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

Dissertation: What Works?

With my dissertation supervisors, Ginny Belden-Charles from the Taos Institute, and Jasmina Sermijn, from VUB. My dissertation, What Works? Stories of Successful Leadership in the lives, groups and communities of people with intellectual disabilities, can be downloaded here: Johannes-WhatWorksDiss-USALetterWiCover2UploadEmail You can watch the dissertation defence here. You can watch the dissertation being awarded here. One of the updates for my self advocate collaborators is here. The final update presentation for the research was given at TASH in Atlanta, in Dec. 2017 and is here.   Sometime in 2018 there will be an online discussion of some of the dissertation that will … Continue reading Dissertation: What Works?

More employment related graphic recording – the Pacific Autism Family Centre

Several of my favourite things came together around creating this graphic – it’s about the idea of massively increasing supported, equitable employment for people with disabilities in British Columbia, it’s a group that’s thinking BIG ambitious thoughts about holistic supports and brought together a group of diverse interests to facilitate a discussion about partnerships and how research can lead to action, and I got to draw with Liz Etmanski, my favourite drawing partner. Last but not least, it is a project that is generated by families and I learned a lot of new things and got to change my mind about some … Continue reading More employment related graphic recording – the Pacific Autism Family Centre

what counts? “Lives are no longer feeling like stories.” #rhizo15

“Pictures just come to my mind and I tell my heart to go ahead.”  Howard Pippen At the Douglas Coupland exhibition, everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything, there was not a wall or a room that wasn’t amazing and transformational to me, … Continue reading what counts? “Lives are no longer feeling like stories.” #rhizo15