CDCI Council Member Honored at White House
Max Barrow of Montpelier a Champion of Change
- By Michaella Maley Collins
Max Barrows, Co-Chair of the CDCI Community Advisory Council, was honored at the White House on July 27th as a Champion of Change. The event was held as part of the 25th Anniversary of The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark civil rights law that promises equal access and equal opportunity regardless of ability. The July celebration honored both long-time disability advocates and young Americans with disabilities who are working to uphold and expand the spirit of the ADA. The Champions of Change program was created to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. This year the program honored nine disability advocates.
Max Barrows, of Montpelier, works as the Outreach Director for Green Mountain Self-Advocates, a disability rights organization in Vermont. In that role he mentors youth and adults with developmental disabilities to speak up for themselves and become leaders. Max connects with people on all levels advocating for true inclusion of people with developmental disabilities. In his work, he advances the message that when you meet an individual with a disability, presume competence. Max is currently on the board of Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE), the national self-advocacy organization. His goal is to travel internationally to spread his messages of true-inclusion and self-advocacy.
Max is also currently co-chair of the CDCI Community Advisory Council. He was interviewed and filmed for the CDCI Life History Project earlier this year. To see Max's Life History Video go to: http://www.uvm.edu/~cdci/lifehistories/?Page=stirlingscorner.html