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.

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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 stirling@gmsavt.org










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