I’ve been learning about intersectionality, a new concept to me, first from a workshop at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House and then in a course I am taking on community change and activism.    I liked how this diagram demonstrates the intersection of many issues that affect any given individual.   The medicalisation and professionalisation of my field (supporting people with intellectual disabilities) has kept our leaders out of many conversations that affect other populations, perhaps to our detriment. “Disability” is not even listed, although “ableism” is – which in itself is a new conversation for many!

Published by Aaron

Director of Research, Training and Development, Spectrum Society for Community Living. As well as being responsible for in-house training and research on best practices in the field of helping people with disabilities organize their supports, I support self advocacy groups, contract to provide training and workshops to other agencies and groups and facilitate inclusive research groups. I am the author/illustrator of three books, co-editor of a new anthology for 2012, and co-editor of Spectrum Press. My passion is creating networks of best practice leaders in our field to share person-centred alternatives in how people with disabilities can be facilitated to live lives where their gifts are necessary components in their communities. I am currently half way through a Masters degree in Interdisciplinary studies, focusing on Equity and Adult Education, and particularly on how people with intellectual disabilities may be supported in participatory leadership groups.

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