Tracy focuses on advocacy work in a variety of ways. He consults with local schools, is a member of the Vermont Statewide Communication Task Force, and does ongoing work with Green Mountain Self-Advocates (GMSA) of Montpelier, Vermont. Now an employee of WCMHS, he works as an advocate and educator, Tracy mentors teenagers and adults and leads trainings on communication.
In Tracy’s words:
“The self-advocacy movement for people with disabilities has its roots in the broader civil rights movements of the 1960s and 1970s. By teaching others to self-advocate and make their voices heard, I feel like my life has purpose. For educators, I recommend teaching students the power of self-advocacy and speaking up to meet their goals in life. Green Mountain Self-Advocates brings together self-advocacy groups in Vermont. GMSA has empowered many people through education and conferences.”
Green Mountain Self-Advocates: http://www.gmsavt.org
In 1990, Tracy was one of the first individuals with autism at his service agency, Washington County Mental Health Services (WCMHS), to be introduced to typing as a means to communicate. He presents at local, statewide, and national workshops and conferences. Tracy also consults with local schools, is a member of the Vermont Statewide Communication Task Force, and does ongoing work with Green Mountain Self-Advocates of Montpelier, Vermont. Now an employee of WCMHS as an advocate and educator, Tracy mentors teenagers and adults and leads trainings on communication. In 2013, Tracy was recognized as a Master Trainer by the Institute on Communication and Inclusion at Syracuse University.
Tracy Thresher’s services are coordinated by Community Developmental Services (CDS), a division of the non-profit comprehensive mental health agency, Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc. CDS is located in Barre, Vermont. CDS provides a full range of life supports to adults and children with developmental disabilities. As an organization, they are committed to ensuring that all people can contribute to and be valued members of their communities. Services include: Case Management, Shared Living/Developmental Homes, Supported Apartment Program, Employment Services and Supports, Communication Training and Resources, The Learning Network, Crisis Intervention, and a Crisis Intervention facility.