The Vermont Communication Support Project (VCSP) assists people with disabilities who have difficulty understanding court and administrative proceedings and may need assistance in communicating with attorneys, judges and other officials. VCSP assists individuals who, due to their disabilities, might otherwise be unable to follow the content of proceedings or who have difficulty expressing themselves during administrative and court proceedings that include CHINS (children in need of supervision), custody/parental rights (including Termination of Parental Rights), divorce, relief from abuse, child support, and interactions with professionals and attorneys directly related to such proceedings. An initial communication plan is developed for each individual and includes an outline of the tools and strategies that may be implemented as best practice for that person. The VCSP facilitates the use of independently contracted Communication Support Specialists (CSS) in judicial, quasi-judicial, administrative hearings and professional interactions relevant to such hearings. The CSS supports people by assisting them with comprehension, providing opportunities to practice their verbal communication, providing guidance in organizational thought, and reviewing strategies to remain focused on the tasks at hand. This is designed to improve the ability of the individual to communicate effectively and to participate more fully and effectually in the trial or proceeding.
Who We Serve
People with disabilities who have difficulty understanding court and administrative proceedings and need assistance in communicating with attorneys, judges and other officials.
How We Impact
Provide public health and other innovative programs to improve the health outcomes, health status and quality of life for uninsured, underinsured, and Medicaid-eligible individuals in Vermont.