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Dave Hingsburger

Mr. Hingsburger began his career more than 40 years ago as a direct support professional, and since that time has always included direct support as part of his practice no matter the position he has held. He is a well-known consultant, author, trainer, speaker, and daily blogger in the disability field. He travels North America and the United Kingdom to train people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and the people who support them to honor and teach self-determination, relationships, and healthy boundaries, as well as other workshops ranging from self-esteem, communication, spirituality, teasing and bullying, and making a community. Mr. Hingsburger designs and delivers abuse prevention workshops for those in care-giving roles as well as for children and adults with disabilities.  He has authored more than 30 books, chapters and articles in both peer reviewed journals and in newspapers and on-line media outlets.  He has appeared on radio several times and produced an award-winning radio documentary.

As a consultant, Mr. Hingsburger provides consultation to people with I/DD for schools, parents and agencies.  He provides direct service to people with I/DD through his work with Diverse City Press and as the Director of Clinical and Educational Services for Vita Community Living Services in Toronto, Canada. Mr. Hingsburger earned his B.A. in psychology at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, a certificate in Human Relations from Ryerson in Toronto, and his M.Ed. from the University of Toronto. Mr. Hingsburger was inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame in 2009.