Larry Bissonnette is a disability rights advocate and artist who lives in Milton, Vermont. He has been painting and drawing since he was a young child and exhibits his art regularly both locally and nationally. His work is in the permanent collection of the Muse de L’Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland and in many private collections. In 2015, Larry had a solo exhibition, “Looking Out: The Self-Taught Art of Larry Bissonnette", at the Amy Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center for Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont.
Larry is both the subject and writer of an award winning film about his life, called, My Classic Life as an Artist: A Portrait of Larry Bissonnette (2005).
In 1991, Larry learned to communicate through typing and began combining words with his art to express his thoughts and ideas. Over the past 20 years, he has been a featured presenter at many national educational conferences and has written and spoken on the topics of autism, communication and art.
Larry Bissonnette's services are coordinated by the HowardCenter, one of the largest community mental health agencies in the state of Vermont. It provides developmental, mental health, substance abuse, and child, youth, and family services in the Chittenden County area. Its developmental services division provides a variety of services to 600 children and adults with developmental disabilities. The services include residential and housing supports, employment, case management, family support, community integration and post-secondary education.
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