A quartet: three images and a piece of text. First, a Black woman sits at the back of a reading circle, watching as toddlers participate in a book being read by a kneeling woman of color. Next, a very young blonde girl peers into the screen of an assistive device, pointing at something on the screen. She wears a hot pink down vest, a white tshirt, and a shell-pink hearing aid tucked behind one ear. And then a young white boy stands in front of a chalkboard, smiling proudly and signing the ASL 'i'.

Meet the CDCI CARES Team: providing Consultation for Access, Resources, and Equipment Support to students who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or DeafBlind (DHHDB) and their school teams. 

Learn more about the CARES Team

Request CARES Team Services

We aim to help all students aged 3-22 who are Deaf or hard of hearing access services and receive positive and inclusive education.

To reach this goal we will:

  1. Provide free consultation to schools for the 2021-2022 schoolyear. Every student team will have access to experienced, licensed, educational audiologists and teachers for students who are DHHDB.
  2. Host bi-monthly discussions for service providers in Vermont. Sessions will focus on data, research and best practices, and resource sharing.
  3. Collect and share statewide data on students who are DHHDB. This data is needed to make informed decisions and to comply with national guidelines.

A full menu of services offered for the 2021-2022 school year can be found here.

This program is rooted in:

  • Serving all students regardless of the degree or nature of their hearing levels.
  • Engagement with students, parents, caregivers, and families.
  • Support for all communication choices.
  • Support for the creative use of technology to ensure access.
  • Transparency and accountability.
  • A group of students, in their mid-twenties, sit outside on a campus green in late spring, having a discussion.

    Advise the CDCI CARES Team

    The CDCI CARES Team will be guided in our work by an advisory group, consisting of students who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind (DHHDB), parents or caregivers of children who are DHHDB, school professionals working with students who are DHHDB, as well as community members who are DHHDB. We're also looking for volunteers for our professional working group.

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Download our 2022 Fact Sheet (.pdf)

more about who we are and what we do


How to Request CARES Team Services

Referrals should be submitted online. If you have questions about making a referral, please contact our referral specialist, Valerie LeClair.

You can also reach us by fax at (844) 775-7283. Please review the menu of services we offer. 

Required Forms

To request CARES Team services, please print, fill out and return the following three forms: