Living In Vermont Without English

Nov 10, 2018

Many of us take it for granted that when we visit the doctor's office, shop for groceries or otherwise go about life in Vermont we do so in English. But more than five percent of Vermonters don't speak English at home. We're talking about how Vermonters without English navigate schools, health care, work and other basic needs. 

Dr. Andrea Green, director of the Pediatric New American Clinic at the University of Vermont Children's Hospital, discusses how non-English-speaking Vermonters access health care and how that relates to daily concerns like safety, diet and education.

Maria Mercedes Avila, an associate professor of pediatrics at the UVM Larner College of Medicine, discusses the linguistic and cultural barriers for non-English speakers in Vermont.

And Melita Sedic-Lawton, a Bosnian refugee who came to Vermont in the mid-1990s who now teaches in Williston, shares her experience navigating her new home in Middlebury with little English.

Broadcast live on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.