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Tracy Thresher

Name: Tracy Thresher  
Age: 43
Location: Barre, VT
Typing Since: 1990
Email: rightsrus@wcmhs.org
Tracy Thresher is a native Vermonter who lives and works in Barre, Vermont. Tracy began using Augmentative Communication in 1990 and was one of the first individuals with Autism at Washington County Mental Health Services to be introduced to it. He has presented at local, statewide, and national workshops and conferences. He has consulted with local schools, is a member of the Vermont Statewide Standing Committee, worked part-time for Green Mountain Self-Advocates and most recently has worked with the Facilitated Communication Institute at Syracuse University as a lead trainer.

He and his partner in crime, Larry Bissonnette, are the subjects of a documentary film; Wretches & Jabberers and Stories from the Road. Tracy and Larry travel to Sri Lanka, Japan, and Finland on a global quest to change attitudes about disability and intelligence, at each stop they dissect public attitudes about Autism and issue a hopeful challenge to reconsider competency and the future.

Featured Contribution:
The Road to Self-Advocacy: 2007 FC Summer Institute presentation