Dr. Aaron Johannes is the proud parent, with his partner Gary, of six fostered, adopted and nearly-adopted children with various labels.
For 30 years, until his retirement in 2018, Aaron was one of the Co-Directors of Spectrum Society, where he got the opportunity to experiment with many different support models and interact with organizations around North America as the leader of Spectrum Consulting. He has also served as the provincial advisor for B.C. People First. He returned to university with an interest in addressing the gap in research around people with intellectual disabilities and leadership and completed an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies which examined leadership opportunities in a small agency focused on authentic inclusion and a Ph.D. focused on Critical Disability Studies and leadership. Both of these involved arts-based Inclusive Research. The latter led to the publication of his 12th book and he is currently working on a 13th about Person Centered Planning as an emancipatory practice. He runs a small consulting practice with colleagues, imagineacircle, and lately has been working with school systems in rural areas.
He teaches at Douglas College in the Indigenous Pathway and Disability and Community Studies and at the Justice Institute of B.C., and is passionate about community education so frequently hosts workshops and learning groups in person centred planning, community development, Critical Disability Theory in practice, leadership and media studies. He is a Taos Institute Associate, the Vice President of Unity of New Westminster Spiritual Community, and a board member of his daughter’s Microboard.