Herb Lovett was a beloved scholar, teacher, musician, writer, community activist, and fierce advocate for people with disabilities. His work has been instrumental in guiding us to understand that people use ‘difficult’ behavior to communicate their needs and life stories, and that respectful, positive approaches are necessary to effective support. As a psychologist and behavioral consultant, Dr. Lovett traveled and worked internationally to effect changes in public policy, legislation, regulation, and practice that would eliminate the use of harmful, coercive techniques and promote instead authentic, collaborative support grounded in meaningful relationships. Dr. Lovett fought throughout his life to promote inclusion; equitable access to education, housing, and employment; and the protection of human rights for those with disabilities. He also authored two groundbreaking books that continue to be relevant today.
“Community is not a place but a way of life.” Herb Lovett, 1996