Tuesday, April 11, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT
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University of Vermont - Dudley H. Davis Center 
590 Main St
Burlington, VT 05405

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Rachel Boyers 
Vermont Family Network 

2023 VFN Annual Conference Participant Registration 

Our 2023 Annual Conference “Inclusion and Well-Being” will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at the University of Vermont (UVM) Dudley H. Davis Center from 9:00-1:00 p.m. Attendees are invited to register separately and stay from 1:30-4:30 p.m. for a free public film event with Dan and Samuel Habib. The film event is hosted by the UVM Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI) also at the UVM Davis Center.

This year our new Executive Director, Jacqui Kelleher and Vermont Agency of Education guests, Betty Roy and Cassie Santo will start off our day talking about Building Inclusive Systems. They will provide practical tips and strategies and highlight how inclusive systems and practices have positive impacts on the well-being of children, youth and their families and professionals who serve them. We will then welcome our featured presenter, Dr. Joelle van Lent, who will focus on the well-being and resilience of caregivers, families and helping professionals. This presentation will offer fascinating information about how we are impacted in positive ways through caring roles, as well as our risk for negative impact. Participants will learn practical strategies that can be used to buffer impact and increase the resilience of the care provider.

For the afternoon, we will partner with UVM Center on Disability and Community Inclusion when Dan and Samuel Habib will share two films including their new short film “My Disability Roadmap” and discuss how they have tried to build a culture of inclusion in their family, school district, and community, as well as plan for a full adult life as Samuel enters his 20’s. VFN Conference attendees can register for the film event separately here and stay for the film event which is free and open to the public.

The VFN Conference Parent/Guardian registration fee is $25.00 and the Professional registration fee is $35.00. This fee will cover costs for the morning conference including lunch and parking. We will also offer a livestream option for $12.00 and a link will be sent prior to the conference. Livestream attendees will be able to view the presentation via a Zoom Webinar format. Please note that this conference will not be recorded. The afternoon film event sponsored by CDCI, will be free and open to the public. If you are only interested in the film screening, please do not complete the VFN conference registration.

  • The VFN conference programming runs between 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., with registration and exhibits open at 8:00 a.m. Coffee and tea will be available, but breakfast will not be included. Lunch will be served only for those who register for the morning VFN conference.
  • Parking will be available for VFN conference attendees on campus, and vouchers and parking lot location information will be sent closer to the date of the event.
  • Refund policy: Full ticket refunds are available through 03/31/23. After this date, we are not able to provide a refund. Substitution of attendees is encouraged.
  • Limited scholarships are available for parents/guardians on a first-come, first-served basis. Send an email to rachel.boyers@vtfn.org to make a request.

For the most up to date information and agenda, please visit the VFN Annual Conference page on our website.


*While not required, the University of Vermont strongly encourages that all visitors be fully vaccinated before coming to campus.

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