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Happy New Year from Spectrum Consulting – 101 Friends e-newsletter special literacy issue

December 31, 2013

the.abcs.of.ability.front.coverI love this quote from self advocate Betty Williams: “We ran into each in a reading class after we were adults, and she is like, “You are taking reading too?” I am like, “Yeah, I am taking reading too.” . . .  Education is so important even for people with disabilities. Some of us can learn, but they don’t take the time to really teach us. So that is the really bad part. We want to learn, but sometimes people say we can’t learn or they don’t take the time to help us do that.”  To see a video of Betty talking about her school experiences, click here.

We’re really excited about our first special issue of the 101 friends newsletter, about literacy.   We are grateful for Dr Susan Powell’s contributions to our work, but in this case particularly for the idea of the Next Chapter Book Club.   Thanks also to all our friends who contributed their ideas about literacy and social media.   And thanks to Erin Sheldon for her great story about literacy in her family.

All of us at Spectrum wish all of those friends we have already met and those we hope to meet in the coming year, a 2014 filled with joy, art, contribution and connection.

We believe we are surrounded by evidence of kindness, sharing and abundance.   If you’d like to share any of the articles or illustrations (not photographs of people or works which are obviously by individuals, who have only given us permission to use them here) from the 101 Friends blog  you are welcome to do so for the uses of non-profits or social justice organizations, giving credit to – a note letting us know either in the comments or by email or twitter would be great!   Copies of our books, posters and media works for use by groups are available at  Inquiries about workshops, dialogues or facilitation can be made to  Spectrum is a charity, although Spectrum Consulting: Collaborative – Learning, Research, Press is a Social Enterprise – and donations to our work can be made here – specify Research Training and Development if it matters to you, otherwise it’ll be used where it’s most needed.  You can subscribe to our blog as a blog on wordpress, or as a monthly newsletter at the link above.   If for some reason you’ve decided you don’t want to receive these newsletters, unsubscribe at the bottom of the email you were sent.  Feel free to forward this to friends who might be interested!

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