Happy Family Day & Happy Chinese New Year’s – Year of the Monkey

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I am fascinated by this image, and this lawsuit.  It seems to me this raises some questions of what it means to be human…  [Also, this is a Macaque, and is that a monkey (yes).]  Or perhaps interdependence, my favourite topic….   and it’s about social media, which is another interest of mine.  Selfies 2.0 – to whom do they belong?

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You can read more about this here.

It’s not all as silly a stream of thinking as it might seem at first…  it harkens back to some of our earlier social history of segregation.

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How we historically othered and marginalised people, instead of looking to find and build on their gifts and assets.  How we continue to do so – described by the brilliant Eve Tuck, one of my favourite researchers.  And why we possibly are motivated to do so – in a Garfinkel paper that has been crucial to my thinking for about 30 years.

So, Family Day in British Columbia, and perhaps a time to think more about who might be part of our families and how we might foster a future of belonging, as described by Ken Gergen in what has been my favourite paper for two years now…

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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