Meeting Archive:
Look Through Our Eyes

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Meeting Description:

The words, attitudes and actions of others can often impact an individual’s life more than their disability! Register for this webinar to learn how self-advocates in Vermont are teaching others to “Look Through Our Eyes.” Green Mountain Self-Advocates will demonstrate and share training activities that they do with support workers, college students, bus drivers and more. Listen in to get all the information you need to learn how to do this training in your community!

Date: Tue, Sep 25, 2012
Time: 02:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Phuong Nguyen
 Presenter Information
Max Barrows

Max Barrows is a young man living with Autism and works for Green Mountain Self-Advocates as the Outreach Coordinator.  He provides training and technical assistance statewide, traveling to local self-advocacy groups around Vermont.  He offers support to run their groups more effectively, and updates them on legislative issues that impact persons with disabilities.  Max is a founding member and first President of his local self-advocacy group.  He is a skilled facilitator, who teaches a variety of sexuality and self-advocacy workshops.  His talents as a public speaker have been called upon often, to MC at conferences and deliver keynote speeches.  Max loves meeting new people in all these roles, and learning more about the world.  On September 1, 2012 Max was elected for his second term as board member of Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE), the national self-advocacy organization.  

Nicole Leblanc

Since 2007, Nicole Leblanc, a person with autism, has worked for Green Mountain Self-Advocates as a Disability Educator. Ms. LeBlanc has a keen ability and interest in public policy and excels at communicating about the needs of people with developmental disabilities to public officials. She has been a member of Toastmasters and is taking classes at the University of Vermont where she is refining her public speaking skills. Ms. LeBlanc has been an active member of the Vermont Core Team funded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, where she provides practical knowledge on how to make communication cognitively accessible. Ms. LeBlanc also served as a self-advocate representative for State Independent Living Council and other statewide policy-making committees for people with developmental disabilities.



Randy Lizotte

Randy Lizotte works part time as a peer advocate facilitating self-advocacy training at Northwest Counseling and Support Services, a provider of developmental services. During the past 8 years, Randy has worked as a consultant and trainer for Green Mountain Self-Advocates traveling across the country providing technical assistance and training to state self-advocacy organizations. Randy was one of the key organizers of the Celebrating Sexuality conference held in Vermont in May 2007. He is a peer sexuality educator who co-facilitates a men’s group and teacher of a variety of sexuality and self-advocacy workshops. Since 2010, Randy has served as the President of Green Mountain Self-Advocates and was elected by his peers due to his unwavering commitment to speaking the truth to power.