Tracy Thresher, Master Trainer, Blogger, Advocate
Location: Barre, VT
Typing Since: 1990
Tracy Thresher is a native Vermonter who lives and works in Vermont. Tracy began using Facilitated Communication in 1990 and was one of the first individuals with autism in Vermont to be introduced to it. He has presented at local, statewide, and national workshops and conferences.
Tracy has consulted with local schools and also mentors high school students, is a member of the Statewide Autism Advisory Committee, the Vermont Communication Task Force, the WCMHS Communication Alliance and does freelance work for Green Mountain Self-Advocates and works with the Facilitated Communication Institute at Syracuse University as a lead trainer.
Tracy and his friend Larry Bissonette Larry Bissonnette, are the subjects of a documentary film; Wretches and Jabberers . Tracy and Larry travel to Sri Lanka, Japan, and Finland on a global quest to change attitudes about disability and intelligence, at each stop they dissect public attitudes about Autism and issue a hopeful challenge to reconsider competency and the future.
Video: Tracy Thresher Types about Learning to Communicate
Watch our video of Tracy’s 2012 Summer Autism Institute Keynote Address that utilizes state-of-the-art voice synthesis technology to add narration to his text.
Read Tracy’s 2007 FC Summer Institute presentation, Building the Road of Self Advocacy (PDF opens in new window)