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State of Inclusion Conference (School)

November 10

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State of Inclusion

Building partnerships for lifelong transitions and youth engagement

Students, educators, and administrators are invited to join Special Olympics Vermont for the State of Inclusion conference November 10 at the Taconic Hotel in Manchester, VT. This conference is designed for educators, student leaders, administrators, and athletic/activity directors.

Download the conference agenda.

Student Workshops

WHO: Students in grades 6-12

WHAT: Become a game changer in your school! Through real-life scenarios and hands-on exercises, students will develop action plans to build inclusive school communities.

Colin Ryan: A stand-up comedian, author, speaker, and activist for being a game changer and standing up for your dreams.

A World of Difference Institute: Why say it online? Preventing and responding to cyber-bullying. 

Global Messengers: Use your voice! Learn the art of public speaking and sharing your stories to promote inclusive communities.

Youth Activation: Strategies for inclusion, goal setting, and action planning. 

Educator Workshops

WHO: Educators, administrators, athletic directors, transition coordinators

WHAT: Join partners from across the state to learn strategies for easing transitions through school and into the community. 

Cindy Moran: State Director for Special Education, Vermont Department of Education. 

Dr. Jill Rinehart: President, Vermont Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Building Connections: Share your successes and seek guidance from a robust collection of Vermont-based organizations and experts.

Youth Engagement: Empower students with and without intellectual disabilities to be leaders in improving school climate. 

Guest presenters:

Cindy Moran has been the State Director of Special Education at the Vermont Agency of Education since 2014.  Her career spans nearly 30 years in Education in Vermont including as an SLP and Alternate Assessment Coordinator.  A Graduate of Penn State with a BS in Communication Science & Disorders, Cindy received her Masters in Communication Science & Disorders in 1983 before entering Vermont Public schools as an SLP.

Cindy is the mother of four children and was motivated to enter the Disability field by her younger sister, Lori who was born with an Intellectual Disability and who remains Cindy’s inspiration.

Dr. Jill Rinehart is a full-time pediatrician with Hagan, Rinehart & Connolly Pediatricians in Burlington, Vermont.  Dr. Rinehart is a national leader in medical home and has built a high quality model of care featured in the American Academy of Pediatrics monograph on “Best Practice in Medical Home” for her practical application of care coordination strategies for families with children with special health care needs. As the eldest sibling of two children with developmental disabilities, Dr. Rinehart comes to advocacy work from a very personal route. She is currently the President of the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont chapter and received the “Green Mountain Pediatrician” award for her efforts to represent the voice of children and families in health care reform.  She lives in South Burlington with her husband, violinist Michael Dabroski and their two teenage sons.

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Taconic Hotel
3835 Main St.
Manchester Center, VT 05255 United States
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