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Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
Yesterday I partnered with my good friend, Max Barrows, to present to education students at the University of Vermont. Max is the Outreach Coordinator for Green Mountain Self-Advocates. Together, we shared our frustrations on being misjudged based on our disability. More importantly, we used our success to illustrate how self-advocacy is mighty important to make our lives purposeful. My life is one dedicated to teaching others. Presuming competence and communication is key. My advice to education students is take time to listen and above all presume competence. The class we presented to shared personal stories of family members that have felt the pain of being misjudged. Together we can break down the walls that continue to exist in the minds of those who have misjudged people in the disability community.
Friday, November 8th, 2013
This past week Tracy shared his story at a Public Budget Forum that was aired on Vermont Interactive Television. Jeb Spaulding (Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Administration) was part of the panel to answer questions that were presented. Tracy’s opening remarks are as follows: “I would like to tell you my story of success is due to the supports I receive through Washington County Mental Health. I have prepared a statement to illustrate how important Developmental Services are. Our People’s Budget is mine too.” (Tracy’s statement is attached.)
Tracy also presented at the Washington County Mental Health annual Legislative Breakfast. Tracy asked the following question: “”I am Tracy Thresher from Barre. I have priorities for my life. Quietly ignoring my communication needs is not the way to make my life one of purpose and contribution. I would like to know the plan for determining if our needs for employment are being kept high priority? My work gives me purpose. This is my contribution to my state.” (Tracy gave his statement as a printed handout to the legislators. Same as attached document that he shared at the Budget Forum.)
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
What are steps to take in supporting a student with limited communication to develop their skills through typing?
You ask an excellent question. Please understand anxiety and a lack of confidence can be major obstacles along with movement difficulties. This makes it hard and scary to make the leap. Bridge builders like Harvey and Pascal are utterly important. You must see the possibility in the person. If Larry can type your student certainly can.
On his development of literacy skills and the relationship with his speech
I understand everything I read and what is said but my auditory processing can go haywire and it can look like I don’t understand what’s said. Also my speech is highly unreliable and makes me look stupid. Autistic people are usually wired for literacy so please think that kids can read and expose them to reading like any kids.
Ideas on how to help a young boy with overcoming his sensory challenges and moving towards communication
I really can’t say why. It is the way he is wired up neurologically and needs a lot of sensory feedback to deal with it so he should work with a good OT and get regulated, then work on communication to tell you his needs, feelings, and thoughts.
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
It has been too long with no blog my fans. I have been mentoring fiercely-interested students really intent on inclusion. The Browns River School in Jericho, Vermont is the latest in our outreach to work on inclusion and the students in Jericho truly are mentors. This is my eye opener typing on a dreary morning: “Good morning Jericho. How are you on this rainy wet day? Opening up your minds to competence is the work for today so sit back, fasten your seat belt and get ready for a wild Tracy and Larry ride.”
That intelligent typing teen would like to be working in self-advocacy. Thad may not realize he is on the right path to fulfill his dream. Autumn typed that her goal is to type more independently. Having expressive typing to write goals is your first step; keep plugging along.
It was great to see long-time friend Gigi who is guru to Thad. My typed responses to Thad and Autumn follow:
Thad asked about having me as a mentor. I typed “You betcha Thad. I now mentor students and would be happy to work with you.”
Autumn asked about how she could become more independent in her typing. I typed “Harvey can show you Autumn. With patience and hard work and lots of practice you can do it.”
I think the students in Jericho, Vermont rock the inclusion movement. They understand the difference between tolerance and acceptance. Thad and Autumn have much to teach, so tune in Jericho.
Thursday, January 17th, 2013
The main thing that diminishes my quality of life is the way some people think I need to have things in routines. Let’s say meals for example, I think people get stuck in their support like serving me the same old meal. I need to have lots of variety in my life just like the food choices need to be varied. Got inclusion? That applies to diversity in communities making room to move our plane of intelligence from plateaus to pinnacles of sharper intelligence.
It is because of inclusive environments that wretches like me have communication. The tipping point has come with people like me demanding proper support to be heard.
Let’s be positive in our leading the inclusion movement as the great leader Dr. King did in his day.
We also have dreams, more like yours than not.
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
Happy Holidays to my fans. It has been a remarkable year. The main thing is peace is coming to our World in the way of how people are communicating. When I hear that families have begun to have communication with their child it validates the work of our movie which has created a movement with a solid foundation. The tree of diversity must be rooted in respect to produce sweet language of intelligence. The maple syrup of my Vermont requires hard work and patience; the same is true for supported typing. Peaceful maple stand of trees is the sanctuary of Tracy. Walking quietly beside me is my dynamo who taps into my surely wordy communication. It is my wish that all people are blessed to have a dream team like mine. I love you Mom, Harvey, Rachel and Jeanette. World of peace is my holiday prayer. Happy New Year!
Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
This is the introduction to the presentation Tracy gave at the ARC Conference in Virginia on August 12:
Finding my voice is the reason I am here today, in your presence. Prior to having my outlet of supported typing, I looked like a person lacking in self control. With the fine training of master trainers I found my voice, leading to living life the way I had imagined it might be with communication. Having communication means I now have the means of educating others in self advocacy. To have my community know I have gifts to share has changed the way I look at myself. I now feel intelligent and my self worth matches my inner voice of intelligence. Not having education that is appropriate further isolated me as a child. Inclusion is key to finding voice which is the path to finding purpose. My purpose in life was voraciously consuming my inner thoughts until it was freed by finding my voice through typing. Now I share my story to others to ensure inclusion in all schools. It is my mission to make certain that inclusion laws are established in the United States. Isolating by institutionalizing people must end. It is the right time in history to replace old discrimination with the presumption of competence.
Friday, November 26th, 2010
I had my meditative walk on the Cross Vermont Trail this morning. It is the most peaceful place to think and write my blog. I have been hoping to find God in nature and I now have. The Buddhists believe that silence is communicating peace. I know my silence is more peaceful now that I have consistent people in my life. I hope the world understands the importance of presuming competence.
With consistent supports the thing that seemed daunting becomes possible. Peace becomes possible through having the proper communication. The most important thing new or stagnant supports can do is rethink your original thoughts about disability and find ways to look into our eyes to find the glimmer of intelligent thought shining like a beacon of hope, lighting the path for the children of tomorrow.
The kindness of those dynamic people is paramount to the success of the folks who have the every day challenges of discrimination we face together. The leaders do not exist; to be successful we must sprint together like friends, carrying the flame of change to the world one community at a time. Please join me on the “Wretches & Jabberers World Marathon” to bring peace and the presumption of competence to the world.
Thanksgiving peace and blessings to all.
Tracy on the Cross Vermont Trail
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