Lou Brown, A Pioneer

Lou Brown made me laugh until I cried. I heard Lou speak at a conference in 1993 about people with disabilities and justice. He spoke of what people working with people with disabilities had learned in their work , how programs often operate and also the importance of being present in the real world. The stories he told were so very funny but also made me rethink the work I was doing.

I shared my notes from this conversation with many people over the years and hosted a conversation “Don’t Waste My Boys Time” to engage with others about Lou’s points and think about possibilities. Lou passed away a few weeks ago. He was a radical pioneer and an inspiration. I went looked over my notes from him and was struck by how relevant his thoughts and stories are still today for many people.

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