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Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living


Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living:

To make Vermont the best state in which to grow old or to live with a disability

~ with dignity, respect and independence.


Monthly Focus




Proposed Amendment to the Regulations Implementing the Developmental Disabilities Act of 1996

The Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) is proposing to amend the Regulations Implementing the Developmental Disabilities Act of 1996 in furtherance of the mandate contained in Act 140 of the 2014 Legislative Session. Specifically, as set forth in Act 140, DAIL is seeking to adopt by administrative rule the following categories of the State System of Care Plan for Developmental Services:

    (1) priorities for continuation of existing programs;
    (2) criteria for receiving services or funding;
    (3) type of services provided; and
    (4) a process for evaluating and assessing the success of programs.


The text of the Proposed DD Rule is HERE.

The schedule of Public Hearings and Public Comments is HERE.



"Vermont Setting the Standard for Supported Employment"  (Op-Ed March 2016)

The State of Vermont was recently profiled in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, in recognition of our leadership in the area of Developmental Disabilities services. Read more about Supported Employment Services, the benefits of inclusion and the Vermont way.



Vermont Red Hat Queen's

Susan Leavitt


DAIL Staff Deb Currier took her Mom to the Vermont Red Hat Queen's meeting in Chester, VT. What will YOU do to Get in the ACT?


 Natl Foundation-To End Senior HungerAccording to a recently released report, as many as 22,000 older Vermonters faced the threat of hunger in 2013. One program in Newport, VT is doing something about it. “Cornucopia”, a program of Umbrella, prepares meals for seniors.

As their website says: “At Cornucopia, we’re growing social and economic justice for women while feeding our community elders fresh, nutritious meals and supporting local farms. Modeled after the successful FRESH Food initiative created by Vermont Works for Women, Cornucopia provides a supportive vocational training program for women in transition. Participants will receive instruction in basic culinary arts and hospitality, while cooking meals for community meal sites and other programs.”



Special Reports

To view and download copies of DAIL Special Reports please visit our Special Reports Section under our Publications and Reports Section.


Welcome from the Commissioner Monica Hutt

Welcome to the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living's web site. The Department is part of the Agency of Human Services and provides a variety of services to Vermonters who are over the age of 60 or who have a disability.

Within the Department, there are four divisions, each responsible for different areas of service:

In addition, since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Department has played a leading role in ensuring that the State of Vermont achieves compliance with the Act, providing technical assistance, training, and written materials to assist state government and private sector in understanding and meeting the goals of the law.

We look forward to continuing to serve you and welcome your comments and suggestions for the services we provide.


Core Principles

  • Person-Centered
    The individual will be at the core of all plans and services.
  • Respect
    Individuals, families, providers and staff are treated with respect.
  • Independence
    The individual's personal and economic independence will be promoted.
  • Choice
    Individuals will have options for services and supports.
  • Self-Determination
    Individuals will direct their own lives.
  • Living Well
    The individual's services and supports will promote health and well-being.
  • Contributing to the Community
    Individuals are able to work, volunteer, and participate in local communities.
  • Flexibility
    Individual needs will guide our actions.
  • Effective and Efficient
    Individuals' needs will be met in a timely and cost effective way.
  • Collaboration
    Individuals will benefit from our partnerships with families, communities, providers, and other federal, state and local organizations.



Please use the Department's address and phone number listed below to contact us with any questions you may have.

Agency of Human Services
Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living
280 State Drive
HC 2 South
Waterbury, VT 05671-2020
(802) 241-2401


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