Episode 16: Adrienne Miao and David Frye

David Frye is a gay Vermonter with disabilities. In this episode, he shares some of the struggles he’s gone through to find long-term employment and sustainable housing, as well as the strategies he’s used to be successful. From his childhood in rural Barnet, Vermont, to hosting his own public access show, “Prideability”, David shares his journey, and his advice to other people with disabilities.

Episode 15: Oakledge For All

In this episode, Vermont Children’s Integrated Services project director Julia Wayne talks with Nate Besio and Annie Bourdon about Oakledge For All, a project aimed at bringing a fully accessible playground to Burlington VT.

Nate Besio is a person with a disability, and Annie Bourdon is the parent of a child with a disability, and they both relate how they got involved with the playground project, how the project has progressed so far, and what advice they’d give to other people looking to create an accessible playground in their own community.

Episode 14: Adrienne Miao & Michael Shor

In this episode of our podcast, CDCI Community Services Coordinator Adrienne Miao connects with Michael Shor. Shor is an autistic psychologist, an advocate for people with autism, and a member of the CDCI Community Advisory Council.

Episode 13: On Restorative Approaches

Dr. Valerie Wood hosts an episode of the podcast that looks at the recent RISE VT project: Restorative approaches Implementation for School Equity in Vermont. Her guests are collaborators on the project: the CDCI’s Amy Wheeler-Sutton, and UP for Learning’s Lindsey Halman.

Together, they explore what they learned through the course of the RISE VT project, and where they hope restorative approaches for Vermont schools go next. For a research summary of the RISE-VT project, visit go.uvm.edu/cdciresearch

Episode 12: Chayah Lichtig and Hannah Setzer

In this episode, we are lucky enough to have author and disability rights advocate Hannah Setzer join us! Setzer runs the hugely popular instagram account @feedingtubefitness, and just released a new book: “I’ll Pray for You (And Other Outrageous Things Said to Disabled People)”.

She joins the director of the Vermont Continence Project, Chayah Lichtig, as they discuss disability, pre-conceptions, instagram as both a community for people with disabilities and a public arena, and of course, the outrageous things said to disabled people.