“No matter where we come from, we have the right to be ourselves in our own way.”
Hasan Ko speaking into microphone
Hasan Ko
Youth Ambassador, Vermont

Team Lead Contact Information

Kirsten Murphy
Executive Director
Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council
802-828-1312
Kirsten.Murphy@vermont.gov

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Meet Our Ambassadors

The logo for the Center for Youth Voice and Youth Choice. It has two interlocking circles with symbols inside them representing the organization's core missionsSupported Decision-Making (SDM) Planning

The Vermont State Team is working on eliminating barriers to Supported Decision-Making and other tools involving alternatives to guardianship for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

This includes, for example, developing strategies for incorporating discussion of decision-making rights earlier on in the transition planning process and addressing school refusal to recognize the right of adult students in special education to use educational powers of attorney.

The Vermont State Team seeks to raise the status of Supported Decision-Making as a recognized and legitimate option in Vermont. It is planning to roll out an intensive training for self-advocates and families to work on a unified messaging campaign that will reach all populations and sectors in Vermont that that need to know more about Supported Decision-Making.