Our National Network
The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion is a University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). CDCI is the only UCEDD in Vermont and one of 67 UCEDDs throughout the nation. UCEDDs are authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000. UCEDDs are a resource to serve Americans with a wide range of abilities in the areas of education, research, and service related to the needs of people with developmental disabilities. To learn more about our national network, please see the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.
Vermont's Developmental Disabilities (DD) Network
The DD Network is authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000. Every state in the United States has a DD network made of up of a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, a Developmental Disabilities Council, and a Protection and Advocacy Agency. This network provides leadership, advocacy, and legal protection on behalf of citizens with developmental disabilities. Below is a breakdown of Vermont's DD Network:
|Association of University Centers on Disabilities||Leadership||Center on Disability and Community Inclusion|
|Developmental Disabilities Council||Advocacy||Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council|
|Protection and Advocacy||Legal||Disability Rights Vermont|
The three components of the DD Network work in partnership to uphold federal legislation. Together they are commonly referred to as the Three-Legged Stool or the Three Sisters.
Our Community Advisory Council
Every University Center on Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) works with a Community Advisory Council. These councils help advise and guide the work of its affiliated UCEDD and act as a bridge between the UCEDD and the community. Councils are made up of individuals with disabilities, family members of individuals with disabilities, and representatives of establishments including self-advocacy organizations, the state's Protection and Advocacy agency, the state's Developmental Disabilities Council, relevant state agencies, and organizations. Please see Vermont's Community Advisory Council for more information.