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.

Episode 11: on ableism in medical training

In this episode of the podcast, we welcome medical student Elizabeth “Biz” Barker, and Dr. Melissa Houser, who is also the executive director of the non-profit All Brains Belong VT. Dr. Houser also sits on the CDCI Community Advisory Council.

Both physicians identify as having a disability, and Dr. Houser also has a family member with a disability. They’re here to talk about ableism in the medical system, and how it begins in medical school: how we expect learners to perform as they learn medicine has a huge impact on keeping ableism going in healthcare.

Episode 10: Jesse C. Suter and Michael F. Giangreco

On this episode of the podcast, CDCI Executive Director Jesse Suter is joined by UVM University of Vermont Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Education Michael F. Giangreco.

Giangreco shares memories, observations, and advice from his more than 30 years of service at CDCI. Dr. Giangreco is a widely published and respected innovator in the field of special education, as well as being the author of the much-loved cartoon series, Absurdities and Realities in Special Education.

Episode 9: Kaitlin Northey and Valerie Wood

On this episode of the podcast, CDCI Research Assistant Professor Valerie Wood is joined by early childhood education professor Kaitlin Northey.

Wood and Northey are two of the three authors of a recent study on suspension and expulsion in early childcare education settings across Vermont. They talk about why the study was necessary, what they found, and how comparing Vermont’s data to that of Colorado and Arkansas helped them determine a larger portrait of how suspensions and expulsions in these settings affect Vermont families.

Episode 7: Hannah Gallivan and Kathryn Carroll

On this episode of the podcast, we’re joined by Hannah Gallivan and Kathryn Carroll.

Hannah and Kathryn met through the Disability EmpowHER Network mentoring program. As part of the program, Hannah took on research into how to prepare for a disaster when you have a service animal; her research is now part of the Green Mountain Emergency Preparedness Guide. We talk about the EmpowHER Network, leadership and independence, and the value of mentors for people with disabilities, service animal accommodations, and making real world change. Plus accessibility in the theater!

Episode 8: Alan Kurtz, Nicole LeBlanc, and Bryan Dague

On this episode of the podcast, CDCI Research Assistant Professor Bryan Dague is joined by Alan Kurtz, PhD, and Nicole LeBlanc.

Dr. Kurtz is a long-time researcher in employment issues for people on the autism spectrum.
LeBlanc is a self-advocate, on the autism spectrum, who brings her lived experience of finding employment to the discussion.

And Dr. Dague is also the project coordinator of the Supported Employment project at CDCI.