GMSA in the Media
- 9/14/17: The week of September 10-16, 2017 is national Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week and is being celebrated in Vermont! This week recognizes the dedication and contributions of Vermont’s direct support professionals in supporting individuals with disabilities and their families. Green Mountain Self-Advocates, Vermont Care Partners, and the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Services Division will co-sponsor a state-wide celebration on Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 11am-1pm on the Vermont State House Lawn in Montpelier to honor Direct Support Professionals’ commitment to promoting community inclusion for individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities. Read the Press Release here: Press Release – Direct Support Professionals Week – Celebration 9.14.17
- 11/11/16: Green Mountain Self-Advocates is proud to announce that Stirling Peebles was chosen as one of VT Business Magazines’ 2016 “Rising Stars” of Vermonters under 40. In this photo (below) Stirling is celebrating with VT Governor Elect Phil Scott. Stirling works for Green Mountain Self-Advocates producing video life histories about the lives of people with developmental disabilities. This is one of the many ways we improve the lives of people with disabilities.
- WCAX covered the event, check out the news coverage here
- 9/15/16: Excellent News! On September 15th, at the Design For All Showcase, the White House announced that Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered was awarded a 5-year grant to establish the first-ever Self-Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center! Green Mountain Self-Advocates played a lead role in writing the grant proposal and will be a key partner creating this needed resource for strengthening our movement.
- 1/20/16 – Nicole LeBlanc, Advocacy Director of GMSA, spoke at a press conference about the negative impact of cutting $125 per month from Reach Up beneficiaries on SSI. Read the VT Digger article.
- 9/18/15 – On July 18th, GMSA in collaboration with VT Care Partners and Designated Agencies that provide developmental services held a Direct Support Professional Celebration day at the VT State House in Montpelier, VT. This was to recognize the amazing work that direct support providers do for people with developmental disabilities and their families. We invited Monica Hutt who is the new DAIL Commissioner and Hal Cohen the Secretary of Human Services and they shared some inspiring words. Musicians from NCSS provided everyone with some musical treats including a sing-a-long and accordion performance. Several people made speeches about what their support staff mean to them. We also provided everyone who came with a variety of snacks like watermelon and apple cider. GMSA videotaped self-advocates telling their stories about how direct support providers make a difference in their lives. Lastly, to make this celebration festive we hung flags through the statehouse lawn gardens. People from all over the state created the flags. The flags each share people’s amazing stories of how their staff help them to live a fulfilling life in the community.
- Here is a link to the Photo Album from the 2015 event
- Here is a photo from the The Times Argus on 9/19/15
- 7/29/15 – On July 29th, Max Barrows joined David Goodman on Vermont Conversations to talk about Champions of Change and GMSA on WDEV Radio. Nicole LeBlanc and Stirling Peebles also joined in David’s hour long show to talk about GMSA and all of our great news. The show was recorded. Click here to listen.
- 7/27/15 – On July 27th, Max Barrows, Outreach Director of Green Mountain Self-Advocates (GMSA) was one of nine disability advocates honored as “Champions of Change.” The event celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and honored disability rights activists across several generations. According to the White House, “The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.” The links below are some examples of media coverage of the event:
- 7/24/15, WCAX, Vermont man to be honored at white house
- 7/27/15, VT Digger Article, Vermonter Honored at White House Ceremony Marking ADA
- 7/27/15, WPTZ, Vermont disability advocate honored as ‘champion of change’
- 7/27/15, VPR reported details about Max Barrows being honored at the White House during the morning news (link not available).
- 7/28/15, The Times Argus, Worcester man honored at White House
- 7/28/15, Boston Globe, Vermont man honored at White House for advocacy work
- 7/28/15, Burlington Free Press published a story about Max Barrows being selected as a Champion of Change (link not available).
- 6/20/15 – Program empowers adults with disabilities. Way to go Molly White, Rachel Colby and Max Barrows for being quoted in a Times Argus newspaper article about graduating from the Vermont Leadership Series. Leadership lesson of the day – when you see a newspaper reporter – step right up and asked to be interviewed! Click here to read what they had to say.
- 4/29/15 – VT Digger published our press release describing Green Mountain Self-Advocates hold 17th annual conference. Click here to read the article.
- 4/7/15 – Nicole LeBlanc who works for Green Mountain Self-Advocates was quoted in a VT Digger article Advocates-call-for-more-revenue-as-budget-bill-hits-senate. Click here for more details.
- 3/19/15 – Vermont Public Radio did an excellent story on how Green Mountain Self-Advocates are speaking up at the Vermont State House. Vermonters with disabilities push for increased funding. Click here to listen to and read the story.
- 3/13/15 – Max Barrows is quoted in the VT Digger article House lays out $13 million in new budget cuts. Click here to find out what Max had to say.
- 2/25/15 – Burlington Free Press coverage of public forum GMSA co-organized on Vermonters question student suspension rates. Front Page article and photo (took up 75% of the front page and one additional page with 2 more photos). Click here to see the great photos and read about the presentations.
- 2/24/15 – VT Digger article on the public forum GMSA co-organized: Kicked Out Forum – Unfair and Unequal Student Discipline in Vermont’s Public Schools. Click here to read the article Forum looks at disparity in student discipline.
- 1/20/15 – GMSA advocates were guest speakers on WDEV Equal Time radio show. We discussed Administration’s budget cutting vital services. Click here to listen to the broadcast.
