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Managing the Collapse of the World as We Know It

Managing the Collapse of the World as We Know It

On Friday, January 20th, the world as we know it will change. Yes, I understand the electoral process and acknowledge that the system representing our country\'s citizens votes has appointed a new leader. But no one - not even the inner sanctum of the Republican leadership, much less the people that cast their vote for ...

What Can Be Done

I\'ve spent time reflecting about what is to come. What we can plan for; what is unknown. No doubt, leaders in the disability field have also been thinking. At times, the unknown seems so great that it becomes easier to tackle now, today. For those of you that know me, you may know that in ...

Transforming Spaces as a Transformational Approach to Working with People on the Autism Spectrum

The widely recognized behavioral health paradigm is not fulfilling the full potential, opportunities, and abilities of people on the autism spectrum. This is a bold statement to make, considering my relatively new entry to the field. This model has existed for at least 30 years, and yet I am not suggesting that behavior planning be replaced completely ...

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

As I muse upon the state of the world in general, the state of our country, and specifically the state of people with intellectual disabilities and their families, I think about what this phrase of \"Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness\" means in 2016. These are unalienable rights that the United States Declaration of Independence ...

Discovery and Change

It seems as if we are in a time that everything around us is changing so fast. We see so many pressures on families, systems and our own lives. One wonders how we will make it through. And the answer is we will together. My good friend DeAmon Hartges has taught me many important lessons ...

Prepare Ye for HCBS Final Rule

Just because the final details aren\'t in place doesn’t mean disability organizations can wait to prepare for the incoming changes that HCBS will bring. The time to prepare is now. While I don\'t wear fur skins and eat locusts and honey, I travel all over the country meeting with CEOs and EDs of disability organizations, their leadership teams ...

I’d bet my morning coffee…

Over my morning coffee, I think about what we hear. In our work at ao, we are on the inside walls of leadership in disability agencies. We hear the concerns. The troubles, the threats and challenges. You\'d be surprised at how different things are across the country and yet how similar the issues are. \"There\'s no ...