SRV in the News – Chy Johnson and Her Boys
This article (Chy Johnson and Her Boys) caught the eyes of a member of the Southern Ontario SRV study group of which I am a member.
By now, many of you may have seen the article as well, but it is worth pulling out a few points of the article to illustrate the SRV lessons it contains.
One point that we talked about in our study group was the idea of value by association. The young girl featured in the article, Chy, benefits from the positive juxtaposition to the valued football players at her school. As Wolfensberger (1998) states in the SRV Monograph: “A party’s image will also be profoundly affected by the people with whom that party is associated, as captured in the folk phrase that people are ‘judged by the company they keep’” (p. 64). While we often see this playing out in negative ways (such as when people with physical impairments are juxtaposed, i.e. served in the same programs, as people with intellectual impairments), I believe that this article presents a positive example of image juxtaposition.
Of course, the article isn’t perfect as there are certainly some image issues with how Chy herself is portrayed. For example language such as “Chy’s brain works at only a third grade level…” effectively places Chy in the (eternal) child role.
This article contains several other SRV issues that I have not commented on. Please feel free to bring these to our attention in the comments section.
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