Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

From Here to There but Not Back Again

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

From Here to There but Not Back Again

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Embarking on a journey of discovery with a close friend describes this editorial. I am dedicating this month's editorial real estate to present, in his own words, David's journey.

Sue Hubbell is a celebrated writer who wrote A Country Year, Shrinking the Cat and Waiting for Aphrodite. In 2004, a collection of her essays was published with the title From Here to There and Back Again. The University of Michigan Press, which published her books, described her style: "Reading Sue Hubbell is like embarking on a journey of discovery with a close friend. Her writing is witty, learned yet unassuming, intensely personal, and pointedly honest ... in the end you'll return from these travels refreshed, enlightened-and wiser."

Embarking on a journey of discovery with a close friend describes this editorial. The close friend is David Ervin, and his journey is compelling. David is a respected, progressive, innovative leader in the field of enlightened supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He is the Executive Director of The Resource Exchange in Colorado, a non-profit community based agency serving children and adults with complex disabilities.

One of the perks of having friends and colleagues like David is sharing stories of "how I got here." One thing that I have found in common with all my friends and colleagues in this field is that their pathways come in two waves; the "event," and the "process." In my case I am certainly able to recount the "event. …

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