Lincoln Street, Inc (LSI) is a Vermont Specialized Service Agency, designated by the state’s Department of Aging and Independent Living. At LSI, their mission is to support people with intellectual disabilities, helping them reach their full potential as valued, contributing members or their communities. Since 1979, LSI has striven to provide excellent-quality human services and supports, focusing on personally tailored, flexible plans to help individuals reach their highest goals. LSI is located in Springfield, VT.
Upper Valley Services (UVS) is one of Vermont’s designated non-profit agencies serving individuals with intellectual disabilities and those eligible for Adult Family Care under Vermont’s Choices for Care program. UVS offers a variety of supports designed to assist individuals to live successfully within their local communities. These programs include service coordination, community supports, employment supports, home support and others. UVS’ programs are based in Bradford, Randolph, Moretown and Essex, Vermont.
Champlain Community Services (CCS) is a developmental services and health care provider offering highly personalized and carefully coordinated supports to Vermonters with intellectual disabilities and autism. Specializing in employment and career development, they also provide supports at home, at school, and in the community. CCS is celebrating 56 years of service. They are located in Colchester, VT. CCS has been named one of the “Best Places to Work in Vermont” for five straight years!
Founded in 1996 by 3 parents, Families First is a (501) non-profit organization committed to building meaningful lives for children, youth and adults with disabilities. The original vision was to provide services that would include the voices of family members and that direct care professionals would develop caring and respectful relationships with the people they are working with. There was a commitment to having access to case managers and the Director in ways that create confidence instead of bureaucracy. Most importantly, there was an overarching philosophy dedicated towards true inclusion and finding the ways that people with disabilities are experienced as friends, neighbors and co-workers by their communities. 25 years later we still hold true to these principles.
Green Mountain Support Services (GMSS) provides community-based support systems to individuals living with a disability and is proud to be considered one of the best such non-profits in New England. What do we mean when we say “community-based?” We mean that we support you to thrive in the community that is important to you. We work with our Vermont friends and neighbors with disabilities to ensure that they have the same access to local opportunities and connections as anyone else. Having a disability should never disqualify you from enjoying life.
Green Mountain Self-Advocates is Vermont’s statewide self-advocacy organization. We started in Burlington, VT as one small self-advocacy group. In 1994, allies helped the Burlington group connect with other Vermont self-advocates to create a network. Together, they started self-advocacy groups in Barre, Middlebury, Rutland, and St. Albans. Today we have grown to more than 20 local peer support groups across the whole state and over 600 self-advocates speak up for themselves as part of these groups.