAA's definition of a covered entity and, therefore, must comply with HIPAA. This webpage contains compliances and additional links on HIPAA regulations.

     

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