Non-emergency resources and items of interest related to aging and/or disabilities:
All people, regardless of age or ability, have a right to live their lives with justice, dignity and respect, free from abuse and exploitation of any kind.
We all have the right to make our own healthcare decisions. An advance directive ensures that critical healthcare decisioins and end of life decisions will be honored.
The ADA was first signed into law in 1990 to create greater equality for those with disabilities. It makes discrimination based on disabilities illegal, requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities and imposes accessibility requirements on public accommodations. Both physical and intellectual disabilities are covered, and the disability does not need to be severe nor permanent.
Passed in 1965 to create social services for older persons, and is now a strong force for nutrition services to older Americans.
Vermont 2-1-1 is a free online or phone service, with information and resources to for your health and wellbeing. Its free, confidential and available 24/7.
ATP is Vermont's federal Assistive Technology Act Program which helps people of all ages find accessible solutions at home, work and in the community.
Go Vermont is a resource for Vermonters who need assistance with transportation, as well as for those wanting to reduce the cost and environmental impact of driving. Go Vermont offers free carpool matching and vanpool services, statewide bus routes, as well as resources to help promote more efficient travel options at work or at home. Call the GO Vermont Question and Answer hotline and a real person can answer your transportation questions. 1-800-685-7433.
VermontABLE is savings program for individuals with disabilities. It makes federal tax-free savings accounts available to cover qualified expenses such as education, housing and transportation.
Senior HelpLine: 1-800-642-5119
The Senior HelpLine is a toll-free information and assistance resource for people 60 and older. Staffed by knowledgeable professionals from Vermont's Area Agencies on Aging, the staff on the Senior HelpLine can answer questions and help identify resources to assist people to age successfully.
Five non-profit, Vermont agencies organized in geographic territories, coordinate and support a wide array of home and community based services, including home-delivered and congregate meals, transportation, employment services, senior centers, adult day care and a long-term care ombudsman program.
A free service for Vermonters connecting people who are deaf, deafblind, hard-of-hearing, or have speech disabilities with users of conventional telephones.
CARE was created to help. CARE's key partners are the United Ways of Vermont, Vermont 211, Vermont 911, and Vermont Emergency Management. These agencies have worked together to provide a means for emergency responders to identify and aid CARE registrants in the event of a wide-scale emergency.