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Mike Green, Henry Moore and John O'Brien

A helpful resource for anyone hoping to connect folks who experience disabilities to the larger community.  From the forward by John McKnight: "Citizens are, of course, the producers of democracy. And strong local communities are created when citizens are also the producers of the future.  They cannot be replaced.  No professional, institution, business or government can substitute for the power, creativity or relevance of productive local citizens.  That is why Asset Based Community Development is, in practice, citizen-centered community building."

Green, M., Moore, H. & O'Brien, J. (2006).
When People Care Enough to Act: Asset Based Community Development. Toronto: Inclusion Press.

Available through the Inclusion Press.

Temple Grandin and Sean Barron

Social cues are among the most difficult cues to discern.  Why one way is the "right" way and another way is the "wrong" way is sometimes very difficult to understand.  Temple Grandin and Sean Barron, both of whom experience autism, have written an invaluable book to help make clear what is sometimes so unclear.

Grandin, T. & Barron, S. 2005). The Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries Through the Unique Perspectives of Autism.  Arlington, Texas: Future Horizons.

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Robert K. Greenleaf

William Sharwell of AT&T calls this "One of the most powerful 'do it yourself' books ever written."  Could easily be. A must read for anyone interested in the power of leadership and service to others.

Greenleaf, R.K. (1977).
Servant leadership: A journey into the nature of legitimte power and greatness. New York: Paulist Press.  Available in many bookstores or from one of the online outlets such as or or

Beverly James

One of the most compelling voices I know of in the study of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and its impact upon children. A must read for anyone interested in supporting people, particularly children, who have survived traumatic events.  One qualification: James recommends congregate treatment centers in one portion of the book listed below.  My advice: ignore this advice and embrace almost everything else. 

James, B. (1994).
Handbook for the treatment of attachment-trauma problems in children. New York: The Free Press.

Available from one of the online outlets such as or or


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