Blog Archives

SRV in the News: Heightened Vulnerability and Economic Hard-Ship

Following my last post, on the theme of the heightened vulnerability of elderly persons, I return to the concept of heightened vulnerability as it is also a very real concern for intellectually disabled people, especially during these hard economic times. The following articles give a sense of the scope of cuts coming to services for […]

Robert Perske

If you have not done so before or recently, I recommend accessing Robert Perske’s website. It contains many of his published and unpublished writings. Perske writes compellingly of the vulnerability of impaired people. His chapter on the ‘dignity of risk’ in the Normalization text by Wolfensberger is still a must read. Tweet

Posted on December 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Uncategorized · Tagged with: 

SRV in the News

This is the first of what I hope will be a regular column dedicated to “SRV in the News”. At SRV workshops we often give examples from the media; some of these are current, while others are taken from the news media of the past 20 years or so. As is pointed out in the […]

Posted on December 11, 2011 at 11:48 am by stevetiff · Permalink · One Comment
In: Uncategorized · Tagged with: , , , , ,

video of Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger teaching on the dilemma of providing human service for pay

Thanks to Guy Caruso, Western Coordinator at the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University and long-term member of the North American SRV Training, Development and Safeguarding Council, for sending me the link to this 90 minute video of Wolf Wolfensberger teaching on the dilemma of providing human service for pay. As always, his teaching is challenging, timely […]

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · One Comment
In: Uncategorized · Tagged with: , ,

countdown: 1 day until the 5th international SRV conference in Canberra, AUS

Today Jo Massarelli, with help from Janet Roxborough of the Medical Safeguards Project, is teaching a one-day workshop on protecting the health and lives of hospital patients, particularly those who are societally devalued. (See here for a description of the workshop). This workshop, as well as the one taught yesterday by Susan Thomas, is being […]

Posted on September 19, 2011 at 9:59 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Uncategorized · Tagged with: , ,

Guest post: Disability and transhumanism

The following is a guest blog post submitted by Steven Tiffany: Last week I stumbled across a blog posting reviewing a new documentary that takes an in depth look at the relationship between disability and impairment and the relatively new movement known as “transhumanism.” What exactly is transhumanism? Well, in a nutshell, it is the […]

Posted on September 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Uncategorized · Tagged with: , , ,

NY Times article: Our irrational fear of forgetting

A 22 May 2011 NY Times op-ed piece entitled “Our irrational fear of forgetting” raised questions around societal attitudes toward Alzheimer’s or more specifically, people who appear to have Alzheimer’s. A few highlights I picked out: • The writer warns of doctors who use the label of Alzheimer’s as a rationale for stopping life-sustaining treatments, […]

Posted on June 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Uncategorized · Tagged with: , , ,

“The college of choice for students with learning disabilities and/or AD/HD”

An article in the 9 January 2011 EducationLife insert of the New York Times described Landmark College: “The college of choice for students with learning disabilities and/or AD/HD.” Landmark is a two year college in Vermont (US), costing $48000 USD annual tuition. They have 500 students. According to the article, half are recent high school […]

Equal Justice Initiative

We recently received an annual report from the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization that primarily works with poor defendants/prisoners who have not received fair treatment in the US court and corrections systems. One of their major areas of concentration is on capital cases, i.e., death penalty cases. I want to focus in this blog post […]

September 2010 issue of CRUcial Times (Australia)

I recently received the September 2010 issue of CRUcial Times published by CRU Inc. in Brisbane, Australia. I recommend getting on their email list to receive this publication. Back issues are also available. Below are some of the SRV-related lessons I took away from just two of the articles in this issue: Leading the change […]