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Herb Lovett

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Herb Lovett (1950 - 1998) was a revered leader, scholar, teacher, and advocate for people with disabilities and their families. Born in Boston, Dr. Lovett attended Bowdoin College where he studied the classics, Yale University where he studied music theory, Harvard University where he studied education, and the University of Rhode Island where he received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. He worked to promote inclusive supports in and equal access to education, work, housing, and human rights for children and adults with disabilities. He was the co-founder and past president of the Autism National Committee, was a faculty member at the University of New Hampshire, and traveled throughout the United States and the world as a consultant who helped to bring about fundamental changes in the way that people with behavioral difficulties are viewed and treated. In the U.S., he worked with national and state leaders to develop new public policy, legislation, regulation, and practice that outlawed the use of aversive procedures in favor of respectful, decent, and positive supports. He served on the Joint Commission on International Aspects of Mental Retardation of the World Health Organization since 1991; was an Advisor to People First of Ontario; and worked with other self-advocates and family groups around the world.

Dr. Lovett waged an intensive battle against the Behavioral Research Institute (BRI), now the Judge Rottenberg Center, to stop the use of punishment and aversive procedures with people who had autism and people with difficult behaviors. His two books entitled: Cognitive Counseling and Persons with Special Needs (1985), and Learning to Listen: Positive Approaches and People with Difficult Behavior (1996) are best sellers and instrumental in the creation of an international movement that advocates for use of positive behavioral supports.

Herb was also a musician, a writer, and community activist. He died in an automobile accident at the age of 48.

-Taken from http://www.marshaforest.com/lovett.html

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