Human beings are profoundly relational by nature, community being a place they can call "home." When people with and without intellectual disabilities create a community, meaningful philosophical, psychological and spiritual insights about the human journey can emerge. Drawing from the example of L'Arche communities, this lecture presents possible ways of finding meaning in unexpected places.
Luca Badetti, PhD, is a doctor in Disability Studies (University of Illinois at Chicago), with a background in Clinical Psychology and Theology. He teaches at Loyola University Chicago's John Felice Rome Center, where he is the Service Learning and First Year Experience Coordinator.
Dr Badetti has been a fellow for LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) and The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. He has created and taught courses on Disability Studies and Disability theology. He has taught for DePaul University's Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies program, Adler University and Catherine of Siena College, University of Roehampton London.
Dr Luca Badetti has done research at UIC's Institute on Disability and Human Development. He is part of L'Arche (a community movement of shared life between people with and without intellectual disabilities), and has been Director of Community Life at L'Arche Chicago.
He is the author of "I Believe in You: Wisdom from community with persons with disabilities on believing in ourselves and the other."