Communication Alliance

February 9th, 2014

Communication Alliance

Meets in Barre, VT

Meeting Time: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 10:30 to 12:00

Contact Person: Rachel Perkins

Contact Information: 802-479-2502

Life History Project

June 28th, 2017

What is the Life Histories Project About?

The University of Vermont’s Center for Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI) has asked Green Mountain Self Advocates (GMSA) to record the life stories of Vermont self-advocates of different ages and backgrounds. GMSA started recording these videos in 2014 and uses videos and photos to capture the amazing footage we need to make a life history story come alive! Self-advocates share about growing up, school, jobs, volunteering, hobbies, families, and their hopes and dreams for the future. The life history videos are posted here on the GMSA website and on Stirling’s Corner which is on the CDCI website. ­­


Do you want to tell your Life History story?

When someone records your life history, you are telling the world about your life history since early childhood. Who can participate & what will the project involve?

·      You must be 18-30 years old

·      You must have a Developmental Disability

·     You must be comfortable being video-tapped or audio-taped

·      You must be willing to share and talk about some photos of your life

·      You must be willing to talk about your life

·      You or your guardian must sign a media release form

If you are interested in having GMSA record your life history, you can download and fill out the Life History Nomination Form.

Box of popcorn and words saying watch life histories

David Frye’s Life History
David Frye is passionate about supporting the LGBTQ community for people with disabilities, and advocates for their rights. David started the first support group for LGBTQ and his efforts have been recognized with numerous awards in Vermont. Produced by Stirling Peebles and Green Mountain Self-Advocates for CDCI (2017).

Meghan Lamoureux’s Life History
Meghan is a young woman who sustained a traumatic brain injury as a young child. Learn about her life and journey to becoming her own legal guardian. Produced by Stirling Peebles and Green Mountain Self Advocates for CDCI (2016).

Tiffany Martinez’s Life History

Tiffany is a young, vibrant woman with a developmental disability. Originally from New Jersey, Tiffany finished high school at Montpelier High and now attends the College Steps program at Johnson State College. Watch this video to learn more about Tiffany! Produced by Stirling Peebles and Green Mountain Self Advocates for CDCI (2016).

Kaiya Andrews’ Life History
Kaiya Andrews is a proud parent of two young children. She as faced difficult challenges because she doesn’t qualify for developmental disability services. She is the president of the local self-advocacy group called Capitol Advocates Together. Watch this video and learn more about Kaiya and her life. Produced by Stirling Peebles and Green Mountain Self Advocates for CDCI (2016).


Kris Medina’s Life History
Kristofor Medina has been typing to communicate since 3rd grade. He is a leader of Communication Alliance, a local Vermont self-advocacy group. Listen to Kris describe his accomplishments, the meaning of self-advocacy in his life, and what presuming competence means to him. Produced by Stirling Peebles and Green Mountain Self Advocates for CDCI (2015).

The Power of Max Barrows: A Life History
An interview with Max Barrows, Outreach Director for Green Mountain Self-Advocates. Max shares his powerful self-advocacy experience, and his dreams for the future of international self-advocacy. In the summer of 2015 Max was chosen by the White House as a Champion of Change. Produced by Stirling Peebles and Green Mountain Self Advocates for CDCI (2015).

Randy Lizotte’s Life History: Part 1 and Part 2
Randay Lizotte, is the current president of Green Mountain Self-Advocates. He works full time for a Developmental Service agency as peer advocate. Randy lives with his wife, Jana in St. Albans. In his life history he talks about his childhood in Vermont, his high school challenges, and his current work. Produced by Stirling Peebles and Green Mountain Self Advocates for CDCI (2014).


Nicole Villemaire’s Life History
Nicole in front of UVM buildingNicole Villemaire shares her life story with us. She has done so much already, and is looking forward to continuing her work in Vermont. She has served as a treasurer of the board for Green Mountain Self-Advocates.  Nicole works very hard at her two part time jobs. Nicole always wanted to go to the University of Vermont, but there wasn’t a program that was available to her until Think College gave her an opportunity to make her dream come true. Interviewed by Stirling Peebles and Green Mountain Self Advocates for CDCI (2014).

You can read Nicole’s story and life history on the CDCI website.

Contact Information

To speak with someone about the Life History Project:

Call Stirling Peebles at (802) 229-2600 or email










Kris Medina Biography

February 13th, 2014

Kris Medina, Advocacy Educator

Kris Medina, Disability Educator


Kristofor Medina works as an Advocacy Educator for Green Mountain Self-Advocates. He is a leader of Communication Alliance, a local self-advocacy group. Kris has been typing to communicate since 3rd grade. To be able to communicate is a luxury, and it is a right not to be taken for granted. I’m trying to tell you that without typing – I would be left without a voice. Please present open minded attitudes with everyone even if they can’t vocalize their thoughts. I want a life with love, laughter and hope, and if I don’t have communication, that is lost in the mist of longing for what we all deserve. Graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in English felt amazing but I am ready for my next journey which is finding my dream job as a writer.  My mighty typing finger is ready to go. See you all on the typing play grounds.

Kyle Biography

February 13th, 2014

Kyle Moriarty, Advocacy Educator

Kyle Moriarty, Disability Educator

Kyle Moriarty is a person with autism and works as a Advocacy Educator for Green Mountain Self Advocates (GMSA) of Vermont. He began using facilitated communication in 2003. Kyle sits on the State Standing Committee for Disability Rights and works to make sure that the voices of individuals with disabilities are heard.

Kyle is a peer leader of the Communication Alliance, a group of individuals who communicate using facilitated communication. The Alliance works to spread awareness about autism, the presumption of competence and alternative forms of communication. He actively speaks before legislative committees at the State House on behalf of people with disabilities, about public policies and programs that impact their quality of life.

Kyle has a goal to end the discrimination of people with disabilities and spread the word that we are all equally deserving of a full and meaningful life.

Contact Information:

kyle @

Locate a group near you

September 21st, 2013

Locate a Group Near You!


Want to know how to join a GMSA Self-Advocacy Group? Watch this!!! (click the “Start Prezi” button to get started and to move to the next page)


Click on a group name to find out where and when they meet.

Bridging Students in Chittenden County

* Communication Alliance

Windsor County Self-Advocacy Group


Newport: Our Drop-In Center St. Albans: Next Step Self-Advocates Morrisville: Getting Acquainted Through Self-Advocacy (GATSA) Morrisville: Strong Advocate Voices and You (SAVY) Colchester: Champlain Voices Burlington: Burlington Self-Advocacy Club (BSAC) St. Johnsbury: Vermont Choices Barre: Friends Helping Friends Montpelier: Rockin’ Advocates of Montpelier and Barre Randolph: Randolph Area Peer Support Middlebury: Speak Up Addison County White River Junction: Connections of Peer Support Rutland: Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered of Rutland Bellows Falls & Brattleboro: Advocates for Action Bennington: Bennington Peer Support Families First Peer Support Capital Advocates Together LGBTQ Groups w/ RU12


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