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  • 1978: Project Outreach Study interviews approximately 750 Vermonters with disabilities throughout Vermont.
  • 1979: United Disabled People of Vermont is formed.
  • VCIL is founded February 13, 1979. First federal funding begins in August.
  • 1980: VCIL founders successfully advocate state legislature for a state funded pilot for the Participant Directed Attendant Care Program.
  • 1981: VCIL hires our first four peer advocacy, outreach and advocacy staff.
  • VCIL begins the Vermont’s Client Assistance Program, an ombudsman service for individuals served by Rehabilitation Act Programs. The program now operates as a program of the Disability Law Program at Legal Aid.
  • Charles Mott Foundation funding made it possible for VCIL to pay local disability advocates to support cross disability advocacy groups in local communities.
  • 1982: VCIL joins the Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights. Annual advocacy on accessibility civil rights, and disability programs becomes a way of life.
  • 1983: VCIL interviews younger people in nursing homes about their independent living interests and barriers. Final report calls for independent housing and support options.
  • VCIL produces “One in Eight” the first publication profiling statistics on disability in Vermont.
  • 1983: VCIL begins Home Modifications and Assistive Technology Programs.
  • 1985: Options for Independent Living Project helps people with disabilities avoid or leave nursing homes. Later becomes the Sue Williams Freedom Fund, a joint project of the Statewide Independent Living Council and VCIL.
  • 1987: VCIL, Coburn and Feeley, and twelve individuals with disabilities develop Vermont’s consumer run first attendant care cooperative.
  • 1987: VCIL Deaf Independence Program begins.
  • 1995: VCIL hosts ADAPT Action at Governors Association meeting in Burlington, opens Bennington and Brattleboro offices, and begins Meals on Wheels program.
  • Deaf Independence staff train police and courts on Deaf culture and begin planning the Deaf Victims Advocacy Services, a new organization for Deaf victims of abuse.
  • 2000: VCIL becomes the Vermont Affiliate of the ADA Center at Adaptive Environments in Boston.
  • Burlington Office opened.
  • Fair Housing and Benefits to Work programs start.
  • VCIL, Green Mountain Self-Advocates & Vermont Psychiatric Survivors form partnership to advocate for consumer choice and control of Medicaid funded disability services.
  • 2001: Youth Leadership Program becomes a program at VCIL.
  • VCIL begins Emergency Management Initiative.
  • 2002: VCIL’s Home and Community Access Program sponsors Vermont’s first Universal Design Conference.
  • VCIL transportation task force works with other advocates to found ROVER, a transportation users advocacy group.
  • 2004: Medical Education Partnership offers disability and health education sessions at three Vermont hospitals and two primary care practices.
  • Fair Housing and Voting Rights videos produced and new PAS educational materials field tested by users of consumer directed personal care programs.