Who We Are


Champlain Community Services is a dynamic organization offering lifelong supports,
understanding fully that individuals and their needs change over time.


Interview with CCS Executive Director Elizabeth Sightler.

Our work builds and strengthens relationships throughout our community, and that benefit both our constituents and the broader community. Full inclusion, and meaningful participation of all citizens is vital if that community is to reach its full potential.

(Many thanks to Stephanie Faughnan for conducting this interview and creating this piece for us as part of a project she completed while a student at St. Michael’s College).

Our History

Champlain Community Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, formed in 1967 and incorporated in 1973. In 2002, CCS closed its sheltered workshop (the last such work center in Vermont) and converted to community-based, individual support services.

Now, CCS focuses on community-based supports for individuals with intellectual disabilities in several areas:

  1. Career development and employment in the competitive economy
  2. Support for entrepreneurs with disabilities to launch micro-businesses
  3. Home and shared living supports
  4. Career development and “school-to-adult” transition supports for high school students
  5. Community supports to ensure access to the many and varied social, cultural, recreational, and experiential resources our community offers
  6. Facilitation for the CCS-based self-advocacy group, Champlain Voices

Our Vision

CCS helps people with intellectual disabilities and autism maximize choice and independence in their lives – to fully experience all our community offers, while enjoying full membership in that community.

Through a deep engagement, advocacy, and education, CCS also helps the broader community reach its full potential – as a place that values all its members and recognizes all its resources. A place where everyone participates and everyone belongs.

Our Consumers and Families

A true grassroots organization, CCS was created by family members of people with intellectual disabilities and autism. At heart, we remain a small, family-centered organization.

CCS maintains a unique sense of internal community and offers a strong support system for the individuals we work with and their families. We project this model of this model of mutual responsibility and belonging to the wider community through extensive partnerships, with schools, businesses, public and private agencies, and our neighbors.