- 1/15/15 – Reading for Inclusion. Max Barrows is interviewed in The Riot, a national on-line newsletter written for and by Self-Advocates. Click here and read Max’s article about adults with disabilities reading stories to elementary school students to promote inclusion.
- 12/5/14 – VT Digger published our press release describing Green Mountain Self-Advocates Holding First Annual Speak Up! Gala. Click here to read the article.
- November 2014 – David Frye (GMSA Board Vice President and LGBTQ Groups leader) was interviewed on The Riot! Blog. He’s Twice an Advocate!
- 10/28/14 – Press Release Budget cuts deprive Vermont residents of dignity; disability and workers’ rights groups call for a budget based on human rights
- October 2014 – The Importance of Employment by Stirling Peebles. APSE national newsletter. Click here to read this front page article.
- 8/25/14 – GMSA talks on Equal Time Radio about the 2014 Ally of the Year award presented to Senator Anthony Pollina for his outstanding support of GMSA and the self-advocacy movement.
On August 11, 2014, the Governor proposed a budget cut of 6 million dollars for Developmental and Mental Health Services. Legislators held a public hearing the next day giving GMSA less than 24 hours to prepare to speak up and find rides to the state house. Here are links to media coverage of self-advocates testifying at the August 12th public hearing.
- 8/13/14 – Vermonters sBudget cuts deprive Vermont residents of dignity; disability and workers’ rights groups call for a budget based on human rightsBudget cuts deprive Vermont residents of dignity; disability and workers’ rights groups call for a budget based on human rightsound off on proposed budget cuts. This video is of the evening news story which includes 3 GMSA members testifying.
- 8/13/14 –Advocates: Budget cuts would hurt. This article published in the Times Argus included photos and quotes of GMSA members.
- 8/13/14 – Concerns voiced about effect of budget cuts. This article includes photos and quotes from Self-Advocates using supported typing to communicate their testimony to legislators.
- 8/12/14 – The Vermont Associated Press story called, Vermont Lawmakers plan hearing on budget cuts referenced Green Mountain Self-Advocates and included statements made by GMSA members. This article was published in The Kansas City Star, The Washington Times and posted on the WCAX website.
- 8/12/14 – This VT Digger article, Social services providers and recipients plead for reprieve from proposed budget cuts includes a great photo of advocate Tracy Thresher testifying.
The following stories include information, videos and photos of GMSA members speaking up about what it is important to use Respectful Language when sharing information about people with disabilities.
- 3/22/14 – Click here to watch a video of the signing of the Respectful Language Bill at the State House This video was filmed by Tom Brown from VT Digger. An article including great photos taken by Karen Schwartz was posted by VT Digger and Bennington Banner. Governor signs bill purging offensive language from state statutes
- 3/22/14 – This article about Governor Shumlin signing the Respectful Language Bill appeared both in the Times Argus and Rutland Herald. Law replaces anitquated language in statutes 3.22.14
- 3/21/14 – Posted with photos on WCAX website. Vermont governor signs respectful language act
- 3/21/14 – Here is the article about the signing of the Respectful Language Bill published by the Brattleboro Reformer. Shumlin to sign respectful language act
- 3/21/14 – This article about the Respectful Language Bill was posted in The Tribune,Seymour, Indiana, The San Antonio Express-News and the Connecticut Post, Bridgeport, CT. Gov. Shumlin Signs Bill Changing Offensive Phrases in Vermont Laws
- 3/21/14 – The following article was posted by Beaumont Texas Enterprise; The Republic, Columbus, Indiana; Boston Globe and The Washington Times, DC. VT governor signs bill on language updates to law
- 3/21/14 – Article and photo in Burlington Free Press of signing of the Respectful Language Bill. Gov. Shumlin signs update of law to remove hurtful language 3.21.14
- 3/21/14 – Newscast: 12:04 p.m.on Vermont Public Radio – Governor Peter Shumlin has signed an act requiring respectful language for referring to people with disabilities in all Vermont laws.
- 3/6/14 – An article in the St. Albans Messenger about respectful language. A Way with Words 3-6-14
- 2/11/14 – An article in the Burlington Free Press about budget forums. Public gets chance to have say on Vermont budget plan 2-11-14
- 1/4/14 – An article in the Burlington Free Press about budget decisions. Numbers? Needs? Results? Lawmakers approach budget-writing in 2014 1-4-14
- 1/9/13 – A Burlington Free Press article about opening of legislative session. Vt Legislator’s opening features activist rally 1-9-13
- 5/29/13 – A Vermont Public Radio piece on self-advocacy. Standing Up for Yourself 5-29-13
- 9/29/13 – A National Public Radio piece about Remembrance Day of Brandon Training School. Painful History Buried At Shuttered Vermont Institution 9-29-13
- 11/7/13 – An article in the Bennington Banner about Budget Forums. State holds interactive budget forum at multiple sites 11-7-13
- 11/16/13 – An article in Vermont Today about anniversary of Brandon Training School closing. Ex-residents recall training school closing 11-16-13
- 3/4/12 – An obituary in the Burlington Free Press for Robert Kay, former GMSA President. Robert Kay 3-4-12
- 3/24/11 – A Vermont Digger article on funding for services. Vermonters With Disabilities Press Lawmakers To Restore Funding For Services 3-24-11.