Who We Are


Our Vision

CCS envisions a community where everyone participates and everyone belongsCommunities that recognize and value all of its members and resources are the healthiest and most productive.

We encourage self-advocacy and deep engagement with community for our consumers, and work to build strong partnerships with businesses, organizations, and neighbors to realize that vision.

Our Consumers and Families

CCS remains true to its history as a small organization founded by families of people with intellectual disabilities and autism. The individuals and families we work with enjoy a strong sense of community and support at CCS.  Still “small enough to be intentional,” we’ve crafted a unique model of mutual responsibility and belonging that we project to the broader community.


Interview with CCS Executive Director Elizabeth Sightler.

Executive Director Elizabeth Sightler talks about what the work CCS is doing means to her, our consumers, and our community.

(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 (CCS), Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, established in 1967 and incorporated in 1973.

Founded by families of people with intellectual disabilities and autism, CCS is a true grassroots organization that emerged as a nationally-recognized leader in its field.