Stories about access and cognitive dissonance

“In A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance (1957), Leon Festinger proposed that human beings strive for internal psychological consistency to function mentally in the real world. A person who experiences internal inconsistency tends to become psychologically uncomfortable and is motivated to reduce the cognitive dissonance. They tend to make changes to justify the stressful behavior, either by adding new parts to the cognition causing the psychological dissonance or by avoiding circumstances and contradictory information likely to increase the magnitude of the cognitive dissonance. “Coping with the nuances of contradictory ideas or experiences is mentally stressful. It requires energy and effort to … Continue reading Stories about access and cognitive dissonance

Friendly oppression… in person centred planning

Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed was first published in 1970 – 50 years ago now!  It has had incredible impact in education, community development and social supports and yet few people have actually read it.  In the 80s, studying education I remember my SFU (at that time a hotbed of Marxist theory) profs talking about it in this hushed, kind of sacred, inspiring way and yet it was so difficult to read… but so exciting.  What’s important to me about this text is that Freire gives us a way think about oppression beyond our usual images of pimps and … Continue reading Friendly oppression… in person centred planning

ARTbrain – a new project

Now that this has been formally announced, we can share some great news!  Our new ARTbrain project combines a few ideas that Liz Etmanski, Susan Powell and I have been talking about for a while.  We were grateful to receive some funding from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to explore these ideas over the next eight months.  Our proposal read, Access to fine arts and humanities education has been almost impossible for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and this project will involve them in thinking critically about how art works, making art, works from art history and … Continue reading ARTbrain – a new project