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Social Skill Autopsies

June 17, 2012

“When red-haired people are above a certain social grade their hair is auburn.”       Mark Twain  I was fascinated by the discussion about “social skill autopsies” by Richard Levoy.  The term is a bit macabre, yet embodies the concept – a thorough examination (after the fact) to determine the cause and manner of (the social death) […]

What Do They Know? (What Difference Does It Make?)

June 17, 2012

“Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.”    Albert Einstein For the “What do they know?” assignment, I interviewed two individuals to determine what they know about learning disabilities.  At the onset of the interview, neither individual thought they knew much about adults with learning disabilities; interestingly both rated […]

Paying Attention to the Intention

June 16, 2012

“Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking of them.”     Alfred North Whitehead I learned about Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act for the first time at a conference I attended today.  I have to admit, I was shocked.  I have been in the Adult Learning Teaching and […]

Critical Incidents: Altering the Status Quo

June 16, 2012

“Essentially and most simply put, plot is what the characters do to deal with the situation they are in. It is a logical sequence of events that grow from an initial incident that alters the status quo of the characters. “     Elizabeth George I love the term critical incident.  As it is described in our […]

Two Stage Strategy – Brigid’s Story

June 16, 2012

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.”    William Shakespeare I had the opportunity to interview two people for the case studies.  I chose one individual for the case study paper and presentation because she had more life experience, but the younger woman (age 23) that I also interviewed gave […]

Let’s Be Honest With Ourselves

June 1, 2012

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”     Thomas Jefferson In 1979, I was an undergraduate learning about a fairly new law Public Law 94-142 that was enacted in 1975.  The kids I grew up with did not have this law to support them and their families in procuring services for disabilities.  I […]

Goodness of Fit

May 30, 2012

“When men come to like a sea-life, they are not fit to live on land.”  Samuel Johnson When I was in high school I worked at a shoe store.  We had that old silver tool to determine the size of shoe that would fit.  It was rarely accurate, as it didn’t take into account various […]

Where Does Culture Come From?

November 29, 2011

“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.”     — Red Adair I have never considered the origin and evolution of the culture of my workplace, not even the one that I created as a small business upstart.  I guess I just accepted that ‘it’ […]

Feedback is a Gift

November 22, 2011

“If, on occasion, the knowledge brought by science leads to an unhappy end, this is not to the discredit of science but is rather an indication of an imperfect ability to use wisely the gifts placed within our hands.”     –Polykarp Kusch Tis the season.  Time to make the list, choose the perfect gift, wrap it […]

The Process of Discovery

November 15, 2011

“A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”     — Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Did you know that the discovery of the Titanic was accidental?  That Robert Ballard and crew were really on a spy mission disguised as an exploration to find the ship? …an accident meeting a prepared mind. On Saturday at the […]