One of the buzz phrases in academia the last few years has been professional dispositions, the ways people act or think about their actions in their professional lives. Dispositions are wrapped up in values, both personal and professional, and in ethics: What, for example, are the norms for appropriate behavior and thought on the part of human service professionals? How to create powerful, positive dispositions in professionals working with people with developmental disabilities and their families, dispositions that lead to social justice and inclusion (not just physical integration), has been something I have had my eye on for a while.

Here I share. Let me tell you a couple of stories about that. I have been supporting people with disabilities, in various ways, for many years now, ever since the early 1980s, now that I think about it. I have worked...

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