I have been in the business of providing services for individuals with developmental disabilities for more than 20 years. In that time I have learned many things, and I am continually motivated is the fact that I know there is still so much more to learn.
Unfortunately, sometimes the reality of our day to day duties pushes aside the desire to learn new things. We get stuck in a rut and don’t want to hear new ideas, or assume that we are too hamstrung by rules, regulations, and a lack of resource to ever even consider new ways of the provision and delivery of services.
It is almost as if we consider the realm of new ideas to be locked away in a tower in a castle that is so heavily guarded we can never get in, despite the fact that most of us would agree that the current system we operate under is unsustainable.
Well, I’d like to use this blog as an attempt to storm that castle and free up some new ideas. I hope to use this space to throw out new ideas, to encourage discussion, reflection, and new ways of looking at things. I hope to open the discussion up to the DD community and the community at large – often the best and most innovative ideas come from those outside of the system who can approach things from a different and unique viewpoint.
I hope you will join me and become an active participant in these discussions. I strongly believe we can all work together to create solutions to the crisis facing the Developmental Disabilities system in Colorado.
So let’s take the first steps and have fun storming the castle!