“we’ve just forgotten that we belong to each other” Father Greg Boyle and Homeboy Industries

I have a new hero.  Well, maybe a few.   But a singular experience of our trip to this year’s TASH conference in Long Beach was getting to hear and spend time with Father Greg Boyle, the most moving and inspiring speaker I’ve ever heard of.   You can order Father Greg’s book (autographed even!) and DVDs and t-shirts and all kinds of homeboy goodies here…  but, seriously, he presents an “if/then” proposition – if he can do this where he did it, with those he was inspired by, well, “then”…  what are we waiting for?  Wherever we are?  Whoever we are inspired by?

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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