University of Vermont

The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI)

Life Histories

The Life Histories Project at CDCI gathers and records stories of Vermonters with disabilities, in order to both preserve and learn from them. We invite you to listen to these important stories.


Grace LaChance is a young Vermonter, a writer and a poet. Here she shares with us some stories, some opinions, and some of her poems.

photo of Grace LaChance

Click here to read Grace's Life Story.

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Sue Aichroth is a strong, and very busy self advocate. She is a friend and ally to others who are working for disability rights in Vermont.

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Click here to read Sue's Life Story.

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Sharon Henault, of Island Pond, Vermont is 61 years old. She has been involved in disability rights and the independent living movement all of her life. She has had to be.

photo of Sharon Henault

Click here to read Sharon's Life Story.

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Herman Goldberg of Rutland Vermont is a man of action. This video shares photos of Herman doing what he loves to do best - working in the field of advocacy for people with disabilities. (Viewing time 3:19 minutes.)

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Christine Lamphere completed high school and then attended Brandon Training School in Vermont for 4 years. She met her husband there, and returned to live and work in Burlington. She shares her stories of her work and interests, and how she now enjoys life in her community. (Viewing time 6:29 minutes.)

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Don Shover tells his story of living both in Brandon Training School, and the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury Vermont. He describes with pride the many jobs he has done in his life, and of his family life in Westminster, Vermont. (Viewing time 5:50 minutes.)

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Pat Broughton shares stories of his chilhood in Vermont, his time spent at Austine School for the Deaf in Brattleboro, and his many years working at Middlebury College. Pat and is wife Carol raised four children and now have 10 grandchildren. (Viewing time 7:47 minutes.)

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