Education is empathy
I provide consultation in education, evaluation, and disability inclusion especially with regards to environmental education indoors, outdoors, and virtually. All of this is done with a lens of empathy in decision making, not just numbers and "the way we've always done it".
Without an empathetic society, we lack a strong reason to learn or engage in challenges that do not directly affect us. We struggle to abstract ideas with emotional and experiential ties. Without education, however, it can be a challenge to develop empathy for something we know nothing about. Empathy and education are intertwined, and one begets the other. At the same time, we need to better understand what is and is not empathy, and how the ways we process empathy or learn to employ it differ across neurodiversities.
I have embarked on a new project, a coalition of sorts to discuss and disseminate thoughts and research on this subject and related issues we face today, especially as it relates to disability inclusion and accessibility in the museum space. You can find the beginnings of this at its new page, Empathy AccessEd.