August 15, 2013
The executive director of the Vermont Center for Independent Living was honored at a national conference recently.
Sarah Launderville is the recipient of the National Council on Independent Living Region 1 Advocacy Award. The award is for her dedication to promoting the rights of people with disabilities and advancing the independent living movement in New England (which comprises NCIL’s Region I).
The award was presented on July 26 at a banquet in Washington, D.C.
“I am so honored to receive this award,” said Launderville. “There are so many wonderful advocates in our state and everyone deserves this award. The staff and board of VCIL are so supportive and VCIL’s partners help us work on issues that are important to the disability rights community. There is still so much to do and I am so lucky to be in a position to continue this important advocacy work.”
Also at this year’s NCIL conference, Launderville was elected to represent New England on the NCIL Board. In this role she will assist the NCIL board and committees in building and coordinating grassroots coalition to advance NCIL’s advocacy activities as the organization works to advance independent living and the rights of people with disabilities.