Sept. 19, 2011
MONTPELIER – The Vermont Center for Independent Living celebrated improved access for people with disabilities during the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence’s Open House and 25th Anniversary Event on Sept. 7.
VCIL presented a certificate of appreciation to Leslie and Tom Sabo, owners of the 63 Barre Street building which now houses the Network’s administrative offices in Montpelier, for their commitment to accessibility during the extensive renovation of the early 1900s building.
Construction contractor Buzz Ferver worked closely with VCIL Community Access Specialist Mike Charron to bring the historic structure into compliance with the Americans with Disability Act. New accessible elements include designated parking, ground-floor meeting rooms and library, an interior ramp, and an ADA-compliant bathroom.
Sue Else, director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, came from Washington, D.C. to help the Network celebrate 25 years. Else applauded the Network and cited Executive Director Karen Tronsgard-Scott’s tireless work in Vermont to a packed audience of Network community partners.
The Network and VCIL have worked collaboratively over the past several years to improve access to violence-response services for people with developmental disabilities and people who are Deaf. Both organizations share sister missions of advocacy, activism and social change.
The Vermont Network is a statewide resource on domestic and sexual violence issues. Staff members provide technical assistance and training to member programs and statewide partners, inform public policy, and coordinate statewide projects and conferences.
VCIL believes that individuals with disabilities have the right to live with dignity and with appropriate support in their own homes, fully participate in their communities, and to control and make decisions about their lives.