Life History Project at CDCI

green barLife Histories are stories told through speech, in writing, through art, or video, saved for posterity. All of us have a story to tell. All of our stories are important. Especially valuable are the stories of Vermonters with disabilities who have both lived through, and have helped to make, major changes in services in the past few decades. The Life Histories Project at CDCI strives to record and save these stories, to preserve each person's history. We hope to learn from what each person has to say.

"Life stories have the power to transform the world and also share the experience and strength of people who have been part of changing disability rights and services. CDCI celebrates the stories of individuals with developmental disabilities who have both lived through and helped make needed change."

--- Deborah Lisi-Baker

Project History

The Life Histories project started in 2011 with the stories of older Vermonters, Pat, Christine, and Don. Since then, this project has evolved to encompass the stories of Vermonters of all ages who experience disability. This important work to preserve our stories is done in partnership with Green Mountain Self-Advocates.

Featured Video: Raymond Gordon

To view more videos, please visit our Life Histories Archive.

Raymond is a youth leader in the self-advocacy movement. He shares his story of being the first in his family to graduate from public high school, going to college, and his experiences with employment. This video was produced in partnership with Vermont Green Mountain Self Advocates (2018).