Tracy Thresher is an advocate for people with disabilities. Tracy began typing to communicate in 1990 and was one of the first individuals with autism at Washington County Mental Health Services (a community-based service provider) to be introduced to it. He has presented at local, statewide, and national workshops and conferences. He has consulted with local schools, is a member of the Vermont Statewide Communication Task Force and has worked for the Green Mountain Self-Advocates in Montpelier, VT. In VT, he mentors teenagers and adults. Tracy has worked at Syracuse University as a lead trainer and is now recognized as a Master Trainer.
Tracy support services are provided by Community Developmental Resources, a division of Washington County Mental Health Services based in Barre, VT. For over 50 years, Washington County Mental Health Services (WCMHS) has worked to serve the community through education, support, and treatment of individuals who live with mental health challenges, substance use issues, or developmental/intellectual disabilities. The mission of
WCMHS is to advocate for the inclusion of all persons into our community and actively encourage Self-Determination, Resilience and Recovery.
Tracy now works as a peer mentor with the Communication Training & Resources, a program within Community Developmental Services of WCMHS. This program works to ensure that individuals with complex communication needs are able to communicate in their method of choice and have the support, training, and technology to: be fully included, gain respect of others, demonstrate competence, educate others of their communication competency, develop independence, have quality of life, and find purpose in life.
Tracy Thresher's services are coordinated by Community Developmental Services (CDS), a division of the non-profit comprehensive mental health agency, Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc. CDS is located in Barre, Vermont. CDS provides a full range of life supports to adults and children with developmental disabilities. As an organization, they are committed to ensuring that all people can contribute to and be valued members of their communities. Services include: Case Management, Shared Living/Developmental Homes, Supported Apartment Program, Employment Services and Supports, Communication Training and Resources, The Learning Network, Crisis Intervention, and a Crisis Intervention facility.
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