Guest Editors - Advocacy
Leadership Perspectives in Developmental Disabilities is proud to welcome Allen Crocker and Gunnar Dybwad as guest editors for the Advocacy issue. This issue brings together self advocates, parents and policy makers to describe their own efforts and bringing about service and system change, as well as identifying some directions for the future of advocacy in disability.
Dr. Gunnar Dybwad is Professor Emeritus of Human Development at the Heller School, Brandeis University. He began his career in the criminal justice system, and over the last 50 years has been a visionary in the DD field, serving as consultant, advocate and friend to most of the major public policy debates around supporting people with DD. Dr. Dybwad's vision of a future in which people with developmental disabilities are increasingly in charge of their own lives informs much of the human services system of today.
Dr. Allen Crocker, Program Director at the Institute for Community Inclusion at Children's Hospital in Boston, is Senior Associate in Medicine, Children's Hospital; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; and Associate Professor of Maternal and Child Health, Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Crocker's career has centered on the etiology and prevention of developmental disabilities, and in improved service systems for persons with these conditions. He has never gotten over the affirmation of rights and spirit that occurred in the 1960's; he is an unabashed advocate for children, families, and other persons with special needs, and believes in universal sisterhood and
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